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He recently gained so much free media time on the TV, radio and in print, trying to make the Government introduce a policy to discourage people from buying overseas.
Why then does
(a) Harvey Norman purchase furniture made overseas for sale in Australia?
(b) Harvey Norman allow furniture made from precious Australian native forest timbers to be sold in his stores?
(c) Mr Harvey not use his incredible media influence to be a true leader and speak out against this practice and urge the Government to establish an Australian labelling policy?
An Australian non government group Markets for Change investigation has revealed (excerpt taken from noharveyno.net):
The journey of many of Harvey Norman’s Australian native forest wood products starts in the forests of Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. These forests are logged, shipped overseas to China, made into furniture and then shipped back to Australia to be sold back to us in the showrooms of Harvey Norman around the country.
Harvey Norman has no publicly available procurement policy that ensures the piece of furniture you buy has not come from an Australian native forest.
Australia does need a labelling policy that empowers the consumer to make an informed choice. The labelling must identify the species from which products are made, whether the trees have been harvested from certified plantations or native forests, and the country in which the products are manufactured.
Here you can find an excellent resource with a list of the retailers and timbers to avoid.
Who's selling our native forests?
See the full report at the Markets for Change website
Sign the GetUp! petition here
Take the Ethical Paper pledge here