No-confidence motion in Green over forestry 


PARLIAMENT is debating a lengthy no-confidence motion inDeputy Premier Bryan Green this morning based on the state government’sforestry policy.

The Liberal Party moved to suspend proceedings first thingthis morning so the motion could be debated. Both Labor and the Greens soughtto put a time limit on debate so it did not interrupt question time or animminent debate on same-sex marriage legislation.

Speaker Michael Polley suspended the house to allow for allthree political parties to reach an agreement. As a result, debate will belimited to an hour and 40 minutes, the Greens matter of importance will bedumped, question time will run from noon until 1pm and debate on same-sexmarriage legislation will begin at 2.30pm.

The no-confidence motion was made in Mr Green, who is alsoResources Minister, based on the following reasons:

1. Overseeing the destruction of Tasmania’s forest industry.

2. Breaking Labor’s pre-election promise to renew theRegional Forest Agreement.

3. Outsourcing and abrogating responsibility for ourpublicly-owned forests to an unelected group of big business, big environmentand big union.

4. Failing to support the Tasmanian native timber industry.

5. Abandoning the pulp mill, by removing any requirementthat further forest reservations be contingent upon Green and ENGO support forthe pulp mill.

6. Abandoning the written so-called guarantees in theIntergovernmental Agreement on Forestry about minimum wood supply.

7. Claiming that the forest “war is over even asenvironmental activists confirmed they would continue to campaign against ourforest industry in overseas markets.

8. Failing to listen to the community, and insultinghard-working Tasmanians who express their concern about the forest deal as a““tin-pot turnout.

9. Further rolling over to the Greens by capitulating totheir demands over Forestry Tasmania; firstly in Cabinet on August 20, and thenprior to his Ministerial Statement in Parliament on August 29.

10. Misleading senior staff at Forestry Tasmania about thegovernment’s intentions for the future of the company.

11. Breaking previous undertakings given to the forestindustry about the government’s plans for Forestry Tasmania.

12. Failing to consult with rank and file employees ofForestry Tasmania, and their unions, about the government’s plans for ForestryTasmania.

13. Failing to provide certainty for the future by refusingto provide key details about the government’s plans for Forestry Tasmania,including job cuts, and who will be the responsible land manager.

14. A range of matters related thereto.

It is one a series of no-confidence motions the LiberalParty has brought on, and lost.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green.

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