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MLC Ruth Forrest’s response to the Florentine Protection Society’s letter (sent to all MLCs) re the Intergovernmental Agreement completely ignores the fact that change in the forest industry was thanks to market forces and the industry’s subsequent realisation of the absolute necessity for change.

This happened in spite of all the efforts of government and Forestry Tas to maintain a fantasy world where our industry would be insulated from world-wide impacts, like a glut of pulp and cheaper operators, but still operate on the world market.

FT’s increasingly creative financing and refusal to answer to parliamentary committees have been essential to maintain the fiction that the industry is profitable.


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