Tasmanian forest peace deal in sightFederal Environment Minister Tony Burke says he expects a final forest peace deal between the timber industry, forestry unions and environmental groups will be reached before the end of the month, in time for legislation to reach Parliament. In a bid to buy more time for negotiations to reach a lasting agreement, the Government plans to table Bills without nominating the size of new reserves or timber volume targets in the House of Assembly by 30 June. Mr Burke also said that complete legislation needed to be tabled before AU$100 million in federal regional development funding could flow. Source: The Mercury
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