Liberals disgraceful attack on forestry stakeholders Tue 21 August 2012 Bryan Green Deputy Premier The Minister for Energy and Resources Bryan Green said today the Liberals attack on key forest industry stakeholders seeking agreement over forestry was disgraceful. "Attempts by the Liberal Party to discredit the very people striving to achieve a secure future for Tasmania's forest industry are shameful," Mr Green said. "They are trying to denigrate signatories to the agreement who are doing their utmost to bring an end to decades of forest conflict in Tasmania and secure a future for the native forest industry." "The signatories have signed an interim agreement which is a major step towards securing the future of Tasmania's forest industry. "We should not underestimate what has been achieved to this point in direct contrast to the Liberals who are little more than spectators shouting from the sidelines. "As I said in Parliament today, the Liberals are tinpot turnouts. They lack the leadership needed at this crucial time for the industry. "They are more interested in promoting anxiety and fear in regional communities at their stage-managed political forums instead of providing any answers." Signatories to the interim Tasmanian Forest Agreement signed last week included the Forest Industry Association of Tasmania, Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association, Australian Forest Contractors Association, Tasmanian Sawmillers Association, Timber Communities Australia and Australian Forest Productions Association. "The signatories want a solution to the forest debate as most people in Tasmania do, except for the Liberal Party." "The Liberals should stop their lie that the Tasmanian Forest Agreement is the cause of the problems facing the forest industry and instead be part of the solution.