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The last pending forest policy
Published Friday October 8, 2004 · Permalink

Finally yesterday the Liberals anounced in Launceston their policy for Tasmanian Forests. No big surprises, no big policy. On one side, it is not very different from Labor’s policy, adding 170,000 ha to conservation areas. However, it promises much less money and—here is the big difference—to support the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).

A quick glance to the major parties’ forest policies:

Item Labor Party Liberal Party
Area reserved (ha) 240,000 170,000
Type of forest reserved Sizeable proportion of production forests Mostly not planned for logging
When After enquiry, September 2005 Immediate
Maintains RFA Unknown Suppossedly
Budget (million$) 800 50
Supported by Greens Forest Industry

I still have not decided which policy is best for Tasmanians. I would love to see a policy that, on one side answers the environmental concerns of the bulk of the community and, on the other, sets clear guidelines for a modern industry, providing appropriate ‘carrots’ for guiding change.

A completely different issue is that I still find strange to have a special ‘Tasmanian Forests Policy’, where it would make much sense the existence of an environmental policy, covering all ecosystems in the country based on biological importance rather than on beauty alone (although I leave room for cultural values here). Particular policies are like having a specially high taxation policy for sexy underwear in King Cross, Sydney. It may be relevant to attract conservative votes somewhere else in the country, but it would certainly not be of national interest (and not necessarily in the best interest of King Cross’s residents).

This post expand on my previous post on Labor’s and Greens’ Tasmanian Forests policies.

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