APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE ON TASMANIAN FORESTS AGREEMENT BILL 2012

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - I was certainly of a mind to support the member for Huon's amendment of a select committee in order to keep this bill alive. I do support this bill but I also believe 'act in haste, repent at leisure'. I believe that the motion before us at the moment by the leader enables us to move forward, to meet the deadlines but still gives us the opportunity to have a select committee and I see that as the best of both worlds. I will be supporting this. I do not have a problem with that. I believe that the deadlines that have been there certainly have not been of our making and I accept that. On the other hand there are a lot of concerns and issues that have not been addres

TASMANIAN FORESTS AGREEMENT BILL 2012

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - I wish to say to the member for Apsley, I have been upstairs listening to every passionate word. First, I thank everyone who has phoned, sent emails, letters and briefed us over the days and weeks. I admit that as the briefings continued, my opinion changed constantly. Every person who briefed us made perfect sense and spoke with passion and real concern for the forests, be they farmers, workers, employers, conservationists, unionists, and the list goes on. I particularly thank the three Michaels as well - three amigos - who took the time to travel around the state with their RIP forestry coffin, gauging opinion from the community and one could not help but be mov

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