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Zoos Victoria spot on with letter to VicForests

Zoos Victoria spot on with letter to VicForests

The Greens have applauded Zoos Victoria’s stand on destructive logging in Victoria’s Central Highlands, backing their position that the best way to ensure the survival of critically endangered species is the creation of the Great Forest National Park.

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Estimates: Regional Forest Agreements

Janet Rice 26 May 2015

Senator RICE: I would like to talk about regional forest agreements and, in particular, start with the review process for the regional forest agreements. Firstly, can you provide details about the progress of the 15-year review for the Victorian RFAs?

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Estimates: Threatened Species Commissioner

Janet Rice 26 May 2015

Senator RICE: My questions are also largely for the Threatened Species Commissioner. I will start with some questions about Leadbeater's possum, which, as we know, has had its status reclassified to 'critically endangered'. Last year the Victorian government released two reports prepared by the Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group—a recommendations report and a technical report. A Bayesian network model, I am told, was used to quantify the benefits of the various combinations of proposed actions. Do you know the reports I am referring to?

Mr Andrews: Yes, I am aware of them.

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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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