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Ken Jeffreys, face of Forestry Tasmania, who says FT is facing ‘a public execution’, here

1997 LIBERAL PARTY REPORT WARNED OF FORESTRY COLLAPSE

Lib Objection to FT Restructure is Hypocritical

Kim Booth MP, Greens Forestry Spokesperson, Thursday, 30 August 2012

The Tasmanian Greens today highlighted the findings of a 15-year old report released by the Rundle Liberal Government recommending forestry reforms very similar to those outlined in Option 2 of the URS Stage 2 Review of Forestry Tasmania. (TT: Download here).

Greens Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth said that the ‘Nixon Report: Tasmania into the 21st Century” by the Hon Peter Nixon AO made startlingly similar recommendations regarding the need to separate Forestry Tasmania’s functions, which were ignored by the then-Liberal Government.

“If the Nixon Report’s recommendations were followed 15 years ago, the Tasmanian forest industry would not be in the state of total financial collapse that it is now,” Mr Booth said.

“The Liberals have had 15 years to wake up to the problems with Forestry Tasmania , and here they are in 2012 still supporting a model that strips tens of millions of dollars every year from schools and hospitals.”

“What’s beyond comprehension that supposed economic rationalists like the Liberal Party would fight so hard to defend such a wasteful, sprawling bureaucratic dinosaur.”

“What it reveals is that the Liberal Party’s entire political strategy is about opposing everything, and has nothing to do with what’s in the best interests of the Tasmanian taxpayer.”

The 1997 report states:

“The mixed responsibilities of Forestry Tasmania as both a commercial organisation and a regulator, land manager, research organisation and source of policy advice to government is sending conflicting signals to investors in Tasmania forestry industry.”

“The dominant position of Forestry Tasmania within the Tasmanian forestry industry is impeding the development of a stronger private forestry sector and is reducing the wealth generating potential of Tasmania’s forestry resources…”

Recommendation number 87 of the report states:

“Forestry Tasmania should be separated into its commercial and non-commercial components.”

Download: Relevant excerpt from Nixon Report: Tasmania into the 21st Century:
Nixon_Report_1997_Excerpt.pdf