A leaked email has revealed the Tasmanian Government's struggling forestry arm could be split up.
The Government commissioned a sweeping review into Forestry Tasmania last year.
In a leaked email, senior Forestry Tasmania executive Ken Jeffreys tells staff the review recommended splitting the company, with its non-commercial functions being transferred to the Environment Department.
The strongly worded email says Government Ministers had promised the state-owned company would not be divided.
But he says the Resources Minister, Bryan Green, told him last week he had been 'rolled' in Cabinet by the Greens.
Mr Jeffreys asserts that the Government intends "a public execution for Forestry Tasmania" by appointing a new board, which will include a government bureaucrat.
He says that suggests there is something wrong with the current board.
He says that the Government had repeatedly said that Forestry Tasmania would not be split up "given the upheaval that would cause for little demonstrable benefit." He attended a meeting at Mr Greens' office last Wednesday to discuss how the decision would be communicated to staff and the public.
"However, on my arrival, I was informed the plans had changed, that Cabinet had discussed the matter at its meeting the previous Monday, that the Greens had insisted on the immediate implementation of option two (splitting FT) and the the Deputy Premier our minister had been 'rolled'," the email said.
"It was clear the government intended to implement as much of the change as possible before seeking parliamentary approval.
"The splitting up of Forestry Tasmania requires legislation , but rather than attempt to pass the legislation prior to implementing the changes, the government is seeking to begin the process before introducing legislation." "Bombshell" claim The Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, seized on the email, using it in Parliament to accuse the Resources Minister of weakness.
He described it as a bombshell and a "complete and utter capitulation to the Greens." "Minister, doesn't this once again, prove that you are really the Minister for shutting down forestry and that your cabinet colleague, Minister McKim, was right when he said the $35 million in the budget was shut down money?" "Who is running this Government? It is the Green tail wagging the Labor dog?" Bryan Green did not deny Forestry Tasmania would be split in two.
"It is true that URS report has come to cabinet and cabinet has deliberated over that report," he said.
He denied he was rolled in Cabinet.
The Shadow Treasurer Peter Gutwein pushed the issue in Question Time.
"Are you a willing executioner, or were you rolled in Cabinet by the Greens?.
"That is not true, that is not true Mr Speaker," Mr Green said.
Timing defended The Government has defended sitting on its plan to overhaul the state-owned company Forestry Tasmania.
The leaked email says the plan to split the company was supposed to be revealed last Tuesday.
Mr Green says he wanted to wait until after the Government tabled same-sex marriage legislation.
"I didn't want to, anyway, cloud that important announcement and be seen to be hiding behind that as part of this important announcements for those workers and Forestry Tasmania generally," he said.
"It's just a timing issue." Mr Green would not detail the Government plan, saying he will make a statement to Parliament tomorrow.
Greens leader Nick McKim will not comment on the restructure until after the announcement.
"I won't be talking at all about who said what in Cabinet," he said.
"I won't talk about that today or tomorrow or anytime because I've given my word that I won't.
"We also agreed in that agreement that Cabinet decisions are the responsibility of either the Premier or relevant Minister to announce..
"We'll be making our views around that decision known tomorrow."