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Media release – Shane Broad MP, Shadow Minister for Resources, 21 April 2021 Labor will guarantee security and jobs for Tasmania’s forestry industry A Majority Labor Government will guarantee security for Tasmania’s forestry industry so it is able to thrive and deliver jobs for Tasmanians. Shadow Minister for Resources, Shane Broad, said Labor would stand up […]

Media release – Shane Broad MP, Shadow Minister for Resources, 21 April 2021

Labor will guarantee security and jobs for Tasmania’s forestry industry

A Majority Labor Government will guarantee security for Tasmania’s forestry industry so it is able to thrive and deliver jobs for Tasmanians.

Shadow Minister for Resources, Shane Broad, said Labor would stand up for the right of Tasmanians to earn a living in the forestry industry.

“Labor knows how important the forestry industry is to Tasmania’s economy, and in particular to the economies of many of our regional communities,” Dr Broad said.

“We also understand how important the timber industry is to a range of other industries such as building and construction.

“That’s why we will always defend the industry against attacks from the Greens, on one hand, and attempts by the Liberals to politicise the industry, on the other.

“The last thing the industry needs is for forestry to become a political football and that is why we are committed to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, the Regional Forest Agreement and stopping dangerous protest actions.

“Within our first 100 days, Labor commits to provide stronger protection to workers and businesses by legislating aggravated trespass laws and Timber Harvesting Safety Zones.

“Labor also commits to increased resources to reduce workplace invasions by employing 4 additional WorkPlace Standards workers.”

Dr Broad said Labor will work with industry to resolve native hardwood resource security issues on state and private land and develop necessary legislative changes or financial incentives to help private growers plant more trees on farms.

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“Labor will investigate options to enhance the productivity of state-owned native forests to provide a stable 10 year wood supply for major customers, country saw millers and the special species sector.

“We will also address road infrastructure pinch points, upgrade ports, fund innovation, training, and timber promotion.

“Only Labor has a plan to support our forestry industry into the future and create much needed jobs in this sector.”


Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 21 April 2021

More Labor Forest Lock-Ups

Rebecca White’s renewed commitment to the failed Labor-Green Tasmanian Forestry Agreement (TFA) would see almost 400,000 hectares of resource locked up.

Under the Liberals, this resource (Future Potential Production Forest) is potentially available for harvesting in the future, subject to appropriate parliamentary approvals.

In contrast, under the discredited TFA, it was scheduled for permanent lock up.

The original TFA cost 4,000 forestry jobs (two out of three jobs in the sector) and brought the industry to its knees.

The fact that Ms White has recommitted to the TFA is further evidence of their strategy to form a minority Labor-Green government if they get the chance.

Labor still hasn’t learnt from its TFA debacle, it should leave this $1.2 billion industry alone, and let it get on with its well-managed, sustainable, job creating future.


Media release – Greens candidate for Bass, Jack Davenport, 21 April 2021

Where Does Finlay Stand on Forests?

Labor candidate for Bass Janie Finlay has serious questions to answer on where she stands on protecting Tasmania’s native forests.

At last night’s Australia Institute candidates forum, Ms Finlay refused to answer questions from the audience about her personal position on native forest logging.

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Today Labor have released their full plan for continuing to log and burn Tasmania’s carbon-rich forests, and for locking up people who protest against this climate crime.

Now Labor’s plan has been made public, and Ms Finlay has had a chance to review it, she has a responsibility to tell the people of Bass where she stands. If she is elected, will she simply back in Labor’s policies for forest destruction and suppressing free speech?

The Greens are proud of our climate focussed plan, that protects forests and freedom of speech.

Only the Greens have a plan to keep the carbon in the ground, and transition the jobs in the industry into green jobs, restoring and rewilding degraded landscapes.


TASMANIAN TIMES: Greens Forests Transformation Policy.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/labors-forests-policy/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labors-forests-policy

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