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Senate report: hope for vulnerable NSW koalas

Recommendations of a Senate inquiry report into vulnerable koalas, tabled today and instigated by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, will help halt the dramatic decline in koala numbers in NSW if they are implemented, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Bob Brown and Lee Rhiannon called for a national inquiry in August 2010, during the Federal election campaign. Koala populations are particularly vulnerable in areas of the central, mid- north and north coasts, parts of the north-west and south coasts.

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Harvey Norman furniture no friend of Australian native forests

Greens Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Australian consumers to contact retailer Harvey Norman to protest the sale of furniture using native timbers, following the release today of an investigative report  showing  Australian timber is being sent to China, made into furniture then sold at big furniture retail outlets across the nation.

“Consumers have enormous muscle. They can help convince big retailers like Harvey Norman to stop selling furniture from Australian native forests,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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