Brown Mountain logging protests – 2 December 2008

On the way back from the ABCC rally there was time to catch an unusual protest action at Parliament House – a group of people, many in suits and semi-formal attire, standing in rows on the steps all simultaneously ringing Premier Brumby  to call for an end to the logging of old-growth forest in East Gippsland.

The suits in action

The suits in action

This was actually a follow-up to a similar action last month – the following callout appeared on eco-shout (http://www.eco-shout.org/):
Thanks to all those who made the effort to get to the ‘suits action’ earlier this month at Parliament House in support of Brown Mountain. The suits action will be happening again when Parliament goes back on 2nd December. That’s next Tuesday. The spectacle of 90 people making calls to Brumby’s office at lunch time on the steps did not go unnoticed by the Ministers and Premier. Last time we had 90 people, this time we’re planning for 200. They need to know this issue is not going to go away. The stand of old growth forest is still being logged and there are 2 more adjoining planned for clearfelling this season. So – we are currently working to get the government to place a moratorium on these remaining two stands of old growth and have them included in the reserve system just across the track. To take part be on the steps of Parliament House Melbourne at 12.30pm with yout mobile. Environment East Gippsland.

For background, and images of what is at stake, visit:

http://www.eastgippsland.net.au/articles/BrownMountain2008/index.html

Before the phones came out ...

Before the phones came out ...

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