Bob Brown Foundation is raising grave concerns about the Australian government's 'selective' sanctions after the logging industry has revealed timber importers want the Morrison government to go easy on sanctions that would affect wood imports.
“While Ukrainians are bombed, Australian merchants who import Putin’s Russian timber make a greedy, self-interested appeal to the Morrison government to avoid sanctions. Meanwhile, Australian wood is going overseas,” Bob Brown said.
“Prime Minister Morrison appears to be turning a blind eye to any resource industry exempting them from Russian sanctions. A Russian oligarch sanctioned by UK and USA is a major shareholder in Falcon Oil and Gas in the Beetaloo joint venture and Queensland Alumina is a Rusal subsidiary owned by Putin’s close associate Oleg Deripaksa yet they have not been sanctioned. Now we have the timber importers in on the act,” said Christine Milne.
“Australians care if their house is built with conflict timber from Russia and we care about urging tough sanctions on all shipping and materials from Russia,” Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager with Bob Brown Foundation said.