Rainforest protection begins at home

Australian Forests and Climate AllianceBob Brown Foundation

 The Australian Forests and Climate Alliance and the Bob Brown Foundation have organised a street demonstration outside the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on November 12. Joining them will be members of the public and environment groups from Australia and Papua New Guinea to highlight the ongoing loss of rainforests in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Criminalising Nature Lovers

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The Hodgman government's new maximum sentences of four years jail for campaigners repeatedly going to the defence of Tasmania's wild and scenic beauty will damage the job-rich tourism industry to featherbed the job-poor woodchip industry, environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

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First Franklin River canoeist, John Dean, dies

John Dean
At Liffey in 1953 - John having a cuppa from a billy lid

One of the original team of four men to canoe down Tasmania's wild Franklin River in 1958, John Dean, died at his home in Evandale near Launceston last night. He was 88.

After an earlier failed attempt Dean, Launceston doctor John Hawkins, Trevor Newland and Henry Crocker, completed the trail-blazing journey down the largely unknown river in 1958. The two-weeks adventure almost ended in tragedy when Dean became stranded on flood-surrounded boulders at the Cauldron Rapids deep in the Great Ravine where the Franklin curves south of Frenchmans  Cap. However the men emerged safely to meet a cruise boat from Strahan on the Gordon River some days later. (The Morrison brothers from Strahan had ventured up the river as far as Fincham Crossing, with a piners punt, some years earlier.)

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Bizarre Plan for Woodchip Export out of Tasmania’s Southern Forests

Glaziers Bay Huon River
Glaziers Bay, Huon River by Bob Brown

A ludicrous proposal to turn Waterloo Bay on the Huon River from public open space into a permanent mooring area for huge barges that would tranship woodchips and quarry products to massive bulk cargo carriers stationed in the river is the latest madcap plan to emerge as compulsory acquisition at Triabunna is ruled out, according to the Bob Brown Foundation and Markets For Change.

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Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining

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Save the Tarkine and the Bob Brown Foundation are pleased with the positive reception at the forum Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining yesterday in Wynyard.

Speakers included Adam Thompson and Ashley Murray from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, economist Richard Dennis from The Australia Institute, Bob Brown from the Bob Brown Foundation, and Scott Jordan from Save the Tarkine.

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Liberal & Labor Possum 'Saviours' Cheat Voters

Possum Media Conference
Bob Brown with Ellen Sandell in Melbourne

" The Napthine government is driving Victoria's unique Leadbeater's Possum towards extinction but claiming to be its saviour. However voters, by a 5 to 1 majority, want the tall forests which are Leadbeater's possum habitat to be protected as national park," Dr Brown said.

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Test for Forestry Tasmania and FSC

The assessment of Forestry Tasmania for FSC certification is as much a test for the Forest Stewardship Council as it is for Forestry Tasmania as FSC auditors are asked to approve unacceptable logging practices and plans that insufficiently protect vital old growth forest and biodiversity, so that the product can be represented as having green credentials in international and domestic markets.

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Tinkering won’t fix it

Tasmanian Government told by coalition to throw out flawed protest bill as tinkering won’t fix it.

Civil Libertarians, unions, environmentalists, community legal centres and lawyers have called for the Tasmanian Government’s anti-protest Bill to be scrapped, saying creation of proposed amendments by the Tasmanian Government is an admission that the Bill is deeply flawed, but that the changes will not fix fundamental problems.

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Draconian protest legislation bogged & needs to be buried

Bob Brown Foundation's Jenny Weber comments, "The Tasmanian Government's anti-protest legislation has been bogged by the move in Tasmania's Upper House, now it's time for the Government to bury it."

"The appalling legislation, attracting international shame, needs to be thrown out of our Tasmanian democracy, it has no place in a society that values the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech," Jenny Weber said.

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Tasmania’s Forests delivered to the loggers

Howard's Tarkine Protection ends

Tasmania’s anti-conservationist Government has passed a bill that will see rainforest protection threatened, the ongoing logging of unique native forests, continued prop up of an industry crisis and the appalling relationship with corrupt Sarawak timber barons.

The Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said, “Tasmania's Government has issued a licence for native forest annihilation in an era when native forest logging should cease, for climate mitigation and ecosystem benefits.”

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