David Penberthy writes in the Herald Sun:
Harvey is the subject of a highly personalised attack by the Left-wing activist group Get Up and the environmental organisation Market for Change, which has decided to make some groovy little YouTube ads ripping off the “Go Harvey Go” commercials over the retailer’s promotion of Australian-made furniture.
There have been a lot of dumb campaigns launched over the years, but this one is hands-down the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Indeed, if our closest primates, the orang-utans, were able to talk, they would probably be shaking their heads in disbelief at the actions of Get Up in launching this juvenile and ludicrous assault on the only retailer that is discouraging the purchase of foreign-made furniture made with rainforest timber in countries that pay their workers bugger all and couldn’t give a damn about the environment.
It is urging a boycott of Harvey Norman, claiming the retailer stocks furniture made with timber from native Australian forests, which contributes to global warming and endangers the habitats of koalas and eagles.
Their claims are based on a total misrepresentation as to the amount of native forest being used to produce Aussie furniture, and a total misrepresentation as to the availability of plantation timber.
As The Australian reported this week, only about 6 per cent of Australia’s native forests are open to logging, not the 70-odd per cent fictitiously claimed by the rattier environmentalists.