Pegler Sides With Rann Government

15 Sep 2011 archivemedia

Member for Mount Gambier Don Pegler must explain to his electorate why he sided with the Rann Government, who is responsible for the sale of forests in the South East, on a motion of no-confidence on Tuesday 13 September.

The forward sell of up to 100 years of harvesting rights for state-owned forests in the South East will have serious economic repercussions on the region.

Forestry in the region is estimated to directly employee 3500, and with associated industries employing 7000 people and accounts for almost 50 per cent of employment in the South East.

The privatisation of this public asset is a broken promise on behalf of the Rann Government.

The Liberal Party's policy at the 2010 state election was to oppose the forward sale of harvesting rights.

The motion of no confidence moved by Isobel Redmond on Tuesday 13 September was the perfect opportunity for Mr Pegler to highlight his constituencies disgust by the sale.

“Mr Pegler has continually fallen short in representing his constituency on this issue,” Ms Lensink said.

“Mr Pegler must explain why he sided with the Government”.