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Greens say Tas Premier holds key to forests success.



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Greens say Tas Premier holds key to forests success

4th Sep 04

The Greens say that Tasmanian Labor Premier Paul Lennon can help ensure a win-win forests outcome from the federal election.

"The state lost $200 million and went through a lot of unnecessary turmoil when Liberal Premier Robin Gray turned down prime minister Malcolm Fraser's $500 million offer to stop the Franklin dam in 1983," Greens Senator Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"Saving the Franklin is now seen as a good thing for Tasmanian jobs and the economy as well as the environment.

"Saving our high conservation value forests and their wildlife will be the same - a jobs and investment winner for Tasmania.

"John Howard's promise to launch a forests rescue package is welcome.

"Labor state Premier Paul Lennon is in the box seat. With his help, Tasmania can save the iconic forests, while ensuring a restructuring package for the timber industry which creates new jobs by processing wood in Tasmania rather than exporting it to Japan as chips," Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown is in Hobart campaigning with friend and former state parliamentary Greens leader Christine Milne, who is standing for the Senate. The Greens say they will also launch a Tasmanian

forests package later next week. More information:Margaret Blakers 03 6234 1633,

0419 877 325

www.greens.org.au