Media Release: Bunnings blockade will backfire

“The CFMEU’s blockade of Bunnings will backfire by getting the public offside,” Environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

“By its ban on timber from wildlife-rich native forests in Victoria, Bunnings has shown how Australia can keep its forests but have plentiful wood from plantations to meet its timber needs. Bunnings is one popular winner here.”

“Michael O’Connor’s actions bring to the fore all the epithets the CFMEU has used against environmentalists defending forests – ‘job-killers’, ‘radical’ etc.”

“For every one of their callers to Bunnings favouring forest destruction we will get two, if not ten, to congratulate Bunnings,” Bob Brown said today.

“There’s an added problem for the CFMEU if they try this at Bunnings in Tasmania later this year. If the Gutwein new anti-protest laws pass the state parliament, O’Connor and his crew will be arrested and if they persist, face four years in jail,” Bob Brown said.


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