Tasmanian Forests are not safe despite the federal Labor government attempting to protect them from the almost bankrupt GUNNS Timber and Forestry Tasmania. They relied for decades on government handouts from a Liberal Tasmania state government and desecrated this precious island
Forestry Tasmania for years has been clear felling native forests under a Liberal Tasmania state government. Actually deliberately poisoning wildlife to establish plantations of species that don’t belong and poisoning catchments in the process. Forestry Tasmania: another state forest agency in league with corporations waiting for the Liberal National Party free for all if they win power this federal election.
This is what is at stake: these creatures will lose the last of their habitat and… die… not just as individuals but as species… extinct… to be lost from this earth forever
The Tasmanian Forest Peace Deal was sabotaged by industry, supporters of a Liberal Tasmania, and Forestry Tasmania. $2.8 million is available to Dorset ‘so-called’ Renewable Energies to ‘experiment’ with the biomassacre (burning) of forests.
But the Australian Labor government policy on the Renewable Energy Target says:
“Wood waste from native forests was removed from the RET as an eligible renewable energy source in 2011. This amendment was made to ensure that the RET did not provide an incentive for the burning of native forest wood waste for bio-energy, which could lead to unintended outcomes for biodiversity and the destruction of intact carbon stores.” (Climate Change Authority, March 2013)
The Liberal National Party want to change this to make wood from native forests eligible as a renewable energy source giving international investors the carbon trading certificates.
As well, Ta Ann, a forest destroying Malaysian based multinational logging company has been given $7.5 million to help build a new plywood mill – despite a track record of rainforest destruction and human rights violations in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. They have received timber from the destruction of Tasmania’s world class forests, including timber from old growth forests, forests with recognised World Heritage values, threatened species habitat and other forests that are of high conservation value. It is now the major driver of logging operations that continue to destroy large areas of old growth and high conservation value forests in Tasmania.
If the Liberal National Party win power this federal election and there is no federal environmental law left to stop this – God help Tasmania and the rest of Australia’s once beautiful forests.
Australians watched for years with despair as a Liberal Tasmania continued on a path of relentless destruction. A state Labor government favoured respite for forests but entrenched industry habit of Forestry Tasmania, backed by Liberal Tasmania supporters has undermined what could have been an historic deal to save old growth Tasmanian forests with support from this federal Labor government working with independents and Greens.