LYONS Labor MHR Dick Adams has dismissed an attack by his Liberal opponent on the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement as "playing politics".
Lyons Liberal candidate Eric Hutchinson yesterday launched a petition urging the Legislative Council to reject the deal by blocking future reserve orders.
Huon independent MLC Paul Harriss last week tabled a disallowance motion based on the first durability report released by signatories to the agreement, a move which could kill off the legislation.
The act as passed will create 500,000 hectares of new reserves over 10 years - 123,000 hectares of which has already been included in the extension to the World Heritage Area.
Mr Hutchinson said additional reserve orders should not be made.
"I believe the community will get behind this petition and this campaign to ask the Legislative Council to bring this sham process to an end," he said.
Mr Adams said key industry outcomes of the deal, such as securing Forest Stewardship Council certification, had not yet taken place.
`The certification is really important for the industry going forward ... it's up to the upper house now to say they support it," he said.
Mr Adams distanced himself and the federal government from the deal.
"The forestry deal itself was not set up by government, it was set up by the industry and the ENGOs," he said. "I'm not interested in the Liberal Party or trying to play politics with people, I'm interested in the future of the forest industry and the growth that will come from that."
Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim said the Liberal petition was a "stunt" and Federal Parliament had no power to undo the deal.
"I believe Legislative Councillors will look at this decision on the facts before them rather than Liberal Party stunts," he said.