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Forestry Public Subsidies


Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Thursday, 5 June 2014

Tags: Forestry Tasmania, Subsidies

Tasmanian families face paying through increased power bills the Liberal Hodgman government’s decision to still prop up Forestry Tasmania.

“The refusal by the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, to rule out having Transend take on the liability of Forestry Tasmania’s transmission lines to its Southwood site, confirms the worst fears of Tasmanian families that they will end up paying to prop up Forestry through their power bills,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

“The refusal by the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, to rule out having Transend take on the liability of Forestry Tasmania’s transmission lines to its Southwood site, confirms the worst fears of Tasmanian families that they will end up paying to prop up Forestry through their power bills,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

 “This makes a mockery of the Liberals trumpeting that public subsidies to Forestry Tasmania will cease on the 1st of July this year.  The taxpayer will still be propping them up.”

“The deceitful behaviour of the Hodgman Liberal government is now exposed as a fraud, when they went to the last election claiming that they would remove public subsidies from forestry.”

“It is now clear that the Liberal government intends to grow the subsidies but keep them off the balance books by making Tasmanian families pay for forestry losses through their power bill increases.”

“This is secretive and slippery book-keeping at its worst. It is the exact opposite to the openness and transparency which Tasmanians deserve.”

“Tasmanians will now be paying through their power bills for every dollar lost by Forestry Tasmania, who survives only because of the Liberal ideological agenda,” Mr Booth said.