DIVISION: Mining and logging have been proposed for areas of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests.
DIVISION: Mining and logging have been proposed for areas of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests. Rob Blakersaap

Minister takes aim at conservation after Bonn slap down

TASMANIAN Resources Minister Paul Harriss has slammed the conservation movement following the World Heritage Committee's criticism of his government.

Wilderness Society members attended at this week's UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Germany, where the Tasmanian and Federal plan to potentially allow logging and mining in the state's 1.5 million hectare protected zone was rejected.

The ABC reported that Mr Harriss told a mining conference in Queenstown that the government and mining industry needed to stand shoulder to shoulder to "stop the madness".

"The conservation movement ... is probably the principal home-grown threat to Tasmania's resource industries," he said.

"We also need to acknowledge that over the decades they have proven unbelievably successful in their destructive campaigns.

"Constantly this industry is under attack, not the least of which has been in Bonn over the last few days."


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