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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

18 May 2005

Will Labor re-open the forestry package?

One of Federal Labor's environment spokespeople has signaled a re-writing of the Tasmanian forest policy, announced by the Prime Minister last Friday.

While Labor Leader Kim Beazley offered his support for the package, quoted in The Age saying that "The outcomes are pretty good and we want to move on", Labor's Peter Garrett has offered a different perspective.

Mr Garrett told the Age today:

"To suggest it's the end of the debate implies the policy's perfect. I personally think it can be improved upon ..." (The Age, 18 May 2005, p18)

Labor is again walking both sides of the street.

The Tasmanian forestry package provides a magnificent win for the environment as well as a robust jobs outcome.

Labor must now come clean and reveal how many jobs would go under Peter Garrett's plan to revise the forests package.

Media Contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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