Forestry bullies seek to fell our Aussie Bob

by frog

Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown may lose his seat if he doesn’t pay court costs of A$240,000 to Forestry Tasmania by the end of the month.

The costs relate to a landmark Federal Court case that Bob took in 2006 against the state owned enterprise. He alleged that Forestry Tasmania were breaching Federal threatened species legislation in logging the biodiversity rich Wielangta forest in south east Tasmania. He won that case, but in true Tasmanian style, the decision was later overturned on a technicality by the Court after the Tasmanian Government joined forces with the then Howard Government to change the law.

Having paid for the original case himself by auctioning almost all of his possessions, he has been left without the means to pay Forestry Tasmania’s court costs. Now Forestry Tasmania is threatening to bankrupt Bob if he does not pay the money by June 29. Bankruptcy would disqualify him from the Senate.

Bob is a longtime conservation crusader, and has been a tireless advocate for the Tasmanian Wilderness since playing a crucial leadership role in the battle to save the magnificent Franklin river from being drowned under a hydro dam in the early 1980s. It is hard to see this as anything other than politically-motivated attempt to intimidate and silence him. The Greens won 13.5% of the senate vote in Tasmania in 2007.

Since news of Bob’s plight broke in Australia yesterday, he had been overwhelmed by offers of financial support, including from entrepreneur Dick Smith.

We’re angered to see our friend and colleague bullied in this way. If frog readers wish to give something to someone who has done so much for conservation and Green politics, you can donate here.

E tu kahikatea.

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Published in Environment & Resource Management | THE GAME by frog on Wed, June 10th, 2009   

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