Will Hodgman has declared war on people who care about our forests but it's an approach that has been tried and failed and further risks the future of the forest industry, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.
"Twenty years ago Liberal Leader Ray Groom tried to silence dissent through draconian anti-protest laws and he failed. Will Hodgman is set to go down the same path with this flawed approach," Senator Milne said.
"Everyone, except Mr Hodgman, knows there is no future in logging high-conservation value forests. The markets will simply not accept products and Forestry Tasmania will never secure FSC certification.
"It will be Mr Hodgman who costs the industry more jobs if he seeks to re-open high conservation value areas to logging and to silence people with any concerns. Mandatory sentencing risks eroding the separation of powers, and is not something the Greens support as a general principle.
"Most Tasmanians want to live in a community where we talk through our differences, not one where people are thrown straight into jail for daring to disagree.
"What Mr Hodgman wants to do is have the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area listed as ‘In Danger', undermining Tasmania's brand of clean, green and clever and destroying jobs in tourism, food and accommodation.
"Instead of dealing with the realities facing the forest industry Mr Hodgman is continuing the Liberal Party's ‘born to rule, silence and destroy' approach. It failed then and it will fail now.