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our funding deserves to escape chop

With another hairshirt Budget looming early next month, all manner of organisations and industries are lobbying hard to persuade the Government that theirs is a special case and therefore their budgets should not be cut. Unfortunately, few will escape unscathed.

The forestry sector can certainly make a legitimate claim to special-case status. The reduction in the forest road grants at the beginning of the year is bound to reduce the number of plantations that will now be thinned even though they may require it.

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