Image for Foxes ...

Tasmanian Times has been asked to allow comments on whether or not foxes are prevalent in Tasmania; whether or not hoaxing is the basis of a The Great Fox Hunt which has consumed the past decade and cost at least $50 million of your (taxpayers’) money.

TT has its own interest in this issue ... hosting through forensic biologist Dr David Obendorf a $5000 Fox Reward for five years until 2010 ...

Truth ever so slowly emerges … perhaps the ABC’s latest reports indicate that it was all a hoax … so, the columns of Tassietimes is open for comments (having been closed of late because of the viciousness of debate).

I just ask that you be respectful of other people’s deeply-held views …

The ABC reports ...

Dominique Schwartz, 7.30: A multi-million-dollar government program to eradicate foxes in Tasmania was quite likely based on faked evidence, according to a report leaked to the ABC. Read the 7.30 TRANSCRIPT here ...

ABC: Tasmania’s multi-million dollar fox hunt based on likely hoax

ABC: Fox hunt: Tasmania’s multi-million-dollar program likely based on hoax, leaked report finds

• John Hayward in Comments: Even when an inconvenient truth fully emerges, stark naked and bigger than life, Tasmanian officialdom will steadfastly ignore it until it goes away.

ABC: Concerns about federal fox funding raised two years ago, Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie says

• Dr David Obendorf in Comments: The search for proof or evidence is, in my opinion, over. This issue has dragged on long enough with considerable expenditure in time and effort to firstly discover the buried truth and then have the responsible bureaucracy acknowledge and confront that reality. There appears to be an entrenched stupidity which borders on a form of psychological illness which has allowed this folly to tranform from an ill-conceived and sensational narrative into a full-blown travesty. The longer it goes on as an unaccountable issue it will only weigh down on the standing of that department, its employees and more worryingly on the State. There are likely to be implications if this type of corporate malfeasance is not addressed. For everyone’s interests, open communication and a shared clarity are needed to work out exactly what is at stake here. It seems pointless for the hierarchy of DPIPWE or the current government to delay, obfuscate and remain aloof from the inevitable need to confront a systemic failure in proper oversight and governance …

• O’Brien in Comments: … Minister(s) responsible, Messrs Groom & Rockliff have publicly said and done nothing, true to form. The Minister responsible denies responsibility, arguing he relies on departmental advice, which is true. What we have here is a textbook example of the devolution of Westminster parliamentary democracy. A system in decay …

• Jack J in Comments: The risk of someone introducing a genuine live fox has never been greater. A lack of any genuine attempt to resolve the issue by DPIPWE has permitted those responsible for this egregious scam to simmer. The latest hoax fox on the Frankford Rd has put to bed the fantasy of “upgraded biosecurity” forever. There are dangerous idiots out there with the capacity to introduce a live fox. It’s not hard to do. And what are the laws to prevent this happening? What do they offer as a penalty and means of prevention? A slap on the wrist. Never has the motivation of the fox scammer to prove a point been greater. The people with that motivation are still here and have not been exposed. DPIPWE has provided them the cover through inaction. This has enabled a bigger problem and bigger risk. But the greatest idiots by far are those attempting to make this all go away with silence. Silence is golden, but so is the colour of pissing on the public with contempt. For they are more concerned with saving their own skins than they are with saving Tasmanian biodiversity. It makes me almost physically sick to see those basking in the hero glow of conservation rhetoric walk away from the disaster they have overseen. Get real DPIPWE Minister and do your bloody job. The longer this goes on the greater the risk becomes.