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Minister Walsh Apology to MyEnvironment Inc


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The Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Peter Walsh, has published an apology on his website, retracting and apologising unreservedly for statements he made about an action instituted by the environment protection group MyEnvironment Inc in the Supreme Court of Victoria seeking to prevent the extinction of the Leadbeater’s Possum.

On 14 March 2012, Minister Walsh published a media release asserting that MyEnvironment Inc brought the Supreme Court case in bad faith and in an attempt to exert pressure on forest industry workers and their families.

In dismissing the group’s challenge and disposing of the case, Justice Osborn expressly found that MyEnvironment Inc brought the case in good faith and in the public interest. The Judge also found that evidence called by MyEnvironment Inc demonstrated a strong case for the overall review of the adequacy of the reserve system intended to protect the Leadbeater’s Possum.


“MyEnvironment is very pleased that the Minister has recognised the importance of the case which the group brought in the Supreme Court.

"The Minister’s unreserved apology is an acknowledgement of the Supreme Court’s " findings that we acted in good faith, the case was only motivated by a desire to preserve the habitat of the endangered Leadbeater's possum and that we have no motive of private gain.

"The positive result of this case is that it has resolved significant issues relating to statutory provisions designed to protect endangered wildlife in logging operations. A situation that we are now seeking to improve.

"Justice Osborn stressed that upon our evidence there was an urgent need to review the reserves designed to protect this animal.

"We ultimately hope this means that the Minister recognises the importance of saving the Leadbeater’s Possum from extinction and that the Victorian government will urgently take steps to ensure the preservation of its faunal emblem”.

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