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Forest Stewardship Council

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Additional Coupes

So-called Sustainable Timbers Tasmania, continued its destructive native forest logging throughout the pandemic emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

Climate Action, Logging of Forests

Rosalie Woodruff questions the government over their failure to secure FSC certification.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Forestry Tasmania FSC Certification

Cassy O'Connor asks the Minister to confirm that the latest Forest Stewardship Council audit has resulted in failure to secure FSC certification.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Courtney

In 2015, the first FFC audit was handed down and it found that Forestry Tasmania was critically non-compliant in a number of areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Legislation to allow logging in some of the most high conservation value, carbon rich forests on the planet was tabled in State Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2017

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Forestry Tasmania has made it clear that if the Hodgman Government proceeds with its plan to open up 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forest to logging, it's bid for FSC will go back to square one.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Feb 2017

Why Radio Silence on Macquarie Point Native Forest Exports?

It is now more than four months since the Liberals announced that Hobart's port would be turned into a woodchip and log export facility, yet Hobart residents are being treated like mushrooms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2017

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

Not known for their transparency, the Tasmanian Liberals are being highly transparent in their desire to create unnecessary conflict over forests in the lead up to the election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Oct 2016

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

The Minister for Resources is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks Forestry Tasmania can secure Forest Stewardship Certification under current Liberal policies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2016

Liberals Forestry Policy Deceptive and Delusional

The latest NAB State Update for Tasmania pointed to continued structural decline in the forestry sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Yesterday the Minister failed to state your Government's commitment to Forestry Tasmania achieving Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to back up his claim made in Parliament today that there are 'thousands' of Tasmanians employed in the native forest industry, or come back into the House and correct the record.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2016

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

In Question Time today, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, displayed extraordinary ignorance in describing the burning of native forests for energy as 'renewable'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jul 2016

Forestry Minister Walking Away from FSC

In Budget Estimates, Forestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has confirmed the Liberals in government are doing nothing to support Forestry Tasmania’s bid for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, and are content to continue the...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2016

Minister Groom Must Act Now to Save Swift Parrot from Extinction

The Bob Brown Foundation has launched a campaign to Save Bruny Island from the logging that is destroying the habitat of the critically endangered swift parrot.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Greens Still Standing Alone on Protection of the Swift Parrot

In 2015, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared the swift parrot, the world's fastest parrot, to be critically endangered.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Police Escort for Forestry Over The Top

The parade of heavy machinery through Scottsdale yesterday with police escort enforces the over the top tactics entrenched in Tasmania’s forestry practises and shows just how far Forestry Tasmania is from understanding the FSC process.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

FSC Audit Should End Lapoinya and Mutual Valley Logging

If Forestry Tasmania ever wants to obtain Forest Stewardship Certification it will have to make significant changes to its practises and immediately cease operations in Lapoinya, as well as plans for the Mutual Valley.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

The long-awaited Forest Stewardship Council audit report on Forestry Tasmania reveals the GBE has a long way to go before it achieves FSC certification.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

The new Minister for Forests will need to have the courage to make the tough choices Paul Harriss clearly didn't want to make.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

Farewell Paul Harriss

The resignation of Paul Harriss from the Ministry and the Parliament is good news and an acknowledgement of the flawed "forests policy" of this Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Feb 2016

Incompetent, Divisive Forests Minister Must Resign

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, is presiding over a debacle in his portfolio and all of it, his own making.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jan 2016

Sustainable Forestry Our Future

The increase in Tasmania's wood exports are thanks to sustainable private sector plantation-based forestry, not politics or state government intervention.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

FSC Looking Like a Mirage Under Harriss

With 15% of forest operations breaching Forest Protection Plans, Minister Harriss' assertion about the government's commitment to high environmental standards is a joke.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2015

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

Forestry Tasmania's Annual Report 2014-15 paints a blithely optimistic picture of the GBE's financial fortunes, glossing over a continuing reliance on public subsidies and bailouts at public expense.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2015

Another Day, Another Handout to Forestry

After late last year redirecting $7M allocated exit funding to keep people in the native forest industry, the Liberals are paying another $1M in compensation to forests contractors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2015

Forestry Tasmania Ministerial Charter

The Ministerial Charter that Forestry Tasmania is expected to abide by makes it clear the GBE is being set up to fail, despite the Liberals' rhetoric.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2015

Forestry Tasmania - FSC Certification (follow up)

FSC's auditors, SCS Global, has identified non-conformities in Forestry Tasmania's FSC application.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 May 2015

Forestry Tasmania - FSC Certification

When the Minister was last asked about Forestry Tasmania's application for Forest Stewardship Council certification, he said that Forestry Tasmania expected to receive the final report from FSC'S auditors, SCS Global, in April.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 May 2015

FT's FSC Update

Minister Harriss has confirmed the decision on Forestry Tasmania’s application for Forest Stewardship certification (FSC) has been delayed.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2015

Special Species Logging

The Forests Minister and the special species timber sector have been challenged to ensure that future Special Species Timber Harvesting Management.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2014

Forestry FSC Under Threat

The Forests Minister, Paul Harriss, must confirm whether he has sought formal advice from Forestry Tasmania on Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2014