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Failed logging laws secretly renewed

Janet Rice 3 Feb 2017

The Victorian and federal governments appear to have quietly extended the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, prompting the Greens to call for the failed logging laws to be scrapped. 

“This is clearly something they aren’t proud of, or both governments would be spruiking the law’s benefits for jobs and the environment,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens forests spokesperson.

“Instead, we have what seems to be a dirty deal done in a dark parking lot.

“Australians have every right to be appalled that their forests will continue to be destroyed.

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MOTION: Regional Forest Agreements

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator RICE: I move:

(a) notes that:

   (i) Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) have been in place as 20-year agreements, designed to manage the conservation and forestry industry considerations for key areas of Australia's public native forests,

   (ii) the first Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), the East Gippsland RFA, expires in February 2017,

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Senate unites to support World AIDS Day

Janet Rice 1 Dec 2016

In recognition that today is World AIDS Day, the Senate has passed a motion reaffirming Australia’s commitment to ending HIV transmission by 2020.

“World AIDS Day is a time to honour those we've lost, challenge the stigma that still exists and look to the future,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“AIDS is no longer a death sentence, but the number of new cases is stubbornly remaining at over 1000 people a year. That is 1000 too many.

“By taking the right steps, we can consign AIDS to the dustbin of history.

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The government has fallen in line with industry spin on Regional Forest Agreements

Janet Rice 13 Sep 2016

I also rise to speak to the motion that the Senate take note of the Australian and Tasmanian Government Response to the Review of the Implementation of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement for the Period 2007-2012. We have had regional forest agreements for almost 20 years. The very first of them, the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, is due to expire in February next year. This Tasmanian one is due to expire soon after, later next year.

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Greens condemn Government’s response to Tasmanian RFA Review

Janet Rice 12 Sep 2016

The Government’s response to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement is an endorsement of the industry’s unsustainability and unviability, the Greens say.

“This weasel-worded response completely ignores the fact that native forest logging is an industry stuck in the 19th and 20th Centuries at the behest of vested interests,” said Senator Janet Rice, forest spokesperson for the Australian Greens.

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Landmark report shows need to modernise logging industry

Adam Bandt 13 May 2016

Landmark report shows need to modernise logging industry

In light of a landmark report by the NSW National Parks Association on the failure of the Regional Forests Agreements, the Australian Greens say the time has come to transition the logging industry out of native forests, to 100% plantation-based wood products.

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