I refer to "Deal a compromise" (The Sunday Examiner, May 5).
Peter M. Taylor refers to a particular band of MLCs doing their best to sabotage the forestry deal.
Let me be frank, the state would be better off without this legislation in the way in which it is presented - even with the amendments.
It is the sell-out of an industry and with insufficient productive forest available to provide the quantities of timber necessary that alone provide for growth in the industry.
However, the amendments, too numerous to mention, made it more palatable.
The author raises the issue of sabotage by some MLCs (I am one of those).
Let me say this, if it had not been for the strong position taken by these members the legislation would have been catastrophic for the timber industry in Tasmania.
Not only would hardwood timber production have fizzled out over time but so would have the specialty timber industry and all of those businesses who depend on the timber industry in some way or another.
If the position I took was one of sabotage then I am pleased to have worn that mantle in this case.
- IVAN DEAN, independent Member for Windermere.