The Spin


This is the corporate art of twisting reality so that facts are spun around to look completely the opposite of what the public see.  At best it confuses the audience and at worst it convinces them that up is down.

“We can log National Estate forests and still maintain their values”, is a classic.

Our governments now employ more media spin doctors than advisors. They think it’s more important to con the voters rather than do the right thing by them.

VicForests and the logging industry have used the spin technique for decades.

This section helps you see right through it. 

Vicforests gets special treatment from government

16 March 2013

The recently released report from the Auditor General on the State's finances again raises questions about why VicForests was not required to pay a dividend again this year.

The report shows how the State Government demanded most Government businesses like Melbourne Water and other water authorities were all squeezed for additional dividend payments to help prop up the Government's "surplus". The fact that VicForests was exempt from this process must raise questions about why this Government business has been sheltered from Government cutbacks.

Government protected welfare cheats

1 December 2012

OK - it goes like this - VicForests haven’t made a cracker since they started operations in 2004. In 2008 they put $127 million through their books and the expenses were $132 million = $5M loss. But they were given a $5.7M handout to cut down ash forests in the fire areas (not all this ash was burnt from several accounts). So they claimed they made a half million profit.

VicForests compares apples with Jerusalem artichokes

13 January 2012

VicForest foresters and PR men always like to present their ‘facts’ as unquestionable science and anyone who dares question them are blasphemers.
Well – get a load of their latest ‘home brand’ fact sheet on logging. VicForests are proudly peddling this small two page glossy on their homepage and it’s a truly amazing mishmash of statistics and a skewed analysis of logging in East Gippsland.

Saving the giants

18 April 2011

VICFORESTS have announced a new “Giant Tree Protection Policy” which they say will protect any tree greater than four metres in diameter or 85 metres high in approved harvesting areas.

Michael Ryan, VicForests' Forest Scientist said VicForests' policy regarding 'giant trees' would also endeavour to protect trees which are greater than three metres in diameter.

“Trees of greater than three metres in diameter are more common both in reserves and other forest areas, however, protecting these trees will allow them to also grow into giant trees over time,” he said.