[Greg Hunt]; “Only those areas which have been degraded or damaged, of which there are 117 of them, which many, many people feel should never have been added are those that are being reconsidered.”
But earlier on Monday, Peter Hitchcock, an environmental and heritage consultant specialising in world heritage, disputed Hunt’s claim that many of the areas were logged.
“The great majority of the area that is being proposed to be removed from the world heritage area is in fact unlogged forest and much of it with important conservation values,” he said.
“Some of it is being retained but I think we need to have the full story. Some of it is being excised and in the case of the Weld some of the area that is being taken out are regarded as some of the most impressive tall eucalyptus forest over rainforest anywhere.”
When asked whether he had visited the area, Hunt did not give a clear indication on whether he had inspected the region. “I have been right over the maps, the photographs, we had a mission fly over the area,” he said.
The proposal has sparked opposition from the Tasmanian government, environmental advocates and logging groups. The Tasmanian environment minister, Brian Wightman, had earlier said in December that simply delisting a world area would bring Australia into disrepute.
"The Tasmanian forest agreement is paving the way for the establishment of a sustainable, long-term and successful forest industry,” he said. "But the federal and state Liberal parties are hell-bent on taking the industry backwards and removing any chance for Tasmania to market its products.”
What is amazing is that the Abbott solution to fight global warming is to plant "some trees" (not one has been planted yet, more than three months after his dubious election)... One could be at a loss trying to understand why cut trees that already exist and that are absorbing CO2 more than small saplings... One has to realise that Abbott is a non-believer of climate warming (climate change is crap he said once) and he could not care less about nature — or if he does he does not show it by his actions.
As a royalist, Abbott should be pissed off as Prince Charles compares climate sceptics to headless chickens... He's a bit off the mark, though chickens are descendants of dinosaurs, the climate sceptics are more like dangerous rabid stupid dinosaurs nastily fighting a battle they do not understand. Greg Hunt is a dinosaur with a headless chook attitude.