The Spin

New enviro-group flounders

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Australian Environment Foundation fell flat on its face right from the start. Even the gullible and tame journalists from rural media didn't swallow their lines.

A well-known woodchipping industry supporter and lobbyist, Kirsten Gentle, launched a US style front group on World Environment Day. The attempt to mimic a highly respected national environment group, the Aust Conservation Foundation, didn't fool anyone.

Forest Safety Zones reading between the lines

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Premier Steve Bracks' new proposed law would make forest destruction invisible to the public. It would be illegal for anyone to witness or gather information on the logging. The law would ensure clearfelling was done in secret.

One of the basic skills of forest campaigning is to learn to "read between the lines" of Government documents. It's a knack you pick up. In the case of the new Bracks government's Safety on Public Land Bill, the words written between the lines practically made it onto Radio for the Print Handicapped.


WWF plan - a death of a thousand cuts

Sunday, August 1, 2004

The World Wide Fund for Nature (Australia) is already under fire for being too close to the Howard government. The Australia Institute in its report 'Taming the Panda' notes WWF have received over $13 million in grants from them since 1998 and in return, " .can usually be relied upon to praise the Howard Government's main environment policies, while other organisations are more likely to provide an independent assessment."

Caswell wants industry to be loved

Friday, July 30, 2004

Trish Caswell has had been well briefed since she joined the Victorian Association of Forest Industries in April. In an interview on ABC radio (30th July) she parroted the exact same industry rhetoric we've heard for decades: the need for 'sustainability', no job losses, that it's better to log our forests than poorer countries' forests, we all use paper so we have no option, the need to value add, and so on.

Herald Sun deploys WMD

Thursday, January 1, 2004

An investigation by the Potoroo Review has found Melbourne's Herald Sun deploying WMD (Wanton Media Deceptions). This time their WMDs were discovered to be a couple of grubby little articles that tried to link a number of unrelated crimes to forest campaigners in the Central Highlands. It's just another example of logging industry inspired propaganda of the sort that's likely to become more frequent in the lead up to the next Federal election.

'Green guerrillas'

"ecoSelect" eco-selection or eco-deception

Sunday, June 1, 2003

This deceptive new brand invented by a desperate old industry is claiming environmentally friendly credentials while still clearfelling.

Part of the eco-Select propaganda shows a dainty cello player singing a forest to sleep. But next morning the loggers come along and wipe it off the face of the earth (that's the bit they don't show). Or a glamorous woman adjusting her jewellery on a bedroom suite with a backdrop of a beautiful forest - before it was logged for a few trees that might have made it to a sawmill, let alone a carpentry workshop.

Ministers launch rubber stamp - "Australian Forestry Standard"

Friday, April 4, 2003

State and commonwealth ministers were lured in to launch a new "Australian Forestry Standard" (AFS) rubber stamp last October. The stamp certifies plundered native forest products. The tick of approval tries to reassure buyers that their timber is environmentally ticketty - boo.

No logging operation anywhere will have to change its plunderous ways to get this tick either. It will approve logging old growth forests and rainforests, endangered species habitat, logging that causes soil erosion, stream turbidity and weed invasion.


Saturday, June 15, 2002

In a six week frenzy of destruction, during March and April, four coupes totaling 90 hectares of Goolengooks best forest were clearfelled. It is estimated to have cost the police and NRE up to $2 million to carry out the operation. The royalty gained from the destruction of these timeless forests was a piddling $100,000.