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Logged Forest, Tarkine

Barnett Needs to Explain Forestry Tasmania’s Smash and Grab Styx Logging

Blatant breaches of the Forest Practices Code in the Styx Valley demand an explanation from Resources Minister, Guy Barnett.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Sep 2020


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Sustainable Timber Tasmania - Forest Stewardship Certification

The auditor rejected STT's application for FSC on the basis of major non-conformities with the Forest Stewardship Standard for sustainability.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2020


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

FSC Failure Confirms Liberals Must End Native Forest Logging

Late on Friday, under the cover of a Budget update, so-called ‘Sustainable’ Timber Tasmania finally released the FSC audit report.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2020


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Firewood Theft in State Forests

On 8 May this year there were media reports of police laying charges against 19 people for $1 million in firewood theft.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

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


Wielangta, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

The Liberals' promise to end the subsidies to Forestry Tasmania has again been exposed as a lie.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

The latest Forestry Tasmania Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

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


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry - Sale of State's Planation Assets

The Premier promised Tasmanians he would not sell off their assets. He also told them his would be an open and transparent government. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Privatisation of Public Plantations

The Government has privatised 29 000 hectares of plantations for around $40 million to $55 million less than it cost taxpayers to establish them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2017


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry - Sale of Plantation Assets

On coming into office the Premier committed to not sell any public owned assets', yet a 99 year lease has been granted over 29,000 hectares of plantations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Forestry - Sale of State's Plantation Assets

The Government are flogging 29,000 hectares of Tasmania's public plantation estate at a loss, and effectively sold all that land through a 99-year lease.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2017


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Sale of State's Plantation Assets

You have announced that 29 000 hectares of publicly owned plantation has been sold to a private company for $60 million.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2017


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Liberals' Orwellian Forestry Tasmania Restructure Continues Subsidies

The Liberals’ restructure of Forestry Tasmania has simply forced the GBE to sell its only potential profit making assets - the plantations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2017


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Forestry Regeneration Burns Ignore Health Impacts

In March 2017 Forestry Tasmania proposed to light 230 regeneration burns in Autumn 2017.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

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

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

FSC Certification Pipe Dream

Forestry Tasmania is almost two years behind schedule on achieving forest stewardship certification, a goal that appears to be disappearing out of reach for FT.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2016


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Forestry Tasmania's Financial Loss

The FT board makes it clear they cannot fulfil their legal obligation under the GBE Act to operate commercially.

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

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


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Barnett Continues to Mislead, Divide over Forestry

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


Pile of Woodchips

Over $18m Taxpayer Subsidy of Woodchip Export

Do you acknowledge accepting a massive commonwealth taxpayer subsidy is the only way the export of woodchips from Macquarie Wharf can be feasible?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Macquarie Point Woodchip Export Deal Suspicious

Majestic Timbers Australia did not register as a company until 10 days after Mr Gutwein had stated that terms had been agreed to.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016


Logged Forest, Tarkine

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


Swift Parrot

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


Swift Parrot

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


Franklin River, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

State Fire Commission Report

Rosalie discusses the report on the inquiry into the State Fire Commission, and the Greens' dissenting report.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.

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


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Forestry Tasmania Alter FPP for Derby Coupe After Tourism Outrage

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Response to Joan Rylah

The Forest Peace Deal was proudly torn up by the current Liberal government loudly proclaiming the fulfilment of an election promise.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  30 Dec 2015


Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

Appointments Welcome, Still No GBE Gender Balance

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report

Forestry Tasmania received a $14M taxpayer funded contribution from the State and a $30 million equity injection from TasNetwork.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2015


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

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


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Lapoinya Logging

Forestry Tasmania are still intent on logging Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the State’s north west.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Lapoinya Logging

Forestry Tasmania are still intent on logging Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the State’s north west.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Harriss has no Plan, no Idea

If Ms Smith's resignation is not due to being gagged, we can only assume she is the first to flee the sinking ship that is Mr Harriss' ministerial career.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Jul 2015


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Only 'Yes Men' Welcome on Harriss' Council

Minister Paul Harriss will not tolerate dissenting views when it comes to the mendicant GBE that is Forestry Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Jul 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania - FSC Certification

Forestry Tasmania expected to receive the final report from FSC'S auditors, SCS Global, in April.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 May 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Gutwein, Harriss, Annells at Loggerheads Over Forestry 

The Treasurer needs to answer a very simple question here: Who is running this State? The government or Forestry Tasmania?

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  16 May 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Review

The Hodgman government’s long awaited and over-due Review of Forestry Tasmania has only guaranteed ongoing uncertainty for the government business enterprise.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Review

The Premier, Will Hodgman, must come clean and disclose whether his Cabinet is split over the internal Forestry Tasmania Review.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  28 Apr 2015


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Forensic Examination of FT Proposed

The Tasmanian Greens today tabled in the State Parliament their proposed terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry into Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  28 Apr 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Independent Inquiry

The Tasmanian Greens will table in Parliament this week a motion to establish an independent Commission of Inquiry into Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2015


Pile of Woodchips

Another Federal handout for Forestry?

The Hodgman government is clearly looking to the Commonwealth for financial assistance to deal with moribund government business enterprise, Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  22 Apr 2015


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Release Publicly Forestry Review

The Forestry Minister Paul Harriss must stop playing games with his secretive review into Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  21 Apr 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Forestry Answers Needed

Forests Minister Paul Harriss faces growing pressure to clarify the status of his stalled review into Forestry Tasmania,.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Review Stalled

Forestry Minister, Paul Harriss, must disclose whether his in-house review of Forestry Tasmania is considering the sale of any of the GBE’s assets.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  2 Apr 2015


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Autumn So-Called Regeneration Burns

Tasmanians suffering from respiratory conditions are again in for a stressful period, with Forestry Tasmania announcing 150 planned burns.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2015


Logged Forest, Tarkine

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


Festival

Hodgman Misses Festival Boat

Premier Will Hodgman should explain how he is happy to subsidise Forestry Tasmania, but could not find a fraction of that amount for the Baroque Festival.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2015


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Subsidisation Set to Continue

Forestry Tasmania is set to borrow $31 million against its letter of Comfort this financial year.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2014


Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Energy Sector Props Up Forestry

​​​​​​​TasNetworks will be providing financial injections of $20 million to TasRail, and $30 million to Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Disclose Forestry Log Truck Fuel Subsidies

The Premier failed to disclose when questioned in Parliament the amount that Forestry Tasmania would have to pay to subsidise contractor log truck fuel.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  25 Nov 2014


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Forestry Tasmania GBE Scrutiny Stymied

The Liberal government has voted with Labor to avoid proper scrutiny for Forestry Tasmania at the Government Business Enterprise Scrutiny Committee hearings.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report

Forestry Tasmania’s Annual Report 2013-14 posted an annual loss of $43.1 million.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  30 Oct 2014


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

FT Letter of Comfort

The Treasurer is under pressure to release the Letter of Comfort he has provided Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2014


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Forestry 1080 Not Ruled Out

The Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, failed to seize the opportunity to reassure people that Forestry Tasmania will not overturn the current ban on 1080.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Still Propped Up

The Tasmanian Greens today secured an admission from the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, that Forestry Tasmania is operating under a Letter of Comfort from the Crown.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania Subsidies Secrecy

The Hodgman government is under pressure to detail how they are continuing to prop up Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2014


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Forestry Public Subsidies

The Hodgman government must detail their Plan B to keep Forestry Tasmania solvent.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 Jun 2014


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Forestry Public Subsidies

Tasmanian families face paying through increased power bills the Liberal Hodgman government’s decision to still prop up Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

End Foresty Subsidies

It is impossible for the government to remove the contingency fund from Forestry Tasmania by July 1 this year.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2014


Logged Forest, Tarkine

End Forestry Subsidies

The Hodgman government’s failure to vote to require Forestry Tasmania to move to a competitive full-cost recovery business model.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2014


Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

End Forestry Subsidies

Forestry Tasmania could be required to shift to a full cost-recovery business model should a Greens’ motion be passed by the Lower House.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014