Abolish Failed Forest Deals – What do the Parties Say?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For nearly 20 years, Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) have given the logging industry preferential access to around seven million hectares of publicly owned native forests in four states. Logging has been exempted from Federal environment laws for this time. AFCA together with over 30 environment groups say RFAs should be abolished and logging in native forests should end.

AFCA asked the Parties two questions. Here are their replies (at 23 June 2016):

Party

 

Question 1. Does your party agree that RFAs should terminate when they expire, not be extended, rolled over or renewed?

Question 2. Does your party agree that native forest wood and biomass should not be defined as eligible sources of energy under the Renewable Energy Target legislation?

Forest policy

Coalition

No answer

No answer

None

Labor

No answer

No answer

None

Greens

Yes. The Greens believe that Regional Forest Agreements should be scrapped. RFAs aren’t working to protect our complex and diverse forests for future generations, and they aren’t a sustainable economic plan for the future

Yes. The Greens agree that native forest wood products and biomass should not be defined as eligible sources of energy under the Renewable Energy Target legislation.

Protecting Australia’s native forests

Xenophon Team

No answer

No answer

None

Liberal Democrats

No

No

Forestry

Family First

No

No

None

Jacqui Lambie Network

No answer

No answer

None

Glenn Lazarus Team

No answer

No answer

None

Motoring Enthusiast Party

No answer

No answer

None

Palmer United

No answer

No answer

None

See where parties stand on forests and the environment No surprises! Environment Victoria’s scorecard (PDF) is here

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