TASMANIANS have overwhelmingly rejected the forestry peace deal and State Parliament should heed their message and tear it up, federal Liberal MPs have said.
The new federal Coalition government has promised to try to repeal the expansion of the World Heritage Area and prevent any further "lock-ups" in Tasmania, but the creation of new reserves under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement is covered by state law.
Yesterday Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz urged State Parliament to reconsider its approval of the deal, given the strong support for the Liberal stance against it.
Senator Abetz attributed much of the massive 11 per cent swing against Labor in Tasmania, which was particularly strong in Lyons, to dissent about the forestry peace deal.
"The idea of locking up more than 50 per cent of Tasmania's land mass has been rejected by the Tasmanian people, and those who have tried to make deals should take that into account," Senator Abetz said.
"The State Parliament, I would invite them to reconsider their attitude, and we federally will do whatever we can to unpick this deal."
However, Deputy Premier Bryan Green said the federal result was a reflection of national issues, rather than a public backlash against the forestry peace deal.
It's unclear whether the new federal government will be able to succeed in its aim to have the newly recognised World Heritage Area stripped of its status.
Senator Abetz said: "We believe we can, but at the end of the day that will all need to be worked through very carefully by the new forestry minister."
Any serious move to log in Tasmania's new World Heritage Area is likely to trigger environmental protests and the collapse of the deal.
Representatives of The Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania are due to address customers of timber processor Ta Ann Tasmania in Japan on Friday.