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Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries - Native Forest Biomass Energy


Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 6 September 2021

Tags: Biomass, Native Forest Logging, State Budget

Ms O'CONNOR - Minister, I have in front of me the Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan of 2024 and it talks about two particular areas I wanted to discuss with you. It talks about bioenergy based on:

…our abundance of underutilised wood waste and other feed stocks…

and I am quoting from the report.

Are you able to rule out the burning of native forests for power? The kind of biomass plant we see in the EU which is getting carbon offsets even though the science is telling us that its actually not climate friendly at all.

Mr ROCKLIFF - I am not aware of any particular actions in that area so it's not my particular area of responsibility as such.

My responsibility here is manufacturing. It is a responsibility for another minister.

Ms O'CONNOR - I sort of hear you. Hang on a minute Ms Ogilvie. I actually have real questions to ask.

I know you say this is another minister's portfolio but your own Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan which has plan, which has a picture of you in the front and a statement from you talks about opportunities in bioenergy and I am asking you as the minister who has endorsed this report whether there are any plans to burn native forests for power.

Mr ROCKLIFF - I am not aware of any plans to burn native forests for powers.

Ms O'CONNOR - That is good.