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Enviro groups amassed $250M for lawfare

A new report has revealed that radical environmental groups have amassed over $250 million in donations in recent years and are using expensive legal action against Tasmanian forestry and another resource industries to undermine local jobs and costing the Tasmanian economy millions. Source: Timberbiz

The report, released this week by the Menzies Research Centre, exposes the huge cash reserves and increases in staffing that environmental activist groups are amassing to declare “lawfare” on legal Tasmanian businesses.

Tasmanian Forest Products Association Chief Executive Officer, Nick Steel, said the report painted a worrying picture for Tasmanian businesses.

“In recent years these radical environmentalist groups have spent millions trying to stop legal businesses from undertaking work in Tasmania’s production forests,” Mr Steel said.

“These lawsuits are costing taxpayers millions and almost inevitably fail when the case is heard in the courts.

“It’s clear these lawsuits are being brought just to stop legitimate businesses from undertaking legal work and employing the thousands of Tasmanians across the state’s resource industries – such as forestry, mining, salmon, and agriculture.”

Mr Steel said the Menzies Research Centre report clearly shows that these environmental groups are nothing more than money making machines, taking donations from inner city residents in Sydney and Melbourne, with the aim of decimating the Tasmanian economy.

“Rather than wasting millions of dollars on vexatious court actions, the environmental groups should be working with Tasmanian industries to achieve outcomes the whole community will respect,” Mr Steel said.

“Tasmania’s forestry industry is a world leader in regulation and environmental standards, and if these environmental activists put down their lawyers and came to meet with us in our forests, we could show them the difference we’re making to our state’s future.”