Not seeing the koalas for the carbon credits

featuring Stephen Long and Ebony Bennett
Koalas are seen in the background as NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns speaks to the media during a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park, Helensburgh, NSW, Thursday, January 19, 2023
AAP Image/Dean Lewins


Rather than delivering on their election promise to create a Great Koala National Park, the New South Wales Government is sitting on its hands until it can earn carbon credits from forests.

On this episode of Follow the Money, Walkley Award winning journalist and Australia Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Long joins Ebony Bennett to discuss his new report into the disastrous consequences of the ongoing logging in the state for koalas and the climate.

If you want the New South Wales Government to end native forest logging, you can sign our open letter.

Guest: Stephen Long, Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, the Australia Institute // @StephenLongAus

Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

Additional editing: Emily Perkins

Theme music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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