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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 98

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) - I do not wish to prolong the debate, but Senator Webster asked me whether I could mention an instance where there had been a replacement of indigenous forest by an exotic pine plantation. My attention has been drawn to a report in the 'Canberra News' of 23rd September 1971 which stated under a heading 'Bush Replaced by Pine':

The New South Wales Forestry Commission confirmed today it would convert 34,000 acres of bush, on the Dividing Range east of Canberra, into pine plantations.

The Conversion of bush in the vicinity of Palerange and Tallanganda State, Forest would take a considerable time, a spokesman for the commission said.

The spokesman would not comment on the charge this would mean destroying the natural environment.

In a letter to the "Canberra Times', yesterday, V and R. Routley attacked the commission's plans, saying they would create 'biological deserts'.

They criticised the replacement , of eucalypt forest by a single exotic species which "little indigenous life could exploit.

Senator Webster - Is that- what you consider bush to be - natural forest?",; -ft," ' '

Senator BYRNE - I suppose, :it. is. a. matter of interpretation. However, ; that : is the type of thing, with which .. we are concerned. . : . (; :.,:-> ut

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