Australian state gov't and forestry industry to hold crisis talks

16:51, May 13, 2010      

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Australia's state Premier of Tasmania, David Bartlett announced on Thursday that he will hold crisis talks with forestry representatives on Friday on the industry''s uncertain future.

"Our industry is approaching crisis and what is clear is that to keep operating as we are and doing nothing to change is not an option," Bartlett told Australian Associated Press.

"Tomorrow, to take the next step, I have convened a meeting of industry representatives to determine a way forward.

"If we are to have an ongoing place in world markets for our forestry products we have to change."

Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim has called for the talks to include conservation groups.

"Everyone's going to have to put aside the baggage of the past to deliver what we all want," McKim told reporters in Hobart.

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