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VicForests lodges appeal in Full Federal Court

Senator Duniam

VicForests has lodged its appeal in the Full Federal Court following the Federal Court’s Orders relating to the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum case. The appeal papers were lodged late last Friday. Source: Timberbiz

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam has welcomed the news.

“These issues are creating uncertainty across the forestry industry, and the Morrison Government welcomes VicForests’ appeal against the recent judgment,” Senator Duniam said.

“The forestry industry is being attacked in the coupes and now the courtrooms, and it is critical that they are defended in these places too.

“The right to appeal is a feature of our justice system and it’s important that this next step in the process is allowed to run its course.”

Senator Dunium said that the timber industry deserved certainty and the Federal Government remained committed to ensuring exactly that.

“We stand with the Victorian timber industry and the thousands of Victorians it employs,” he said.

“We will take any necessary actions that may be appropriate to provide long term certainty into the future.”