12 March, 2011

Forest deal breaks public trust: Brown

Senator Bob Brown
Media Release, 12 March 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today that the deal
struck between Forestry Tasmania CEO Bob Gordon and federal independent
facilitator Bill Kelty was a breach of public trust in the forest
principles process.

"Mr Kelty says 'let me place on record our appreciation of Bob Gordon
and Forestry Tasmania for your support in this difficult process' - no
mention of environmentalists."

"Mr Gordon says 'Mr Kelty believes an agreement may be possible, if a
proposed pulp mill at Bell Bay proceeds', and to add insult to injury
adds that 'by necessity, some coupes in the area proposed by ENGOs for
reservation will be logged over the next six months'. That is, the
proposed moratorium has been dumped."

"The Australian Greens saw that the iconic forests of Tasmania had
become too expensive for the industry to continue logging. The industry
came to environmentalists to help rescue it, not the forests."

"But now the industry is calling the shots and going for a massive
taxpayer funded injection of funds to keep logging in native forests, on
a broad scale, for the next 16 years at least. That's not on. We will
oppose the public purse being robbed to fund further forest destruction
or the Gunns pulp mill," Senator Brown said.

Marion Rae
Director of Media/Senior Media Adviser
Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens
Suite SG-112 Parliament House, Canberra ACT
P: 02 6277 3577 | M: 0438 376 082| F: 02 6277 3185


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