Forestry Tasmania’s annual report for 2016/17 shows an attempt by the Hodgman Government to spin and obfuscate around the real extent of continued losses in a failing native forest logging agenda.
“The annual report tells us in black and white on page 96 that Forestry Tasmania’s loss before tax loss was $53.4million”, said Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan.
“It then engages in an exercise in jiggery-pokery to shift liabilities for superannuation entitlements and revalue theoretical tax liabilities for assets not saleable to manufacture a lesser loss”.
“Real transparency would involve the Minister fronting the cameras and owning up to the reality that this Government’s plan, Forestry Tasmania logged a bunch of high conservation value forests, sold them at a massive loss, and yet again the taxpayer will be asked to bail them out”.
“And like a dodgy builder on an A Current Affair exposé, we’ll just change the name and continue trading”.
“Every cubic metre of Forestry Tasmania native forest logs that arrive at a sawmill, peeler mill or woodchip mill represents another $37.30 loss. Every hectare felled is another $9800 loss. This is an obscene and unfair subsidy that Tasmanians don’t want”.
Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan