Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced an audacious plan to preserve Australian forests.
Speaking at a Tasmanian timber industry dinner, the Prime Minister revealed that the Federal government planned to save every piece of forest in Australia.
“We have quite enough National Parks,” said Mr Abbott. “We have quite enough locked up forests already. In fact, in an important respect, we have too much locked up forest.”
The Prime Minister said that, rather than lock up trees in locations where no one ever saw them, the government would photograph all of Australia’s forests and store the information digitally online.
“Through this process, our forests will be preserved forever so that current and future Australians can enjoy them wherever they are and whenever they want.”
The digitisation plan would also have huge economic benefits.
Although some physical forests would be kept “as a back-up”, there would be no need to keep a hard copy of all of the trees once they had been digitised.
“When I look out tonight at an audience of people who work with timber, who work in forests, I don’t see people who are environmental vandals,” said Mr Abbott. “I see people who are the ultimate conservationists.”
The Prime Minister urged his audience to conserve the unneeded trees by converting them to paper, wood chips or timber for export.
“People said there was no way to both preserve the environment and protect the timber industry,” beamed Mr Abbott. “They were wrong.”
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