May 30, 2014
The Australian Greens were again a no-show at forestry estimates this week, bringing their total to three absences since last year's federal election.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said 1 hour and 15 minutes were allocated for questioning the government about forestry policy yet the Greens didn't turn up.
"Despite all their public posturing about Australia's forestry industry, when it comes down to the detail the greens fail to show up," he said.
"This is the third senate estimates since the federal election and the Greens have failed to ask a single question about forestry."
Senator Colbeck said the Coalition was implementing a sensible forestry policy that would bring long-term security back to the industry.
"We are establishing a 20 year rolling life for Regional Forest Agreements to provide resource security and a stable investment environment for the industry," he said.
"We recently announced $15 million for the implementation of the National Bushfire Mitigation Programme and we are reversing the exclusion of native forest sourced wood waste as an eligible source of energy for Renewable Energy Certificates."