The more important anniversary for the nation wasn’t PM Howard’s 30 years on the taxpayers’ teat that was celebrated recently in Sydney, but his eight years as PM and the 6 million tonnes of native forest chips per year he’s approved since 1996.
Conservatively, that’s 45 million tonnes during that time as PM (refer ABARE or BRS bean counters). Howard must be the patron saint of Gunns, Boral and Nippon Unipac. And remember the logging destroys the animals not just the trees. It’s more difficult to calculate the millions of tonnes of native wildlife.