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Forestry Tasmania

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 Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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.

The announcement today that legislation will be introduced next year to enable logging from 1 July 2018 is the clearest sign yet that the Liberals have decided to use the moratorium forests as a political weapon.

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