Anti-logging protesters outside Victorian Parliament in 2017. (Image: AAP/Joe Castro)

"Never waste a good crisis". It's one of those quotes variously attributed to Winston Churchill and Machiavelli. But, whatever its provenance, governments around Australia seems to be taking it to heart.

COVID-19 has turned out to be an effective cover to sneak through some controversial changes. Let's take a look at what's happened so far.

Locking in the lopping down

At the end of March, the federal government and the Dan Andrews government in Victoria extended agreements -- for a further 10 years -- that exempt logging companies from adhering to federal conservation laws.