INDEPENDENT NEWS

Timberlands Book Makes Worries For Government

Published: Tue 17 Aug 1999 11:18 AM
A book launched today using a package of documents from Timberlands’ West Coast’s public relations company may prove damaging to the government, especially the Prime Minister.
Nicky Hager today launched his book Secrets and Lies which details the relationship between the PR company Shandwicks, the State Owned Enterprise Timberlands and various members of the government.
The documents which were leaked to Hager show that the pro-Timberlands group Coast Action Network was dreamt up by Shandwicks and they also show the lengths to which the company has gone to stifle debate on native logging and to lobby Ministers and opposition MPs.
Hager says it is concerning that a public company has used public money to shut down a debate of public interest. The book calls into question comments by Jenny Shipley that neither she or her staff were involved in the Timberlands operations.
Dave Hilliard, chief executive of Timberlands said all his company did was provide politicians with correct information. He also described Nicky Hager as paranoid.
A spokesperson for Shandwicks says all the company did was attempt to correct “misinformation” by environmental groups about sustainable logging.
Jenny Shipley has refused to be interviewed on the book this morning.
Scoop will review the book shortly and more information is coming.

Next in Comment

Julian Assange: A Thousand Days In Belmarsh
By: Binoy Kampmark
The Mauling Of Novak Djokovic
By: Binoy Kampmark
Voices Of Concern: Aussies For Assange’s Return
By: Binoy Kampmark
Forbidden Parties: Boris Johnson’s Law On Illegal Covid Gatherings
By: Binoy Kampmark
Dunne Speaks: Question Time Is Anything But
By: Peter Dunne
Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal
By: Binoy Kampmark
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media