Tasmania Shadow Minister for Forestry Peter Gutwein
Forestry CRC Axing Throws Doubts Over IGA
Victor P Taffa
News that the Federal Government has failed to renew the funding of the Forestry Cooperate Research Centre throws into question the whole rationale surrounding the forestry IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) and is yet another cruel blow to the forest industry, according to Shadow Minister for Forestry Peter Gutwein.
“Clause 40c of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Forestry specifically requires the focus on “The potential for increased value-adding and greater use of plantation timber by the forestry industry”.”
“Who is going to undertake this research now? The extension to the CRC would have employed 29 FTE’s and these positions are now all in doubt.” Mr. Gutwein said.
“The news is also yet further confirmation of Labor and the Greens’ contempt for the forest industry, which have already moved to cut the industry in half.”
“On the one hand Labor and the Greens are telling us that the industry needs to change and adapt, yet at the same time they are overseeing the closure of the premier forestry research organisation.” Mr. Gutwein said.
“The Forestry CRC is explicitly identified in the Liberal’s 13-point plan for forestry as being important to the future of our forest industry, and rightly so, given its role in research and innovation in the industry.”
“The Federal Government must urgently reconsider its decision to fund the CRC.” Mr. Gutwein said.