Dirty Politics

Historically the logging industry has been a type of global mafia. With the huge profits that are made by corporate logging companies from ‘mining’ forests, the opportunity to buy political favours is very real.

The tactics are well known and the influence on our democracy is obvious. Political donations and corruption have been rife. This doesn’t only happen in developing nations with embryonic democracies.


VicForests’ Relies on Loans and Over-states Equity to Conceal Poor Performance

23 July 2013

VicForests, the state government’s native-forest logging agency, has incurred cash losses of $22.2 million since it commenced operating in 2004, says a new report, commissioned by volunteer group Healesville Environment Watch Inc. (HEWI). This equates to $1.50 for each cubic metre of wood (pulp and saw logs) it has sold. The report was conducted by the New Economics Advisory Service of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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.