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UN rebukes Australia over concerns about Tasmanian World Heritage Areas and Great Barrier Reef

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UN shuts down AustraliaA UNITED Nations body has delivered two stinging rebukes to the Abbott Government in the space of a week over the way Australia is treating some of its environmental landmarks.

In a decision that lasted just 10 minutes, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Qatar last night denied the government’s request to open up Tasmania’s World Heritage Area to logging.

One UNESCO delegate even described the Abbott government move as “feeble”, according to a report in The Guardian.

Green groups had accused the government of pursuing the unprecedented delisting for ideological reasons.

The area was initially part of 170,000ha protected under Tasmania’s forest peace deal struck by former state and federal Labor governments. But Environment Minister Greg Hunt applied for the changes to UNESCO in February, a move that threatened to reignite decades of conflict over forestry in the island state.

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