It is over 35 years since the first forest direct action protests at Terania Creek in northern NSW took place. Over the ensuring years, harvesting in native forests has become increasingly controversial as activist “charities” with multimillion budgets have launched campaign after campaign advocating a complete closure of the native forest harvesting and processing industries.
Many voters with a knowledge informed by activist campaigns and mass media thriving on anything that is controversial, are targeted by politicians trying to out green their political rivals. Over three decades, some political candidates have seen the trade-off of forestry jobs in remote rural communities as a recipe for harvesting green leaning voters in inner city electorates.
In addition to this more overt political influence, a number of anti forestry activists have worked their way into political offices, including the “mainstream” political parties. While a senior executive of a cigarette company might be frowned upon as a political advisor, it seems senior “environmental” activists are welcome in some political offices.
This website will attempt to cut through the political spin of announcements relating to the harvesting of native forests and check out the real politics and consequences of these announcements.
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS DOCUMENTATION
Why do Green Candidates Step Away From Red Banners Before Elections?
In this “Think Before You Vote”case study, we take a closer look at what Greens Party members say and what their behaviours tell us. Posted June 2016
Greens Fail on Budget Logic
NSW greens MP David Shoebridge should stick to law and leave financial analysis to someone who has a broader view of the Government budget position.
Greens Party Spin on Political Donations
The greens party goes to considerable lengths to convince us that they do not accept donations from corporations. Whether it is a corporate or private donation, when it comes to $1,680,795, the mantra of no corporate donations needs some scrutiny.
Greens Spin on Party of Peace & Nonviolence
The Australian greens website states: “The Australian Greens are deeply committed to the principle of nonviolence, as essential to the prevention and reduction of conflict.” While this may sound good in theory, practice suggests it is nothing more than spin.