Politics

What a state we’re in! The State of the Environment report for Victoria

Friday, November 1, 2013

Released in October 2013 the report shows 65% of Victoria’s state forest areas are zoned to be logged. But with unlogged narrow corridors and isolated steep slopes within that zone, it means about 45% can be stripped of its forest and wildlife. Guaranteed though, the entire 65% will be impacted. Here are some other points from the report:

Influences of the Victorian fires of February 2009

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Report analyses the driving influences of the February 7 fires and looks at how the fires passed through and affected different areas of land including plantations, regrowth from logging and National Parks. The summary of the implications of the report is below and you can Download the full report here (PDF 6.2MB) This report was commissioned by combined environment groups.

The Napthine Government's user-pays system for public lands

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Parks Fee increase

Charging to enjoy our National Parks, they say is fairer for taxpayers and more 'sustainable'.
The logging industry however, is subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of about $60 million, yearly grazing agistment to beef farmers in the Alpine Park worth $1.4 million was offered for free (and fought for in the high court), but people who enjoy National parks must 'pay their way'!

Threatened species plans - free from public comment

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Glossy Black Cockatoo

The government has suddenly got its skates on and seems to be writing protection plans for threatened wildlife. EEG launched legal action against the Department for its failure to do this in early June. Suddenly the Supreme Court is looming and EEG and a few select groups have a generous 10 days to comment on the Draft Action Statement (as from 20th Aug).

Logging has been wiping out Glossy Black habitat for almost 2 decades - unhindered by bothersome threatened wildlife protection plans.

Shadow Environment Minister unable to answer question

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Greg HuntWhen EEG asked Greg Hunt to clarify why the Coalition would appoint a commissioner to oversee threatened species when they also plan to hand all threatened species responsibilities to the states, Greg Hunt (Fed shadow env minister) replied:

‘Many thanks and the Commissioner would be responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring threatened species plans’.

Again we asked ...

Napthine shovels threatened wildlife into extinction pit

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A suppressed state govt report is telling us that our wildlife is fast being tipped into the pit of extinction – knowingly!

The Leadbeater's possum is Victoria's faunal emblem

Entire wildlife species are still being sacrificed for the greed of corporates. In this instance the logging mafia demands access to hundreds of thousands of ha of public native forests to shred for woodchips! (and the Liberal party doesn't mind the odd political donation).

Both the Long-footed Potoroo and the Leadbeaters Possum are mentioned. The secret report says that existing reserves are pathetically inadequate and more forest needs to be protected from logging.

Environment campaigners could be prosecuted by the Abbott Government

Monday, September 23, 2013

CONSERVATION groups seeking boycotts of products linked to environmental destruction may soon be liable for prosecution under consumer law.

The move could hamper market-based campaigns by groups such as Markets for Change and GetUp!

Currently, green groups have exemptions for secondary boycott activities under the Consumer and Competition Act. The Abbott government is going to review the act.

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