Albo's broken promise to Tassie forestry

Forestry logs

Senator Tammy Tyrrell says the Prime Minister owes the Tasmanian Forestry industry an explanation, after agreeing to the Greens’ demands for no native logging projects to be funded by the National Reconstruction Fund.

In May 2022, the Prime Minister wrote a letter to workers in the Tasmanian Forest and Forest Products Industry promising support.

“The Prime Minister said in his letter: ‘The Liberals have gone into overdrive saying that Labor will listen to the Greens. This is nothing but a desperate scare campaign designed to cover up for the fact that Scott Morrison has been a major disappointment for your industry.’

“The Prime Minister also said ‘Labor will support native forest harvesting.’

“Giving in to the Greens’ demands is a smack in the face to Tasmanians. The Prime Minister needs to come out and explain this about face.

“It’s all well and good to tell the industry you support them during an election, but when you’re in Government and push comes to shove, apparently you can forget pretty quickly.

"I don't think the Greens are bad people, but my word, sometimes they've got some bad ideas. The Government's got to be prepared to call it out, not back it in."

Media release distributed on 9 March 2023

A letter from Anthony Albanese to the Tasmanian Forest and Forest Products Industry, offering support.