Tasmanian Government implements a common-sense approach

8 April, 2014

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, today welcomed the Tasmanian Government's announcement that it will act on its overwhelming mandate to tear up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA).

"Like the Tasmanian Liberals, the Coalition never supported the sham TFA," Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said the Coalition would work constructively with the Tasmanian state government to create a sustainable long-term future for the forest industry in the state.

"Today's announcement by Tasmanian Resources Minister Paul Harriss demonstrates that Tasmania is open for business," he said.

"It is time to restore a common-sense approach to forestry and the environment."

Senator Colbeck said Tasmania's forest industry can benefit the whole state, including the environment, regional communities and the economy.

"We have very good forest management systems in Tasmania, and Australia more broadly, and it is widely recognised that managed forests can deliver conservation outcomes, manage carbon stocks and co-exist with the rest of the economy to the benefit of all, particularly our regional communities," he said.

"It is time for the forest science deniers in the Greens to listen to the Tasmanian community who have twice spoken very loudly in the last six months."

Senator Colbeck said the Coalition will negotiate Regional Forest Agreements and establish a 20 year rolling life to give investment certainty to the forest industry.

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