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Don’t cave on forest furnaces

Don’t cave on forest furnaces

The Greens have urged Labor and the crossbenchers to reject the Abbott government’s call for native forest biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target.

“What we’re seeing is the death throes of the native forest woodchip industry,” said the Greens forests spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“At a time when we should be protecting the native forest we’ve got left, this will simply prolong an industry whose market has all but disappeared.

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Future of our forests treated as little more than garbage

Janet Rice 17 Apr 2015

Future of our forests treated as little more than garbage

The Greens have said the commencement of a review into the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement heralds a new age of forest destruction.

“The time has come to acknowledge that Regional Forest Agreements have failed to protect our carbon stores, our water catchments, our local jobs and communities, and so many of our unique plants and animals,” said the Greens forests spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens call out Liberals on ‘common sense’ forest policy

Janet Rice 15 Apr 2015

Greens call out Liberals on ‘common sense’ forest policy

After Senator Richard Colbeck’s urged forest scientists to promote the attributes of the forestry industry, the Greens have challenged the government to take a genuine look at the science behind their current agenda.

“We agree with the Parliamentary Secretary that forestry policy should be based on common sense,” said the Australian Greens forests spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Coalition quashes debate on the future of our forests

Janet Rice 26 Mar 2015

Coalition quashes debate on the future of our forests

The Coalition has blocked a move by the Greens to establish an open and robust inquiry into the future of Australian forests and the forest industry.

“Here we had an opportunity for an open examination of how our forests should be managed for future generations, but the Liberals and Nationals have shown they are determined to hold that back,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for forests Senator Janet Rice.

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Confidential report shows need for Great Forest National Park

Janet Rice 21 Jan 2015

Confidential report shows need for Great Forest National Park

The revelation that putting an end to logging in Victoria’s central highlands would save 3.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year highlights the need for the Great Forest National Park, according to the Greens.

“This confidential brief to Minister Hunt shows why we need the Great Forest National Park,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for forests Senator Janet Rice.

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Backflip on land clearing to create forest chaos

Janet Rice 18 Dec 2014

Backflip on land clearing to create forest chaos

The federal government’s about-face on the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement's land clearing controls signals a new level of chaos for forest management, Greens Senator Janet Rice said today.

“Both state and federal Liberal governments have secretly colluded to give the go-ahead for environmental destruction,” said Senator Rice, who is the Greens spokesperson for forests.

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