National Association of Forest Industries

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The National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) is a lobby group for part of the Australian forest industry.

NAFI was established in 1986 to promote the views of forest industries to the Australian public and governments. It has been a constant critic of efforts by environmentalists and others to protect Australia's native forests from logging and woodchipping.

According to a 1993 Amcor Annual Report, former managing director of Amcor, Don McFarlane has been chairman of the Australian Manufacturing Council Industry and the Environment Committee and has also been president of the National Association of Forest Industries. [1]

Links to Government

NAFI has close links to Australia's Howard Government. Before taking her current job as CEO of NAFI, Catherine Murphy worked as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Brendan Nelson. Prior to this, over the period of 1996-2002, Murphy was Senior Adviser (Legal) to Prime Minister John Howard. [2]

Tax Concessions

In April 2006, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown noted that NAFI receives tax concessions from the Federal Government, despite being funded by logging companies. He said that NAFI in turn funds the group Timber Communities Australia, which is used to attack community-based anti-logging organisations. Senator Brown said that such political activities are a drain on the public purse and NAFI's tax status should be opened to public examination. [3]


Contact Details

National Association of Forest Industries
PO Box 239
Deakin West
ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6285 3833
Fax: (02) 6285 3855

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