Tasmanian legislative council member tables motion to block creation of reserves under state's forest peace deal, says 'short, sharp inquiry' is needed

LOS ANGELES , August 20, 2013 () – A Tasmanian Legislative Council member has moved to block the creation of reserves under the state's forestry peace deal in what some see as a first step towards killing the deal, according to an Aug. 20 report by The Examiner.

Paul Harriss, council member for Huon, tabled a disallowance motion in the opening five minutes of the council's session on Tuesday morning on the grounds of questions arising from a durability report released last months by signatories to the deal.

Harriss denied that he had tabled the disallowance motion as a spoiler attempt, The Examiner reported, saying his move was appropriate because of the challenges raised by the report.

Harriss said a "short, sharp inquiry'' was needed to clarify certain issues, including improved access to Burnie Port for residues exports, the release of funding for Forestry Tasmania and an extension to an assistance package for key workers.

The primary source of this article is The Examiner, Hobart, Australia, on Aug. 20, 2013.

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