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Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Senator Janet Rice | Australian Greens’ Forests spokesperson

A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.

Economist, John Lawrence’s precise and undisputed numbers prove not only the massive environmental failure of the RFA, but also the obscene past and future financial losses under this Agreement.

 

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Two Year Reprieve for Threatened Forests

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

356 000 hectares of the most beautiful, carbon rich forests on the planet have won a temporary reprieve from the Liberals' destructive, divisive logging plan.

A majority of MLCs saw straight through a nasty, highly political piece of legislation to reignite forest conflict, and rejected it.

The Liberals did not have a mandate to log high conservation value, carbon rich forests and reignite forest conflict but the Upper House does have an enduring mandate to be a House of review.

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

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

In Budget Estimates today Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, confirmed he is unleashing a land clearing bonanza on Tasmania’s public and private land. 

Tragically, the consequences of his reckless, destructive approach to the forestry portfolio will be felt for generations.  Threatened species will be driven closer to extinction and the release of greenhouse gases from logging and land clearing will harm future generations.

Liberals’ Derby Hypocrisy

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby, set up with grants from the now-torn up Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

The Liberals' statements about Derby are hypocritical.  They can't claim they will never log around the Derby while including the area in their divisive forestry legislation as 'production forest'.

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

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

In a clear signal they are afraid of Parliamentary scrutiny, the Liberals' gagged debate on their destructive and divisive high conservation value forest logging legislation in the early hours of this morning.

In using their numbers to cut short the debate, the Liberals tried to claim the legislation - which would not come into effect until 1 July next year - is urgent.  Another Liberal lie.

Plenty of Division in Premier's State of the State but No Vision

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

Parliament was subjected to a stream of self-congratulatory guff from the Premier today, as he delivered his third State of the State address that was big on rhetoric and lacking in substance or vision.

Having savagely cut the Health and Education budgets in his government's first year, the Premier now wants Tasmanians to believe Health and Education are key priorities of his government.

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