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MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese – 12 November 2004
Between Monday and Wednesday of this week I visited Tasmania as part of my ongoing consultations with respect to Labor’s forestry policy.
While in Tasmania, my meetings included:
• The Minister for the Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, the Honourable Bryan Green MHA;
• The Minister for the Environment, the Honourable Judy Jackson MHA;
• The President – David O’Byrne – and Secretary – David Price – of the Tasmania Branch of the ALP;
• Unions Tasmania;
• Conservation groups;
• Other senior ALP and union officials.
I also undertook an extensive tour of the Styx Valley with Timber Workers for Forests.
I was genuinely pleased by the constructive approach taken by all the individuals and groups that I met with. Their comments and advice have given me great hope that there can be a lasting solution to the forestry issue in Tasmania which delivers positive economic, employment and environmental outcomes for the entire Tasmanian community.
I have no intention of engaging in a personal slanging match with Dick Adams. In my experience, people who engage in offensive vitriol and name calling do so because they have no argument of substance to rely on.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.