Tasmanian News

Forests bill clears first hurdle

 

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Members of Tasmania's lower house have wrapped up one of the lengthiest debates in the parliament's history.

Debate on the government's forestry bill lasted almost 12 hours and concluded early this morning with the bill's passage to the Legislative Council.

Resources Minister Guy Barnett claimed the debate could have been over much sooner.

"If the Greens had had their way we would have literally kept debating through the weekend and into next week, with pointless amendments and meaningless filibustering," Mr Barnett said.

If it passes the upper house next month, the legislation will undo the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and see more than 350,000 hectares of forest, set aside until 2020 under the agreement, made available for logging.

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