Originally published in Crikey on May 1, 2013

Passage of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill in the state’s lower house effectively ended three years of negotiations between the forestry industry and environment groups. The deal is being celebrated by many as a resolution to the 30-year conflict over native forests in Tasmania and a win for the environment and economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only secure environmental benefit from the deal is that around 80,000 hectares of forests will be formally protected immediately.

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