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Anti-protest laws, an end to indigenous logging and increased bipartisan cooperation between the state’s three main parties were all discussed at the Tasmanian Greens annual general meeting on Saturday. Party leader Cassy O’Connor said that while the Greens and the state government disagreed on fundamental issues, she was open to a more bipartisan relationship with the government of Prime Minister Peter Gutwein. “I think that’s what Tasmanians want. So whenever they see politicians from all parties working together, they’re very happy,” she said. READ MORE: Home quarantine trial for returning Tasmanians, Ms O’Connor said while the Greens were determined to work with government for the benefit of the state, she would not compromise on key policies of the left. “On issues like indigenous logging, it’s really difficult because there is no common ground with us and the Liberal and Labor parties, they just want to keep logging,” he said. she declared. “I guess that’s a case where you just have to agree to disagree on this, and discuss it, and then where we can cooperate, get good results.” She said the Western Australian government’s recent decision to phase out indigenous logging by 2024 was a turning point for the country and said it was inevitable that Tasmania would follow suit. READ MORE: Golden Girl Ariarne Titmus Gets Key to City Tasmanian government spokesman said state will not follow suit. “The Tasmanian government is taking a balanced approach,” the spokesperson said. “We will not decimate our sustainable native timber harvesting industry and return to the dark days of the job-destroying Tasmanian Green Forest deal when they were in the Tasmanian government for the last time.” At Saturday’s meeting, Ms O’Connor addressed party members at the East Launceston Bowls Club on a range of topics, including the upcoming slots legislation before Parliament in October. READ MORE: Coroner finds ‘significant flaws’ in child welfare system. She said if the bill passes it will lead generations of Tasmanians to poverty and social and economic hardship. “Obviously, we will not be supporting the legislation in any way,” she said. “We will work hard to expose the problems with the legislation and come up with amendments that we would like parliament to support to minimize the damage.” Mr Gutwein said the industry is already sufficiently regulated and “people can sit on their couch, they can bet online and they can lose their homes.” “The poker machine industry – the gaming halls that we have – is highly regulated with sales staff there,” he said. READ MORE: Dallow loses appeal, jailed for ‘scandalizing’ court Ms O’Connor said she would oppose government-proposed anti-protest laws as well. “They are designed to quell dissent and target environmentalists and civil society,” she said. “The real damage here is twofold. One is that if you don’t have a civil society capable of peacefully opposing something, then you are going to see more damage to natural and cultural values, and to landscape values, and the second deterrent is that it will make people more careful when they participate in a peaceful protest that might hamper a business. “In a healthy democracy, you need people who are capable and empowered to stand up to something that is wrong.” Ms O’Connor said the proposed legislation was designed to benefit Liberal Party donors in the mining, gambling and logging sectors. She said the legislation was an attempt to shut down the state conservation movement in order to access and exploit the state’s natural assets without opposition. have to take a look at the legislation, “she said. their affairs unhindered.” Mr. Gutwein said the legislation “would ensure that people can go about their lawful business unhindered, without hindrance. be affected. “Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News: The Examiner


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