UTAS must rule out native forest logging in Prime Minister’s ‘Innovation’ hub
“PM Morrison’s backing of wholesale ongoing native forest destruction across Australia is far to the right of John Howard, who at least promised to protect the Tarkine rainforest in Tasmania,” Brown said today.
“Morrison’s policy is driving a range of Australian iconic species to extinction including Koalas, Swift Parrots, Masked Owls and Leadbeater’s Possum, Greater Gliders and Black Cockatoos,” Bob Brown said.
“There is nothing innovative about logging native forests in a climate and biodiversity crises. Native forests are a critical solution to mitigating these crises, as Australians face increasing bushfires and floods,” Jenny Weber said.
Bob Brown Foundation is calling on University of Tasmania (UTAS) to rule out native forest logging in their federal government-funded logging ‘innovation’ hub.
Today’s announcement is delivering what Australian Forest Products Association and UTAS jointly asked for but the Vice-Chancellor and Prime Minister must tule out the use of native forest products in this hub. Bob Brown and Christine Milne wrote to the Vice-Chancellor earlier this year making clear our objection to propping up native forest logging through this hub.
“Australia’s logging is neither ecologically sustainable nor world’s best practice and contributes nothing to meeting the challenges of climate change or the protection of biodiversity. There is no such thing as a ‘sustainable timber or energy yield’ from Australia’s native forests. As a result of logging, fire and invasive species our native forests are already depleted, with habitats for critically endangered flora and fauna reduced to remnants,” Christine Milne said.
“A truly innovative forest is to protect Australia’s native forests from logging and mining. This is a recycled policy announcement in a state where there are fewer than 300 direct jobs in logging native forests and declining demand because the market does not want conflict timber anymore,” Jenny Weber said.
“Meanwhile, protests continue in takayna / Tarkine to protect its rainforests from Environment Minister Sussan Ley tick for destruction,” Jenny Weber said.