NSW Liberals: only government timber workers can plant trees

Berejiklian government abandons forestry privatisation after bushfires.

We are committed to ensuring the forestry industry recovers from the fires and the thousands of people who are employed in the sector have a strong and secure future.”

That’s Treasurer Dominic Perrottet. Why are these worthy goals incompatible with privatisation? If a buyer of the currently damaged asset can be found, why not let a private operator revitalise the forest?

This entry was posted in Free Enterprise, State Politics. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to NSW Liberals: only government timber workers can plant trees

  1. stackja

    Matt Kean is NSW Minister for forests. Matt wants more. Glad seems incapable of saying no to Matt Kean.

  2. If a buyer of the currently damaged asset can be found, why not let a private operator revitalise the forest?

    Because they wouldn’t get nearly as much $$$ as they were banking on, given the increased risk of future bushfires.

    Plus I guess they might get sued if they don’t do enough to prevent future fires?

  3. Paridell

    Why, it’s almost as if they have got cold feet on privatisation.

    Perhaps they feel they have gone a bridge – or a bushfire, storm or flood – too far.

  4. Tel

    Why are these worthy goals incompatible with privatisation?

    My first guess would be that the NSW government typically looks for opportunities to sell off assets as a money raising exercise. It would not occur to them that private actors might purchase distressed assets in order to improve those assets, because they see the world of private enterprise as only a place to go and get money out of.

    They are thinking more like a bunch of used car salesmen and less along the lines of civil governance, but I suppose we should be happy they are thinking of anything.

  5. Pyrmonter

    Because the ‘right’ of the NSW Libs are only interested in culture wars, not economic issues; and the left haven’t seen a government regulation that couldn’t be improved on by more government finesse.

    There is no small government leaning within the NSW coalition: the last of those who were so inclined left when Prue Goward retired and the right did over Peter Phelps’ preselection.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Could be worse.
    Dan the Totalitarian Man has effectively banned forestry in Victoria.
    A repeat of this event is ripe for the happening, if the Vic Libs can find someone with a brain.

  7. Crossie

    stackja
    #3329652, posted on February 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm
    Matt Kean is NSW Minister for forests. Matt wants more. Glad seems incapable of saying no to Matt Kean.

    Since the last state election Gladys is perfectly comfortable saying no to us, it appears we no longer matter.

    Is Textor advising Gladys and Gang?

Comments are closed.