Media Release: Premier Giddings undermines the democratic rights of citizens
Today Premier Giddings sent a personal letter to Jenny Weber, spokesperson for the Huon Valley Environment Center, asking for the community group to stop speaking up in defence of Tasmania’s forests.
“The Premier Lara Giddings is completely out of line in calling on community group Huon Valley Environment Center to be silent on the forest issue. We live in a democracy where political dissent is a basic right.” said Still Wild Still Threatened spokesperson Miranda Gibson. “The Premier should be defending the democratic right of Tasmanian citizens to voice their opinions and concerns.”
“The audacity of the Premier to ask the community to ‘back off’ is outrageous considering it is her broken promise of a conservation agreement that has led to the ongoing controversy. The purpose of the conservation agreement was to ensure the industry backed off from destroying the forest in order for negotiations to proceed” said Ms Gibson.
In addition the Huon Valley Environment Center is being scapegoated by the industry and blamed for the current industry crisis.
“It is unacceptable for Ta Ann to scapegoat community environmental groups for the crisis that has resulted from their own poor management and business decisions. The reality is that they have been misleadingly marketing their products. The only ones responsible for the loss of jobs are Ta Ann becuase the company has chosen to continue to entrench themselves in forest destruction despite the implications this is having on their global markets.”
Still Wild Still Threatened is 100% in support of the Huon Valley Environment Center and we will also continue our campaign until Tasmania’s forests receive protection.
“With over 70 actions across 15 countries in this weeks global action for Tasmania’s forests, it is clear that the Huon Valley Enviornment Center and Still Wild Still Threatened have support from all around the globe in calling for forest protection” said Ms Gibson.