Federal governments of all persuasions have historically protected and funded Australia’s forest destruction.

Legal exemption for logging – extended

Premier Daniel Andrews secretly extended the 20 year RFA logging deal for East Gippsland with no review, assessment or public knowledge, one day before it was due to expire. This is an astoundingly irresponsible move considering that in the week before, VicForests admitted there are not enough forests left to keep the sawlog supply going. …

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Calls to end logging’s legal exemption from federal environment law

This week a coalition of 25 environment groups is urging Premier Daniel Andrews to abandon his plans to extend the legal exemption given to the native forest logging industry in East Gippsland. The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is a 20-year arrangement between state and federal governments that gives special immunity to the logging …

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2016 Federal Election – Key points

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 …

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Malcolm Turnbull Just Made ‘Mr Coal’ His Environment Minister

Greg Hunt is gone, but the man who replaced him is likely to be even worse on climate action. Max Chalmers reports. For environmentalists, climate scientists, and any Australian who wants the Great Barrier Reef to outlive them, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that Greg Hunt is no longer …

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Abolish Failed Forest Deals – What do the Parties Say?

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 …

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Call To End Special Treatment For The Logging Industry

Victorian conservationists who’ve saved a colony of threatened Greater Gliders from loggers say the latest victory is further evidence the Federal Government should tear up the Regional Forestry Agreements, which exempt native forest logging from national environmental law. A group led by the Goongerah Environment Centre discovered the Gliders in April, on a night-time survey of …

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It’s time to end the failed regional forest agreements

The Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) that govern logging in nearly 7 million hectares of state forests in NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and WA have failed in all their objectives and should be terminated when they expire over the next four years. That is the damning assessment by over 30 environmental groups in a statement released today. …

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Abolish Failed Forest Deals

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 …

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Tell Canberra that Australian Paper is Bloody UnAustralian

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 …

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Australia quietly adds 49 species to threatened and endangered lists

Brush-tailed bettong, three-toed snake-tooth skink, swift parrot and types of orchid and albatross listed Nearly 50 new species of flora and fauna have been added without fanfare to the federal government’s list of threatened species, including nine that are critically endangered. Among the species to be added reported that 11 greater gliders were found in …

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