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   Jul 05

Greens deny logging claims

GREENS leader Cassy O’Connor has denied claims made by Resources Minister Paul Harriss that her party supported logging in the World Heritage Area.
Nanjing Night Net

Mr Harriss said on Saturday the Greens had changed their position on speciality timber harvesting in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area since the last election but Ms O’Connor said this claim did not stand up to scrutiny.

“Four out of five Greens’ MPs gave support to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement because it was the vehicle for a 170,000 hectare extension to the WHA, provided a pathway to end unsustainable logging and to create formal reserves in 504,000 hectares of forested land,” Ms O’Connor said.

“We recognised the then, and current, World Heritage Management Plan did not allow for logging in the WHA.

“It is Environment Minister Matthew Groom who is seeking to amend the plan to allow for logging in an area of outstanding universal value as recognised by the United Nations.”

But Mr Harriss called for Ms O’Connor and the Greens to “put aside their hypocrisy”.

“Just once be prepared to act in the interests of the state . . .” he said.

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