Careful choices distort the true picture
JOHN Vukovich's anti-logging letter, Baffling political logic hurting our unique forests, South Western Times, July 20, requires further comment. He quotes the total number of people employed in the tourism industry but does not include the thousands of people who are involved in the downstream processing of timber products used – for example, in furniture, flooring, arts and crafts, and silicon production. He also fails to mention that tourism is generally a seasonal industry in the South West, whereas timber production and associated industries operate throughout the year. He also could have mentioned the other benefits provided by the Forest Products Commission, such as fighting bushfires and the management of forests that were logged but not properly regenerated by past generations. Mr Vukovich continues a long tradition of anti-logging activists distorting the truth to suit their own preferred anti-development outcomes.