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Leaked Polling Proves No Social Licence for Native Forest Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Saturday, 14 September 2019

Tags: Forests, Carbon Storage, Environment, Climate Change, Tasmanian Forest Agreement

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Hodgman Liberals remain committed to logging 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forests that were set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Under the Liberals’ legislation, TFA second tranche reserve forests are open to logging from 8 April next year.

According to a leaked forest industry study, any move to log these forests doesn’t not have the support of most Tasmanians.

The August 2018 study — Community Perceptions of Australia's Forest, Wood and Paper Industries: Implications for Social License to Operate — reveals no social license to log the TFA reserves.

Commissioned by Forest Wood and Products Australia (FWPA), the study found 61% of Tasmanians believe logging of native forests for wood products is unacceptable, with only 21% approving.

In a time of extreme climate and biodiversity stress, public support for logging carbon store forest habitats will continue to decline.

The Premier needs to understand his government has no social license for its destructive native forest logging policies.

Tasmanians recognise the destruction has to stop.

To let the loggers back into these old forests would be a crime against the climate and future generations.