Plantation estate decreasing under Labor

Labor’s Agriculture Minister still can’t answer basic questions on the Andrews Government’s decision to destroy Victoria’s sustainable timber industry. Three weeks after Daniel Andrews dropped the axe on thousands of Victorian timber jobs, today Jaclyn Symes still couldn’t say how many hectares of new plantations will be established. The Minister also failed to explain why…

Timber industry plea: Dan, don’t destroy our jobs

Daniel Andrews and his Labor MPs shamefully refused to walk out to the front steps of State Parliament to meet Victorian timber workers today. Timber workers were in Melbourne to rally against the Andrews Government’s senseless native timber ban and send a clear message: “Dan, don’t destroy timber jobs”. The Liberal Nationals have pledged to…

Native timber ban about politics, not people

On a second day of intense questioning in State Parliament, Premier Daniel Andrews couldn’t answer allegations that his new VicForests CEO is telling timber workers Labor’s ban is a purely political decision based on ideology. The Andrews Labor Government also would not respond to concerns that the mental health of people in the industry was…

Liberal Nationals fight Daniel Andrews’ timber ban

Daniel Andrews has been caught out lying to regional Victorians about his Labor Government’s short-sighted decision to shut down Victoria’s native timber industry. Today in State Parliament, the Premier was asked how much high-quality appearance-grade plantation timber will be ready to harvest when Labor’s native timber ban starts in 2030. In refusing to answer, Daniel…

Questions Without Notice – Timber Industry

19 June 2019 : Mr Walsh Speaker Philip Dalidakis publicly slighted the Premier by going to the Governor before informing him of his resignation. How can Victorians have confidence in the Premier’s support for the 22 000 jobs in the forest industry when obviously Mr Dalidakis has clearly lost faith in the Premier’s leadership?

Labor must step up for timber industry

Wednesday 12 July 2017 Victoria’s timber industry has been given a glimmer of hope in the latest report into the Leadbeater’s Possum protection measures but the Andrews Labor Government now needs to step up. The review of the effectiveness and impact of timber harvesting exclusion zones around Leadbeater’s Possum colonies has finally been released after months of delay.…