28 August 2014
Tasmanian brand trashed by logging decision
“The Legislative Council has trashed Tasmania’s brand by backing the government’s move to log our high conservation value forests,” Senator Christine Milne said today.
“Many Tasmanian businesses rely on our clean, green brand – turning the state into an industrial logging playground will trash it.
“There is now no way forward for the native forest industry in Tasmania. All wood from Tasmanian forests will be tainted by this decision, it has set the industry back decades.
“Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent helping people exit the industry and now the Liberals will expect millions more to prop the industry up again. It won’t happen.
“On top of decisions to mine the Tarkine and abandon renewable energy, the decision to log high conservation value forests has undermined Tasmania’s investment attractiveness in the 21st century. It is a huge blow to jobs and prosperity,” Senator Milne said.