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Aboriginals warn against locking forests away

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 2 October 2004

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council (TALC) has warned the Federal Government and the Opposition against locking away any more of the State's old-growth forests.

The council has placed full-page advertisements in the State's three newspapers today asking the major parties not to interfere in the forests.

The ads says that locking away forests in national parks and conservation reserves does not necessarily meet the interests of the Aboriginal community.

The manager of the TALC, Glenn Shaw, says the Aboriginal community resents conservationists claiming they know what is best for the land.

Mr Shaw says Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Mark Latham must be mindful of the traditional owners of the land.

"If they're going to do anything in relation to land in Tasmania, and particularly forests, then don't automatically give it to either side of the current political debate... but look at giving initial ownership and control back to the people who should have it in the first place," he said.

"That's the Aboriginal community."

Terry Edwards, from the Forest Industries Association, says he welcomes the TALC's involvement in the debate.

Mr Edwards says the views of interested parties, including the forestry industry and the Aboriginal community, has been lost in the political debate about old-growth forests.

"The Aboriginal community is involved in the forest and Forest Industries Council," Mr Edwards said.

"It's a member of the general council of that body and in that context the forest industry do have ongoing regular dialogue with the Indigenous community.

"We find their contribution to those discussions to be positive and very, very helpful."

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