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Liberals Forestry Policy Deceptive and Delusional

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tags: Native Forest Logging, Forests, Biomass, Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry Tasmania, Forestry Plantations

That the House:—

(1) Notes:-

(a) the claim of the third Resource Minister in two years, Hon Guy Barnett MP, that “Tasmania's forest industry is responding to the pro-jobs, pro-growth policies of the Hodgman Liberal Government”;

(b) the latest NAB State Update for Tasmania pointed to continued structural decline in the forestry sector;

(c) the Government’s move towards native forest biomass makes no environmental or economic sense, and is entirely unsustainable;

(d) the only forestry sectors to achieve meaningful, sustainable profits are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified plantations;

(e) that Forestry Tasmania has failed to make meaningful progress towards FSC certification in large part due to the Liberals' deceptive and delusional forestry policy; and

(f) the Liberal Government’s forestry policies are incompatible with FSC requirements and certification.

(2) Commits to halt native forest logging and move towards sustainable, FSC certified plantation forestry