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IssuE 287 | 16.09.13 | PAgE 1
ThIs IssuE • Ta Ann plywood mill ready to go • Stylish designs in American hardwoods
Coaltion win confidence injection for forest industry, building sector
By JIM BOWDEN
A FRESH wave of business confidence is lapping the shores of industry across Australia as the Abbott government cycles into a new era of stability for all sectors. Immediate outcomes for the forest industry from the resounding September 7 Coalition election win include: • An upswing in trading for wood manufacturers, with a number of truss and frame producers in Queensland reporting their order books full for the first time in more than 18 months. • A government forest policy that supports long-term regional forest agreements and an expansion of research and
Tony Abbott .. man for the times.
development expenditure. • Vital government skills, training and innovation support. • Abolishment of the carbon tax – a direct aid to reducing costs in the timber manufacturing sector. • A return to sensible industrial relations policies in the building and construction industry. • A five-year stock market high with Asian-based investors managing funds worth billions of dollars pushing a case for increased investment in Australia. • Removal of the threat that the carbon tax could be extended to fuel in the transport industry. • A rude shock for environmental
Japan trade mission delivers environmental message • Illegal logging at low levels in PNg • China emperor of woodchip imports • Partnership boost for Aussie paper • Feeding tax dollars to forest fires
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- New Age timber protection with longer lasting colour.