Greens should respect mandate of the people

9 April, 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, has condemned Greens Senator Christine Milne over her misleading comments on forestry certification.

"Senator Milne continues to misinform Australians by claiming a power over forestry certification that she doesn't have," Senator Colbeck said.

"The Greens and their forest science denier mates do not have a veto power over certification schemes."

Senator Colbeck said the Greens should respect Tasmanians who have overwhelmingly voted twice in the last six months in favour of the Liberals' forest policy.

"Tasmanians have had enough of the Greens anti-Tasmania and anti-industry policies which chased away investors during their term in government," he said.

"It is time to put common sense back into forest policy making."

"Australia's forest management strategies are among the best in the world and are undeniably sustainable."

Senator Colbeck said the Tasmanian forestry industry has enormous opportunities in global markets.

"There are opportunities for Tasmanian timber products in the Chinese market, which takes about 30% of the world's forest and timber products, due to the recent recognition of China's certification under PEFC which is the world's largest certification scheme," he said.

Senator Colbeck said it is pleasing to note that Forestry Tasmania is well on the way towards achieving Forest Stewardship Certification.

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