Environmentalists say logging in Tasmania has been illegal since 1987. Here’s why law changes are being rushed through

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Earlier this year, charges against several Tasmanian anti-logging protesters were suddenly dropped. 

Lawyers had discovered a problem with Tasmania’s forestry laws. 

Environmentalists say this problem means native forestry logging may have been carried out illegally in Tasmania for the last 35 years. 

The Tasmanian government denies that, but it has urgently moved to change the laws in state parliament to remove any doubt about the legality of timber operations. 

Police and anti-logging protesters in a group.
Tasmania Police and anti-logging protesters at the Tarkine in the state’s north-west, in May 2022.(Twitter: Bob Brown Foundation)

What’s the problem?

In Tasmania, timber harvesting operations need a valid Forest Practices Plan to be legal.

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