The Tasmanian Greens today demanded answers over whether Gunns Ltd has any outstanding debts to Forestry Tasmania (FT) and if so, whether they are outside the standard commercial terms of 30 days, and when it is expected they will be paid.
Greens Forests spokesperson Kim Booth MP said concerns had been raised that debts could be around $10 million dollars, and the conditions could be outside standard commercial terms.
“There are serious concerns that Gunns may be millions of dollars in debt to FT, and if so, outside standard trading terms of 30 days. The fact that Minister Bryan Green didn’t rule it out is an indication that it is a fact or that he has lost control of his rogue agency,” Mr Booth said.
“Unsurprisingly, Minister Green ignored the question, which highlighted tension between the two companies, that Tasmanians have been told are perfectly capable of contributing to a major part of our jobs market and economy.”
“If Gunns can’t manage its debt to long term business partners, the Tasmanian people have cause for concern that it can competently manage a pulp mill which will affect our jobs market and economy.”
“Minister Green must step in and require Forestry Tasmania to operate in a financially responsible manner rather than being a piggy bank for Gunns,” Mr Booth said.