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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

Economy

‘Sam’ and ‘Brad’ tell it like it isn’t …

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ABC pic of Sam McQuestin. Resources Minister Guy Barnett is in the background (looking at Sam).

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Brad Stansfield

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Brad Stansfield on Twitter, here

First published November 3

And look what just dropped into Hag’s wondrous hands …

“Brad” and “Sam”.

Scrawled on the MR is this note: Yo Brad – here are my notes. Not sure they’ll buy the “turnaround” line but worth a go. Anything to bump Pembroke! Cheers, Sam

I would hazard a guess that “Brad” is Brad Stansfield, Premier Will Hodgman’s highly-paid Chief of Staff and “Sam” is Sam McQuestin, President of the Tasmanian Liberal Party …

The Tasmanian Liberals’ Media Unit (Pravda) put out Media Releases which generally begin with a boast. There’s no finer example than Guy Barnett’s own MR above: The 2016-17 Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) annual report shows the Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our commitment to return the forestry business to a sustainable footing, with the bottom line improving by $41 million compared to the previous year …

Interestingly “Sam” says of the header with Sustainable highlighted: Not yet – and not economic or environmental. And “Sam” says of the also-highlighted turnaround: “Turnaround”?! Will we get away with this? A $20m loss, plus cost-shifting costs onto taxpayer. Again.

Read “Sam’s” other notes … they are most intriguing …

*The Hag is Tasmanian Times’ scurrilous gossip monger

Vica Bayley: Government spins public logging Annual Report to suit its own political narrative

Read the other reactions in TT Media here … from Andrew Denman of the Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance (TSTA) to Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor …

Save The Tarkine: Forestry Tasmania’s annual report jiggery-pokery hides a real loss of $53 million

Cassy O’Connor: Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: Going into the 2018 State election I really wish someone would write a short report detailing the FT/forest industry subsidies for the period 2007 to 2017. We need this information to help shut down the public native forest industry. The Tasmanian political system won’t do it unless the community really ramps up the pressure, otherwise this insanity will continue for many years to come. Having a summary of the waste of public money over the last 20 years would be a real help.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Russell

    November 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

    What a disigusting piece of work McQuestin is.

    Anyway, his midas touch will do for Pembroke Liberals what he did for the three amigos, hahaha!

    Next stop Centrelink, Sammy.

    Nice picture of all the kiddies in class with their name tags though.

  2. phill Parsons

    November 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

    It’s hard to believe selling the plantation estate asset that FT invested in as its modernising salvation can lead anywhere but to ongoing losses.

    If they continue with the natural forest estate it can only be to serve the Lieberal supporter in saw-milling and the Malaysian business Ta Ann who bought a favourable contract whilst feeding the much-reduced beast taxpayer funds on tick.

    The way out is to close whatever it is called as no one will pay the real economic cost of managing a natural forest estate.

  3. Stu

    November 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Funny, not hand written notes, computer script rather than scrawled! Could this be a load of bullshit?

    Ed: Impeccable source, Stu …

  4. Frank again

    November 2, 2017 at 11:36 am

    It still is a resource mining scenario.
    Responsible, viable, sustainable resource management is about managing the quality and quantity of resources and the source of the resources. A lost case to be very frank.
    Sad but reality of Pretender Tasmania.

  5. tom

    November 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Yo Stu – do you reckon it might be a piss-take…? Does the comment “We’re the experts at misleading (ourselves)” not suggest that it might be spoof…??

  6. john hayward

    November 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Even with the support of both The Almighty and the jumbo meatball, Sam, it is uncertain that Guy will be able to re-sell the dead parrot we know as FT, despite re-branding it as STT, a sort of whiffy turkey carcass.

    While FSC seems increasingly ready to marry even Trumpty’s environment department, they may draw the line at Guy, particularly after traditional LibLab immunity to the law on diminished responsibility grounds broke down in the Stephen Parry case.

    John Hayward

  7. Pilko

    November 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Hmmm. Bullshit detector 11/10.

  8. Pilko

    November 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    My bet? Its the work of those whacky young Greens Party staffers.

  9. Gordon Bradbury

    November 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Well and truly time to shut down public native forestry in Tasmania. For this coming election we need to turn up the heat on these parasites.

  10. Ted Mead

    November 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    There’s about as much truth as there is B.S in this satirical memo.

    However the bottom line is that STT lost over $100 million.

    Deducting the $60 million plantation sale from the overall loss gets you to Barnett’s kindergarten sum. An attempt at fiscal deception at its poorest, but unfortunately most out there will believe it.

    If you add all the subsidies, grants and government-absorbed debts the figure is probably closer to $200 million.

    What happens next year now that there is nothing else for STT to flog off apart from the land vested to FT years ago?

    Guy and Will won’t be in ministerial positions or government by then, so Labor will have to come up with something even more incredulous for Tasmanians to swallow!

    Gullibility will probably prevail!

  11. Russell

    November 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    My prediction for Pembroke election tomorrow?

    Liberals get smashed for their disgustingly shameful age-discriminatory campaign and the gutless way they chose not apologise for it.

  12. John Powell

    November 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Let’s see if the defenders of the FAITH = Robin Charles Halton Mark Poynter and mjf aka Martin Fitch come to the rescue ? I think not too close to their bone ROFLMAO

  13. MjF

    November 3, 2017 at 12:21 am

    #13
    Get up off the lino. It’s not that funny.
    How’s the roadworks going ?

  14. John Powell

    November 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Martin, with all due respect to your infamous and ongoing consultancy services to FT aka @ShTiT — I was #12, not #13, and was their loss $100 million as Ted Mead reported in #10? …

    (edited)

  15. Russell

    November 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    What a campaign manager and tactician!

    Off you go Sammy boy.

    From a winning Liberal vote for Vanessa Goodwin in 2013 of 51.10% down to a pathetic ~25.49% for James Walker now.

    Well done Sammy and Lieberals.

  16. Gordon Bradbury

    November 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Going into the 2018 State election I really wish someone would write a short report detailing the FT/forest industry subsidies for the period 2007 to 2017.

    We need this information to help shut down the public native forest industry. The Tasmanian political system won’t do it unless the community really ramps up the pressure, otherwise this insanity will continue for many years to come.

    Having a summary of the waste of public money over the last 20 years would be a real help.

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