Exploring Tasmanian Futures

Saturday, 15 October 2005

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lecture Theatre One, Geography & Environmental Studies Building, Earl Street Entrance, Sandy Bay Campus, University of Tasmania


The focus of this conference is about how Tasmania can respond to the challenges of globalisation. The speakers will address questions such as:

• Are there alternative economic models more suitable for Tasmania?

• Can Tasmanian producers organise cooperatively to achieve greater efficiencies?

• What long term strategies can Tasmanian growers adopt to survive in a world of free trade and globalisation?

• Are there alternative uses for Tasmania’s forests rather than woodchip?


Dr. Michael Towsey from the Queensland University of Technology will explore an economic model that integrates economics with community and environment. He will argue that an economy based on cooperative production and self-reliance would allow Tasmania to prosper while at the same time protect it from the worst effects of globalisation.

Peg Putt, Leader of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Greens, will share with us the Greens vision of Tasmania’s immediate future, from her perspective as a Parliamentarian and a Green Party member.

Jake Karlyle, founding member of the Prout Institute of Australia, will discuss what a decentralised cooperative socio-economic system might look like.

Michael Badcock is chairman of the Australian Vegetable Growers Association and has been farming for 35 years in northern Tasmania. He will discuss the impact globalisation is having on farmers in Tasmania, on the local environment, and on the Tasmanian economy.

Dr. Johannes Bauer, lecturer in Applied Ecology, Dept. of Rural Management, Uni. of Sydney, will speak about the changing role of forests in modern society and the need for a pluralistic society, industry and government to
support this transition. Australia is in danger of falling behind its Asian neighbours in environmental management.



9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome

9:40 Dr. Michael Towsey – A New Economics — for People, for Communities,
for Life

10:40 Morning Tea

11:00 Peg Putt, Leader, Tasmanian Parliamentary Greens – Tasmania, the
Environment, the Future

11:45 Jake Karlyle – A Cooperative Economy: What might it look like?

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Dr. Johannes Bauer – Nature Conservation, the Forestry Transition and
the New Player Tourism

2:15 Michael Badcock – Globalisation, the Economy and the Environment: Who
is going to Pay?

3:00 Afternoon tea

3:30 Tasmania Mini-Forum:

. Impacts of Mono-culture

. Water Rights

. Health and the Forest Network

. Urban Sustainability (student)

. Weld Valley in Transition

4:15 Closing Discussion

5:00 Close



Please complete and return to:

S. Cameron, PO Box 1148, Sandy Bay, TAS 7006. Ph: (03) 6229-8857; Mobile: 0418-753-867





I wish to register for the “Community, Economy and Environment” conference:

Cost: $40 waged registration, $25 students/unwaged, $10 University students – (All prices include GST.)


Morning and afternoon tea is included. A hot vegetarian lunch will be available for an additional $8, (students by donation) or you can bring your own meal. For catering purposes, lunch must be pre-booked.

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Please make cheques payable to: E. Hass



Please contact:Liila Hass, Phone: (03) 6223-2537,Fax: (03) 6223-2540. Email: liilark@ozemail.com.au


Prout Institute of Australia

PIA promotes education and research into alternative social and economic futures. In particular it is dedicated to: Cooperative economics, Self-reliant communities, Economic democracy through economic decentralisation & cooperative enterprises, Sustainable resource management, . New definitions of economic progress.

University of Tasmania – Community,Place and Change Theme Area

The Community, Place and Change theme area addresses research and teaching that advances the individual and the collective understanding of the dynamic character of different communities-of-place and communities-of-interest.