DEBATE on the first lot of reserves established under the forest peace deal should wait until after the federal election, the Liberal Party has said.
The Legislative Council is considering the approval of the first tranche of reserves today after the government brought on the debate.
But Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said the decision should not be made until after the September 7 federal election.
Mr Hodgman said in question time today that the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement Act had not been put to an election before being passed into law, and should wait to receive the mandate of a Labor win in the federal election.
Premier Lara Giddings said she would work with whoever was elected Prime Minister, but it would not affect Tasmanian legislation.
``The federal election has no impact on the decisions that this parliament makes,'' Ms Giddings said.
``We are not elected to be the puppy of the federal government.''
Resources Minister Bryan Green, speaking on a motion to pass the reserve order in the lower house, said the government brought on debate because the industry had requested a resolution to the issue.
``It's important for the point of view of providing certainty to the Tasmanian forest industry that this resolution is passed today,'' Mr Green said.
``It's important that the legislative resolution of this house and the other place is seen through.''