Labor set to vote against Liberals' forestry bill

Labor is set to vote against the government's forestry legislation.

Debate began this afternoon on legislation that would unlock 400,000 hectares of forest earmarked for protection to logging in six years time.

The legislation would unwind the forest peace deal passed by Parliament last year.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green has been tight lipped on his party's position until now.

Mr Green said Labor wants a bipartisan policy position on forestry, not a ''political fix''.

''We want what's in the long term interest of industry, not a political fix,'' Mr Green told parliament.

''This Bill demonstrates you [the government] are slowly coming to industry's side,'' he said.

Labor will table a policy position paper that says the Bill should be withdrawn and redrafted, and that the legislation contains too many ''unanswered questions''.


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