Media Release: Liberals mount two-pronged attack on peaceful forest protests in Tarkine.

Brown says Liberals-backed regulatory attack on effective protest now taken to federal political arena.

“In Senate estimates yesterday, the Liberals’ Senator Chandler goaded Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) chief Gary Johns, to target Bob Brown Foundation because we are actually MAKING A PEACEFUL STAND, through peaceful direct action, against the destruction of the Tarkine rainforest and wildlife. This political attack on our campaigns may well translate into the ACNC taking punitive action against our wilderness-defending foundation,” Bob Brown said today.

“It is a set up out of Eric Abetz’ camp,” he added.

Last week Senator Chandler joined Senator Abetz and other Tasmanian Liberal senators in an ill-conceived motion demanding our foundation cease all forest protest activities in Tasmania - a motion withdrawn after the Tasmanian Workplace Safety Regulator’s prohibition failed in the court.

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Media Release: Man charged after attack on Tarkine forest defender

A man has been charged in relation to the attack on Tarkine defenders on 21 February 2020.

Three Tarkine rainforest defenders were driving on a public road near our Sumac Ridge blockade when the man deliberately rammed their vehicle.

Tasmania Police have informed us that investigations are ongoing and further charges may be laid against the man who was charged yesterday.

We believe this same man may have been involved in several incidents of intimidation against forest defenders at our peaceful Sumac rainforest blockade and this information has been shared with police.

 

Previous media release about the attack

 

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Media Release: Bob Brown defies attack

In a new attack from the Gutwein bureaucracy, Bob Brown Foundation has been threatened with a $50 000 fine if it does not comply with demands from the Tasmanian Workplace Safety Regulator, Mark Cocker, by the end of this month. (See below)

“We are not complying,” the defiant Bob Brown told media in Hobart today.

“This is Premier Gutwein’s bureaucracy being misused as a political weapon for the logging and rainforest destruction industry. Gutwein can’t win the public argument for needlessly destroying the ancient Tarkine rainforest and its wildlife. So he and the loggers are conniving to take our community of forest defenders out,” Bob Brown said.

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Media Release: Margaret Atwood visits Tarkine

Globally acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood visited Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforest this week and has added her voice to the growing calls for the Tarkine to be protected.

‘Went to the #Tarkine in #Tasmania .. stunning landscapes, stunning weather!’ Margaret Atwood posted to Instagram after her visit. ‘Many lovely people moments from visit to #Tarkine in #Tasmania., with Alex Fane and Will Konarkyris @willkonty of @faneproductions, with Bob Brown of @bobbrownfoundation, with amazing Forest Protestors defending Old Growth Rainforest, some of the last on the planet..’

“We are delighted. I simply wanted to show the Tarkine to this wonderful human
being as a break from her huge schedule of public appearances in Australia. Margaret Atwood’s backing for the foundation’s forest defenders, after she visited our camp in the cathedral-like rainforest on Sumac Ridge, came just as the Gutwein government’s edict prohibiting all forest protest in Tasmania was being tested in the court. She was our godsend for forest campaigning,” Bob Brown said today.

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Media Release: Gutwein approved forest protest ban collapses

The Gutwein government ban on peaceful protest in Tasmania has collapsed in court despite personal approval by the Premier.

“This is a Gutwein own goal”, Bob Brown, who has been visiting the Tarkine protest camp, said in Strahan this afternoon.

“We did not cave in to it because we knew it was an abuse of Tasmanian law. Surely the Premier should have known it was an abuse of the law too. It apperas he put politics before the law.”

“The Premier should say if he got the Solicitor-General’s advice. Tasmanians deserve the Premier’s commitment to never again go down this ill-judged road of bending the law selectively against environmentalists.

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Media Release: Foundation challenge: ‘edict is illegal’. Regulator should go.

2017 High Court ruling: ‘The implied freedom protects the free expression of political opinion, including peaceful protest, which is indispensable to the exercise of political sovereignty by the people of the Commonwealth.’

The Bob Brown Foundation has thrown down the gauntlet to the Tasmanian Department of Justice over its edict banning all the foundation’s forest protest activities. Acting for the foundation, Hobart solicitor Roland Browne has, this morning, asked the Magistrates’ Court to find the WorkSafe Tasmania prohibition invalid on multiple grounds (see link below).

“The government Prohibition Notice, issued on Thursday by its WHS Regulator, will be found invalid, that is, illegal,” Bob Brown said this morning in Hobart. The Gutwein government’s authority does not extend to suddenly declaring all community protest sites as workplaces or to a blanket ban our protest activity in Tasmania regardless of how safe or effective it may be.

Logically, what or who next? The Westbury prison site paddock made illegal for Westbury residents? Rosny Hill banned as a protest site until the WHS Regulator is happy? The Parliamentary lawns off limits to everyone with a grievance? The streets outside every politician’s office or town hall? Public meetings inside town halls (the edict clearly bans BBF from holding these for now)? Every union protest site? This is a Gutwein government absurdity.

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Media Release: Pro-logging vigilantes attack Tarkine Defenders

“Pro-logging vigilantes repeatedly rammed and seriously damaged a Tarkine forest defenders vehicle overnight. It is lucky no one was killed,” Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

There were three people in the car driven by Dr Lisa Searle who was on her way to the Tarkine forest defenders’ camp at Sumac Ridge, south of Smithton.

“Last night when we were ambushed by aggressive pro-logging vigilantes, it was scary and we feared for our lives,” Dr Lisa Searle said

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Media Release: Logging bans will follow edict

Bob Brown Foundation has moved to place the Gutwein government-backed edict banning ‘all forest protest activities’ on giant trees scheduled for logging throughout the Tarkine. It will follow up in the Southern Forest’s Swift Parrot habitats and other to-be-logged areas of Tasmania’s wild forests.

Under the government edict it is illegal to remove, damage or deface such notices, which must be displayed in ‘a prominent place’ and doing so ‘may incur a maximum penalty of $5,000 for an individual or $25,000 for a body corporate’. Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Ta Ann and Britton are body corporates.

‘If loggers remove, damage or display these notices on trees they are about to slaughter, they become liable to a $25,000 fine. So I presume they will have to calculate whether each tree is worth more than $25,000 to their profit line,’ Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

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Media Release: takayna Ultra – Tasmania's unique ultra-marathon ready for second run.

takayna Ultra is a 65km ultra-marathon event whose main goal is to help protect takayna / Tarkine in a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership. The takayna / Tarkine region of northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracks of Gondwanan rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archeology in the southern hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries including logging and mining.

On 13th March 2020, this unique event will be held for the second time. Already more than 120 participants have signed up to run, with all funds raised going to the Bob Brown Foundation's takayna / Tarkine campaign.

“I'm 6th generation Tasmanian from NW Tassie just north of takayna / Tarkine. I moved back to Tassie in 2018 after 20yrs living and working around Australia, Europe, the US and PNG. Upon moving back, I knew I wanted to share the amazing landscapes of Tasmania with the world through adventure events and at UTA (Ultra-Trail Australia) in 2018, I watched the film takayna produced by Patagonia and I knew exactly what I needed to do. Within hours, I'd been in contact with Patagonia and BBF and within 11 months, we had successfully delivered Tassie's newest and the first trail ultra in takayna / Tarkine. I am immensely proud to have co-founded this important event showcasing and supporting the protection of the raw and powerful takayna landscapes for all generations to come,” said takayna Ultra race director Lincoln Quilliam.

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Media Release: Four protesters arrested at Ta Ann timber mill

“Four people were arrested today at the notorious timber mill owned by Ta Ann Tasmania in northern Tasmania. This mill is on the doorstep of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, takayna / Tarkine and many areas of intact rainforests and carbon storehouses are threatened by logging for Ta Ann,” Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna / Tarkine Campaigner, Scott Jordan said.

This protest took place today to make Ta Ann accountable for their destruction of environment and climate, this mill is where logged forests of takayna / Tarkine end up.

“Timber supply into Ta Ann’s mills remain highly contentious. Forests across Tasmania with old growth values, rare and endangered species habitat and carbon storehouses are destroyed for Ta Ann. The company is one of the biggest in Tasmania receiving timber from the unsustainable and environmentally damaging logging practices,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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