A Shorten Labor Government is committed to removing the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) water rule, a policy vital for the sustainability of the forestry industry.
This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government which will nourish the forestry industry of the future, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
Removing the water rule will put the sector on the path to creating 20,000 new jobs across the full value chain of forest industries.
Only Labor is willing to act to support our forestry industry.
Labor has heard from the industry, unions and employers that this is the number one measure the Federal Government can implement to keep the industry moving forward.
The CFI rule is preventing new forest plantations from being established.
Not a single farm forestry project has gotten up under the Liberals and Nationals’ watch because of their CFI rule restrictions.
The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has strongly welcomed Federal Labor’s election commitment to remove the artificial CFI barriers holding back new plantations and future timber supply.
AFPA CEO Ross Hampton backed in Labor’s plan:
“Today, Federal Labor has committed to removing regulatory barriers that exclude plantation and farm forestry from the carbon market, which has severely restricted new forestry plantings from going ahead,” Mr Hampton said.
“The ball is now in the Coalition’s court to match the removal of the water rule, to guarantee that these artificial restrictions cease, whichever side of politics wins government on May 18.
Scott Morrison and the Liberals are putting thousands of forestry jobs at risk through their inaction.
Senator Richard Colbeck - the Assistant Minister for Forestry ‘in charge’ of this area - wrote to the Environment Minister back in February asking for a change to the water rule. There was no response from Minister Melissa Price.
Labor has committed to delivering a National Forestry Summit and a National Forestry Strategic Plan, to support the growth of a more sustainable and prosperous forestry industry.