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Media Release - $2b trade deficit in wood products a source of national shame

Please find a media release from the Australian Institute of Foresters indicating that Australia is the seventh most forested country in the world and yet we have a $2 billion annual trade deficit in Forest products.
Rob de Fégely, National President of the Australian Institute of Foresters presented a grim picture of Australia’s contribution to managing renewable forest and plantation resources to the 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference in India this month.
Rob said, ‘It is a source of some national shame that Australia has a significant trade deficit in forest products of more than $2 billion each year. This is not an economic argument but a moral and social one. We have the space, skills, wealth and knowledge to do more.
Media contact: Rob De Fégely 02 6153 3044