It is now over 30 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 dollar budgets have launched campaign after campaign advocating a complete closure of the native forest harvesting and processing industries in south east NSW and Australia generally.
Many politicians trying to out green their political rivals by targeting voters who have a knowledge of forest management largely informed mass media stories relying largely on the content of anti forest industry activist campaigns. 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.
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 at a local level.
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.
Why Do Green Candidates Step Away From Red Banners Before Elections
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 Fail on Budget Logic
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 Party Spin on Political Donations
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.
Greens Spin on a Party of Peace & Nonviolence