Tasmanian Government Abandons Swift Parrot

An article in newmatilda.com by Thom Mitchell


'The Tasmanian government has again drawn the ire of conservationists after documents obtained by The Wilderness Society emerged yesterday revealing it had disengaged with the body established to save the endangered Swift Parrot while continuing to log key habitat.'


'Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager at the Bob Brown Foundation, said that adding insult to the Swift Parrot’s injury was the fact that logging Tasmania’s native forests actually costs all taxpayers money.

“Despite a 2015 review of Forestry Tasmania, which found the Government Business Enterprise has been losing public money over many years, the current Liberal Government has followed a business as usual model,” Weber said.

“In 2010 the management of Forestry Tasmania lost $306 million; In 2011, they lost $129 million of taxpayers’ funds.

“That’s nearly $1,000 for every man woman and child in the state [and] the Commonwealth has tipped nearly $100 million between 2006 and 2012 alone, too."'

Read the full article on newmatilda.com


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