Senator Colbeck doesn’t appear to understand the implications of the Oct 2011 (IGA) Schedulers’ Report. He has a go at just about everyone except FT and Artec in a (delayed-for-days-Media Release 191211 Schedulers report released (HERE) + Link to ‘the Report’ Independent Schedulers Report – Oct 2012 HERE) The Report’s brief is:

The Independent Expert Schedulers (IES) were appointed on 20th September 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to determine what harvesting work is currently occurring in coupes within the ENGO-nominated 430,000 ha area (identified area); the contractual wood supply that this harvesting is required to meet; and whether there are practical alternatives [sic] coupes outside the 430,000 ha area (and preferably outside the 572,000 ha area) for meeting these contractual wood supply requirements. The intention of this work is to reschedule harvesting work outside the 430,000 ha area to the maximum extent possible, but also to identify what harvesting work cannot be rescheduled and is required to meet demonstrated wood supply requirements. The terms of reference for this work (set out below) were provided by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments with the intention of informing decisions relating to key elements of clauses 18, 26 and 27 of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement, 7th August 2011 (TFIA).”

It is the function of those writing the Report to brief the two Governments on decisions relating to 3 of the IGA [TFIA] Clauses, one of which is Clause 27. In his slash at non-compromising environmentalists, Senator Colbeck seems to have missed the point.

Here is Clause 27, Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement:
Clause 27: “During the independent verification process, in the event that Forestry Tasmania reports that it cannot meet contractual requirements from production resources outside the nominated 430, 000 hectares, the Governments will undertake the following steps. First, an independent expert will be jointly appointed by the Governments to review scheduling and other relevant data and attempt to reschedule harvesting activities so as to meet the requirements of contracts and maintain the interim protection of the 430, 000 hectares. In the event that the independent expert concludes that it is impossible to achieve this through rescheduling on a reasonable commercial basis or through sourcing alternative supplies, the Commonwealth will compensate the contract holder for the value of lost profits and unavoidable costs. Any such costs will be met, in the first instance, from within the $7 million payment in financial year 2011-12 referred to in Clause 35.” Signed by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Premier Lara Giddings, 7th August 2011.

The point is clear: Colbeck, Giddings, Gillard (and Gordon?) seem to be paralysed by the import of what was signed. With the two governments signing the agreement, logging in the 430k is actually supposed to stop. I put the ? with the name Gordon, because FT doesn’t seem to be paralysed, indeed they are logging the 430k in spite of the IGA.

Have a look at Miranda Gibson’s’s blog (please … this is a strong request … just click on (or whatever you have to do) to get to

We can use easy hyperbole on the net. Tas Times sometimes has a gravitational effect for absolutes rather than for qualified comment. It’s the beauty of the beast. Yet read Miranda’s blogs. Look, I don’t want to make Miranda into something that she isn’t, or doesn’t claim. But here is how I am affected by her action. She recalls to my mind Mahatma Ghandi, the champion of peaceful, non-violent protest. The man who championed Indian rights in South Africa and in India against the British. Watch her in the rain on Day 7 of her blog, two hundred feet above the ground … Miranda’s Daily (Video) Blog – Day 7 (HERE) … she writes and speaks simply and plainly. Here is a candidate for Australia Day honours. January 26, 2012.

What is it with our state government? What is it with our Senator? Why sign an agreement, then refuse to honour it but instead pocket the money and give it first to Gunns and Forestry Tasmania, and then later, to a few contractors, who were actually the intended recipients of the Federal funding? All right, so they were just trying to help out Gunns and the GBE. It was all about the pulp mill and the failed govt business enterprise. But couldn’t they have done it a bit better? Couldn’t they have made it less blatantly obvious that for them, the IGA was a means to an end?

Forestry Tasmania says Miranda’s protest is a waste of time, because they are packing up in a few days, for the Christmas Break. But these dogs of destruction will be back.
Back in the Styx, or elsewhere. Back in the Forentine. Back on Ben Lomond. Hands out for funding, ‘exiting native forests’ … just one or two remaining contracts to go… we’ll do the right thing, the govt is looking after your best interests.

“Gandhi strove to practice non-violence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.” (Wikipedia). Have another look and listen at Miranda’s Daily (Video) Blog – Day 7 (HERE) .

The ObserverTree is a platform situated 60m above the ground in an old-growth Eucalyptus Delegatensis tree, in the heart of Tasmania’s southern forests. On the 14th of December 2011 conservationist Miranda Gibson climbed a rope to the top of the tree and vowed to stay until the forest is protected. Miranda’s upper canopy home is a tree under imminent threat, in a forest due to be logged any day now.

Senator Colbeck’s Media Release contained this pornography:

“Environmental groups repeatedly show they are not interested in compromise, they just want everything their own way – regardless of the facts.”

I tend to think that Senator Colbeck shows not the judicial qualities of a Member of a House of Review, but shares in fact the mendacious tendencies of an Abetz. Lest Tasmanians miss the point, I will spell it out, chapter and verse:
1 The IGA (TFIA) is the compromise.
2 Clause 27 is the linch-pin of the compromise between the ENGOs and the Tasmanian Forestry Industry, as expressed by the State and Federal Governments.
3 Senator Colbeck in effect accuses enviros of being unwilling to compromise the compromise.
4 Colbeck featured in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” – what was his name? – O’Brien? At any rate, Colbeck has mastered ‘Doublethink’ and seems angling for a job as Minister of Truth.

Gunns and FT got the cream of the compensation, so why are the 430k ha still being logged? Immediate interim protection does not mean continue the logging agenda if you can’t find somewhere else to get the wood. It means you have to stop logging, and that the IGA will compensate you $s for doing so.

“The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
— Part II, Chapter IX — The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

The thing is, Doublethink: must be contagious, our Labor MPs have had it for years. So too, it seems, now has Senator Colbeck. By refusing to stop the various logging in the 430k ha, the State and Federal Labor Govts, supported by True Blue Liberals like our Senator, throw dollars around in the name of the forests and of forestry workers, yet by allowing the rogue agency FT to continue to log within the 430k, they prolong the lies and the pain … all around.

Merry Christmas Miranda.

PS to Tas Timers: a supportive comment on TT is one good thing, but should support stop there?