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Small Business – Native Forest Logging


Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tags: Native Forest Logging

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you, Chair. Minister, have you had any representations made to you from businesses in the tourism sector, more than 100 of whom signed onto a letter to the then Premier calling on the Government to end native forest logging and burning because it was having such a significant impact on their businesses?

CHAIR - I will remind members, that there are matters that are significantly within other portfolios which have already been previously examined. If the minister would like to respond on a policy matter specifically in this, she may.

Ms O'CONNOR - With respect, Chair, this is an issue that affects hundreds of small businesses in Tasmania. It should be a matter of interest and policy response from this minister because the logging and particularly the burning - particularly in the Autumn period - sometimes peak season period, is impacting on their businesses, their health, their bottom line.

CHAIR - I appreciate your feedback, Ms O'Connor. My comments stand. Minister, you have the call.

Ms OGILVIE - I'm happy to answer the question because the answer is, I haven't received representation. That might be because I'm fairly new in the portfolio but again, I'm listening, I'm open. If people want to write to me, I'm happy to receive it.

Ms O'CONNOR - I might take you up on that. I'll forward a copy of the correspondence to you and let some of the signatories know that you're open to a conversation about small business impacts as a result of the Government's policy of logging and burning native forest carbon stores.

Ms OGILVIE - I'm open to receiving information and requests and ideas from everybody.