Victoria must ban native forest logging imports from Tasmania before Labor and the Liberals eradicate ancient forests

Australian Greens Victoria
March 7, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Greens have called on the Victorian Labor Government to ban native logging imports from Tasmanian forests, saying it undermines the state’s own ban and encourages the Tasmanian Liberal and Labor parties to expand their industry. Tasmanian native forest logs have been exported to Victoria …for several months now, fuelling the destruction of old native forests. Accepting native forest timber from Tasmania also enabled Liberal Premier Jeremy Rockliff’s catastrophic election pledge last week to open up 40,000 hectares of precious native forest. The Tasmanian Labor Party has likewise abandoned any commitment to protecting nature, by promising this week to extend native forest logging contracts to 2040. …A transition package of nearly $1 billion dollars was provided by the Victorian Government to the logging industry, and more support was provided to transition the industry to plantations. Taxpayers deserve to know whether this money is being used to support workers and transition the industry to plantations

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