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Rudd should stop Tasmanian forest slaughter - Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today called on Prime Minister Rudd to use his powers under the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement to protect the centuries old Florentine and Weld forests from destruction by Forestry Tasmania.

The Labor-dominated Senate Environment Committee last week recommended that RFAs should be reformed to bring their environmental standards up to those prevailing under the EPBC Act for other industries.

"Logging the old growth forests of the Florentine and Weld valleys is a prime case of RFA-failure. Prime Minister Rudd should intervene immediately to stop it", said Senator Brown.

"Not only does Florentine and Weld logging breach the intention of the RFA, it will cause massive greenhouse pollution and is costing Tasmanians a fortune in police protection."

"Greenhouse gas emissions from the one coupe in the Florentine will be about 48 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, causing more pollution than small town's stationary energy consumption over a whole year."

"The Upper Florentine and Weld forests are of World Heritage value. The Florentine was slated for protection by John Howard in 2004. They are habitat for nationally-listed endangered species. It is not just stupid; this is culpable behaviour by men who know better."

"In the midst of the recession, logging the Florentine and Weld is pure provocation," said Senator Brown.

Senator Brown wrote to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today, citing the photo in the Sydney Morning Herald and calling for intervention.

Text of the recommendation by the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee inquiring into the Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, final report, 30 April 2009:

The committee notes that the Minister for Environment has formally asked the Independent Review of the EPBC Act to consider the findings and recommendations of this inquiry (see letter 13 March 2009). Accordingly the committee recommends that the Independent Review consider the findings in this report and recommend proposals for reform that would ensure that RFAs, in respect of matters within the scope of Part 3 of the EPBC Act, deliver environmental protection outcomes, appeal rights, and enforcement mechanisms no weaker than if the EPBC Act directly applied.

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