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The Guardian: Sixty endangered greater gliders found in Victorian forests tagged for logging

Citizen scientists have reportedly found about 60 endangered greater gliders in a dozen Victorian areas that have been targeted for logging. The greater glider – one of the world’s largest gliding mammals – was listed as endangered earlier this year, only six years after first appearing on the national list of threatened species.

ABC News: Victoria's logging agency VicForests cleared possum habitat and broke laws, audit finds

Victoria's government-owned logging company illegally cleared 1,000 square metres of protected possum habitat and broke the law in 25 out of 30 logging areas, according to a government-commissioned audit.

The Age: Logging under way a month after greater glider declared endangered

Environmentalists have accused state agency VicForests of logging an area identified as greater glider habitat in East Gippsland, less than a month after federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek declared the rare possum endangered.


The Guardian: Unions call for Victoria’s proposed laws targeting environmental protesters to be scrapped

In letter to Daniel Andrews, union groups argue bill is ‘disproportionate’ and could lead to further limiting of workplace action. A group of unions have hit out at the Andrews government over proposed legislation designed to criminalise environmental protests, which they say will stifle peaceful democratic action, calling for the bill to be scrapped.

The Guardian: Australia’s farcical climate policy: market forces to cut emissions and subsidies to destroy carbon sinks

"The climate crisis often gets blamed on market failure, but government failure plays a pretty big role as well. Not only do Australian governments spend more than $11.6bn a year subsidising fossil fuels, at the same time the federal government spends billions paying some landholders to grow more trees, state governments perversely continue to subsidise the logging of native forests. I’m not sure that’s what people mean by the circular economy."

The Age: Green groups worried new ‘unchecked powers’ will lead to more logging

Efforts to protect threatened species will be undermined and it will be easier to log native forests if proposed changes to Victoria’s forestry laws are approved, environment groups have warned.

The state government says the legal changes will make the regulations clearer, and provide guidance for the logging industry.

The Guardian: Victorian logging rule changes will weaken protection for bushfire-prone areas, conservation groups warn

Conservation groups have accused the Victorian government of proposing changes to logging rules that would weaken protections for bushfire-prone communities and the environment.

The Andrews government has published draft changes to logging standards that regulate VicForests’ operations.