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Forestry Tasmania

Incompetent, Divisive Forests Minister Must Resign

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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

Forestry Tasmania is in complete disarray. Its hopes of securing Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) look increasingly like a pipe dream with the resignation of Bob Annells as Chair of the Board, and the loss of other key Board members who supported the principles of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Response to Joan Rylah

Andrea Dawkins MP | 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.

Mrs Rylah's suggestion yesterday that the Forest Peace Deal should be adhered to by the signatories is the  height of hypocrisy. If the government wanted to rely on the peace deal they should not have ripped it up.

The Greens will always support peaceful and non violent protest at environmental destruction and any other issue of community concern.

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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.

Tasmanians will rightly be wary of the Liberals' claims that their forest 'policy' has turned around the GBE's fortunes, after decades in which FT has been unable to turn a profit and has relied continuously on public subsidies to destroy forest ecosystems.

Forestry Tasmania Ministerial Charter

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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.

Tabled in Parliament today by Minister Harriss, the Charter requires Forestry Tasmania to be ‘financially self-sustaining’.  The GBE has failed to operate without massive subsidies in the past and is highly unlikely to in the future.

Harriss: No Plan, No Idea

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass 

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.

Ms Smith's comments supporting Forestry Tasmania's closure are now being heard clearer than ever.

Only 'Yes Men' Welcome on Harriss' Council

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

The resignation of Sue Smith from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry confirms that Minister Paul Harriss will not tolerate dissenting views when it comes to the mendicant GBE that is Forestry Tasmania.

First we saw Minister Harriss gagging Council members for having a view other than his own, now we are seeing the consequence of those views.

Ms Smith's comments that Forestry Tasmania be shut down now ring truer than ever.

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