‘No need for alarm over deal delay’ ( admin posted on June 13th, 2018 )

THERE’S no need for alarm regarding the Legislative Council’s decision last week to send Tasmania’s forest peace deal legislation to a committee, according to Circular Head businessman Glenn Britton.
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Mr Britton, the chairperson of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, said it was “naive” of the government to think it could rush the legislation through before Christmas.

“The Legislative Council is a house of review, that’s its role, whether you agree with some of the decisions it makes or not is another thing, but it’s a house of review,” he said.

“To be perfectly honest, the government has been pretty naive to think that it could pass legislation one day and get the Legislative Council to pass it the next day.”

In fact, Mr Britton believes the decision, which will delay a vote on the legislation by around three months, has some positives.

“This has been two-and-a-half, three years in the making. So if another three months is going to bugger it, it was never going to stand the test of time,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s any need for alarm from the industry’s point of view, or the government’s point of view, or the environmentalists’ point of view.”

As for the deal itself, Mr Britton said it was a compromise.

“Obviously we have concerns that the downsizing of the industry is far bigger than what it should have been, but an agreement has been reached and I don’t suppose all involved are 100% happy with it, but it’s been reached.

“The three months, what it will do is give a bit of time for reflection and adjustment on things, and it will be a test of the sincerity of all those parties involved in it.

“We will stay positive about it and we will work with the Legislative Council and all the others to try and ensure that appropriate legislation and realisation of this issue is the best result we can give for all concerned.”

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