In yesterdays news media:
A UNESCO delegation recently visited the state to assess the practices and meet with stakeholders, with a final report expected next year.
The Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Anne Ruston, said the logging plan would be scrapped if UNESCO did not support it.
“When they [UNESCO] bring down that report I would be really surprised if the Federal Government did anything other than respect those decisions,” she said.
With the hardline, anti-conservation Tony Abbott administration now gone the politicians are already softening up the electorate and protecting their positions in the likely event that UNESCO will continue to not support logging special timbers in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Senator Ruston said she had some sympathy for users of specialty species timber.
“They also have an argument which is reasonable, that they have very low impact where they take those timbers from,” she said.
To forget the lessons of the last 30 years of bitter conflict over public native forest management in Tasmania would be foolish in the extreme. Tasmania has not changed and neither has our forest policy and management. Opening up the WHA to logging would be yet another forest industry disaster to add to an already long list of disasters.
Within the context of the past 30 years promises of “low impact” are utterly meaningless.
“It’s a major concern that the [special timbers] resource is now essentially behind closed doors.”
The remaining public native forest special timbers resource is “behind closed doors” precisely because of what has happened over the last 30 years.
The taxpayer-funded logging of public native forest old growth and rainforest for special timbers is over [subject to UNESCOs report].
Now when will Tasmania get a fully commercial and profitable forest industry?