Politics

State-Federal forest deals – a 15 year failed experiment

Friday, September 6, 2013

“One Stop Chop” legal report released States’ forest destruction shameful

Who remembers the RFAs? They are a 15 year failed experiment of handing all environmental powers for our forests to the states. A damning legal report titled “One Stop Chop” has just been released and takes a look at the states’ forest management over that time. It shows what happens when Commonwealth environmental powers are handed to the states; something the big end of town (developers, miners etc) currently wants the federal govt to do in all environmental areas. ‘Cutting green tape’ they call it!

Call for investigation into "Ecological Burn"

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Once again, government pyromaniacs destroyed extremely valuable ecosystems and a wildlife corridor in the Kirth Kiln Regional Park near Hoddles Creek (March 2013). This was two days before a total fire ban when rainfall for the prior 6 months had been the lowest ever recorded. The fire managers called it an ‘ecological burn’, but had absolutely no ecological purpose. It was meant to be patchy and low level but in those conditions it burnt 100% of the area. It destroyed non-target gullies, remnant hollow-bearing old trees and was conducted within a protected water supply area.

An assessment of VicForest's Finances

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another small community group, Healesville Environment Watch commissioned an economic assessment of VicForests economic performance, since its beginnings in 2004-5.

VicForests has racked up a loss of $22 million since it was formed - that means it costs us $1.50 for every cubic metre of wood it has logged.

VicForests self-righteously argues a net profit of $11.6 million over eight years. But it has also received gifts of $24.75 million - a net cost to the taxpayer of over $13 million!

Napthine sinks even deeper

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The same weeks as Kevin Rudd was returned as PM, Victoria's Napthine government passed two anti-environment bills through parliament.

Napthine chainsaw destroy

The amendment to the logging Act (SFTA) gives a free-for-all to the logging mafia; everything it wants for as long as it wants with bugger-all scrutiny. All underwritten by us taxpayers for hundreds of millions if they run out of forests (or another bushfire makes them unmerchantable).

BUT - VicForests first has to find someone who wants to buy native forest wood. It's become as popular as whale meat!

‘Infinity logging’ is the new law proposed by the Napthine Government.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

f passed the Bill will formalise a new ‘cut-out-and-get-out’ style of forest management in the short term as well as pay millions to the logging industry in the long term.

The proposed Amendments to this law governing native forest logging will hand full powers to VicForests (the profit-driven semi government entity in charge of logging public forests) and it will expose the state of Victoria to payouts to the industry players of hundreds of millions. This change to the law mirrors closely what the logging lobby group, AFPA’s submission demanded.

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