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Pledge results show widespread independent and crossbench support for an end to native forest logging

The Australia Institute 2 mins read

Media release | Embargoed until 12:05am, Wednesday 20 March 2024

Fifty-seven independent and minor party candidates across all five electorates have signed Sophie Scamps MP’s Forest Pledge ahead of the Tasmanian election, setting the stage for the next parliament to end native forest logging in Tasmania.

Key Findings

  • Australia Institute research shows 57% of Tasmanians are opposed to the Liberal Government’s plan to make 40,000 hectares of native forest available for logging; with only 37% in support.
    • Only among Liberal voters do more support (70%) than oppose (23%) the proposal (73% of Labor, 96% of Greens, 65% of Jacqui Lambie Network, 77% of independent and 50% of other voters opposed to the proposal).
  • majority of Tasmanians (58%) believe the upcoming state election is most likely to produce a minority government.
  • 57 candidates have signed the Forest Pledge, including key independents and minor party candidates.

“Australia Institute research shows that Tasmanian voters are anticipating a minority government and that there is significant community concern about the Liberal Party’s plan to open 40,000 hectares of native forest to logging,” said Vanessa Bleyer, Australia Institute spokesperson on native forests.

Australia Institute research 99% of Tasmanians do not work in forestry and Tasmanian forestry production is largely transitioned to plantation timber – not native forest logging.

“With fifty-seven candidates signing the Forest Pledge, there is a very real possibility that the next parliament will feature a crossbench committed to ending native forest logging, and that voters will be expecting action.”

Media contact: David Barnott-Clement 0457 974 636

Signatories to the Forest Pledge

Bass

Candidate

Party

Alexander, Lara

IND

Ball, Lauren

GRN

Barnett, Carol

GRN

Davenport, Jack

IND

Davis, Ivan

AJP

Fittler, Jack

GRN

Hall, Tom

GRN

Hendry, Calum

GRN

Layton-Bennett, Anne

GRN

Rosol, Cecily

GRN

Walker, Tim

IND

 

Braddon

Candidate

Party

Briggs, Darren

GRN

Garland, Craig

IND

Kersey, Sarah

GRN

King, Julia

AJP

Lovell, Leeya

GRN

McLoughlin, Michael

GRN

Morrow, Erin

GRN

Ward, Susanne

GRN

Wilden, Petra

GRN

 

Clark

Candidate

Party

Campbell, Sam

LN

Bayley, Vica

GRN

Burnet, Helen

GRN

Davies, Casey

AJP

Formby, Frank

LN

Hickey, Sue

IND

Hoare, Trenton

GRN

Johnston, Kristie

IND

Jones, Peter

GRN

Lohberger, Ben

IND

Nunn, David

LN

Shelley, Janet

GRN

Vogel, Stefan

IND

Volf, Nathan

GRN

Zalotockyj, James

GRN

Zollner, Ranae

LN

 

Franklin

Candidate

Party

Cambers-Smith, Jenny

GRN

Campbell, Christine

GRN

Cordover, Gideon

GRN

Cordover-Pritchard, Tamar

IND

Darko, Jade

GRN

Delaney, Martine

LN

Ellison, Bob

IND

Fitzgerald, Owen

GRN

Glade-Wright, Clare

IND

Mrosek, Lukas

GRN

Thomas-Wurth, Jehni

AJP

Woodruff, Rosalie 

GRN

 

Lyons

Candidate

Party

Allan, Alistair

GRN

Badger, Tabatha

GRN

Branch-Allen, Jenny

IND

Brown, Craig

GRN

Gralton, Anna Megan

AJP

Houghton, Mitch

GRN

Miller, Glenn

GRN

Rubenach-Quinn, Hannah

GRN

Whisson, Gary

GRN

 

Declined to sign

Liberal Party of Tasmania

Jacqui Lambie Network

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party of Tasmania

 

No response

Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch)

 

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