Skulduggery

Howard's secret $4 million deal with the loggers union

Friday, October 7, 2005

Howard secretly promised a $4 million gift to a forestry union group just three days before the last election. This explains why the loggers, with encouragement from the union, rejected an $800 million forest jobs package offered by Mark Latham, for the $70 million package offered by Howard. This and the jubilant response by loggers for the Prime Minister in Launceston just didn't make sense at the time.

Union boss takes $4m

Errinundra National Park logged!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

In 2003 it was the Snowy River National Park. Now in 2005 it’s the Errinundra National Park that has been illegally logged.

Lazy or incompetent Government foresters have this time marked a logging coupe boundary inside the National Park. Large old trees were felled and the surrounding understorey bulldozed. All up the area destroyed was about 400 square metres. If this had been a private land-owner destroying valuable old growth they would be fined heavily and forced to rehabilitate many times that area.

Auditor General accused DSE of inadequate investigation

Saturday, July 2, 2005

It’s the kind of destruction we’re used to hearing about in the rainforests of South-east Asia, not in our own backyard. The Auditor General’s investigation into the Yalmy Road illegal logging during the 2003 fires, was released in early May 2004. It criticised the Bracks government for allowing three laws and 17 prescriptions and guidelines to be broken during the intended construction of a major fire control line. It also said the DSE’s internal investigation was inadequate.

Double standard on 'waste' wood

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Less than one week after the government says it can’t and won’t prosecute anyone over the Yalmy looting, a DSE media release came out saying they will get tough with firewood getters who don't pay their $7 permit (royalty per tonne). The maximum penalty is one year in jail or $5,000 fine with equipment seized (like chainsaws, trailers etc). This is fair enough - except for the double standard.

Yalmy Road investigation inadequate - auditor general

Friday, June 10, 2005

It's the kind of destruction we're used to hearing about in the rainforests of South-east Asia, not in our own backyard. The Auditor General's investigation into the Yalmy Road illegal logging during the 2003 fires, was released in early May. It criticises the Bracks government for allowing three laws and 17 prescriptions and guidelines to be broken during the intended construction of a major fire control line. It also said the DSE's internal investigation was inadequate.

$74,000 to hide Goolengook tapes

Sunday, March 6, 2005

The Bracks Government has spent more than $74,000 fighting a Freedom of Information request for Department of Sustainability and Environment video tapes of the March 2002 raid on Goolengook. This is despite giving edited clips to television for broadcast.

DSE says it is protecting the identity of its staff from intimidation by conservationists! The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal accepted the DSE excuse that officers in small communities lived in fear of abuse (!?).

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