Censored minutes from ForestrySA called 'damning,' enough to show board unhappy about South Australian government's decision for forward timber sales

LOS ANGELES , December 8, 2011 () – ForestrySA board's just-released censored meeting minutes on Thursday show the company was not happy about forward timber sales plan for South Australia, said the head of a parliamentary committee on the matter, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reported Dec. 8.

Committee chair Robert Brokenshire said that despite large blocked-out sections of the minutes, the remaining material contains “damning revelations” and clearly shows the board had huge concerns about the forward sales.

ForestrySA has been pressured and “gagged,” said Brokenshire, reported ABC.

However, the state plans to continue with what is effectually the planned privatization of forests, ABC reported.

A large crowd jeered SA Premier Jay Weatherill, visiting the southeast, when he reaffirmed the government's ongoing commitment to the plan.

Forests Minister Gail Gago also said the government will proceed with the timber sales, at the right price, and called the sales a necessary budget decision, ABC reported.

The primary source of this article is the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC), Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 8, 2011.

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