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1.10.07

FMSQA in NSW

Speaking of government contributions to causing environmental destruction, it looks like logging in New South Wales violates FMSQA as well:

At a time when there are fears native forest logging is fuelling climate change, the Government is selling native timber from South Coast forests for between $6.90 and $16 a tonne to an Eden woodchip mill owned by Japan's South East Fibre Exports.

... The native timber prices for the 2003-04 year were so low they did not cover Forests NSW's own costs, leading to windfall profits for the mill, said a forestry analyst, Terry Digwood. The figures were revealed following a freedom of information application to Forests NSW.

The Government made a loss of $3.5 million in 2005-06 supplying native pulp logs to the mill, analysis done by Mr Digwood showed.

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