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Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

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

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.

The plan to allow logging in Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas is as divisive as it is destructive and unjustifiable.  These places were set aside for protection, not for rainforest logging.

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.

Log Trucks on Tasmanian Roads

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

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. 

Mr Barnett has chosen today to highlight comments I made in Parliament two weeks ago to try to distract from the Treasurer's appearance before the Public Accounts Committee.

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' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson

The government's plan to upgrade the Wielangta Forest Drive and extend the Great Eastern Drive offers real tourism potential for the East Coast.

At the same time as the Liberals are inviting visitors to experience the beauty of the Wielangta Forest, their Resources Minister plans to log it.  If logging isn't ruled out by the government, locals and tourists driving through the upgraded road will horrified by the scenery rather than delighting in it.

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