Bob Brown pays his Forestry Tas legal bill

13/05/2018 Posted by admin

Forestrry Tasmania managing director Bob Gordon.GREENS Leader Bob Brown has paid his legal bill to Forestry Tasmania and the organisation says it now considers the case closed.Writing in Forestry Tasmania’s electronic newsletter Branchline, managing director Bob Gordon said the full amount for costs incurred in court action over Wielangta forestry operations had now been received.”Senator Brown’s lawyers deposited $239,368.53 into the account of Forestry Tasmania’s legal firm today (June 18) – eleven days ahead of the deadline for paying the bill.”Forestry Tasmania would like to acknowledge the strong support it received from the community for pursuing the full amount owed by Senator Brown.”It was indeed unfortunate that some people were misled into believing that Senator Brown had only been given three weeks to pay the bill, or face bankruptcy and the prospect of losing his seat in parliament.”Mr Gordon said that Senator Brown had known since losing the court case he initiated that he would be required to pay between $200,000 and $300,000 to meet the cost incurred by Forestry Tasmania in defending its legal right. “In fact 13 months ago, Senator Brown issued a media statement acknowledging that he was facing a bill of that magnitude.”Mr Gordon said Forestry Tasmania had offered to settle for $200,000, but this was rejected and the final bill was determined by the Registrar of the Federal Court. “We are also disappointed that some people have been misled into believing that Senator Brown only lost the appeal because the law was changed. This is not true.”Senator Browns legal action sought to have the validity of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) overturned, and to establish that Forestry Tasmania was in breach of the RFA. He failed to establish either case.”Mr Gordon said Senator Brown’s acceptance and payment of the bill should now allow all parties to move on. “Forestry Tasmania has achieved what it set out to do, and that was to recover funds that it was owed on behalf of its shareholders, the people of Tasmania.”
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