Tas forests, pulp mill: Another Rudd betrayal

Federal ALP leader Kevin Rudd took a further step to the right on July 23 when he announced full support for logging old-growth forests in Tasmania. Rudd also announced his support for Gunns Ltd’s $2 billion pulp mill project proposed for the Tamar Valley, north of Launceston, in the federal electorate of Bass.

Responding to Rudd’s announcement, The Wilderness Society (TWS) said Rudd had betrayed the people of Bass. “Most people in the Bass electorate, which Mr Rudd hopes to win ...

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Alarm at logging breaches

STATE agencies guilty of logging breaches that felled protected trees and threatened endangered species have escaped punishment despite the environmental watchdog finding systemic problems in at least one forest district.

A special Environment Protection Authority audit found three breaches by VicForests near Cann River in East Gippsland, home to threatened species including the long-footed potoroo.

A fourth was confirmed in the Barmah State Forest, near Echuca, where the Department of Sustainability and Environment logged more than half of a 35-hectare protected nesting ...

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Bureaucrats lied over bushfires: claim

The Department of Sustainability and Environment manipulated media coverage of last summer’s bushfires in the state’s north-east into a “save a town a day” campaign that would portray it as heroic and improve its chances of greater funding, a federal parliamentary inquiry heard yesterday.

In an unscheduled verbal submission, Channel Nine reporter Charles Slade said state government departments, particularly the Department of Sustainability and Environment, tightly controlled the media and manipulated information to an extent that “I thought were clearly at ...

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