Any money left over from the Tasmanian Forests Agreement should be handed back to the federal government, not handed out to Paul Harriss’ forestry mates, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.
“The Commonwealth gave Tasmania money for specific goals as part of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement,” Senator Milne said.
“The Minister has been clear that the Forest Agreement is dead. If that’s the case, then any leftover money from the agreement must be handed back to the federal government.
“It is not up to Mr Harriss to decide how federal taxpayer funds should be spent.”
“The Auditor-General was strongly critical of the contractors exit program because of sloppy administration, poor communication and inadequate planning.
“Nobody wants to see a replay of past schemes which have been plagued by allegations of handouts for mates and rorting of the system.
“If the industry is going to survive it should be able to stand on its own two feet from the beginning, not propped up by yet more subsidies
“No other Australian workers have had more multi-million dollar payouts to stay in, exit, stay in, exit and stay in than Tasmanian loggers. It has to stop,” Senator Milne said.