Abbott, Abetz fail as World Heritage Committee stands by Tasmania's globally-renowned forests

The great majority of Australians who, polls show, opposed the Abbott government's attempt to delist Tasmania's World Heritage forests can now celebrate the defeat of the proposal, Bob Brown said today. "But, for all Australians, it is a bittersweet victory.”

"Tony Abbott lied about the forests being degraded. That lie has been rejected at international level. It is a diplomatic fiasco for the Prime Minister and Australia. However, it is a win for global diplomatic propriety.”  


"The Prime Minister's chief adviser from Tasmania, Senate leader Eric Abetz, left the government wide open to this international rejection of his proposal that the forests, the tallest flowering forests on Earth, should be delisted and opened to the chainsaws. The World Heritage Committee stood by its Convention while the Australian Government attempted to undermine it.”

"This is the lowest point in the history of Australian environmental diplomacy. Abbott's failed mission has sullied the nation's great history of upholding the World Heritage Convention over the last four decades.”


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  • Robert Stephen
    commented 2014-10-04 17:05:59 +1000
    Great result after a terrible decision from a terrible person.
    no more needs to be said apart from well done all!!
  • Steven Chaffer
    followed this page 2014-06-24 13:30:03 +1000
  • Jules Smith
    commented 2014-06-24 13:29:35 +1000
    fantastic news but what next? Is there gonna be a great barrier reef in our future, or a coupla fleeting dollars, which btw wouldnt pay back the debt created by said dollars…
  • Ashley Powell
    commented 2014-06-24 10:49:44 +1000
    Made my day, great work everyone!
  • Beardson
    commented 2014-06-24 10:26:46 +1000
    What a fantastic win! FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE PLANET.
    Abbott, Abetz and all the Liberals should hang their collective heads in shame for even attempting to de-list what belongs to the world. An apology for embarrassing thinking Australians is needed, as this Government’s decisions reflects on all of us.
  • joanne rolfe
    commented 2014-06-24 08:57:38 +1000
    thrilled to death!!! Keep up the pressure, Bob, we are right behind you!!
  • Lawrence Winder
    commented 2014-06-24 08:12:03 +1000
    Thank you and congratulations ….but I wonder what these environmental mongrels will try next?
  • Elisabeth Merlot
    commented 2014-06-24 01:48:07 +1000
    Thank-YOU SO very very very much. Literally crying with happiness to read this!
  • Wolfie Rankin
    commented 2014-06-24 01:25:25 +1000
    Absolutely top shelf news.
  • Peter Scannell
    commented 2014-06-24 01:22:48 +1000
    Loving this news!!!!!
  • Kerin Faulkner
    commented 2014-06-24 00:50:25 +1000
    Thankyou to the Wilderness Society and the many organizations and citizens and the great folk of Tassie who stayed strong and stood for this vital global treasure.I am now going to sleep after waiting netvously for the last three days.Sincere congratulations to the delegation in Qatar