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Monday, 18 October 2010
Page: 629

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Adams:

That this House:

(1)   recognises that the forestry industry is an important part of the Australian economy but is currently in crisis;

(2)   understands that it is necessary to secure the viability of forestry dependent communities and to create well paid, high skilled jobs by value adding to our natural resource;

(3)   supports the process whereby the forestry unions, government, industry, environment and community groups working together will allow a complete restructure of the industry that will determine that any transition is fair and just for workers, their families and communities; and

(4)   calls on the House to ensure that interim payments to those facing hardships because of the transition, and those exiting the industry, can be assisted in a timely manner.