Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson
With 15% of forest operations breaching Forest Protection Plans, Minister Harriss' assertion about the government's commitment to high environmental standards is a joke.
The reckless approach to our forests by too many operators is apparently something this government condones by its inaction.
The viability of Tasmania's forestry industry is in dire straits without Forest Stewardship Certification. FSC is placed in jeopardy by this incompetent, divisive Minister and this government's cavalier attitude towards environmental protection.
Forestry Tasmania's bid for FSC is being held back by ongoing damage in Tasmania's native forests as well as a Minister Harriss who is stuck in the past and refuses to ensure compliance with the Forest Practices Act.