Here’s a man who thinks national parks are a commodity to be farmed and used. So tell me Tony, how do you you replace 2,000 year old trees and closed eco-systems that are hundreds and thousands of years old?? Surely tourism is a far longer and sustainable business proposition for the economy? Given the rest of the world appears set on bulldozing our forests for short term gains. Also you may not understand that tress absorb Carbon Dioxide and give us the Oxygen we in fact breath? The lungs of the world. Unfortunately trees can’t also absorb all the hot air from buffoons such as you – maybe this hot air released by countless twits in governments around the world is one of the major contributors to global warming?
The other night, Tony Abbott told the timber industry that too much native forest was “locked up” in national parks — and that logging companies were the “ultimate conservationists”.
Abbott’s new forests policy? No more national parks, the destruction of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests — and an announcement that our pristine wilderness is now “open for business”. This is corporate power gone crazy: a Prime Minister bowing to the extreme policy of an industry lobby, instead of listening to the public. We have to show him that we won’t just stand back and accept this.
These were just some of Tony Abbott’s words last night: “We have quite enough national parks. We have quite enough locked up forests already. In fact, in an important respect, we have too much locked up forest.”
Abbott said that “the environment is meant for man”, and slammed the “green ideology” that had lead to the protection of Australia’s forests. Abbot is now forming a new body to “advise” on forest policy — headed by the national director of a forestry industry lobby. This is what happens when you put corporations in the driving seat of your forests policy.
Thanks to donations by thousands of SumOfUs members, we’re already working with the Wilderness Society and others to take out public ads calling on Environment Greg Hunt and Tony Abbott to commit to save Tasmania’s forests. But we need to speak out together every time Abbott and his cronies make a statement like this — to show them that the public just wont’ accept this outrageous behaviour. It’s up to us to make sure the political costs to this sort of industry-sanctioned destruction are too high.