The finding of Graham Samuels that native forests logging should have its exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act rescinded adds power to the Bob Brown Foundation’s current challenge to this arrangement in the Federal Court of Australia.
“Any six year old would tell us that flattening and incinerating Australia’s forests and their wildlife is a natural calamity,” Bob Brown said today. “However every national and state minister for the environment since the year 2000 has not only gone along with it but has obstructed environmentalists trying to rectify this disastrous Howardian fix. These have been two decades of environmental disgrace.”
“This deliberate exclusion of forests from enforceable national environmental care will go down in history as a bloody-minded trashing of a national treasure by John Howard, largely to feed taxpayer-subsidised woodchips to the northern hemisphere.”
The Bob Brown Foundation’s challenge to the forest exemption was heard by the full bench of the Federal Court last December 3. Judgement is expected to be handed down within weeks.
“The Morrison government won’t accept the Samuel recommendation. There is little evidence that the current prime minister has an environmental bone in his body. He doesn’t have the guts to go to the forests and see for himself the national disaster of Howard’s exemption of logging from the EPBC Act.”
There are two peaceful forest blockades to stem the destruction in Tasmania at present. “These are Australians doing Morrison’s job for him,” Brown said.