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MEDIA RELEASE – John Brumby and Victorian Labor – BAILLIEU EMBRACES TONY ABBOTT’S CLIMATE SCEPTICISM

Ted Baillieu has revealed today that he has no real plan to tackle climate change, Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said.
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Timber imports standout performer in 2009-10

Timber imports continue to be an increasingly critical ingredient in Australia’s house construction industry. Technical manager for the Australian Timber Importers Federation John Halkett says that “flat” domestic production in categories like structural pine and hardwood boards has
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Tropical forestry think tank

The prospects for the forestry and the wood products industry to further contribute to economic and social goals in northern Australia was under the spotlight in Sydney last week at a meeting of the Northern Australia Forestry Project technical team.
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City of Mt Gambier – FOLEY’S POETRY LEAVES FORESTRY REGION CONFUSED

To sell or not to sell the State’s forests – that is the question. And there’s strong fears in the South East that Treasurer Kevin Foley may have already made up his mind, but is not willing to admit it. Mr Foley has publicly confirmed that the forward sale of forestry plantations has
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VAFI VICTORIAN ASSOCIATION OF FOREST INDUSTRIES – Coalition preferences decision to save more than 24,000 jobs.

The peak representative body for the Victorian timber industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), said the Coalition's decision to preference the anti-prosperity Greens last would help protect Victoria's 24,000 forestry jobs.
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Victorian Forest Contractors Association Press Release 12/11/ 2010 – Round table, round again

The Victorian Forest Contractors Association (VFCA) the industry association representing Harvest and Haulage Forest contractors, cautiously welcomed talks if they will result in an end to forest and anti plantation protests as well as a secure and stable future for its members.
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Bioenergy Australia 2010 Conference

Registrations for the Bioenergy Australia 2010 Conference to be held at the Novotel Manly Pacific, Sydney from 9 - 10 December 2010, with the technical tour on 8 December 2010, are coming in strongly. Attendance is expected to be similar to last year, when we had 340+ delegates. The
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CRC For Forestry – Media release:

One-third of Tasmania’s forest industry jobs lost since 2008
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PUBLIC SEMINAR INVITATION: Tasmania’s Forest Industry 2010 Trends in forest industry employment and turnover 2006 to 2010.

These seminars will present results of new research on the extent and impact of the recent downturn in the forest industry in Tasmania. The research was carried out by researchers in the ‘Communities’ project of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Forestry. The topics discussed
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