Characterisations of a Tasmanian Government facilitating the exploitation of the state’s natural assets by big business have been heard again in parliament.
Canadian giant Cooke’s taking over salmon producer Tassal, with Huon Aquaculture previously sold to huge Brazilian meat producer JBS.
Greens MP Rosalie Woodruff probing the Premier on his government’s relationship with the industry.
“Can you confirm that last Wednesday you hosted an exclusive Liberal party fundraising dinner, tickets were, we understand, $4400 a head, we understand the small group included one of the Brazilian butchers himself and Cooke’s CEO, very corporate cosy…..can you confirm you told the execs from JBS and Cooke that we have a 10 year salmon expansion plan, it’s not going to be popular, I’m here to tell you we’ll back your industry all the way.”
The Premier did not mention that dinner in his answer, but reaffirmed his government’s position on the industry.
“I’ve well put on record many times my support for the salmon industry.”