Originally published in The Canberra Times on May 25, 2013

Two weeks ago, I explained the consequences of the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania support for the so-called ”forest peace deal” in Tasmania.

The deal obliges them to cease all protests that might impede the ability of native forest loggers to sell their woodchips, take active steps to help silence other environment groups that are still opposed to native forest logging and, most bizarrely, fly to Japan to help the woodchippers persuade Japanese paper mills that native forest woodchips are ”sustainable” and worth buying.

Writing in response, Lyndon Schneiders of the Wilderness Society took up Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s call to fulfill his part of the deal to ”do everything they can to use their abilities to silence those who haven’t gone with the mainstream consensus”.

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