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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' Forest Farce

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

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

The Bill is a recipe for destruction, conflict and lost economic opportunity as the Liberals try to force Tasmania in the opposite direction of where its future lies.  It was on this basis that the Greens’ MPs took the highly unusual move of voting against the Bill on its first reading. 

Why Radio Silence on Macquarie Point Native Forest Exports?

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

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.

On 14 September last year, the Resources Minister announced the mysterious and very recently formed, Majestic Timbers, had been awarded the contract to export 180 000 tonnes of native forest timber out of Hobart each year.

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.

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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

Forestry Tasmania is still logging threatened species habitat in high conservation value forests. There are still rainforested coupes in the Tarkine that are schedule for logging.  The legislated minimum sawlog quota of 137 000 cubic metres is unsustainably high.

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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.

We believe Mr Barnett is the most recent Minister to mislead Parliament.

The most recent NAB State Update for Tasmania confirms that the forestry sector is in continued structural decline. 

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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

At the same time, he refused to commit the Liberal Government to securing Forest Stewardship Certification for Forestry Tasmania.

It is clear Mr Barnett is way out of his depth. 

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