Logging subsidies shown to be illegal

The Federal Productivity Commission recently condemned the subsidised underpricing of logs by governments as illegal and called for a complete overhaul of the system nationally. A 61 page statement from the Competition Complaints Office, entitled Competitive Neutrality in Forestry, finds that none of the country’s state forest managers operate a commercial rate of return on public forests.

One logger = 500 doles

“Almost 100 new jobs will be created in the timber (logging) industry throughout rural Victoria as a direct result of ...

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Leviathans of the land Old growth forests

Imagine a massive tree, its huge buttressed trunk so enormous it would equal the weight of a blue whale, the base would fill the floor space of the average lounge room. Imagine this tree’s smooth grey-blue trunk towering up though a dense understorey of tree-ferns and blanket leaf, through a middle canopy of sweet-scented sassafras and mountain plum pines – the remnants of ancient forests which grew here before humans had fully evolved. Finally its upper-most branches disappear into the ...

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