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Economy

Ta Ann, Forestry Tasmania and the loss-making Take-or-Pay Contracts

*Pic: Heart of Darkness? Matt ( rapidexposure@ozemail.com.au , www.matthewnewton.com.au ) Newton’s aerial shot of Ta Ann Southwood, Huon Valley, taken just last Saturday, August 8, 2015 …

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Pic: ABC, of Eric Abetz

Erich Abetz on return from his $12,686 taxpayer-funded trip to visit Ta Ann in Sarawak stood up in the Senate to make the attached vitriolic hate speech published on August 17, 2012 …

HERE

This speech, by an extreme religious, right wing member of the Liberal Party and a former barrister is carefully crafted.

It is I suggest the first salvo of an orchestrated campaign that was to result in an eventual payment of $28.6 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to the Sarawak company Ta Ann Tasmania.

Ta Ann is owned by one of the most corrupt of Asian timber families as detailed by Lukas Straumann in Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, ( HERE ), a family reputedly now worth some $15 billion. This family company hosted the Abetz visit to in-part discuss obtaining a reduction in volume over the now costly Take or Pay contracts gifted to Ta Ann by the GBE Forestry Tasmania for the supply of Tasmanian Peeler Billets. Demand for Tasmanian Peeler Billets had been much reduced due to the exposure by the Greens of the source of the wood as supplied to Ta Ann Tasmania for use at the London Olympic Games.

As a result Abetz commenced his speech to the Senate with this claim:

“The London Olympics have come and gone. One performance that has largely gone unnoticed is the extreme green groups’ prevailing over contractors constructing the Olympic facilities not to use timber products manufactured by the Ta Ann timber processor in my home state of Tasmania. It should be noted that Ta Ann does not harvest timber in Tasmania”

This is Abetz – and semantics – at its very best. Forestry Tasmania harvests and supplies the timber as Peeler Billets to Ta Ann under two Wood Supply Agreements which importantly incorporate Take or Pay Contracts granted to Ta Ann by one Evan Rolley, then CEO of Forestry Tasmania.

… [Abetz] ”The timber is sourced from regrowth and plantation.”

It should be noted that very little if any plantation timber is supplied.

… [Abetz] “Regrowth and plantation timber destined for the woodchippers are being denied a market as veneer by the Greens”

Here Abetz continues to suggest that Forestry Tasmania supplies plantation timber as billets.

[Abetz] “The Greens are very happy that they stopped Tasmanian timber being used at the London Olympics. That was very clever,very smart: what they did was give a market to the destruction of Indonesian rainforest”

As a former Minister of Forests it begs the question to Abetz, what was it actually doing to our forests?

… [Abetz] “Ta Ann’s reputation is being defamed and their markets drying up”

Ta Ann – in this important matter never sued – Why?

The Abetz visit was promoted as a positive by Ta Ann; interestingly on the same day Senator Eric Abetz was full of praise following his visit to Ta Ann Group Holdings in Malaysia. noting that he [Abetz]:

“… will make a report to the Senate and has already briefed Ta Ann’s management team …”

Why did we – the taxpayers of Australia – pay more than $12,000 for Erich to visit Sarawak to become the voice of Ta Ann in the Australian Senate?

The failure by Ta Ann to accept or to use Tasmanian Plantation timber for timber billets is the key to the Abetz lie to the Senate.

It is still the festering sore at the core of the Peeler Billet loss-making Take-or-Pay contracts.

Ta Ann’s “Captain Rolley” was the man who had granted these questionable loss-making Take-or-Pay contracts to Ta Ann when CEO of Forestry Tasmania.

He was quoted in an SBS story The Last Frontier as making the statement that:

“Forestry Tasmania did not have enough plantation and regrowth timber to fulfil the Ta Ann contract.’’

In August 2012 SBS was ordered to retract and apologise to Rolley for this quotation with the correction that:

“In fact Rolley only referred to plantation timber.” … in my view a lucky escape … for if the shortage applied to both plantation and regrowth the contracts should never have been signed by him as CEO of Forestry Tasmania.

So why did Abetz raise the subject of plantation timber at all?

As the former Minister for Forests in the Howard Government Abetz would have known why plantations as a source of the peeler billets had been included in the Agreements; for it was a matter of great importance to the greening of the Peeler Billet specification still protected by Commercial-in-Confidence. Peeler Billets were and are in short supply from the Abetz-promoted-and-protected failed MIS scams. The timber for Peeler Billets in fact comes from the best so-called “regrowth” Tasmanian forests:

… [Abetz] “The oldest trees might be as old as our friend Senator Boswell – about 70 years old.”

The scarcity of timber supplies that questions the Rolley perspective was noted by The Independent Verification Group Wood Supply Review:

“The new modelling shows Tasmania’s public native forests cannot supply the contracted amount of Ta Ann peelers under any scenario”

The West Report released on 23 Mar 2012 qualified this statement stating that:

“FT was logging the available public forests at twice the sustainable rate”.

The reason for logging the Tasmanian native forests, at this rate, was that the the timber to be supplied by Forestry Tasmania from plantations was either not available or not suitable.

The pro-logging Tasmanian Legislative Council under (now Minister for Forests) Paul Harriss created Government Committee A to provide a forum for Ta Ann Tasmania and other pro-logging groups to immediately counter West.

Committee A rewrote the riot act:

“Professor West did not consider the full forest estate in forming his views; and the subsequent complaints made to the independent certification body in relation to FT’s harvesting practices were dismissed as unsubstantiated after an independent assessment by an eminent sustainability expert was completed.”

Ta Ann had lost the Olympic Games contracts because the wood sourced from Tasmania was described as being from “plantations”, a word introduced in translation.

A loss of demand created by the incorrect certification of wood as supplied to the Olympic Games from “plantations” had caused the Ta Ann Tasmanian business to virtually collapse.

The result was that on 20th December 2012 Rolley – now CEO of Ta Ann Tasmania – threatened to close TA Ann down unless the Take-or-Pay contracts that he had signed as CEO of Forestry Tasmania were stood aside and not enforced.

Remarkably – and at great cost to Forestry Tasmania – the Take-or-Pay Peeler Billet contracts were removed from the existing Agreements between Ta Ann and Forestry Tasmania by a compliant State Government.

Instead of having the Take-or-Pay contracts enforced by (then Forests Minister) Bryan Green to the benefit of Forestry Tasmania, Ta Ann Tasmania received – under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement – $28.6 million for a reduction in their volume.

Forestry Tasmania has continued to lose money on every billet supplied to Ta Ann under these two long-term Agreements … which are now slowly but surely destroying Forestry Tasmania.

We should investigate the parts as played in this saga by:

1). Erich Abetz in Sarawak, bearing in mind his behaviour over a gift of $50,000 made to the Liberal Party by Gunns Ltd … a company pushing a pulp mill in Tasmania, three weeks after he was made the Minister.

2). Evan Rolley as CEO of Forestry Tasmania who signed the two now loss-making Agreements between Ta Ann and Forestry Tasmania; later to accept the job as CEO of Ta Ann Tasmania.

3). Paul Harriss – who as an MLC – admitted and declared that he had received inducements from Ta Ann. Harriss is now the Minister responsible for Forestry in Tasmania and was a key player in the bid to roll back World Heritage listing of Tasmanian forests on the iconic Western Tiers for the purpose of logging.

4). Bryan Green, the former Minister of Forests, whose job was to represent the people of Tasmania on the board of Forestry Tasmania. A man who has been three times before the courts in Tasmania and is currently the Leader of the Tasmanian Opposition.

Uniquely in Tasmania the offence of “Misconduct in Public Office” is not in the Statute Book; hence in the matter of the Take-or-Pay contracts the Tasmanian Integrity Commission has no teeth.

The only avenue of redress open to the public over this loss-making matter is a Royal Commission.

A Royal Commission should now be mandatory into the loss-making Take-or-Pay contracts between Forestry Tasmania and Ta Ann Tasmania and the subsequent payment of $28.6 million dollars of public money for their in-part cancellation.

The ongoing Tasmanian financial disaster that is Forestry Tasmania is now costing the Tasmanian taxpayer a million dollars a week to in-part subsidise a company from Sarawak … money this state can ill afford.

Interested readers are referred for more detail to my Background to Forestry in Tasmania lodged 4 June 2015 by Andrew Wilkie MP in the House of Representatives and now published in Hansard, HERE: Forestry Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie MP and the tabled document …

• mr t in Comments: Eric Abetz has an expected bedfellow in Cory Benardi in today’s SMH fighting the good fight on air travel expenses: HERE. He will still top the Liberal ticket in Tasmania. I love the quaint name, the “Australian Taxpayers Alliance” filled with Tea Party Conservatives who are unanimous in their criticism of government waste…cough, cough…

SMH: Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi rack up a bill to attend anti-government waste do

• John Hayward in Comments: John keeps pushing the public alarm button to report the daylight looting of Tas forests, and seems amazed that he gets absolutely no response from regulators nor consternation from the looters. John might try the new Integrity Commissioner, Greg Melick. He probably won’t get any satisfaction, but he might enjoy a dry laugh.

The 3yr FT logging plans cited by Godfrey, #8, are staggering. This organisation is morphing from a giant leech into a vampire. With no FSC and a badly depleted State Forest, they must be planning a liquidation sale of the State Forest. This is like Taib’s Sarawak, I marvelled, before remembering THIS IS SARAWAK!

• Ted Mead in Comments: # 8 – Pete – I doubt FT even knows what it is actually and realistically doing these days beyond trying to keep itself afloat with funding from any obscure source? One suspects that they were hoping on a biomass burning program funded by the Fed’s after intense lobbying by Eric, Paul and their associated cronies. The industry has now essentially entered an era of great uncertainty whereby anything is possible and probable, but mostly unlikely. The only sure bet is of more $ fiscal propping by the taxpayers!

DON’T BURN IT … There’s more money in leaving it standing, says former Howard staffer (and Tony Abbott co-writer) Robert Vincin …

How to save the Planet … and Humankind

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Pic by Bob Brown, here, who says … ‘A genuine Tony Abbott environmentalist is driving this truck. Photographed in Huon Valley, Tasmania yesterday. Logging occurs in Tasmania’s southern forests where ancient trees like these ones are logged.’

• Robin Charles Halton in Comments: From here on Ta Ann should be on its own, more than enormous concessions are in place for this company to continue to extract prime eucalypt regrowth for billet production. The company has been effectively handed surety of resource and unbelievable financial support on a plate by the Tas Government. From here on Ta Ann needs to be made aware that FT is not a service provider but a business who has to rethink its business modelling leading up to 2026/27 when contracts for sawlogs for Crown sawmillers and peelers for Ta Ann need reviewing. Both the native forest sawmillers and Ta Ann need to both acknowledge that royalty structure, roading and administration costs will need to reflect a move away from Taxpayer dollars to support forestry in the future.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Chris

    August 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    There was a forest minister named Ericle
    Who thought trashing Tasmania was ethical
    He put in our dollars and and it included a wack
    Besides the trip to Malaysia to there and back
    He declared it as an entitlement
    (is that what he meant?)($14,000)

    He confessed to a Bishop who sat in a chair
    That what he did, like her he did not care
    Then they removed the old witch
    Or did she resign or was she pitched
    Its true Same sex marriage is prostrate
    So shut up as Ericle is our mate.

  2. John Hawkins

    August 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    This article should be read in conjunction with that of John Lawrence above.

    Ta Ann only survives as a result of the $50 million dollars handed over by the Australian taxpayer.

    It has accumulated enormous losses in Tasmania.

    It is supplied by a loss making GBE owned by the people of Tasmania.

    I personally object to funding in part a company owned by a Billionaire in Sarawak through a payment of $50 million from my hard earned taxes.

    The corrupt and useless Tasmanian Pollies have built this edifice it is up to Tasmanians to tear it down before we all go bust.

  3. Peter Mackenzie

    August 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    As well as being naive at times, I am also a technotard.

    So I wonder if some kind TT. reader could help tweet or somehow otherwise share the gem of a quote extracted from Eric Abetz speech that us attached to this TT item?

    “Let us be thankful that it was not steel, aluminium, plastic, concrete or glass, all of which have huge energy intensity and of course, which will leave large carbon footprints”.

    And you thought Eric wasn’t a secret greenie, that he wasn’t aware and didn’t care!

    But he is a bit if an innocent, not realising the carbon footprint of the TA Ann timber through its life cycle, including foresting, and transport and later disposal,along with the environmental harm.

    But he is still some way there going by that quote, as COAL use may well factor in there somewhere!

    I thought TA said you had to be fired if you went against him or them or something like that, and that’s in the last 24 hours. Perhaps a few years back is okay.

    My last bit if rant, just to recap.
    Coal is good for humanity (TA)
    Compare and contrast to the quote from EA.

  4. Wiliam Boeder

    August 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    #17. Robin Charles Halton, how about too little too late.
    There can be no validated truth that the log-supply gifted contracts to the Ta Ann pirate ship will be able to be satisfied so far into distant time predicted era you speak of.
    I personally do not believe Tasmania’s Crown Land forests can withstand their scavenged source of supply of the ramped up tonnages, (see #8. Pete Godfrey, a man known for his comments to contain somewhere in the region of a 100% accuracy in his quotations.)
    We far more aware persons in this State realize that all this tyrannical mechanical genocidal impact upon that which yet remains accessible, is all being strongly advocated by the equivalent of another Eric Abetz minded blight that is deeply culpable to the increasing damages across Tasmania, but that this Abetzian other is more accurately personified in the fact that he cares not so much as a two-penny damn to the voluminous deceptions imparted by his sinister self that wilfully hurls upon the flock of Tasmania’s citizens.
    I dare say there will be some biblical reference that calls for such tyrants and wholly despicable individuals to be apprehended and immediately commissioned as members of the slave labour force that must deal with the build up of sewer-like product accumulations that their betters have scatted about their ancient time villages.

  5. Robin Charles Halton

    August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    From here on Ta Ann should be on its own, more than enormous concessions are in place for this company to continue to extract prime eucalypt regrowth for billet production.

    The company has been effectively handed surety of resource and unbelievable financial support on a plate by the Tas Government.

    From here on Ta Ann needs to be made aware that FT is not a service provider but a business who has to rethink its business modelling leading up to 2026/27 when contracts for sawlogs for Crown sawmillers and peelers for Ta Ann need reviewing.

    Both the native forest sawmillers and Ta Ann need to both acknowledge that royalty structure, roading and administration costs will need to reflect a move away from Taxpayer dollars to support forestry in the future.

  6. Robin Charles Halton

    August 11, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Like it or not I am suggesting that Ta Ann is now a permanent fixture on the Tasmanian Forest landscape.

    It is likely that Ta Ann could be successful with their value adding Ply laminate mill venture, they claim the they will capture 15% of the Australian market and will be seeking out integrating privately owned forests with hardwood and softwood for access to further resource.

    I am looking foward to hearing more of their new business model and hoping that the State can actually benefit from their presence as a major wood processor allowing FT some form of profitability as well.

  7. Chris

    August 11, 2015 at 12:17 am

    What a lovely picture a large log, very like those transported daily to Triabunna to make wood chips, big chipper like Harrass’s reward money box, no one will notice.
    Who needs sawn timber ?
    Only 10% of felled giants are used for woodchips, its true ask Ericle, the DLP/LNP oracle.

  8. Ted Mead

    August 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    #13 – William – Regarding your statement and questions, there is a fair amount to ponder on!

    Firstly I’d like to express my view regarding the environmental impacts of clearfell and burn, which any scientist with a ecological background could do a comprehensive Phd on how wrong the industry has got it!.

    FT’s attitude and understanding of ecological land management and the impacts of fire is still in the stone-age. They call it mimicking nature, but of course natural processes beyond intermittent naturally occurring wildfire is nothing like FT practices.

    In a layman description – After the total felling of trees, the soil is highly disturbed by machinery, which removes all humus top-soil content by dozing it into heaps in preparation for burning. What is left after burning remains in piles, including charred stumps, which has no ecological benefit to the broader environment. Hence all the organics have been destroyed and no carbon or potash has been returned to the clearfelled zone. Nitrogen then becomes the dominant element.

    Mostly this practice is for convenience to assist in the process of plantations.

    With regards to the piles of residue, some of the larger logs could be transported to a biomass generation area, but the economics of salvaging and selecting the suitable logs after clearfell would render this process even more uneconomic. But then again, economics has never been a consideration to FT’s timber extraction regime!!!!!!!

    The naturally ongoing regeneration process that should occur in timber extraction of a coupe is –
    All specialty timbers to be removed first, followed by the selection of quality sawlogs of a mature age, leaving the juveniles for future access. Some Eucalypt stumps could also be salvaged as burls for the specialty timber industry. This process would maximize the value of the coupe, and create minimal environmental impact to a working forest.

    In the past I purchased a couple of Eucalypt burls (slabs cut to thickness for tables) salvaged from a clearfelled coupe. These burls are absolutely stunning once they have been sanded and polished. In my view they are as equally attractive as the renown Huon Pine birds-eye.

    Million of these stumps were, and are still, being trashed, which could be processed and exported anywhere a good price, tens of time in value compared to woodchips.

    Island Specialty Timbers have some of these Eucalypt burls for sale, but old George doesn’t have the cerebral savvy to know how to create an extensive market for this!!!!!

  9. William Boeder

    August 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    A question for you Ted Mead, what are your thoughts regarding the pushed up fire heaps now appearing across Tasmania’s logged sites, ‘both plantation and clear-felled native forest sites’?

    More specifically I refer to that flammable mass that is sent into our atmospheres each Autumn during the Forestry Tasmania taxpayer funded mass burning programs.

    I suspect that this remnant combustible material could become the biofuel, instead of native forest offcuts, (usually from the base of the native trees upwards) to the highest clump of leaves) that is being spruiked by the enemy of the State, these 2 Liberal louts that in my opinion, need every bit of suggestive advice before they denude the entire of our forests that are being gifted to the Ta Ann pirates.
    If not to Ta Ann then that other break-even or loss creating agency the Wood-chip Wallahs.

    Given that Harriss’s brain-box is stimulated by whatever he can do to please Hamed Sepawi to boost his Billions from the Ta Ann locust plague that has become Sepawi’s Tasmanian division of Ta Ann. (F—- the State conservation priorities or substantially upping the price of logged products) do you think that this bio mass laying across the landscape could become a revenue earning enterprise?
    I suppose that being here in Tasmania. Forestry Tasmania would reject such a logical step claiming “this is our mass and we plan to ignite it and pollute the bejesus into Tasmania’s atmospheres rather than think of anything positive regarding this trashed forest we leave behind after a clear fell.”
    Your thoughts please Ted?

  10. Ted Mead

    August 10, 2015 at 4:41 am

    # 8 – Pete –

    I doubt FT even knows what it is actually and realistically doing these days beyond trying to keep itself afloat with funding from any obscure source?

    One suspects that they were hoping on a biomass burning program funded by the Fed’s after intense lobbying by Eric, Paul and their associated cronies.

    The industry has now essentially entered an era of great uncertainty whereby anything is possible and probable, but mostly unlikely.

    The only sure bet is of more $ fiscal propping by the taxpayers!!!!!!

  11. Claire Gilmour

    August 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Ohh they are listening to him, alright, they just don’t know how to deal with him … it’s beautiful to watch. The good ALWAYS get the bad to respond in a most perfectly ‘told you so’ way. Abetz doesn’t have the brains anymore (let alone integrity) to deal with the likes of Hawkins. That’s what happens when you are dealing with black and white, right and wrong.

  12. john hayward

    August 10, 2015 at 1:03 am

    The 3yr FT logging plans cited by Godfrey, #8, are staggering. This organisation is morphing from a giant leech into a vampire.

    With no FSC and a badly depleted State Forest, they must be planning a liquidation sale of the State Forest. This is like Taib’s Sarawak, I marvelled, before remembering THIS IS SARAWAK!

    John Hayward

  13. Discover the Spirit of Tasmania

    August 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    In a democratic society, Eric, as an elected member can do as he likes politically in the name of national socialism (defined as government intervention to favour chosen donators).

    But please spare us the gobsmacking national insult of trashing our national narrative and obligations towards spiritual stewardship of the environment, and towards nurturing the downtrodden, in Jesus name!

    He would spit Eric out!

  14. Pete Godfrey

    August 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Something odd is happening in the forests. Since the demise of Gunns ltd, Forestry Tasmania have drastically reduced the amount of logging they have been doing. So much so that from around 17thousand ha a year to supply Gunns woodchips they dropped to only logging 2600 ha in 2011/12, 4200ha in 2012/13 and 3900 ha in 2013/14.
    In their current Three Year plan they are intending to ramp up the logging to historical levels again.
    For 2015/16 they have planned 19,199 ha
    For 2016/17 they have planned 14,568 ha
    for 2017/18 they have planned 13,827 ha
    My question is who is the customer, why increase logging by over 300%?
    Hopefully someone on TT knows who the new customer is. As Ta Ann have had their contracted logs reduced and we have paid them handsomely surely it cannot be for them. Maybe the Chinese are wanting to help clear the rest of Tasmania.

  15. William Boeder

    August 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    #5. John Hayward, I fail to understand how a new broom will clean up the former toothless schitthole, better known as the State complaint rejection centre.
    In days of yore there were many sharpster’s about that had accomplished the skill of stacking a deck of cards, naturally the sharpster would end up with a substantial winning hand of cards and have shafted shaft the participating others, viz a viz the power of the Tasmania Integrity Commission.

  16. William Boeder

    August 9, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Surely the time must arrive where government ministers elected in either State and or Federal government must be judged to determine if they as a government or even as an individual minister, have acted against the interests of the people in their electorates at both State and Federal level.

    No, this kind of suggestion would never get through the legislative process that is its own regulator, as is this State’s government is its own rather tired and sleepy regulator.
    They as their own regulator will never deal with any complaints that are directed in their regulator’s direction as this would be deemed foreign territory also it would not suit their exclusive voice-box bloated selves.
    By example, the contributions by a number of Tasmania’s political incumbents have been noted to be to the strict benefit of others dwelling, or even headquartered, in some far away foreign land well distant to the State of Tasmania.
    A case in point is how the State revenues bunker is being leached of a substantial amount of its revenues that began at the same time since the announced arrival of Ta Ann Berhad into Tasmania.
    It all begins with Forestry Tasmania and their non-spectacular decision making directorate ‘over say the past 20 years’ these biro-driving goons have kept the stumpage rates at such a low level that any and all revenue generation by this GBE, has, (based on a report given by a rather knowledgeable person up Burnie way) gone on to claim F/T revenue raising has been long consigned to the Burnie recycle centre.
    So now we examine the role of Paul Harriss and that reviled-to-me Liberal Senator famous for what to me are anti-the-Tasmanian-people shenanigans, the personage of Senator Eric Abetz.
    Quite clearly to me these 2 persons have abandoned any whatsoever concerns toward the people of our State, brought about with their mania to have Ta Ann full up front in regard to the revenue draining rituals that they giddily bask and participate thereunto.
    Where have those justice-serving ritual times of ‘tarring and feathering the local stinkers’ disappeared to?
    Please advise me if somebody is in possession of a regulation copy of this method of the dealing with those persons that have been deigned to have engaged in the carriage/commission of traitorous acts.

  17. john hayward

    August 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    John keeps pushing the public alarm button to report the daylight looting of Tas forests, and seems amazed that he gets absolutely no response from regulators nor consternation from the looters.

    John might try the new Integrity Commissioner, Greg Melick. He probably won’t get any satisfaction, but he might enjoy a dry laugh.

    John Hayward

  18. mr t

    August 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Eric Abetz has an expected bedfellow in Cory Benardi in today’s SMH fighting the good fight on air travel expenses:

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/eric-abetz-and-cory-bernardi-rack-up-a-bill-to-attend-antigovernment-waste-do-20150809-giv1me.html

    He will still top the Liberal ticket in Tasmania.

    I love the quaint name, the “Australian Taxpayers Alliance” filled with Tea Party Conservatives who are unanimous in their criticism of government waste…cough, cough…

  19. Chris

    August 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    It does work in this (questionable activity) state.
    Refer Rouse, Gay, Gray, Lennon/pulp mill, Parliamentary Environmental conducted by politicians and donation books.
    Pigs in skies.

  20. William Boeder

    August 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    John Hawkins, the submission I had prepared, (that had incorporated your comprehensive letter and its then tabling in parliament by Andrew Wilkie) Senator Jacqui Lambie appears to have failed to be convinced that Tasmania’s wrecking ball State Government enterprise, Forestry Tasmania, was still having its devastating effect upon the Tasmanian economy.
    The stance by this Tasmanian Independent Senator in relation to ‘jobs for Tasmanians’ has been made known to one and all.
    Yet silence has been the only response to a submission that contained the facts as to the to the frequent handouts proffered to this GBE so that it can continue their loss-making endeavours in supplying Ta Ann’s cosy log supply volumes from our Crown Land forests.
    Tasmania as a whole is suffering the cuts to public services, (jobs) with much of this resultant decrease in public services spending, now being zipped into the operational arm of F/T which also effectively allows this GBE to continue incurring its serial annual losses.
    This in despite of, (the multi-millions of dollars gifted to them) and this GBE’s own annual generated revenues, then the fact that this GBE continues to rack up further State debt in an alarming manner.
    (Increasing the dollar amount in unfunded superannuation provision growth, costing its increasing millions annually)

    I believe that some shyster person has to have got into the ear of Senator Lambie since my submission was delivered, with its claim detailing the cost to this State to keep the circus of Forestry Tasmania in operation, while only for the benefit of the Ta Ann operations in this State to boost the Hamed Sepawi Billions in wealth as a result of his enforced logging of Rainforests throughout South East Asia and elsewhere.
    This State cannot continue its subsidizing of the Ta Ann log-supply volumes that were gifted to Ta Ann all those years ago by the former CEO of this loss-plagued destructive State government love child.

  21. Pete Godfrey

    August 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    It seems that those who give donations get their way.

    Maybe the only way that those who care for the planet can get political parties to listen is to band together and hand over large wads of cash.

    It seems to work.

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