In his environment speech on May 27th, Opposition Leader Mark Latham squibbed on protecting Tasmania’s threatened forests and wildlife. Greens Senator Bob Brown said Labor is set to endorse Prime Minister Howard’s agreement to cut down, burn and poison the grandest forests in the southern hemisphere at the fastest rate in history.
Bob Brown welcomed Latham’s endorsement of the Greens campaign for World Heritage listing for Antarctica and to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but the aim to restore 1500 gigalitres to the Murray River over 10 years was too little, too late. Latham remained non-committal on forests, saying they needed to look at phasing out clearfelling of old growth over 10 years (to be replaced by what system ?!) and that jobs should not be sacrificed (?!).
Mark Latham has failed to win any support from Australians concerned for our forests and environment.