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Three Year Forest Destruction Plan a Climate Disaster

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’s ‘Three Year Wood Production Plan’ is a climate disaster.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2020

Plan for Bushfire Season Now

UTAS bushfire experts are right, the increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires cannot be underestimated. The State Government must be preparing themselves now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Matter of Public Importance

If the minister wants their job to be that much easier, he needs to advocate within Cabinet for an end to native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

The people working in our emergency services and Tasmania Fire Service do an outstanding job to keep us safe in bushfire season.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Trade Visit to China - Pulp and Paper Companies

Last December, the Minister embarked on a trade delegation to China where he met with representatives of at least two pulp and paper companies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Additional Coupes

So-called Sustainable Timbers Tasmania, continued its destructive native forest logging throughout the pandemic emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

Bushfire and Climate Summit Warning for Tasmania

The 33 Emergency Leaders for Climate Action were crystal clear - our worsening extreme weather is caused by burning fossil fuels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2020

Gutwein Must Step Up on World Environment Day

The best gift the Gutwein Government could give Tasmania on World Environment Day is a policy reset.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2020

Swift Parrot - Preservation of Breeding Habitat

There are fewer than 1000 breeding pairs of the world's fastest parrot - the critically endangered swift parrot - left in the wild.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020

Logging of Threatened Species Habitat

In a landmark decision last week, the Federal Court found VicForests, Victoria's forestry corporation, is not exempt from national environmental law.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020

Gutwein Government and STT Now on Notice

The Gutwein Government is on notice following yesterday’s landmark Federal Court decision on logging threatened species habitat in Victoria.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2020

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfire Risk

Independent scientists have written to Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and bushfire risk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2020

Logging During COVID-19

The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 May 2020

New Forestry Peak Body Should be a Fresh Start for Industry

The Greens cautiously welcome the new forestry peak body replacing the divisive and ideologically driven Forests Industry Association of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2020

Leatherwood Logging

The leatherwood tree is found only in Tasmania. It grows in cool temperate rainforests that occur in mossy forests along the north west, west and south west.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Concerns of North-West Doctors

North-west doctors have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been risking their safety, working day after day, caring for patients.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to take a broader view of Tasmania’s forestry sector and its role in this island’s recovery from coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020

Barnett Can't Fudge Threat to Forests

Minister Barnett knows the mendicant faction of the native forest logging industry want to get in to the 356 000 hectares of future reserve forest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

The Tasmanian Greens have today written to the Integrity Commissioner asking him to investigate allegations of the serious misconduct.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2020

Integrity Commission referral of Archer, Barnett and Cocker

Referral of Attorney-General Archer, Minister Barnett, and WorkSafe Chief Executive Mark Cocker to the Integrity...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  27 Feb 2020

Another Authoritarian Attack on Peaceful Protesters

Today’s attack on peaceful protest through WorkSafe’s directive to the Bob Brown Foundation is a politically motivated shield for the logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2020

Forest Defenders Making a Difference in takayna

The presence of activists in takayna/Tarkine is clearly making a big impact on planned logging operations in the region.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2020

Gutwein Must Intervene in Tarkine Destruction

The logging industry’s destruction of ancient rainforest in the takayna/Tarkine region is the first major test for Tasmania’s new Premier.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2020

Logging in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Second Tranche Forests

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to protect the 356 000 hectares of Tasmanian Forest Agreement second tranche reserve forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017

A Bill for an Act to repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act 2007 (No. 4 of 2007) and to revoke the Pulp Mill Permit and...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Greens Bill  |  1 Nov 2017

Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement

Cassy responds to the Treasurer during Labor's 'Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement' Matter of Public Importance.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Oct 2019

Climate Action, Logging of Forests

Rosalie Woodruff questions the government over their failure to secure FSC certification.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Logging in High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister over the requests of the Forest Industries Association in a recent meeting.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Sep 2019

Unemployment and Jobs

Treasurer, I do not have a handkerchief big enough to mop up the crocodile tears you just shed for the children of forest workers.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Aug 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Courtney

In 2015, the first FFC audit was handed down and it found that Forestry Tasmania was critically non-compliant in a number of areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

This Government is intent on corrupting the processes we have in place to protect the natural environment to support the very industry they would like to grow.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Forest Practices Amendment Bill 2018

We will go into Committee because we have a few things we would like to talk about, the specifics of a number of clauses.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2019

Jobs and the Economy

It would be good to know, formally today, Labor's position on whether they are running away from the historic Tasmanian Forestry Agreement.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2019

Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

There are still questions to be answered about the response to the Gell River fire.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Minister Needs To Formally Rule Out Southern Port

The long-awaited southern wood residues advice finds a southern port would be commercially unviable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2019

Patriarch and Sons - Logging Practices

Patriarch and Sons' parent company, Shin Yang, is notorious for illegal rainforest logging and human rights violations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018

Majestic Timbers Crumbles Without Freight Subsidy

The Greens have received information to suggest the company that was Majestic Timbers is no longer operational.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2018

Majestic Timbers - Operations

Majestic Timbers has collapsed, its director, Shane Rice, has fled the country, and its contractors have not been paid for up to three months.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Sep 2018

Barnett's Forestry Delusions

Forestry Minister, Guy Barnett’s claim that thousands of jobs would be lost under the Greens’ policy to end native forest logging is, unsurprisingly, completely untrue.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jun 2018

Forestry and Mining Jobs in North-West Tasmania

Mr Brooks, as the member for Braddon, does his community a terrible disservice because he recycles the same speech over and over again.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Jun 2018

Liberals Claim Credit for Tasmanian Forest Agreement Emissions Reduction

The breathtaking hypocrisy of the Liberals talking up Tasmania's lower emissions profile cannot go unanswered.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2018

Barnett's Forestry Jobs Dishonesty

In the wake of ABS census data confirming a massive decline in forestry sector employment under the Liberals, the Hodgman Government seems to be fudging the numbers.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Nov 2017

Liberals' Forestry Agenda Putting Swift Parrot on the Chopping Block

In their ideologically-driven rush to log the State’s native forests, the Liberals are destroying the habitat of the endangered Swift parrot.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2017

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, with the GBE's annual report revealing taxpayers subsidised a $27 million operational loss.

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

Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017

Andrea Dawkins delivers a second reading speech for the Greens' Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017, discussing the history of the mill and the Act.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Nov 2017

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

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.

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

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.  It is designed to generate conflict, all of it backed in by the Labor (so-called) Opposition.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2017

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

Privatisation of Public Plantations

The Government has privatised 29 000 hectares of publicly owned plantations for around $40 million to $55 million less than it cost taxpayers to establish them, according to the Auditor-General.

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

Forestry - Sale of Plantation Assets

Can you explain how selling 29 000 hectares of publicly-owned plantations with a 99 year lease to a foreign investor with a parent company in the Caymans is not privatisation?

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

Forestry - Sale of State's Plantation Assets

Now it has been confirmed that 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

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

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

Tasmanians know former Labor premier Paul Lennon is on the Farrell family payroll in a bid to protect the obscene profits they make off the back of human suffering.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2017

Premier Can't Explain How Plantation Sale isn't Privatisation

The Premier has been exposed for misleading the Tasmanian people when he said in April 2014 that his government would not be privatizing public assets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2017

Dodgy Brothers, Lennon and Gay, Back in Business

With Paul Lennon on the Farrell family's payroll, and John Gay set to profit from the push to log rainforest species in protected areas, it's clear the Dodgy Brothers are back in business.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2017

Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

The rainforest logging plan put forward by the Liberals is a disgrace. Introducing logging into reserves and conservation areas is a destructive move, designed to generate conflict.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2017

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 - and moved the subsidies around to conceal the true extent of ongoing public funding for this...

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

Two Year Reprieve for Threatened Forests

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jun 2017

Liberal Lies over Forest Industry Subsidies

The Liberals came to government promising to ‘end the subsidies’ to the native forest logging industry but they are prepared to massively subsidise Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) move from Victoria.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jun 2017

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017

Forestry Burns Threaten Public Health

Over the weekend in communities across the State, and specifically at New Norfolk, Judbury, Cygnet and Huonville, residents were subjected to thick choking smoke from Forestry Tasmania burns.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 May 2017

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Yesterday at 3.20 p.m. a forestry regeneration burn in the Tarkine escaped coupe TE008P on two points on its eastern boundary and moved into adjacent high conservation value forest, still protected in the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2017

Forestry Bill - No Market for HCV Forest Products

The industry has condemned the Government's plan to log 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside from protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, an agreement they negotiated and signed up to in good faith.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2017

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania's Objections to the Forestry Bill

The Government has consistently claimed the industry needs access to the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

The growth in Derby visitation has increased by 250 per cent in the past two years.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

The draft legislation to allow logging in 356 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest is a threat to Tasmania's growing visitor economy and its brand.

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

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Facing a storm of stakeholder and community condemnation and defeat in the Legislative Council, the Hodgman Liberals have cynically delayed debate on two divisive, contentious pieces of legislation until after the 3 May Legislative Council...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2017

Barnett Dismisses Escaped Tarkine Burn

The Minister for Resources did not answer the Greens' questions about the escaped Tarkine regeneration burn in Parliament today.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2017

Log Trucks on Tasmanian Roads

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is either misleading or in denial over the evidence that an increased number of log trucks on Tasmanian roads will lead to an increase in serious accidents and fatalities. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

The latest ABS detailed labour force statistics have been released today. The data confirms that there has been no job growth in Forestry and Wood Product manufacturing in Tasmania under the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2017

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

On ABC radio this morning, the Executive Chairman of Neville Smith Forest Products emphatically called on the government not to reignite conflict over the State's High Conservation Value forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2017

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

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

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

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Forestry Tasmania’s own High Conservation Value forest maps identify the Tarkine as one of the richest high conservation value locations in the State.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Today's news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.   All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2017

Warped Liberal Politics Put MONA's Macquarie Point Vision at Risk

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the vision within the MONA Macquarie Point cultural plan, and the focus on Truth and Reconciliation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2016

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Today's government announcement TasPorts will be entering into a partnership to facilitate log and woodchip exports out of Macquarie Wharf, with taxpayer money, demonstrates this government's warped priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

Industry Walking Away from Liberals' Logging Plan

If Tasmanians want any more proof that the government's plans to log the State's high conservation value forests are not supported by the hard heads in the industry, the letter from ARTEC will provide it.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Greens to Seek Meeting with Forest Stewardship Council

The Tasmanian Greens will seek a meeting with the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure they are fully informed about the Liberals' plan to allow loggers in to 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

The Tasmanian Greens look forward to the Liberals ruling out logging in the Wielangta forest as they have with the Tasman forests near the Three Capes Walk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2016

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

The conservation movement stands united to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests and precious clean, green brand from the threats issued by the Hodgman Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2016

Ministerial Statement on Forestry a Sham

That the ministerial statement on forestry delivered yesterday is a sham because it misleads Tasmanians over the alleged need to allow loggers into 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forest.

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

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 under the Liberals' policy.

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

Premier - Why Restart the Forest Wars?

How can you countenance allowing loggers into these forests of global significance, treasure troves of biodiversity and habitats for threatened species?

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

Forestry Tasmania's Financial Loss

In its advice to the Minister tabled yesterday, the FT board makes it clear they cannot meet the stated objectives of the Government and also fulfil their legal obligation under the GBE Act to operate commercially.

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

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

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.

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

Barnett Continues to Mislead, Divide over Forestry

The big lie of a commercially viable and sustainable native forest industry was exposed with the release of Forestry Tasmania's 2015-16 annual report and correspondence from the FT Board today.

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

Minister Barnett Remains Delusional on Forests

The Resources Minister is at it again.  He is seeking to mislead Tasmanians and whip up community conflict over forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2016

Logging of High Conservation Value Forests

the Government has announced plans to let loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forests in places such as Bruny, Wielangta, the Blue Tier, north-east highlands and the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2016

Forestry - Plans to Log High Conservation Forests

Yesterday, Minister Barnett announced that he is moving to let the loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2016

Weak, Short-Sighted Liberals Set to Reignite Forest Wars

Through their contemptuous, fact-poor responses to Greens' questions today, the Premier and the Resources Minister have confirmed the Liberals plan to let the loggers in to 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forest is...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2016

House Misled Over Native Forest Logging Subsidies

Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP, on 25 August 2016, and on several occasions since then has claimed there are “thousands” of jobs in the native forest industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Log Trucks Full of Native Forest Products Ruining Hobart's Amenity

The Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped through the port of Hobart at Macquarie Point each year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016

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

Macquarie Point Woodchip Export Deal Suspicious

Majestic Timbers Australia did not register as a company until 0 days after Mr Gutwein had stated that terms had been agreed to with proponents for the export of woodchips from Macquarie Point.

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

Call for Recovery Plan for Eastern Quoll

Recognises that to help many of these species to survive, there needs to be major changes in forestry practices and that the Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP is refusing to make these changes to further his political ends.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

Last year, the travellers' bible, Lonely Planet, warned international travellers to visit Tasmania's wild places 'before compromises are made.'

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Sep 2016

Liberals Do Deal with Company That Didn't Exist over Macquarie Point Exports

The more things change in Tasmania's native forest logging industry, apparently the more they stay the same, with the Greens revealing in Parliament today that the Liberals negotiated terms over Macquarie Wharf native forest product...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Sep 2016

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2016

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

Liberal Government's Blind Pursuit of Native Forest Biomass

The use of forest biomass for energy is designed by industry proponents to entrench, legitimise and increase native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Yesterday the Minister failed to state your Government's commitment to Forestry Tasmania achieving Forest Stewardship Council certification.

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

Forest Furnaces

Submissions close on Friday for the Government's program to use taxpayers' money in an attempt to revive the dying native forest-logging industry through the use of forests for biomass energy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Save Giant Freshwater Lobster

Astacopsis gouldi, the giant freshwater lobster, is now categorised as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

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.

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

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

Liberals Still in Denial on Jobs

The Treasurer still clings to his flimsy line of 1,300 jobs created since the election, conveniently ignoring the fact that the working age population has increased by 5,700 in that time.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2016

Jobs' Growth Continues to Decline

The Liberals promised Tasmanians looking for work the world when they came to office. Sadly, what we have seen could not be further from the truth.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Tasmanians may be surprised that Premier Hodgman has chosen the same person who led the witch hunt into the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill as their new Minister for Resources, including forestry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jul 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jul 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funding to Provide for Skills and Employment in Forest Restoration

In 2012, the Labor Green Government delivered the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Study which assessed the amount and potential economic value of carbon sequestered across the entire Tasmanian forest estate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

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

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

Forestry Tasmania Alter FPP for Derby Coupe After Tourism Outrage

Calls on Minister for Forestry, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, to continue close monitoring of the logging operations in the North East, particularly in the now World class tourist destinations such as Derby and to ensure that old and economically...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Whole Lot of Nothing on Secretive Forestry EOI Process

Forestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has again treated Parliament with contempt, spending more than five minutes giving no detail on the so-called Southern Residues Solution' EOI process.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Police Escort for Forestry Over The Top

The parade of heavy machinery through Scottsdale yesterday with police escort enforces the over the top tactics entrenched in Tasmania’s forestry practises and shows just how far Forestry Tasmania is from understanding the FSC process.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Forestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2016

Hodgman Liberals in Embarrassing World Heritage Backdown

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, has more egg on his face after being forced in to an embarrassing backdown on the Liberals' plan to log in Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

The new Minister for Forests will need to have the courage to make the tough choices Paul Harriss clearly didn't want to make.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

Sustainable Forestry Our Future

The increase in Tasmania's wood exports are thanks to sustainable private sector plantation-based forestry, not politics or state government intervention.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

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

Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

The annual report of Tasmania's Forest Practices' Authority makes it clear that Forest Practices Plans (FPPs) are regularly ignored by industry operators.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

As Greens Leader, I have today co-signed a letter with Greens Senator Nick McKim to Lonely Planet, in response to their travel advisory yesterday warning that Tasmania’s wilderness is under threat.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2015

Stop Logging All Swift Parrot Forests

The international conservation listing of the swift parrot as critically endangered is the wakeup call the government needs to stop logging its habitat.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Oct 2015

Another Day, Another Handout to Forestry

After late last year redirecting $7M allocated exit funding to keep people in the native forest industry, the Liberals are paying another $1M in compensation to forests contractors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2015

Triabunna Wharf Sale

The sale of TasPorts' Triabunna wharf to a local, marine based business is final proof that Triabunna’s future is in tourism and marine-based industries.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Oct 2015

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

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

More Woodsmoke and Mirrors from Harriss

The Liberals continue to mislead Tasmanians over the future viability of the native forest woodchip industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Franklin MP

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Franklin electorate at the state level. My six years as a Huon Valley councillor have given me a good feel for the issues in the southern part of the electorate and I look forward to...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2015

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

Biomass Energy Another Tired Liberal Policy

Resources Minister Paul Harriss is exactly right; export of wood chips is a poor, unprofitable use of our precious forests.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Jul 2015

No FSC Means no Social Licence for Pulp Mill

The only way for a pulp mill to be viable in the Tamar Valley is for the FSC accreditation for our forests, which is proving to be problematic.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2015

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

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

Heritage No Excuse for Logging the TWWHA

Senator Colbeck's comments supporting selective logging in the World Heritage Area are offensive, and use of heritage as a transparent disguise is laughable.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2015

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2015

Harriss has no Plan for Forestry

Forests Minister Paul Harriss is unable to provide a future operating model for Forestry Tasmania, or a business case for its so-called return to financial viability.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2015

Forestry Tasmania - Increased Debt, No Plan to Pay it Back

Treasurer Peter Gutwein has increased Forestry Tasmania’s debt capacity by $10 million to $41m, yet has failed to explain how Forestry Tasmania can ever pay back the money it owes.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  9 Jun 2015

Forestry Tasmania - FSC Certification (follow up)

FSC's auditors, SCS Global, has identified non-conformities in Forestry Tasmania's FSC application.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 May 2015

Native Forest Biomass

Unbelievably, you are now taking up Paul Lennon's dream of burning native forest woodchips in industrial scale forest furnaces to generate electricity. Talk about back to the future.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2015

Harriss Refuses to Rule Out Public Subsidies for Native Forest Furnaces

Forests Minister Paul Harriss has refused to rule out ongoing public subsidies for burning native forest woodchips and pulp logs to generate electricity.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2015

No Forest Furnaces

The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in ongoing public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader...

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2015

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

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

No Action on Swift Parrots

Environment Minister Matthew Groom today washed his hands of the endangered Swift Parrot.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2015

Swift Parrot Habitat Risk

Environment Minister Matthew ignored expert scientific advice on Swift Parrot habitat in favour of the logging industry on at least three occasions.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2015

Sawmill Subsidies Referred to Integrity Commission

To prop up a select few failing businesses with public money is a dangerous precedent and a gross abuse of trust and power..

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2015

Sawmill Grants Chaos

The Hodgman regime’s latest splash with public cash to prop up the native forest sawmilling industry is stupid and irresponsible.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2015

Lapoinya Coupe Concerns

The Greens today tabled a call for Forestry Tasmania to abandon its plans to log contentious Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the state’s north-west.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2015

Macquarie Point Woodchip Pile Costs

Tasmanians should be bracing themselves for massive further public subsidies to the woodchip industry.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2014

Logging without Permit

Joan Rylah has serious questions to answer following the Forest Practices Authority investigating vegetation clearing without a permit.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2014

Woodchip Madness

The decision commission a further report into establishing a woodchip export facility at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf is a ludicrous and backwards step.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2014

Ta Ann Misled Over Forest Areas?

The Hodgman government has potentially misled customers over whether Ta Ann’s timber will be sourced from “non-contentious” forest areas.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2014

Special Species Logging

The Forests Minister and the special species timber sector have been challenged to ensure that future Special Species Timber Harvesting Management.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2014

Forestry Bill Gagged

The Hodgman Liberal government has been accused of running and hiding from proper parliamentary scrutiny following its shock decision to gag debate.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2014

Liberals Attack Forest Reserves

Areas of PTPZ land will be able to be swapped for areas of FPPF even if they are of unequal size or condition.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2014

Edwards walks from TFA

Terry Edwards of the Forestry Industry Association of Tasmania has gone against his signed commitment and walked away from the forestry peace deal.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2014

Liberals' Forestry Shambles

Hodgman committed to consulting environment groups over his plans for forestry, but it’s become clear that he’s been rolled by Gutwein.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2014

Forestry Tasmania Assets Threatened

The Tasmanian Greens today called on the Liberals to abandon their secret native forests sale or long term lease agenda.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2014