The accelerated destruction of the native timber industry in my home state of Victoria is a disgrace. This industry has been a vital part of Victoria’s regional economy for more than 170 years. It is the lifeblood of many regional towns and provides employment for around 4,500 people and their families.
Yet instead of giving the workers in this vital industry until at least 2030 to transition to new jobs, Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has given the industry just six months until its closure on January 1, 2024.
Labor’s plan will destroy country towns by taking an axe to the jobs of regional communities....
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