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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


Debate on Government’s economic plan for Tasmania

Today Tasmania’s House of Representatives members will go head-to-head debating the Government’s economic plan for Tasmania.

TIME: Debate commences at approximately 11.40am TODAY 9 December 2013
LINK: View live at http://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Parliament and click on the Federation Chamber prompt

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, said he is pleased to see that the Australian Parliament is finally showing an interest in Tasmania.

“Tasmania has enormous unrealised potential. But the State also suffering from years of poor policy decisions from successive state and federal governments,” Mr Wilkie said.

“Regrettably, too much of the current focus has been little more than mud-slinging and political point-scoring, especially in the context of the looming state election.

“I will be pushing for practical reforms that can be implemented quickly and achieve results.

“For a start the Labor and Liberal parties need to find some good candidates for the state election so that disillusioned voters aren’t stuck with the same old bunch of party hacks.

“The cost of Bass Strait has to be reduced. The Government’s current enquires are a start, although the rushed timeline for reporting is entirely unsatisfactory.

“The decision to send 56 Federal Government Department of Human Services’ IT jobs to the mainland must be immediately reversed.

“The uncertainty over Qantas, and in particular the future of the Qantas call centre at Glenorchy City, must be addressed by the Federal Government buying a stake in Qantas.

“And there must be a fairer deal for Tasmania’s 32,000 small businesses, many of which are being crushed by high power and sewerage bills; excessive rates, payroll and land taxes; and the predatory behaviour of Woolworths and Coles.”

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  1. A.K.

    December 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    #3 Simon, my apologies as I used the term marginal land to put of the deniers who always bring forward the lame excuse growing seed oils for fuel, uses food growing area’s. Sadly deniers always find ways to excuse themselves from taking responsibility for their future, in the empty hope their political masters will save the day.

    Seed oils crops can be used as rotation crops, and on workable land which is not conducive to the successful growing of food crops. In this state there is no need to use rocky or steep land for cropping, we have adequate land to provide food and fuels, the midlands is a prime example of unviable lands which would produce huge returns in seed oil fuels, with little input or land development and the residue, is plowed back to improve soil.

    If this were introduced across the state, with the right infrastructure and servicing facilities established, many farmers would jump at the chance of having a guaranteed income for the viewable future as well as being able to continue with their current production. Which in many farming cases is more and more economically precarious.

    Discussed this with farmers in Tas and in Aus, discovered many canola growers run their farm machinery and trucks on seed oils they grow themselves. They are extremely happy with the results and their on farm costs have dropped dramatically without large yearly fuel bills. They don’t brag about it because if they did, the federal government would instantly introduce draconian excise and taxes, to protect the fossil fuel industries.

    Tas farmers all have the same excuse, they would do it, when others do it and the government backs it. Which means nothing will be done and things will continue the way they are. Been trying to get people interested in this and other approaches which would recession proof our island for the foreseeable future, for almost 20 years. Whilst living in NSW and the ACT, approached many farmer friends and politicians, only to be laughed at. In Tas, tried to get a group together to put it into action and even had someone who was willing to fund a conversion business making and converting vehicles to seed oils. Had a fully costed business plan, which made sense, it didn’t take long for word to get out and a number of those willing to be involved, were warned off by some politicians and bureaucrats, who told them they didn’t have a hope in hell of getting it approved, as it didn’t fit their economic agenda and never will. You can see that on TT, all people are interested is in semantic discussion, not change and never real solutions. They moan and groan about the situation, but still want solutions using the same stupid current political, governance and business approaches.

    Now I just put it forward here and get on with my life, realising nothing will change ever, whilst our island is under the control of ideological cloned fools and the people follow along meekly to their economic and social demise, hoping for a miracle from the political and bureaucratic system.

    That’s why I advocate referendum style governance, then vested interests have no say or influence on the people decisions. Then knowledgeable people can put forward their ideas to be discussed and if acceptable to the people, implemented. Unlike now where the corporate world, tiny minorities and idiotic ideologues, control the political system and our dying future.

  2. Simon Warriner

    December 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    AK, while there is some considerable sense in your plan, the idea that “marginal” land be used to grow seed oil crops has a small flaw. The majority of that “marginal land” is so describe because it is either uneconomic or unsafe to work with machinery. In other words, too steep or too rocky. Have you discussed the matter with Andrew Nichols at Sisters Creek. He is doing as you suggest, and someone needs to do a costed case study and get it published in the Tas Country. That way th real farmers can read it and make informed decisions.

  3. A.K.

    December 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    How can you have a debate revolving around nothing policies, none of them have any economic, business, farming, education, or health plan for the state. All they have is empty political rhetoric and deceptive claims, revolving round the failed past.

    Every economic problem in this state can be solved with realistic workable polices designed for the future. The most important economic policy has to fuel and energy sustainability which lower costs and not continuously raise them.

    For energy, put locally built solar panels on all the states building, localise grid networks, which would energy proof towns and local area’s, then sell hydro energy to Aus and reduce Tas peoples costs by close to 80%.

    Develop seed oils production on as many farms as possible using their marginal lands, this would fuel proof our state indefinitely, lower farming and transport costs by at least 50%. It would flow on to the ferries, using seed oils would drop their fuel costs by millions each year, bring income into the state, reducing over all costs of food and other locally produced products and not out of it as happens with every thing in our state.

  4. mike seabrook

    December 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm


    irrigators concerned at electricity costs present & future for water pumping

    is the cost of tassie buying jobs at est. $100,000 per job for ? years which pay $ ??? per year by the tassie treasury paying for irrigation schemes value for money.

    just slash into the red & green tape & bureaucratic paperwork & other restrictions & get out of our lives.

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