Politics

2016 Federal Election - Key points

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Federal election saw both good and bad results.

The Turnbull govt was returned with a much decreased margin of one but the Senate has a larger number of small parties and independents on the cross-bench, making it more difficult to get legislation passed. The Greens went from 10 down to 9 Senators (losing one from SA’s two) with Adam Bandt elected to the House of Reps. It was extremely close in Batman and Melb Ports with Wills showing a lot of green spirit as well. Melbourne’s north is quite a hot bed of progressive voters. Not so in Gippsland though.

Victorian Forest taskforce

Friday, July 1, 2016

This Daniel Andrews-devised industry/enviro groups roundtable is progressing. The first agreed ‘Statement of Intent’ report was due to be presented to the government by the end of June but that’s now been pushed out by 2-3 weeks. These delays mean more trees fall meanwhile.  

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):

Abolish Failed Forest Deals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For nearly 20 years native forest logging in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and WA has received special treatment under commonwealth environmental laws. Other industries need approval from the commonwealth Environment Minister before taking an action that may affect threatened species or World Heritage. Native forest logging does not. The result has been catastrophic for wildlife and other forest values.

Petition for Ambition: Victoria's Renewable Energy Targets

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The release of the Andrews government's Renewable Energy Action Plan is imminent. It will set Victorian Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025. 

Please add your voice to the call for the Andrews government to set ambitious targets that match those of other states and territories. Sign the Petition

Tell Canberra that Australian Paper is Bloody UnAustralian

Monday, May 16, 2016

Until mid-2015 the Commonwealth of Australia had a progressive policy to ensure all of the paper it sourced was 100% post-consumer recycled. So no native forests would be chopped down to supply paper to the Fed Govt in Canberra.
Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce put an end to that and now the blood-stained Reflex paper can be used. Australian Paper which makes Reflex sources its woodchip pulp from VicForests. It clearfells and burns the tall wet forest from the Central Highlands. This is where the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum lives.
Now, Senator Nick Xenophon, on May 1, put forward a motion that all electoral voting papers be produced on paper made from these rich forests.

Brickworks political donation interests extend to native forest burning and logging

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brickworks owns the largest mill in East Gippsland. It is a dodgy company which makes large political donations and has huge influence over the Liberal Party. It was mentioned in the NSW ICAC inquiry into corruption. It played a big part in pushing to have the logging and incineration of native forest logs in electricity generators to be defined as 'renewable' and therefore collect subsidies or credits for doing so.

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