Australia’s only carbon positive industry, the forestry industry, has been left off the Gillard Government’s climate change roundtables.
Not one representative from the forestry, timber products or paper industry has been named on either the Business or the Non-Government Organisation Roundtables.
This is despite three anti-forestry groups being named on the Non-Government Organisation Roundtable.
Coalition spokesperson for Forestry Senator Richard Colbeck said the forestry sector can make a massive contribution to carbon abatement, yet the Gillard Government has chosen to ignore that contribution.
“The National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) estimates that the forest industries could abate around 20 percent of our economy’s carbon emissions by 2020,” Senator Colbeck said.
“The sector should be able to make a direct contribution to one of the roundtables.
“This decision to leave out the forestry sector smacks of yet another reward to the anti-forestry Greens for supporting Labor in Government,” Senator Colbeck said.