John Hawkins

With extreme difficulty I have discovered from the ABS the breakdown of the 11,406 people working in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Forestry and Logging standing alone employs 1,240 males and 225 females making a grand total of people directly employed in Forestry in Tasmania of 1,465. Indirectly employed in wood product manufacturing and listed under manufacturing are 2,049 males and 257 females, a total of 2,306, in pulp paper 978 males and 136 females a total of 1,114, therefore a total of 3,420.

It is well known that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, but the Census should provide a reasonably accurate indicator. Dr Julian Amos states and I quote “the forest industry plays an important part in the economic and social fabric of this state, including the direct employment of 6,000 [ABS 1,465] Tasmanians and indirectly a further 11,000. [ABS 3,420]”. He has refused to answer my previous challenge and I look forward to his spin on challenge number two.
ARGUMENTS seem to abound over the number of people employed in Forestry in Tasmania. To determine this matter accurately I made a visit to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website for the results, as published, in the 2006 Census for Tasmania.

This is the result:

• Manufacturing – 21,175
• Construction – 13,677
• Wholesale and Retail – 31,750
• Transport, Postal and Warehousing – 9,379
• Finance and Insurance – 5,334
• Professions, Science, Technology and Services – 8,911
• Public Administration – 17,233
• Education and Training – 16,930
• Health Care and Social Assistance – 23,363
• Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – 11.406

The breakdown for those employed within the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries industries is:

• Labourers – 3,411
• Machinery operators and drivers – 813
• Sales workers – 54
• Clerical and Administration – 563
• Community and Personal Service Workers – 48
• Technicians, Trades and Specialised Workers – 595
• Professionals – 476
• Managers – 5,339

With extreme difficulty I have discovered from the ABS the breakdown of the 11,406 people working in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Forestry and Logging standing alone employs 1,240 males and 225 females making a grand total of people directly employed in Forestry in Tasmania of 1,465. Indirectly employed in wood product manufacturing and listed under manufacturing are 2,049 males and 257 females, a total of 2,306, in pulp paper 978 males and 136 females a total of 1,114, therefore a total of 3,420.

It is well known that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, but the Census should provide a reasonably accurate indicator. Dr Julian Amos states and I quote “the forest industry plays an important part in the economic and social fabric of this state, including the direct employment of 6,000 [ABS 1,465] Tasmanians and indirectly a further 11,000. [ABS 3,420]”. He has refused to answer my previous challenge and I look forward to his spin on challenge number two.

John Hawkins
Chudleigh