The Bob Brown Foundation's Great Forest Case, which challenges the validity of the Regional Forest Agreement, is set for its first case management hearing before the Federal court next Wednesday 23rd September at 2.15 pm. Members of the public and media will be able to watch online. Justice Duncan Kerr will be asked to make directions to prepare the case for hearing.
"The law calls for ‘ecologically sustainable forest management’ but the Tasmanian government, STT and, through washing its hands, the Commonwealth, deliver the public with their forest ecosystems and wildlife habitats burnt to a cinder. Logic as well as the law says that this cannot be allowed to continue," said Bob Brown.
“Our Great Forest Case has significant interest across Australia from people who want native forests protected. The critically endangered Swift Parrot, endangered Masked Owl and the world’s largest freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi are among the many species depending on this legal challenge striking down the Regional Forest Agreement that allows logging in Tasmania to destroy their habitat,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
Details of how to access the case:
You can access the meeting by clicking on the “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” link below (which generally works best when opened in Google Chrome). Persons joining via Teams will need to keep their own microphone muted and video turned off, but will be able to see and hear proceedings. If a person prefers to join via telephone only, they can dial +61 2 9161 1229 and enter conference ID 545 727 275#. Any persons joining will temporarily be placed in the “lobby” until court staff admit them to the meeting, but all will be admitted before the listed start time.
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