February 5, 2014
The continued changes of story around the Tasmanian forest industry are fast coming back to haunt green groups.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said green groups have spent years telling the community forest harvesting destroys forests forever yet are now changing their story.
"Green groups are now telling the community they want previously harvested and regenerated forest recognised as Wilderness World Heritage quality, the same forests they once claimed had been destroyed forever."
"They use local radio to attack Forestry Tasmania whenever they have a regeneration burn, yet now they are in discussions with Forestry Tasmania to conduct regeneration burns in areas they want to recognise as Wilderness World Heritage."
"They say there should be no commercial activity in Wilderness World Heritage areas but then allocate contingency coups for the special species industry inside new Wilderness World Heritage boundaries under the sham Tasmanian forest agreement," Senator Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck said green groups were pursuing a job destroying agenda to end the native forestry industry in Tasmania.
"Green groups really have no credibility left when it comes to forestry. They will say or do whatever they want in their campaign to try to destroy the native forest industry in Tasmania."
"We have come to expect this sort of behaviour from the likes of the Wilderness Society, but it must be very embarrassing for organisations like the Australian Conservation Foundation to be mixed up in this kind of deceit," he said.
Senator Colbeck said green groups recent claims downplaying the scale of previously harvest forest inside the Wilderness World Heritage extension was another example they lack credibility and cannot be believed.
"It is just like Bob Brown calling for the construction of coal fired power stations in 1981when he was campaigning against renewable hydro energy," he said.