Media Release: Bob Brown calls for urgent halt to all Tasmanian native forest logging.

Tasmania police dropped charges against four forest defenders, including former Senator Bob Brown, in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court this morning, but the prosecutor declined defence solicitor Roland Browne’s challenge to tell the court why.

Consequently, Dr Brown has written to Premier Gutwein calling for a halt to all native forest logging operations, including imminent regeneration burns, unless and until it is shown such operations are legal.

“The government cannot proceed with logging of rare wildlife habitat knowing such logging is not valid. This is Premier Gutwein’s call. He must not knowingly let illegal logging practices proceed,” Brown said outside the court today.

The defendants have sought costs against the government.


A copy of the letter to Premier Gutwein is appended.

Hon. Peter Gutwein.


Dear Premier Gutwein,

As you are aware, charges against Tasmanians, myself included, who have validly tried to defend Tasmania’s native forests have been dropped. I ask you to let the public, whose forests are thus in contention, know why. In particular, you should confirm that the logging of our forests has no legal validation.

I call upon you to halt logging operations in our native forests, including so-called regeneration burns, which are so detrimental to both wildlife habitat and global warming mitigation, unless and until you explain the dropping of charges.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Brown.

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  • Robyn Ramsay
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    It is appalling to hear that the Tasmanian government and in particular it’s premier is allowing illegal logging to continue. No surprises at all when we are also aware of the corruption and environmental destruction within the salmon farming business in Tasmania. This government of Premier Gutwein as well as the Federal minister for the environment Susan Ley, will be remembered in history for allowing corporate corruption and financial greed to proliferate in Tasmania. I am absolutely dismayed that I, like thousands of other concerned Australians, have to fight against the destruction of old forest and seas that should have been a lasting legacy for generations to come. Wake up Gutwein and Ley!
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