Media Release 26 Jan 2016
Environmentalist Bob Brown says he and other Lapoinya Forest defenders have had a nationwide response backing the Lapoinyans making a stand for their forest despite the Hodgman government's draconian laws against peaceful protest.
"The Lapoinya arrests, beginning with those of a grandfather and a mother, have spurred indignation.
"There is a wide disbelief that people defending their local forest and endangered wildlife should be being bulldozed by a Premier and ministers who have never been near the place.
"The response has also been international.
Brown called for the Tasmanian government to release its detailed accounts showing that taxpayers aren't actually paying to have the 49 hectares of Lapoinya Forest clearfelled and burnt and the wildlife eradicated. Private economic assessments show the logging will cost up to $200,000. Last year Forestry Tasmania was handed $30 million by the Hodgman government to help cover its annual debt for logging forests which cost FT nothing.
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929