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Bob Brown & endangered species broadsided by overturned Federal Court finding

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This is a particularly important matter in the development of national environmental law in Australia. Having only just got word of this decision handed down 4 days ago (my bad…. grr), here is the press release on Bob Brown’s site.

Forest absurdity – appeal to Rudd, Garrett certain, High Court likely

30th Nov 07

Greens leader Bob Brown has called on the Rudd government and Environment Minister Peter Garrett to read and take action to rectify the absurdity of today’s Federal Appeal Court’s decision on Tasmania’s Wielangta forest and to nullify the Regional Forest Agreement.
While the appeal bench ruled 3-0 that section 38 of the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act exempts logging from environmental law, it left intact Justice Marshall’s finding that logging had a significant and unacceptable impact on the endangered species.

“It’s a case of the law intends to protect endangered wildlife but if Canberra and Hobart ignore logging which endangers their existence, they can,” Senator Brown said.

“I will ask both Prime Minister Rudd and Peter Garrett to put the Howard years of indifference behind and insist these habitats be protected as the law intends. I have also asked my barristers to weigh up the obvious grounds for an appeal to the High Court – this nation’s natural heritage depends on us taking action,” Senator Brown said.

With all the changing of the government and Kyoto-ing and promises of apologies to the Stolen Generations, this decision slipped straight through and I should think it was also neglected by most major newspapers – which is a huge mistake. The overturning of Justice Marshall’s interpretation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in the first Wielangta Case is a significant setback for checks and balances needed to prevent monopolistic forestry departments running amok in the most irreparable manner possible.

More on this in the next few days – definitely.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

December 5, 2007 at 2:45 am

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  1. Yes for god’s sake more please. Horribly confused & worried by this – especially Garrett’s announcement yesterday that he would not be intervening to stop the mill. Is this revenge politics to ensure that Malcolm Turnbull gets tarred with this decision for the rest of eternity? Opening him up to attack as a future leader of the Libs?

    Or is it also about leaving the Tas ALP of Lennon out so far on that limb of arrogance that their downfall is all of their own making & the party can be cleansed? Or is it just realpolitik of not upsetting “The Market” this early in the term of a new government?

    & WTF do we do now? Obviously activism outside of the usual structures, protest protest protest. Guidance please oh TINA

    Bernice

    December 6, 2007 at 9:17 am


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