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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 1765..


Wednesday, 18 October 1995

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MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

ABSENCE OF CLERK

MR SPEAKER: I wish to inform the Assembly that, due to the unavoidable absence of the Clerk during today's sitting, the Deputy Clerk will act as Clerk.

TIMBER INDUSTRY

MS HORODNY (10.32): I move:

That, in recognition of the fact that the plantation sector of the Australian Timber Industry are supplying the vast majority of our domestic timber, this Assembly calls on:

(1) the Chief Minister to write to the Prime Minister asking him not to renew export woodchip licences and to put an immediate end to native forest logging;

(2) the Government to cease purchasing any timbers or papers that are not recycled or sourced from plantations; and

(3) the Government to ensure that no Government monies (including superannuation) are invested in companies that are involved in export woodchipping including Boral, Amcor, Daishowa, Gunns Ltd, Midway Forests Products, North Broken Hill, Queensland Hardwood Resources, Bunnings, Whittakers and their associated subsidiaries.

Mr Speaker, in the next week the annual woodchip licences will again be considered by Federal Cabinet. Over the last 20 years this issue has become one that has divided communities, caused much heartache and financial and social disruption, and led many tens of thousands of individuals to become active in protests, lobbying and letter writing.


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