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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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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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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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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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Greens condemn Direct Action's taxpayer-funded forest furnaces

Greens condemn Direct Action's taxpayer-funded forest furnaces

The Greens have condemned the government’s sanctioning of burning native forests for energy in their Direct Action program, with big business lining up to take advantage of taxpayer-funded handouts.

“Direct Action is a rort for big business, brought to you by Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for Forests Senator Janet Rice.

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