ENVIRONMENT Minister Brian Wightman has ordered an advisory committee to reconsider its recommendation to list the eastern quoll as an endangered species.
Mr Wightman yesterday confirmed he rejected the Scientific Advisory Council's recommendation last year to boost the species' conservation status.
Mr Wightman questioned evidence pointing to a total population decline of at least 50 per cent over the past 10 years.
``Abundance information on the species is both limited and variable,'' Mr Wightman told Parliament yesterday.
``The decline in the abundance of the eastern quoll detected during the past 10 years could be in part explained by changes in survey methods over the same period.''
Greens Environment spokeswoman Cassy O'Connor was disappointed about the apparent lack of action to protect the eastern quoll, which has not been seen on the mainland for 50 years.
``We have lost the thylacine, the devil is hanging on by a thread, as is the swift parrot, so let's not allow the eastern quoll to be driven down the same path by a lack of formal recognition of its declining numbers and a lack of action to protect its habitat and ensure its survival,'' Ms O'Connor said.
Mr Wightman said he had asked the council to consider the results of further research and make a new recommendation.
Meanwhile, the Australian Greens yesterday announced a plan to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and support wildlife carers in Tasmania.
At the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson announced a $135 million national package including an annual $5 million grant program to assist volunteers with the cost of caring for wildlife.
``Given the large number of carers here and the invaluable work they do in looking after our nationally threatened species, we would anticipate a significant portion going to Tasmania,'' Senator Whish-Wilson said.
Under the policy, $30 million a year would be invested in mapping important habitat, such as the Tarkine, and protecting it under federal environment laws.