This article in The Age newspaper from the editor of Money magazine says a great deal. Like this…
All Australians should be angry about logging of [public] native forests. If you don’t care about the environment, what about the fact your taxes prop up an unviable industry that employs very few people?
The annual reports for the various state forestry businesses reveal logging native forests is marginally profitable at best, and a sinkhole for taxpayer money at worst.
And here’s how the article finishes..
Victoria offers a glimmer of hope.
Last month the Forest Industry Taskforce, which includes groups such as The Wilderness Society and the CFMEU, requested a methodology for earning ERF credits.
The taskforce represents all Victorian state forests east of the Hume Highway, though the main focus has been on the Central Highlands because of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. If an ERF method is established, it could be valid nationally.
Let’s hope common sense prevails.
The problem is that the Victorian Forest Industry Taskforce is fundamentally flawed. It has all the same weaknesses as the failed Tasmanian Forestry Agreement, including the fact that come the next change of Government in Victoria, the work of the Taskforce will be thrown on the political scrapheap.
It is guaranteed that common sense will be completely absent.
Politics and ideology (and taxpayer subsidies) are the only things keeping the public native forest industry alive!!
Enjoy the read!