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Government confusion continues over forests



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · T H E SE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS, HERITAGE, SPORT AND YOUTl·

SENATOR MICHAEL BAD ME SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

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GOVERNMENT CONFUSION CONTINUES OVER FORESTS

The Hawke Government's continuing confusion over its forestry policy led to its voting against its own position in the Senate today.

Having originally agreed to support an Opposition Amendment in line with its sustainable development policy on forest products, it later changed its mind and opposed it, apparently when the Junior Minister, Mr Allan Griffiths, MP, was overruled by a more Senior Minister.

The Shadow Minister for Heritage, Senator Michael Baume, had moved the amendment to a Democrat anti-logging Urgency Motion in the following termsi-"The need to establish a pattern of sustainable development

of the $8 billion a years forest products industry in order to lessen Australia's annual $2 billion dependence on imports and increase the value of its exports, requiring the Federal Government to:-

(A) Encourage the industry to meet the bulk of its sawn timber requirements from plantations and those areas of native forests that are not reserved for the

maintenance of necessary environmental and bio­ diversity requirements; and

(B) Provide a base of confidence and security to enable the pulp and paper industry substantially to increase value adding through a strategy of development of pulp and paper mills meeting agreed national standards in

line with the best available technology so that

Australian wood resources have as much "added v a lue" as possible in Australia rather than overseas.

Senator Baume told the Senate that in view of the Government's incredible decision to oppose this motion it is no wonder that the forestry industry does not know where it stands with the Hawke Government.

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