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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


Gillard’s word is being trashed, along with magnificent forests

Wed, Nov 23, Catamaran.Image HERE

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is allowing her word to be trashed by logging in high-conservation areas that were supposedly protected under an agreement she signed with the government of Tasmania, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said yesterday (Thur).

“We have a serious dispute with Prime Minister Gillard over this matter. She signed on the 7th of August to say that logging would stop immediately in the 430,000 hectares of high-conservation value forest. And a compensation mechanism was put in place if logging were deemed to have been required,” Senator Brown said.

“What we have now is broad-scale logging continuing in forests reserved for their high-conservation value. This is a serious breach of a written agreement by the Prime Minister and the Premier – the intergovernmental agreement.”

“Every day their word on that document is being clear-felled by the logging activities of Forestry Tasmania, Ta Ann and the others involved in the Catamaran forests, in the Picton forests, in the Styx, the Weld and elsewhere.”

“I cannot understand how she can allow her word to be trashed by the logging going on in these magnificent World Heritage value forests in Tasmania. It must stop.”

• The threats:

Threats to Wild Tasmania – articles

Threats to Wild Tasmania – articles

Tasmania’s Tarkine threatened by tin miming

Tasmania’s Tarkine threatened by tin mining

Senator for Tasmania
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science
1 December 2011

New level of dishonesty from anti-forestry campaigners

Today’s media hoax targeting Harvey Norman confirms that anti-forestry campaigners have no credibility, Coalition forestry spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck said.

“Anti-forestry campaigners have gone too far with today’s dishonesty,” Senator Colbeck said.

“This hoax is an appalling new low for activists whose credibility was already tenuous at best.

“We have long said the community is being misled about forestry by groups such as Get Up and Markets for Change and today’s hoax confirms that anti-forestry activists cannot be trusted.

“Today’s hoax is part of an orchestrated and coordinated campaign involving numerous anti-forestry groups that are well-funded by anonymous sources.

“Today’s hoax must be investigated and the perpetrators must have the book thrown at them.

“Harvey Norman is a reputable company that already has traceability programs in place to ensure it is buying furniture built from timber that is legally harvested and sustainably managed.

“It is outrageous that Tasmania’s native forest industry and reputable businesses like Harvey Norman must continuously defend against duplicitous and devious corporate sabotage.

“This hoax was elaborate. It was well-planned and it was designed to deliberately mislead the media, the markets and the general public.

“Environmental campaigns are afforded significant privileges in Australia under a number of pieces of legislation including the Australian Competition and Consumer Act but in light of today’s events and the dirty tricks that have led up to it, perhaps it is now time for those privileges to be reconsidered,” Senator Colbeck said.

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  1. Dr Kevin Bonham

    December 2, 2011 at 3:43 am

    It’s hard to credit that a politician as experienced and canny as Senator Brown really can’t understand how Gillard could allow her word to be supposedly “trashed” on this issue. After all, Gillard has allowed her word to be trashed on the separate and far bigger question of whether or not there would be a carbon tax. Far from being especially critical of the outcome of that trashing, Senator Brown has helped it become law. I strongly suspect Senator Brown knows full well that Gillard is only interested in the Tasmanian forestry issue to the extent that she can use it to bolster her national-media reputation as a negotiator and fixer (whatever the reality) and that his display of disbelief is no more than a stunt.

  2. Justa Bloke

    December 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

    #3 Felicity. You could try Code Green, TAP, Pulp the Mill, Tas Conservation Trust, Friends of the Tamar Valley, Tas Public Health & Environment Network, Still Wild Still Threatened for starters. There are quite a few more.

  3. Barnaby Drake

    December 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

    It seems that Julia has lost control of her own ministers when ‘Mr Burke said although emergency protection had been put in place two years ago, it had since lapsed and he had not been persuaded it was needed again.’ .. The Mercury

    Seems the Environmentalists trail a long way behind the miners in their quest to save our heritage: they just can’t seem to offer enough money….er…I mean…..persuasive arguments.

  4. john hayward

    December 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Rudd was simply being literal when he described Gillard as a
    ” bogan”.

    She represents what the ALP has become, just as the bumbling horse traders of TWS, ET, and ACF represent the decadent phase of what was formerly environmental activism.

    John Hayward

  5. russell

    December 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Was it Senator Brown who allowed for the naive ‘goodwill’ of the et/tws engos to be trashed? Also McKimm, et al and particularly Mr Booth? Or is this merely an extension of the greens deal making ability and propensity for electoral self destruction? After all, Mr Booths line in the sand was washed away months ago. Reinstate it Mr Booth.

    Sincerity accompanied by unprepared naivety do not equip for industrial negotiation, do they? Can that be acknowledged yet by the engos?

    As per #2, allow for the creation of an ogre and then be seen to be sincerely resisting and fighting and kicking and squirming and otherwise supping ones tea. The ocg round table iga has allowed for an enhanced facility for ‘business as usual’ for chippers as is being demonstrated, as the only factual outcome.

    The greens including the tws/et engos seem happy with their lot. Comfy salaries and secure employment? Proof of ethics demonstrated in risk taking has gone out the window, especially for the engos. Not a peep out of et/tws. Not a peep except for ‘fundraising’. And fundraising from the people of the Tamar valley no less? The engos have a thick hide and no shame.

    Wasn’t the iga your ocg baby Senator Brown? Only instead of expected plaudits you ended up with brickbats? What do you propose doing about the intractable, intransigent and uncontrollable teenager that it has become Senator Brown? The ocg roundtable iga has indeed destroyed the greens political aspiration. This was always central to the iga ‘industry’ agenda, from day 1.

    The greens are no match for the PMs industrial relationships, are they? I am surprised by your naivety as of what you expected from the PM. A major political and industrial connection is with Mr Michael O’Connor from the cfmeu, isn’t it? Martin Ferguson outranks and outwits Tony Burke any day. You knew this Senator Brown didn’t you? What do you in reality, really expect? Let us know when you’ve figured it out won’t you?

  6. Trevor K

    December 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Gee, we’ve been lied too again. More sophistry. More tax payer dollars going to a morally and economically bankrupt industry. More rape of precious & irreplaceable forest.

    Kind of makes you want to go out and sack some more nurses, doesn’t it?

  7. Karl Stevens

    December 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Felicity Holmes 3. Your right. We are now seeing individuals stand-up against enviro politicians and charities. Trading-off the Tamar Valley to save the forests that Senator Brown now admits was a failure is a situation he as an elected Tasmanian senator should never have allowed to happen. If Brown could get the mining resources rent tax and the carbon tax through he could have stopped Gunns pulp mill. Instead they cynically used us as a bargaining chip. For me as an individual all relationships with green politicians and ENGO’s is over for ever. I encourage all Tasmanians to vote with your feet. They have sold us out.

  8. J A Stevenson

    December 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    It is unfortunate these photos keep appearing as high-conservation value forest.
    What is depicted is a forest which has been plundered in the past and is recovering to the best of its ability. Too many wooded areas in Tasmania look like this. Half stocked at best.
    It can yield nothing but pulp wood, unless one or two of the dead trees are still sound.
    Who is responsible for the mismanagement of this landscape?

  9. Felicity Holmes

    December 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Re #2 Karl – what enviro charity do you belong to that is protecting the Tamar Valley from this sort of disgrace? I’d like to join it – given you’ve disreputed most of the groups I am part of – I’d like to know which one shapes up to your standards.

  10. Karl Stevens

    December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Bob Brown’s other IGA victims are the Tamar Valley. Thanks to the IGA agreement Gunns got the money they needed to start site clearing. I hold The Wilderness Society and ET personally responsible for this. Not only did these groups facilitate the pay-out to Gunns by Australia’s poorest state but now they are back trying to empty the pockets of the local residents. The enviro charities and their political counterparts are a disgrace.

  11. Pete Godfrey

    December 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

    It appears more so as time goes on that the IGA had nothing to do with conservation of anything other than survival of FT and Gunns.
    Senator Colbecks comments are so laughable, I wonder how he comes up with this stuff.
    Most of what he says applies directly to the forest industry heads in Tasmania.
    We stopped conversion of native forests to plantations in Dec 2006.( Bob Gordon Branchline Sept 2008)
    We can’t wait for the RPDC to make a decision on the pulp mill it is costing us $1 million a day in hedge fund payments (John Gay Gunns ltd in June 2007)
    We will only be woodchipping the waste wood left over from sawlog extraction ( 40 years of garbage from the woodchippers)
    and the biggest one of all “We’ve got worlds best practice”
    It may be more practical and believable to take up writing childrens scary stories that writing such rubbish in press releases such as this Liberal party garbage.

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