The Tony Abbott government's scheme to carve out 74,000 hectares of Tasmania's World Heritage forest for industrial logging is looking increasingly battered.
First there was the revelation that the government's proposal was prepared without consulting outside experts at all. This is tantamount to building a brick house without mortar--the whole edifice is likely to be exceedingly weak.
The IUCN's report to the World Heritage Committee--which will consider the government's bid in Doha, Qatar next month--is unreservedly critical of the scheme.
The report labeled the government plan "clearly inappropriate" and said it provided "relatively scant information" to support its case.
Among other criticisms, it said de-listing the forests would "impact negatively on the outstanding universal value of the property".
Nothing is certain, but many believe the IUCN's detailed report--by so resoundingly slamming the Abbott government's scheme--could heavily influence the World Heritage Committee's decision.