Media Release: Equinor approval to drill Bight risks Australian environment - Brown

Equinor oil drilling, banned at home, threatens Tasmania’s pristine Tarkine coast, the Bob Brown Foundation said tonight.

Norwegian government-controlled oil giant Equinor, having been banned from drilling in the wild waters of Norway’s famed Lofoten Islands, has been given the go-ahead to drill 1000 metres below the Great Australian Bight’s sea bed which is, itself, 2000 metres deep in some of the most pristine but turbulent seas in the world.

“Scott Morrison, said not to be holidaying anywhere on the magnificent Great Australian Bight coastline, is now responsible for exposing that coast to a potential oil spill rivalling BP’s disaster in the shallower Gulf of Mexico a decade ago,” Bob Brown said.

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Media Release: ‘Kangaroo court’ Charities Commission should explain bans: Brown.

The Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission should fully explain how its investigations led to the delisting of the charitable organisation Vegan Rising, environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

The charities commission doesn't publish the findings from their investigations. Its CEO Dr Gary Johns said the revocation of the registration is the "most serious action the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission can take".

"Dr Johns is right that this is a most serious action but wrong not to publish how he reached his findings. The commission has all the hallmarks of a kangaroo court. Without being publicly accountable, it will appear politically motivated. Many Australians already think the Commission is politically motivated especially as the multi million dollar business, Hillsong has retained its DGR status after revelations of cover ups at the Royal Commission into child abuse," said Bob Brown.

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Media Release: Loggers collude with Tasmanian Government to destroy forests promised for reservation

Right to Information (RTI) documents have revealed that Tasmania’s logging agency has been cooking up plans with the Government to log forests with independently verified high conservation values. A plan that is laid out on misleading figures and is a dangerous move at this time of a global species extinction crisis and climate emergency.

“Revelations that a dodgy plan is proposed to trash one conservation value in Tasmania’s unique forests while saving another one raises alarm bells with conservationists that the wrong people are determining the fate of forests and wildlife. This is not on. Loggers have mooted a plan for Swift parrot habitat on Bruny Island currently in the permanent logging zone be exchanged for forest elsewhere on mainland Tasmania for logging. This is not a strategy to save the Swift Parrot. All breeding and foraging habitat for the Swift Parrot needs urgent protection from logging and protecting the Bruny Island forests will not be enough,” Jenny Weber said.

“Tasmania’s government has already severely failed the critically endangered Swift Parrot, a species that needs all its habitat in secure conservation reserves,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: David Bellamy, whose arrest at Tasmania’s Franklin River blockade made world headlines, has died.

TV personality and environmental advocate Professor David Bellamy, affectionately known in Australia as ‘the Pommie Botanist’, has died in Britain, aged 86.

‘He was pivotal to saving Tasmania’s world-ranked wild river, the Franklin,’ environmentalist Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

‘Bellamy, with great gusto, made a special trip to Tasmania in 1982 to join the Tasmanian Wilderness Society’s growing campaign to stop the Franklin River being dammed and its rainforests, caves and wildlife drowned.

'A No Dams rally of 12,000 people in Melbourne gave Bellamy a wildly enthusiastic reception'

‘In 1983, with the dam works under way, he returned to join us Franklin blockaders sitting in front of bulldozers in the riverside rainforests. Bellamy was arrested and sent to Risdon Prison. He spent his 50th birthday in jail. His arrest generated banner headlines in Fleet Street and provided a massive boost for the campaign on the eve of Australian elections which saw Labor’s Bob Hawke sweep to power and stop the dam.

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Media Release: Tarkine defender penalised over tree-sit protest

Tarkine Defender Andy Szollosi appeared in Hobart magistrates court today and was given a 6-month good behaviour bond after an October tree-sit protest in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine.

“The ancient forests of Sumac ridge in takayna / Tarkine are still standing as the blockade to protect forests from logging enters the tenth week. Peaceful occupation of these forests by members of the community and campaigners from the Bob Brown Foundation will continue as long as the government fails to protect these vast, intact rainforests,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Tasmania's forestry industry deserves to fail FSC certification

"We welcome the news that Sus Timbers Tasmania has, yet again, failed to attain the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) tick. Logging native forests, including old growth wilderness forest and rainforests, critically endangered Swift Parrot and endangered species’ habitat, does not deserve a social licence," said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager, Jenny Weber.

"There is no need for native forest logging in Tasmania. Forestry have shown yet again they have failed to meet even the most basic environmental certification criteria. Their appalling record of destroying endangered species’ habitat and destruction of ancient forests is an embarrassment to the state," concluded Jenny Weber.

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Media Release: Anti-protest laws unnecessary as Tarkine defender penalised over tree-sit protest

Today’s court appearance in Hobart by Tarkine Defender Josh Nichols highlights that Tasmania already has laws in place to arrest and penalise protesters and there is no need for the proposed over-reach by Premier Will Hodgman with his proposed anti-protest laws.

Josh Nichols pleaded guilty to trespass and received a $300 fine.

“While the draconian anti-protest laws passed the lower house of Tasmanian Parliament last week, they are not due to be debated and considered in the upper house until April 2020. This gives Tasmanians the summer months to lobby legislative councillors as to why the law should be thrown out,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

"Today is an example of someone taking a stand for the environment and receiving a penalty. People like Josh are brave heroes, just like those who stopped the Franklin Dam. Future generations will be thankful for their sacrifice and hard work defending the environment and climate," Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Endangered Masked Owl among more than two hundred species recorded in Tarkine BioBlitz.


“A World Heritage-listed National Park is urgently needed for Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Over the past days at our Tarkine BioBlitz, 150 experts and enthusiasts have recorded rare, threatened and endangered species that are not in secure conservation reserves. Logging, off-road vehicles, and mining are damaging natural values of this last wild place,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“Biodiversity and nature's contributions continue dangerous decline across planet Earth and takayna / Tarkine provides a critical ark of species that need to be protected. During the annual Tarkine BioBlitz, an endangered Masked Owl was identified in Frankland River forests threatened by logging this summer, just one of the many hundreds of species recorded across Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: One hundred citizens join fifth annual Tarkine BioBlitz

More than 100 citizens have headed into Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine to participate in the annual Tarkine BioBlitz. Forty wildlife and vegetation surveys will be carried out in the Tarkine BioBlitz over the next three days.

“Our Tarkine BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature in one of the world’s last wild places. Exploring the threatened forests, rivers and remote coastline, we record as many living things as possible over three days,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.

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Media Release: Morrison to digitise ecocide: Bob Brown

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to speed up environmental approvals for mines, dams and industrial fish farms is a formula for faster extinction of species, breakdown of ecosystems and loss of Aboriginal heritage, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

The PM’s promise to big business of faster assessments will extend to the nation’s beleagured Indigenous estate.

“Mr Morrison does not want to know that you cannot digitise the field studies essential to a mature understanding of the environmental and human heritage impacts of megaprojects like coal mines, gas fields, oil wells, dams, industrial fish farms and clearfell logging,” Brown said.

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