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Growth Plan for Tasmanian Forests
Type of vote: Motion (Final Motion) - final vote
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
That the House:—
(1) Supports the Hodgman Majority Liberal Government’s Strategic Growth Plan for Tasmania Forests, Fine Timber and Wood Fibre.
(a) our forest growth plan is built on the pillars of resource security, financial sustainability, job security, research and innovation, and a stronger role for the private sector;
(b) that through the positive actions of the Hodgman Liberal Government we have seen a 70% increase in the volume of wood fibre delivered from the State’s sustainable production forests;
(c) that the Labor Party’s revised State Platform commits Tasmanian Labor to support ‘the 2019 policy developed by Federal Labor to grow Tasmania’s forest industry’;
(d) that Paragraph 73 of Chapter 4 of Labor’s National Platform is explicit: ‘Labor will continue to support the implementation of the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement (TFA) as a future pathway for the forest industry in Tasmania. This includes providing resource security for the iconic special timbers industry, under agreed terms. Labor supports this as a broad industry plan to achieve the outcomes intended from the TFA’;
(e) that the Labor-Green Tasmanian forestry deal resulted in the loss of more than 4,000 jobs – two out of every three jobs in the industry;
(f) that the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Rebecca White MP told the ABC on 20 March 2017 that she has ‘no regrets’ about this disastrous forestry deal; and
(g) that the Greens policy is to close Tasmania’s native forestry industry.
(3) Calls on Labor to abandon its plan for a return to the dark days of the TFA.