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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 3823

Senator RICE (Victoria) (18:22): I move:

That the Senate take note of document no. 12.

This is the regional forest agreement between the Commonwealth and New South Wales—second and third five-yearly reviews from 2004 to 2014, a report of the independent reviewer. I won't go into detail now about these documents because they need to be very thoroughly read. This is documentation of what's going on in our New South Wales forests and adds to the documentation that was tabled last week of what's going on in our forests of Victoria. It is about the ongoing clear-fell logging and destruction of our native forests. It's going on right across the country under our logging laws, the regional forest agreement.

These laws and documents are just laying bare what is going on. Yet we've got a government that insists we've got to just keep on rolling over these regional forest agreements, rolling on with this ongoing destruction of our forests. It has devastating implications for the forest environment, for the animals that live in these forests, for clean air, for water, for recreation and for tourism. I intend to speak in more detail about some of the findings of this report and the report on the Victorian forests that was tabled last week, but, for the moment, I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.