Gippsland South The Nationals Timber Industry

Andrews set to axe Gippsland jobs

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says plans by the Andrews Labor Government’s to ban native timber harvesting in Victorian forests will be disastrous for Gippsland.

Mr O’Brien was commenting after Labor failed to rule out a ban in Parliament yesterday, following media reports that such a policy was being considered by Cabinet.

“Not content with axing power industry jobs, now Daniel Andrews is planning to take an axe to the timber industry and the thousands of Gippsland jobs that rely on it,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This move places nearly 1,000 direct jobs at Maryvale’s Australian Paper mill and 250 jobs at Heyfield at risk, not to mention upstream and downstream - an estimated 20,000 manufacturing jobs in Victoria.

“I’ve already been contacted by businesses in Sale and elsewhere in Gippsland concerned about the flow-on effects of such an anti-country policy.

“The timber industry is vital to Gippsland and shutting it down would be disastrous.”

Mr O’Brien said the policy was a blatant grab for Green votes in the inner city.

“It’s no coincidence that this week the Greens have tried to push through a bill in Parliament that would also effectively end the timber industry.  This is a taste of things to come under a future Labor-Greens coalition government.

“Native forestry is a sustainable, renewable industry that captures carbon while also putting food on the table for many Gippsland families.

“Labor used to be the party of the worker but if this policy proceeds, it will be no more.”


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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