Politics

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.

Reject desperate push for government RET subsidies to burn native forests for industrial heat

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Australian Forest products Association (AFPA) launched a push in mid-April to include heat for industrial uses by burning large volumes of native forests, as part of the government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). At the moment the RET caters solely for electricity generation, which is bad enough!

The logging industry is lobbying hard for this to allow itself to continue forest destruction and the easy profits it makes from taking public property.

DELWP report on Reducing the Effect of Planned Burns on Hollow Bearing Trees

Friday, April 8, 2016

There is inadequate information on the fate of hollow-bearing trees (HBTs) subject to planned burns in Victoria. This study aimed to provide a methodologically robust estimate of the
collapse rate of HBTs in planned burns in the forests of Gippsland. The study’s primary goal was to quantify the impact on HBTs of exposure to a single instance of planned fire; the secondary goal was to provide evidence-based options for managers seeking to reduce this impact.

Summer legal actions stop VicForests in its (bulldozer) tracks

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

On three occasions between mid-December 2015 and early February 2016, EEG has been forced to engage lawyers from Environment Justice Australia . We believe VicForests is consistently not taking its legal obligations regarding environmental protection seriously and Minister Neville’s Environment Department is yet to to take action. Keep reading for more details of our most recent legal adventures ...

 

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