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Greg Hunt, and all environment ministers past and future, could be protected from legal challenge over mining approvals. Greg Hunt, and all environment ministers past and future, could be protected from legal challenge over mining approvals. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Australia’s environment minister could soon be above the law

Earlier this month, a Senate inquiry paved the way for the Parliament to give Environment Minister Greg Hunt legal immunity against future legal challenges to his decisions on mining projects. If it passes…
Tarkine mines must now fund Tasmanian Devil conservation. But what about the rest of it? Tarkine mines must now fund Tasmanian Devil conservation. But what about the rest of it? Flickr/Gopal Vijayaraghavan

Tasmania’s Tarkine needs a strategic plan

The Federal Government has now approved two mines for the Tarkine region of Tasmania, on condition that the mines fund conservation measures for Tasmanian Devils and other threatened species. The approvals…
Its not just the forests that make the Tarkine distinctive - it is habitat for 117 threatened species of flora and fauna. Its not just the forests that make the Tarkine distinctive - it is habitat for 117 threatened species of flora and fauna. Jennifer Evans

There’s more to the Tarkine than trees

Tasmania’s Tarkine is now instantly recognisable, evoking ancient forests and environmental controversy. It hasn’t always been so, however, with research and celebration building over the past 40 years…
Road traffic is a threat to Tasmania’s few health devils - increased truck traffic in the Tarkine won’t help. Road traffic is a threat to Tasmania’s few health devils - increased truck traffic in the Tarkine won’t help. Rhys Allen

Tarkine mines could be last straw for Tasmanian devils

Just a week before Christmas, Environment Minister Tony Burke approved Shree Minerals’ mine near Temma in the Tarkine region of north-west Tasmania. Perhaps he hoped the announcement would get lost in…
Research is clear on the value of the Tarkine’s rainforest, but does it matter to human society? Research is clear on the value of the Tarkine’s rainforest, but does it matter to human society? Rob Blakers

Tarkine a question of values: mines versus ancient rainforest

In Australia, we ride on the open cut mine’s back. In the island state of Tasmania, there is a medium size-class open cut mine (928 hectares) with 210 hectares of settling ponds, from which iron nodules…
The Tarkine is our largest cool temperate rainforest, but will that be enough to save it? The Tarkine is our largest cool temperate rainforest, but will that be enough to save it? Flickr/leonrw

Cynical politics condemns our national heritage

Once a place is heritage listed, it’s protected, right? Wrong. Politics and a flawed statutory regime are undermining the independence of the listing system, and threatening Australia’s national treasures…