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New illegal logging laws impossible to comply with

Monday, September 01, 2014

Working to defend self-employed people can involve many strange twists and turns.

A recent example: new laws to start in November require timber importers to guarantee that any imported timber is legally logged. If they don’t, they face jail as the ultimate sanction. But government reports say that it's impossible to comply.

Of the, about 17,000 timber importers, 15,000 are small business people—cabinet-makers employing just an apprentice for example. If the government were serious about stopping illegal logging, it would introduce certification for legally logged timber. Instead, it is going to introduce an impossible law and walk away from its own responsibilities.

Ken Phillips's recent article on this in The Australian is here.
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