Forestry industry claims documents prove there is no ‘smoking gun’ to justify state’s ban on logging

By Georgia Hargreaves
ABC News Australia
October 12, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A fresh row has erupted over the prohibition of native logging in Western Australia, with members of the forestry industry arguing state government documents prove there is no “smoking gun” justifying the ban. The West Australian government last year cited “scientific evidence” to explain the decision to ban native logging throughout the state by 2024. Gavin Butcher, who previously worked for the Forest Products Commission for 20 years, recently obtained documents after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and Attractions. Mr Butcher said he was hoping the FOI documents would the reveal scientific data which shows the effect climate change and logging was having on the forests of Western Australia. “There was no smoking gun to explain the government’s decision — in fact it really showed nothing,” he said. Some … believe the 2021 decision to ban native logging was politically motivated to win green votes.

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