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Monday, December 05, 2005

Case against Forestry Tasmania exemption begins.

Case against Forestry Tasmania exemption begins. 05/12/2005. ABC News Online: "A trial has begun in the Federal Court in Hobart in a campaign to overturn Forestry Tasmania's exemption from laws protecting endangered species.
The case centres on planned logging at Weilangta Forest on Tasmania's east coast but it could have implications for other regions.
All logging operations were exempted from endangered species laws under the 1997 regional forest agreement.
Greens Senator Bob Brown has brought the case against Forestry Tasmania citing threats to endangered species like the swift parrot and weilangta stag beetle.
Helen Gee is one of the group of activists who demonstrated outside the Federal Court in Hobart to mark the start of the two-week trial.
'We have a federal environment law that protects rare and threatened species in this country and for a long time now, in Tasmania, logging companies have been allowed to go into the habitat of these rare and threatened species,' she said.
'They have an exemption from the federal law and clearly in a democratic country that's unacceptable.'"

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