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Australian support for Rimbunan Hijau

The Australian government, and by default its people, help to support and indirectly fund Rimbunan Hijauís destructive logging practice and allegations of human rights abuses in PNG.

Australia is the largest market for sawn timber from Rimbunan Hijauís logging operations. Large amounts of sawn timber (value added) from RH's operations is exported to Australia while Japan and China take the bulk of the cheap raw logs.

Australia makes generous contributions to funding the PNG Police Force.

Australia spends $400 million on aid to PNG but none of that is spent on cleaning up the forest industry that is one the biggest contributors to rural poverty and environmental degradation in PNG.

The Australian Government's $US558 million plan to send 230 police to PNG is on hold because of Australia's demand for legal immunity for the police.

The annual bilateral aid budget for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is to be lifted by an extra $100 million to more than $400 million.