TIMBER RALLY: Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, Senator Pauline Hanson and Councillor James Hansen.
TIMBER RALLY: Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, Senator Pauline Hanson and Councillor James Hansen. Cody Fox

One Nation senators agree: hardwood is good

ONE Nation's two Queensland senators have thrown their weight behind the state's anxious hardwood timber industry following after attending the Hardwood is Good rally in Maryborough on Sunday.

"Farmers are probably the most sensible and environmentally-minded land managers we have in Australia - they rely on their land year in and year out so, of course, they are going to do the right thing,” Senator Pauline Hanson said.

"Their sensible harvesting of hardwood on their own land should be encouraged for the sake of creating jobs, making money for our rural communities, and for good land and bushfire management.”

Senator Malcolm Roberts agreed with his party leader.

One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts.
One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts. Contributed

"The hardwood timber on Queensland's farmland is a durable quality resource that has diverse uses in building, bridge making, railway construction and a whole range of other areas, and, on top of that, it is a renewable resource,” Senator Roberts said.

"The needs of farming families and rural communities are the real priority in this matter, rather than introducing feel-good law changes that are impractical and actually environmentally-damaging.”

The rally was organised in response to indications from the State Government they are looking to tighten the Code of Practice for Native Forest Management.

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders aimed to hose down concerns, telling the Fraser Coast Chronicle he is a "big supporter” of the timber industry and will continue to work towards the best outcome for all parties.


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