Managing Tasmania's private forests to the world's highest standards
17 Feb 2012
The announcement today by Tasmanian Cabinet Minister Nick McKim that he will travel to Asia to undermine Tasmania’s forestry industry is a cruel and sick attack on Tasmanian business and workers.
Tasmania's peak forest industry body, the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania said "Mr McKims behaviour is specifically calculated to destroy Tasmanian business and jobs".
FIAT Chief Executive, Terry Edwards said "McKim has now irrevocably crossed the threshold where he is threatening to travel overseas specifically to contradict an official delegation of the Tasmanian Government in which he is a Minister. His ongoing role in Cabinet is a complete mockery and is now untenable."
This capricious action by McKim leaves the Premier no option but to immediately dismiss him from Cabinet.
It is preposterous for a member of Cabinet to be taking specific action to destroy markets for Tasmanian products and therefore Tasmanian jobs at a time where it has just been announced that we are facing the largest budget deficit in our history and we have the highest unemployment rate in the country, Mr Edwards said.
All decent Tasmanians must condemn this treacherous stance by McKim. It is clear that he has no regard for the economy of this State nor for the jobs of his fellow Tasmanians.
"It seems that Mr McKim is prepared to be as fast and loose with Tasmanian jobs as he and his colleagues are with the truth" Mr Edwards concluded.
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