News

Crean questions Milne's commitment

MINISTER for Regional Development Simon Crean has questioned new Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne's commitment to regional Australia.

Mr Crean said while he welcomed anyone calling for more focus on regional issues, Senator Milne had not shown she was willing to negotiate on balancing the interests of industry and environmental values.

"She could start by showing her support for the Intergovernmental Agreement on Tasmanian Forests," Mr Crean said.

He said finding a balance between the forestry industry and the environment was not helped by a lack of support from the Tasmanian Senator, who was elected Greens Leader on Friday after the resignation of Bob Brown.

But Ms Milne, who was in Orange on Wednesday as part of her regional listening tour, was quick to return fire.

"Minister Crean should come and talk to the farmers I've been speaking with today in central western New South Wales, or those I've worked with over 25 years across Tasmania and the mainland, before he questions my commitment," she said.

"I've been delighted by the open, honest conversations I've had today and the genuine interest in the Greens.

"We can't keep pretending to people that this industry can survive, with woodchip prices through the floor.

"We need a genuine process to help people out of native forest logging, not cash handouts to prop up a dying industry."

Ms Milne said reaching out to regional Australia would be a feature of her leadership.

She said she was committed to talking to regional Australia about the global issues affecting them, such as food security, climate change, sustainability and the environment.

Mr Crean cited the government's record of establishing the Department of Regional Australia, as part of a deal with key independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, after the 2010 election.

"We have spent more on regional Australia and regional development than any other government," he said.

"The nature of the hung parliament that we are in, we are focusing on the strengths of regional Australia, on the power of localism."

Mr Crean was in Narrabri, in western New South Wales, on Wednesday to speak at a conference of the Australian National University's National Institute of Rural and Regional Affairs.

Topics:  christine milne simon crean


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Getting our kids involved with native fauna protection

Upper Main Arm Public School at West Byron wetlands.

Successful education program reaches five schools and 334 students

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Local Partners

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!