The conservation of the country was dealt a significant blow this morning when Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in a speech lauding the nation’s timber workers, stated that he will no longer support the creation of any more national parks. As further explanation, he went on to say that “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.”
Mr. Abbott also noted that the Federal Government is now pushing to have 74,000 hectares of forest in Tasmania removed from the World Heritage list. He also confirmed the creation of a new Forestry Advisory Council, to support the industry. The new council will be co-chaired by Rob de Fedgley, president of the Institute of Forester’s Australia.
It’s another worrying step backwards for the government that have already swiftly set-out to dismantle the carbon tax, as well as making headlines for controversy surrounding conservation of the Great Barrier Reef – all occurring in just six months of government. It begs the unfortunate question – just what else does the natural state of this country stand to lose throughout the remainder of this term?
Leader of the greens Christine Milne perhaps said it best, asking “Who in the 21st century would say the environment is meant for man and not just the other way around?”
In short, paradise is set to be paved. Parking lots incoming.