Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens leader and Forests spokesperson
The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.
The Gutwein Government continues to sanction and ramp up the unjustifiable logging of natural, carbon rich forests while rules are in place that limit peaceful protest.
Logging is not an essential service. On the other hand, protecting natural, carbon rich forests from destruction is essential for a safe climate.
While the rest of the State has been in lockdown, STT and the loggers have been making hay while the sun shines. Out of sight and mind during a pandemic apparently suits them well.
Every Tasmanian, no matter their political affiliation, knows how contentious the logging of native forests is. We believe the majority of Tasmanians want an end to the destruction of this island’s globally significant forests.
The public health rules exist for a reason, and they should be followed. This remains true for all Tasmanians.
It is understandable, however, that activists from the Bob Brown Foundation continue to defend forests being smashed and burned by a mendicant native forest logging industry that refuses to listen to science or to change its ways.
There’s no justification for logging these forests at any time, but operations should cease during a pandemic emergency.