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Auditor-General’s Report Confirms Liberals’ TasWater Farce

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Auditor-General’s report into TasWater confirms what we knew - TasWater inherited a large amount of work to be done over a short period of time, but progress has been significant.

In its findings, the report confirms the Liberals’ plans for TasWater are purely political. Their glee in every unfortunate negative event in totally inappropriate, and not backed up by the infrastructure reality.

Liberals’ Forestry Agenda Putting Swift Parrot on the Chopping Block

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

In their ideologically-driven rush to log the State’s native forests, the Liberals are destroying the habitat of the endangered Swift parrot. They’ve authorised logging of critical parrot habitat in Southern Tasmania, without a thought for the endangered bird.

There are only 2,000 swifties left in the wild, and the Liberals have made a deliberate decision to log these forests. We must stop the logging of Swift parrot habitat - full stop - if they are to survive.

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The West Coast Council’s unanimous vote against Tassal dumping its salmon waste in Macquarie Harbour is a strong signal the local community won’t accept any further pressure on the harbour or its World Heritage values.

Tassal is using an untested waste capture method beneath its pens so it can stock an extra 4,000 tonnes of fish above the harbour limit previously set by the Environment Protection Authority.

Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

Forestry Tasmania’s Annual Report shows the subsidies to native forest logging continue.

The Liberals' promise to end the subsidies to Forestry Tasmania has again been exposed as a lie, with the GBE's annual report revealing taxpayers subsidised a $27 million operational loss.

Minister Barnett’s claim he has the forestry GBE back on a sustainable footing is rubbish.  

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

The latest Forestry Tasmania - now fraudulently named Sustainable Timber Tasmania - Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ stated commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

The Forestry business made a Net loss of $42 million, comparable to $44 million the previous year. $27 million more was spent on operations than their wood was sold for.  That means a $27 million taxpayer subsidy in some form or another.

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Liberals’ destructive rainforest logging plan, which comes into effect today, is taking Tasmania backwards.

The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.  It is designed to generate conflict, all of it backed in by the Labor (so-called) Opposition.

Labor and the Liberals have once again joined forces to put the environment, and our ancient rainforests last.

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