Over 100 lawyers have joined a new group that aims to end woodchipping and the logging of old-growth forests in Victoria, and overhaul the entire management of the state’s forests. The group was launched by the Federal Court’s Justice Murray Wilcox in Melbourne in mid-May.
The Lawyers For Forests group joins the Doctors, Liberals and Vets as professional groups opposed to government destruction of forests. President of the group, Lucy Turner, said the emergence of the group shows the strength of mainstream public feeling about this issue.
There is a strong renaissance going on. The environment is an issue that will not go away. The group is able to provide expert legal analysis and skills that can be brought to bear on reforming government policies.