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Koalas more important than floorboards in Boambee forest NSW: Greens

Media release – 3 July 2012

The federal government must tighten koala protection laws to ensure koalas are not being placed at risk by logging in Boambee Forest on the NSW coast, said Greens Senator and forest spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Forestry research organisation Markets for Change today released a report that tracks timber harvested by Forests NSW from Boambee State Forest to a Boral saw mill in Kooklhan and ultimately to the timber used in Harvey Norman’s ‘Naturally Australian’ flooring range.

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Saving SE NSW koalas demands complete logging halt

The NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker's comments that there can be a 'balance' between native forest logging in South East NSW and saving koalas misses the point of protecting biodiversity and highlights concerns over the newly awarded Biodiversity Fund project to protect koala habitat in the NSW South East forests, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Leadbeater possum left vulnerable by Vic Supreme Ct forest decision

Greens Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon tonight congratulated Victorian forest campaigners for taking court action to stop VicForests logging the habitat of the endangered Leadbeater possum, but says the failure to halt logging permanently is further evidence that the Regional Forest Agreements process should be scrapped.

A decision in the case of MyEnvironment Inc v VicForests was handed down by the Victorian Supreme Court late this afternoon to prevent logging in the Gun Barrel, Freddo and South Col coupes of the Toolangi State Forest.

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Estimate adventures with a cameo Yes Minister appearance

When I arrived in the federal parliament back in July 2011 I was told that the Estimates process was probably the best thing about the Senate. “Democracy in action” is how some describe this exhaustive process whereby Senators can ask endless questions of Ministers and senior public servants.

Having just finished my second week of Estimate hearings I do think they are excellent, although frustrating at times. Some Ministers and their bureaucrats are adept at side stepping the questions we pose. But then the challenge is with us to ask the right questions.

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