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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

Economy

STATE: The Dubious Liberal Handback …

*Pic: This photo was taken about 20 years ago before they trashed it for woodchips

Despite the fact that the Tas Liberals knowingly allow, and have intentionally permitted, the ongoing degradation of cultural heritage along the Tarkine coast, it all seems a wee mysterious that they look to develop some form of goodwill with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.

Stay tuned for the Liberals’ pending announcement that they intend to hand back some land parcels to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Two regions that have been mooted for possible hand-back are the Narawntapu National Park and the Rebecca Creek quarry site east of Couta Rocks in the Tarkine.

It doesn’t take an enlightened cynic to understand that this is all intended to arise before the next election, knowing well that these areas have no commercial resources remaining that would be of any extraction value to the Liberal’s cronies.

The Rebecca Creek quarry is identified as a significant cultural site. The quarry, along with the Tarkine coastal strip easily fulfils the IUCN Cultural criteria for World Heritage Listing. Previous Tasmanian governments were aware of this fact many decades ago but have decided to ignore it.

Until 15 years ago Rebecca Creek was pristine forest replete with some of the grandest stands of eucalypts on the West Coast. Since then virtually the entire area has been logged and sent to the chipper, and now that the resource has been extracted they government is considering handing it back to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

How considerate it is to return something significant after they have desecrated most of it?

In keeping with consistency, the Liberals are most likely to relinquish the Narawntapu National Park once they have fully established the commercial licences for the proposed tourism developments.

Doesn’t appear like a recipe for developing goodwill, nor a hand-back based on trust or credibility …

Sarawak Report: Gangster State! Gangster tactics – “Either you take our money or we take your land for free”! Reporters for Sarawak Report have been interviewing the inhabitants of Melikin over the past days to learn of their problems with one of the major companies that has been operating in their area, United Teamtrade. United Teamtrade has been granted a provisional licence for 7,300 hectares. However, as so often is the case, it has treated this provisional licence from the Land & Survey Department as a right to take Native Customary Rights Land, instead of a right to negotiate with the real landowners …

ABC: Commonwealth’s bid to recoup illegal proceeds from insider trader John Gay stalls

• Basil Fitch, in Comments: Stop Press…Another ‘jobs for the boys’, Peter Gutwein has hired Tony Benneworth as his right hand man – another $280,000 to fork out by taxpayers while Libs are sacking so many public servants around the State! Please explain…. Hot tip also is that Lawyer Ross Hart to be Labor rep in Bass at next election! And Aust. to go to federal polls in August! Happy Easter, Basil

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. john hayward

    March 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Nothing mysterious here. More than any previous gummint, the Abetz Party is exploiting its opportunity to stuff its pork barrel with public assets and utilities.

    Many will remember the abortive clandestine attempt of Bob Gordon’s FT to gift large swathes of wilderness to the Tas Aboriginal Council, then lease it back. This one is much the same, minus the timber value.

    It’s little wonder that the Tas Govt has established such rapport with the mob in Sarawak.

    John Hayward

  2. John Hawkins

    March 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Who allowed these thugs and crooks from Sarawak onto our beautiful island?

    Answer:

    Lennon, Harriss, Abetz and Green all of whom were advised, aided and abetted by Rolley.

    This serious can of worms created at great cost to the taxpayer which in a normal world would be worthy of a Royal Commission.

    Yet in Tasmania the introduction of a loss making business funded by the taxpayer is par for the course and hence unworthy of comment.

  3. Philip Cocker

    March 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Nothing strange here. Straight out of the spin handbook of creating a public illusion of dealing with an issue regardless of your intent. The spin is seen as more effective if it is an issue that you have contradictions with.

  4. Chris B

    March 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Why don’t we establish a lottery like the Liberal one, where your birthdate can be drawn out and you become liable to a levy each and every month of say $50 which can be equally divided between Thankyou Ann, Erica, Wee Willy, Roberto, Bathtub Leanon, Harrassman and Bwyan.
    After all what have these individuals done for our state and how much longer will they get away with their greed and corruption.
    First prize can be a month in Sarwarak with the member for Base second prize a week listening to State Parliament.

  5. Russell

    April 1, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I see Gay’s mysterious cancer has re-emerged just in time for another court case, after it had miraculously got better after his last slap on the wrist to enable him to run another business despite being convicted of insider trading which normally meant he could not!

    I hope the Commonwealth is successful in stripping Gay of every asset possible, just as his company stripped the assets from every single Gunns investor.

  6. Basil Fitch

    April 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Stop Press…Another ‘jobs for the boys’, Peter Gutwein has hired Tony Benneworth as his right hand man – another $280,000 to fork out by taxpayers while Libs are sacking so many public servants around the State! Please explain….

    Hot tip also is that Lawyer Ross Hart to be Labor rep in Bass at next election! And Aust. to go to federal polls in August!

    Happy Easter, Basil

  7. Dr.John R.Wilson

    April 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Not to worry, Basil (#6, 9.16).
    It’s only half a penny’s worth (LOL) …

  8. Chris Arthur

    April 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    The Rebecca Creek blocks were privately owned and were logged by a private company. The Tasmanian Government purchased the Rebecca Creek blocks after a bulldozer was used in firefighting efforts and damaged the unique quarry site. The logging had nothing to do with Forestry, it was undertaken by the owner of the land before it was purchased by Government.

    Chris Arthur OAM

  9. Ted Mead

    April 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    #8 – Thanks for correcting me on who owns the land around the Quarry, but the adjacent land outside that was still State Forest.

    The photo here was taken near the tourist drive roadside which is state forest, signed and managed by Forestry Tas as Rebecca Creek.

    As for the old growth forest there, either way you can be sure the trees were till turned into chips!!

  10. Ted Mead

    April 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    # 8 – Plus

    P.s Chris I don’t quite understand what the Acronym is – OAM

    Old Angry Man????

  11. Andrew Ricketts

    April 4, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Nice image Ted. I too remember the magnificent Rebecca Forests and also remember those who gave it away, just something to be traded off.

    Contrary to post #8 the Rebecca forests were not in private ownership at all but rather State Forest. When one looks at the 1:25,000 Temma map sheet one can see Rebecca Creek clearly in the area annotated as State Forest.

    If I recall correctly, in the early 1990s Martin Stone was manager at the Smithton office of Forestry Tasmania.

    As the photographer who took aerial images for the 1994 HCV assessment, under the direction of the Federal Government, I have a very clear recollection of the state of the Rebecca forests at that time. What happened to that area was a crime.

    As the photographer who took aerial images for the 1994 HVC assessment, under the direction of the Federal Government, I have a very clear recollection of the state of those forests at that time.

  12. Chris Arthur OAM

    April 4, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Its okay yes Angry Old Man the 2 large blocks that comprised the major part of the Quarry site were owned by a NW Sawmilling family and they logged their land. The surrounding land is State forest. The important Rebecca Creek indigenous quarry site was on the private land which was purchased by Government after logging.

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