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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Deeper Throat

Lennon’s baby?

Deeper Throat True tales from The Emperor’s Court … a response to Lennon’s baby

There have been some real oddities involved in Lennon’s political life and he is a very complex and secretive person. Anything is possible in his eyes and any means is justified. The usual contributors to the TT can bleat all they like about corrupt governments, dodgy deals & etc but this government has become a development juggernaut because business interests will always hold sway in an an insular economy.

I wasn’t privy to the comings and goings at the time the pulp mill was being planned … but the names involved in the meetings included Lennon, Bob Gordon, Evan Rolley.

Michael Field had a big say in the make-up of Bacon’s ministry and staffing plus there were othe heavyweights involved in pulpmill meetings but I don’t know who they were.

And there were many meetings, dinners, lunches and trips to Launceston that didn’t appear on Lennon’s diary.

It’s very safe to say that had Lennon NOT been so gung ho about downstream processing it probably wouldn’t have got off the ground.

Huge projects like this don’t get up without lots of government support. It’s no coincidence that there has been an exponential increase in private plantation developments in Tassie over the past 6 or 7 years.

It’s called planning ahead.

Early on, local councils were dead opposed to the conversion of prime agricultural land being converted to plantation forestry.

Now you never hear a peep from them.

The Labor government — since the day Bacon won office — has gone out of its way to cultivate local government around the state in order to make them compliant on issues of state development.

The pulp mill will need enormous timber reserves well into the future if it is to be viable. It’s all connected.

There have been some real oddities involved in Lennon’s political life and he is a very complex and secretive person. Anything is possible in his eyes and any means is justified.

The usual contributors to the TT can bleat all they like about corrupt governments, dodgy deals & etc but this government has become a development juggernaut because business interests will always hold sway in an an insular economy.

And a few words on the retirement of Linda (Hornsey), former head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet …

Now it’ll get interesting. Linda’s pulled the pin. The last voice of reason in the government.

Lennon really loathes her (has referred to her in the past as the “bag lady” because of her fashion sense) and the power she wielded under the Emperor (Bacon).

The last vestige of Bacon’s era.

She will NOT be the next governor.

And it only took Lennon three years to clean them all out.

Lennon and Bacon were NOT the great mates everyone made them out to be. As someone said recently — a pollie we’ve already forgotten — there are no friends in politics, only useful acquaintances.

Rhys Edwards is Paul’s boy!

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. eagle eye

    September 18, 2007 at 1:14 am

    re #5

    Ahh, someone who can tell the difference between the bunghole that drains the swamp and the crocodiles that infest it. Why indeed?

  2. Neo Conned

    September 18, 2007 at 12:47 am

    I think Deeper Throat made a mistake:
    this government has become a development jug o’naught.

    Pity about the opportunities for create a thriving economy it is missing. Investors should be getting worried – they wont be able to hedge their bets either. They tell me there is still some top side in gold… maybe in alternative energy. Know any winter wheat growers in Tassie? Pity all the paddocks and farm infrastructure were destroyed to put a liability in the ground.

  3. john Hayward

    September 17, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    This isn’t the first Tas- quality bogus deep throat tip to appear blaming the whole mill debacle on our hapless premier. Even Gay has suggested that Rough Red is a primary instigater.

    Such balderdash! Lennon’s pointman role could only be the result of orders from above. The most intriguing mystery is as to why he feels compelled to take them.

    John Hayward

  4. Mike Lester

    September 17, 2007 at 2:40 am

    This article by Deeper Throat proves that the writer is a hoax. Jim Bacon and Paul Lennon were close. Michael Field had very little, if anything at all, to do with choosing Jim’s staff or other senior appointments…in fact Jim didn’t like the Field comparisons because it looked backwards to a time when Tasmania lost investment and jobs and he wanted to look forward. Rhys Edwards got on well with both Bacon and Lennon. And the “surprising” revelation – Lennon, Evan Rolley and Bob Gordon together at meetings regarding forestry. Who else would you take to talk about forestry, the head of health? Get real.

  5. Dismord

    September 17, 2007 at 12:36 am

    “The usual contributors to the TT can bleat all they like about corrupt governments, dodgy deals & etc but this government has become a development juggernaut because business interests will always hold sway in an an insular economy.” ? ? ? ? ?
    Why will they always hold sway? Even it they do there’s no guarantee that all business interests (in this ‘insular’ economy’) will be willing to dance to Lennon’s tune forever. Some very powerful commercial operations ( such as retirement funds with large holdings in Gunns) are starting to feel intense preasure from their shareholders etc. This is almost invisible if you only read Tasmanian newspapers but a careful reading to the mainland business press tells a different story.

  6. Mark

    September 16, 2007 at 10:35 am

    No further insights have been provided by all this “privileged” knowledge.

    The primary complaint across the broader Tasmanian community of this “visionary” government is the lack of any agenda beyond forestry and its stakeholders.

    Oh my gosh, Paul Lennon’s diary isn’t accurate! That would explain the numerous tender processes!

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