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First AS/NZS Standards Committee meeting in May

An historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard is a step closer with the Gold Coast in Queensland set to host the first standards committee meeting from 16-17 May 2019. In response to unprecedented interest from New Zealand stakeholders, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO, confirmed that
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Labor’s housing policy a negative for all buyers

The Federal Opposition contradicted its own housing policy this week when it said that proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax won’t have an appreciable impact on the price of housing, according to the Housing Industry Association.  Source: Timberbiz “Labor’s propos
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ALP’s forestry policy and a forestry summit for a national plan

Forestry’s potential huge role in fighting climate change, tougher anti-dumping laws, expanding exports, improving vocational education and access to investment opportunities are key elements of the ALP’s forestry policy. A focal point will be the holding of a national forestry summit
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Labor pro RFAs unless EPA or Greens interfere

The federal ALP has backed the Regional Forest Agreements and denied the party’s proposed federal Environment Protection Authority would overrule the RFAs. Labor’s shadow minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joel Fitzgibbon, said the party was committed to the ongoing RFA
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Concessional loans to plantation owners for a Liberal vote

The Federal Government will provide $500 million in low interest loans to plantation growers if it is re-elected as part of its plan to dramatically expand plantations in Australia. However, the Government’s backtracking on allowing farm forestry and plantations full access to the Emi
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Stephen Clarke joins Private Forests Tasmania

Private Forests Tasmania has welcomed Stephen Clarke to the team, he was recently appointed to the role of Senior Private Forest Advisor effective 29 April 2019.  Mr Clarke has enjoyed 18 years of involvement in various aspects of the Tasmanian forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz Mr
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Tasmania an important state for forestry voting

With both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader in Tasmania today it is worth looking at how the electorate in that state is thinking. Recent polling shows 8 in 10 voters in the marginal Tasmanian electorate of Braddon believe forest industries are either ‘important’ or ‘very i
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Victorian government’s mixed messages about native forestry

Following last week’s State Government announcement of the long-awaited Timber Release Plan (TRP), the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is calling on the Agriculture Minister, the Hon Jaclyn Symes MP, to be clear on the long-term future of the Victorian native forest
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AFPA supports key Labor forestry initiatives

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed Federal Labor’s policy package, which agrees to several AFPA policy priorities to grow Australia’s renewable forest industries. Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) CEO Ross Hampton said there were three key commi
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Forestry election debate in Launceston tomorrow with ministers

The Forest Industries Election Debate run by AFPA will be an important policy debate ahead of the Federal Election, focusing entirely on policy that directly affects Australia’s full value chain of forest industries. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbe
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