Did anyone else get the feeling that the government wasn't trying very hard when this was announced. Almost like the announcement started by someone saying "We're going to sell the forests (maybe, if nobody really minds, you know, just say and we'll change what we're doing, I think I heard an objection, maybe we should just call the whole thing off?"
An unusually cynical part of me wonders if this policy, which is easy to understand, likely to annoy vocal parts of the population and easy to convey opposition to in the media, was intended as a sacrifical policy? Announce it, it takes flak, it gets binned. Meanwhile other objectionable policies, perhaps ones that are harder to understand and are too complex to explain easily in a 30 second TV news slot, get through with less public scrutiny?