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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6327

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (9.49 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the many calls by the Australian Democrats to phase out clear-fell logging of native forests in Victoria, and the local and state-wide opposition to logging, particularly in the Otways and Wombat State Forests,

(ii) the work of members of the Otway Ranges Environment Network, Geelong Community Forum, Geelong Environment Council and Otway Ranges Interest Group in working to protect native forests, and

(iii) the announcement by the Victorian State Government last week that the logging of native forests in the Otways will end within 6 years and logging in the Wombat State Forest will be reduced and woodchipping there stopped altogether; and

(b) congratulates the State Government on this initiative and urges the Premier to put these promises into action immediately after the forthcoming election.

Question put.