Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill introduced in Parliament
The Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, introduced legislation in Parliament on behalf of the Australian Government on 23 November restricting the importation and sale of illegally logged timber in Australia.
If all goes well, the new law should be in place next year (2012), with associated regulations coming into effect by 2014.
"Illegal logging is a major problem for many developing nations, causing forest degradation, loss of habitat and biodiversity, threatening sustainable livelihoods and contributing to global carbon emissions," said Senator Joe Ludwig, Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in a press interview.
The Bill and the Explanatory Memorandum, are available at the Australian Parliament House website www.aph.gov.au (under the "Bills" tab). The Government's formal response to the Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Committee inquiry will be posted shortly on www.daff.gov.au/illegallogging.