Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining

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Save the Tarkine and the Bob Brown Foundation are pleased with the positive reception at the forum Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining yesterday in Wynyard.

Speakers included Adam Thompson and Ashley Murray from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, economist Richard Dennis from The Australia Institute, Bob Brown from the Bob Brown Foundation, and Scott Jordan from Save the Tarkine.

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Liberal & Labor Possum 'Saviours' Cheat Voters

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Bob Brown with Ellen Sandell in Melbourne

" The Napthine government is driving Victoria's unique Leadbeater's Possum towards extinction but claiming to be its saviour. However voters, by a 5 to 1 majority, want the tall forests which are Leadbeater's possum habitat to be protected as national park," Dr Brown said.

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Test for Forestry Tasmania and FSC

The assessment of Forestry Tasmania for FSC certification is as much a test for the Forest Stewardship Council as it is for Forestry Tasmania as FSC auditors are asked to approve unacceptable logging practices and plans that insufficiently protect vital old growth forest and biodiversity, so that the product can be represented as having green credentials in international and domestic markets.

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Tinkering won’t fix it

Tasmanian Government told by coalition to throw out flawed protest bill as tinkering won’t fix it.

Civil Libertarians, unions, environmentalists, community legal centres and lawyers have called for the Tasmanian Government’s anti-protest Bill to be scrapped, saying creation of proposed amendments by the Tasmanian Government is an admission that the Bill is deeply flawed, but that the changes will not fix fundamental problems.

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Draconian protest legislation bogged & needs to be buried

Bob Brown Foundation's Jenny Weber comments, "The Tasmanian Government's anti-protest legislation has been bogged by the move in Tasmania's Upper House, now it's time for the Government to bury it."

"The appalling legislation, attracting international shame, needs to be thrown out of our Tasmanian democracy, it has no place in a society that values the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech," Jenny Weber said.

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Tasmania’s Forests delivered to the loggers

Howard's Tarkine Protection ends

Tasmania’s anti-conservationist Government has passed a bill that will see rainforest protection threatened, the ongoing logging of unique native forests, continued prop up of an industry crisis and the appalling relationship with corrupt Sarawak timber barons.

The Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said, “Tasmania's Government has issued a licence for native forest annihilation in an era when native forest logging should cease, for climate mitigation and ecosystem benefits.”

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Forest conservation in Tasmania facing dire future as existing and proposed reserves sentenced to ‘partial logging’

Legislative Councillors explicitly outlined that they were ignoring a swag of personal messages received in the past week from Tasmanians opposed to new forestry legislation which scuttles promised ‘peace deal’ reserves and also opens hundreds of existing protected areas for logging.

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New Leaflets Raise Alarm Over 1.5 Million Hectare Logging Grab

Protected-No-More.jpgAs the Legislative Council resumes consideration of the Hodgman government’s revocation of the Tasmanian Forests Agreement new leaflets (see attached) from Markets For Change and The Bob Brown Foundation are landing in letterboxes, sounding the alarm that existing reserves of many years’ standing will be opened to logging alongside abandonment of promised ‘peace deal’ reserves.

“One and a half million hectares of Tasmania that is currently off limits to logging will be opened to the chainsaws under Hodgman’s extreme new forestry legislation,” said Markets For Change CEO Peg Putt.

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Hundreds rally to oppose Tasmania's repressive anti-protest laws

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Today in Hobart’s City Hall, 900 people rallied to oppose the Tasmanian Government’s protest legislation.

Speakers included Richard Griggs, Tasmanian President of Civil Liberties Australia, Vanessa Bleyer, Lawyer and President of Environment Tasmania, Ruth Langford, Tasmania’s Aboriginal Centre Secretary, Rodney Croome, Gay Rights Advocate, from Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group, Greg Barns, from the Australian Lawyers Alliance and Bob Brown, Environmentalist.

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Coalition of Tasmanians oppose the Hodgman Government's undemocratic anti-protest bill

Tasmanians will rally tomorrow to oppose the State Government's draconian anti-protest bill that is set to be debated in the Legislative Council in the coming weeks.  At the City Hall in Hobart, 20 organisations will rally Tasmania's community together to urge the Legislative Councillors to reject the bill.

Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia, stated, "Mandatory imprisonment for people who gather on public land to protest is deeply problematic in a democracy like ours.

"Prison should be used to make the community safer, not to frighten the community into silence.”

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