Today, Tasmania Police revealed they will not proceed with charges for two forest defenders arrested in Wentworth Hills forests a month ago. A total of nine forest defenders, including Bob Brown, have now had their charges dropped in the past fortnight without explanation. On 22 March, the police prosecutor indicated that validating legislation was being considered by the government in relation to charges dropped last week.

“In light of these charges being dropped, we have headed into the forests with concerns that Tasmania’s logging legality is under the cloud of a cover-up. Protesters have halted logging this morning in Wentworth Hills and remain on location with police arriving at the protest. Premier Gutwein is choosing to spend police resources on charging protesters when the charges are not standing up to court scrutiny, compounded by the question of whether the logging is illegal,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“Over the past twelve months, Tasmania’s Premier Gutwein has been responsible for allowing illegal activities in logging across the vast tracts of native forests while overseeing illegal mining activities in takayna / Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

Our Foundation is taking action this week to highlight the many native forests, wildlife habitats and carbon storehouses across lutruwita / Tasmania that are being lost to logging right now. All native forest logging operations across the state, including imminent logging burns, must be stopped,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Erik Hayward said.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-04-04 11:51:30 +1000