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 – welfare bludgers extraordinaire

15 September 2012

The VicForests Annual Report was tabled in Parliament this week (13/9/12). They made another loss.

And this year, VicForests is dressing up the loss with a new excuse. The argument that the bushfires are to blame for their past losses has worn thin so they are now blaming us. Fancy – little enviro groups having as big an impact as a decade of bushfires! VicForests continues to break the law, but blames community groups for being audacious enough to drag them into court.

Latest logging audit spin

14 August 2011

How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance?

The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.

VicForests’ excuses unconvincing

13 June 2011

The recent exposé of the export of high quality whole logs to China has shown one more of the many underhanded and hypocritical operations that VicForests manages. Environment East Gippsland has accused VicForests of either colluding with their log customer’s illicit trade or being hopelessly incompetent as the government’s corporate forest manager.

VicForests – the scandals!

11 April 2011

The report to Treasury on the performance of VicForests was revealed in late February via an FOI by the Age newspaper. > Read it here.  It details much of their mismanagement and appalling behaviour. They have illegally logged forests, not adhered to their charter, not regenerated thousands of hectares of logged forest, lost millions of public money and of course thumbed their nose at environmental regulations.


1 June 2009

A hundred years ago the excuse was ignorance for destroying ancient forests. Now the only excuse is pure, cold-blooded, merciless politics, union corruption and political donations to the ALP.