February 6, 2014
The Tasmanian Greens failed to meet their own standards with their shallow forest policy released this week, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck said.
Their forest policy is based on the utilisation of the Forestry Tasmania (FT) plantation resource for a range of products.
"The real problem for the Greens is that the FT plantation resource does not qualify for Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) because most of it was the subject of conversion from native forest post 1994."
"The Greens have been very vocal in claiming the market will only accept FSC certified products - so where do they suppose these products will be sold?" Senator Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck said the only way to remedy the situation would be to sell the plantation to a new owner.
"Is that a secret part of the Greens policy that they are not telling us about?"
"How much have they budgeted for the sale in their election costings?" he said.