Tasmania's specialty timber industry should be valued and supported

6 July, 2015

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, said the Greens backflip on specialty timber policy shows they will say absolutely anything as part of their anti-industry agenda.

"ENGOs were actually the ones to propose harvesting of special species coupes inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) as part of negotiations for the sham forest peace deal - this was supported by the Greens," Senator Colbeck said.

"The Greens decision to now change their position shows they will say anything to suit an argument at a particular point in time - it shows that their word means little."

"Tasmania has an iconic specialty timbers industry that includes artisans, boat builders, luthiers and cabinet makers. These are mostly small scale businesses that produce high value products that embody the essence of Tasmania's culture and history."

"It is an industry that should be valued and supported - not undermined as the Greens are trying to do."

"It's now time for the Greens to recognise the importance of Tasmania's special species timber industry and to work with the Tasmanian Government to ensure the industry has resource security."

Senator Colbeck welcomed the Tasmanian Government's statement that they would engage closely with all stakeholders, including the United Nations, to appropriately manage the special species timber sector.

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