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Timber, tax and the Tiwis

ABC National Background Briefing
Timber, tax and the Tiwis

Australia has promised $200 million to Southeast Asia to stop deforestation, but on the rich Tiwi Islands priceless and irreplaceable native forests are cut down and burnt to grow plantation timber for wood chips for Japan. It's really a tax minimisation scheme and Tiwi forests could be worth more to the locals in carbon trading. Reporter: Wendy Carlisle. Read Transcript

This is an exploration of the context of the current interface between woodchipping of native forests, carbon trading, state subsidies of corporate enterprises and green spin as it is deployed to undermine the welfare and lifestyle of Indigenous communities.



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