Oct 2011 Schedulers Report

Oct 2011 Schedulers Report

Posted on December 20, 2011. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for the link to the Report.

    Senator Colbeck doesn’t appear to understand the implications of the Oct 2011 Schedulers’ Report. Its brief is:

    The Independent Expert Schedulers (IES) were appointed on 20th September 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to determine what harvesting work is currently occurring in coupes within the ENGO-nominated 430,000 ha area (identified area); the contractual wood supply that this harvesting is required to meet; and whether there are practical alternatives [sic] coupes outside the 430,000 ha area (and preferably outside the 572,000 ha area) for meeting these contractual wood supply requirements. The intention of this work is to reschedule harvesting work outside the 430,000 ha rea to the maximum extent possible, but also to identify what harvesting work cannot be rescheduled and is required to meet demonstrated wood supply requirements. The terms of reference for this work (set out below) were provided by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments with the intention of informing decisions relating to key elements of clauses 18, 26 and 27 of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement, 7th August 2011 (TFIA).”

    It is the function of those writing the Report to brief the two Governments on decisions relating to 3 of the IGA [TFIA] Clauses, one of which is Clause 27. Senator Colbeck seems to have missed the point.

    Here is Clause 27:

    Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement:

    Clause 27: “During the independent verification process, in the event that Forestry Tasmania reports that it cannot meet contractual requirements from production resources outside the nominated 430, 000 hectares, the Governments will undertake the following steps. First, an independent expert will be jointly appointed by the Governments to review scheduling and other relevant data and attempt to reschedule harvesting activities so as to meet the requirements of contracts and maintain the interim protection of the 430, 000 hectares. In the event that the independent expert concludes that it is impossible to achieve this through rescheduling on a reasonable commercial basis or through sourcing alternative supplies, the Commonwealth will compensate the contract holder for the value of lost profits and unavoidable costs. Any such costs will be met, in the first instance, from within the $7 million payment in financial year 2011-12 referred to in Clause 35.” Signed by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Premier Lara Giddings, 7th August 2011.

    Click to access tasmanian-forests-intergovernmental-agreement.pdf

    The point is clear: Colbeck, Giddings, Gillard (and Gordon?) seem to be paralysed by the import of what was signed. They are actually supposed to stop logging in the 430k. I put the with the name Gordon, because FT doesn’t seem to be paralysed, they are logging in spite of the IGA.

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