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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


A major ethical dilemma for Tasmanians: how to vote – or not

Last Tuesday evening, I attended the ‘Hobart Not Highrise’ meeting in the Old Town Hall. Like most of the audience, I also grieve greatly over the steady destruction of what once made Hobart an exceptional place – its unique old-fashioned, slightly dusty and decidedly not-glitzy Georgian charm, with dark little lanes and tiny gardens tucked behind not-entirely modern cottages that still breathed ‘family’ and here and there were a bit crooked.

Only twenty years ago, there was still a whiff of the Old Waterfront, Ma Dwyer and her disreputable blue house, mixed in the with the pleasure of some fine old homes and a general sense of unsophisticated sleepiness. That very contrast (to the big cities elsewhere) was what our then visitors raved over.

I know, because I ran a tourism business myself during those years, and I personally heard many hundreds of them say so. By the time I sold the business, in 2013, all that had changed, and now in 2018 that uniqueness is rapidly vanishing in a welter of supposedly sophisticated and much too expensive restaurants, a culture of modern drinking bars, and every old cottage is painted up and modernised for the soul-less AirBnB.

If back then, in 2000, our city had had the vision to apply for world heritage status, and had worked to preserve the very thing that made Hobart special, we would now be in a much better situation to manage the current threat not only our sense of history but to our daily way of life. And that threat is the relentless and unregulated drive to promote, and develop for, that supposed saviour of the local economy: tourism.

What has all this to do with how to vote on Saturday? Well, it’s like this:

At the Hobart Not Highrise meeting it became very clear that all the problems raised – the lack of rental and student accommodation due to AirBnB; the congested roads due to vast numbers of tourists (have you noticed that we rarely have a traffic problem in the winter? We’ve actually got quite a good traffic-flow system, at least when there are not too many roadworks all happening at the same time, and it would be perfectly fine in the summer also, if we regulated the tourists down to manageable numbers); the proposed hotel towers that will block our city views and destroy the last of our Georgian charm; the cable car that will ruin Mt Wellington’s isolation; the littering, noise, and sheer overcrowding that is spoiling our National Parks, and now, to cap it all, the development in our last remaining wilderness areas.

All these problems stem from the very same thing: tourism and the money that can be made from it.

Now, I’m not against entrepreneurship or jobs. But, if the Liberals have their way, that money will largely go to foreign investors who will be allowed not only to build their hotels to inappropriate heights but will also be allowed to bring in as many tourists as they can possibly cram in. (Plans for extra international flights are well underway at Hobart Airport.)

And foreign investors don’t give a stuff about Tasmania or its people – they will rip out as much money as they can while the going is good and without caring about the harm they do in the process. And harm they will do, because the science is very horribly clear on this one: every single flight that comes in, and every single hire car that is driven around the State, will add to the climate change disaster that is unfolding around us.

The UN reported (30 Oct 2017) that “carbon dioxide levels surged to a new high at record-breaking speed in 2016” and added that atmospheric change is occurring 10 to 20 times faster than ever observed before, moving much faster than we are able to manage. I assume some Liberals actually do have children: do they not care about the future of those little ones? Has the greed for money and power overcome even their last moral scruples?

We must urgently do what other tourist-overcrowded places are now finally also instituting: we must place a strict limit to the numbers of tourists coming into Tasmania, a sustainable number per year only. If we a) manage to salvage what is left of our uniqueness, and b) make Tasmania exclusive simply by making it less accessible, we might just – maybe – preserve a reasonable way of life for us who live here as residents, and we will almost certainly guarantee a very much-in-demand tourism around which we can plan without ruining the situation for everyone.

The Liberals would absolutely not support any such regulations – they have made clear that they will prioritise cosying up to the Fragrance and Federal Groups and the rest of us can all go to hell in handbasket.

And this was only too clearly demonstrated at said Hobart Not Highrise meeting: when challenged on these things from the floor at question time, the Greens MP had a few useful things to say, the Labor MP at least sounded sympathetic, but Elise Archer, representing the Liberals, simply raised her hands in a gesture of ‘I have nothing to say’ and waved away the microphone.

I love Tasmania. My children grew up here and played on clean, green pastures, breathed good air and ate fresh local produce. I’m grateful for that, but I grieve to see that good start now being compromised, indeed endangered, by what is developing here. I want my grandchildren to actually have a future to look forward to with breathable air and unpolluted food to eat. And that brings me to the question in the title: how do I vote this Saturday?

(At this point, I want to thank the TasTimes and Ted Mead for the article [27.02.2018] on Is there really anyone to vote for … ?, and – most particularly – the many thoughtful comments that followed. If you have not yet read it, I would much encourage you to do so.)

This really is a serious ethical dilemma for Tasmanians. It is serious because I suspect we don’t actually have time on our side to plan for better alternatives. In four years’ time, the harm will be even more entrenched and may it may possibly be too late.

My vote would naturally tend towards the Greens, and I have supported them for years. But, sadly, we know from many years’ experience that there are simply not enough of them to make any significant difference in a crisis situation such as we have now.

Even if they get the balance of power (unlikely, it would seem, in this round), it will yet again be a long story of compromises with insufficient bite to any of them. My ideal would be to have lots of independent candidates, for I believe that the party system itself is corrupt and beyond repair.

But we don’t have any of them on offer. So, while we know, also from very long experience, that Labor are not significantly different from Liberal, could we perhaps hope that, if we support them if only for the sake of keeping out the Liberals, they – the Labor Party, that is – might learn something real here?

Could we hope that Rebecca White is decent enough to actually provide what is good for the people of Tasmania? That is what Madeleine Ogilvie suggested at the meeting in the Old Town Hall – were those just empty words, or is there a chance?

What do you think? Or will Labor, once installed, simply slip back into the old ways like they have done before? Just how corrupt are they? (Do they really mean it when they say they will terminate the pokies?) If we support Labor now, could enough of us get together to keep Labor accountable and remind them why they got our vote? Would that be a plan with some potential to it?

I would like to vote deliberately informal, to register that there isn’t anyone decent to vote for, but in our current situation, I doubt if that would achieve anything much. I suspect that our only hope, right now and whatever our personal preferences, is to go with Labor.

What do you think?

*Elizabeth Fleetwood ‘is of European origin and has lived in Tasmania for nearly 35 years. Ran two dairy farms in the NW, then two retail businesses in Burnie, raised a family of three children there; moved to Hobart 17 years ago and ran a tourism business for 10 years before selling and ‘retiring’ recently. Initially an unwilling immigrant, it was not long before the (then) pristine beauty and extraordinary history of this Island exerted its influence and created a campaigner for the preservation of this unique place. To see it being destroyed, along with the values that once made Australia a truly special place worth coming to, is a matter of great concern for this ordinary citizen, whose grandchildren will one day ask: why did you let this happen?’

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  1. spikey

    March 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

    that’s funny trevor

    i always presumed that was the reality
    that the rank liberal propoganda
    being bandied about
    referred to

    when they squark on about the last time they were in oppostion

    i believe they referred to the situation, as a failed labour/greens accord

    perhaps they just failed to see things your way

    Dictating false commercial opinion to the semi-conscious is a fairly revolting task, lucky they have such enthusiastic players

  2. TGC

    March 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    There are already some indications that Labor will ignore the House of Assembly election result and just oppose everything via the Leg.Council There are enough others up there willing to be an Opposition.

    One Labor MLC has already called for much more consultation on policies. What she really meant is: “We would much prefer that you see things our way”!

  3. Ted Mead

    March 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    #23 … Interesting Trev, that you would travel so far from the cosy confines of the cave to go to such a meeting.

    You could have at least explained why you were so disappointed.

  4. TGC

    March 3, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    “Last Tuesday evening, I attended the ‘Hobart Not Highrise’ meeting in the Old Town Hall.”
    Should’ve stayed home!

  5. Helen Hutchinson

    March 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    #14 … Of course, it is great that Labor has made a stand against the iniquitous poker machine industry.  They are standing on the shoulders of Peg Putt, former Tasmanian Greens leader, who campaigned strongly against poker machines, and the continuing efforts of Senator Andrew Wilkie in the same cause.

    However, I often wonder at the blinkered vision of writers in this stream who ignore the aspects of Greens’ policies on affordable housing, child protection and family violence which attract voters from other parties to join them.  Among many other important provisions, we see appropriate housing as a social determinant of good health, and child protection as part of an overall policy in the provision of child care, and family violence issues requiring sufficient funding and personnel to effect change.

    It is puzzling that some choose to ignore the leadership of the Greens who first introduced the idea of environmental tourism, fine foods businesses and clean energy as potential economic directions for Tasmania. It is puzzling especially because environmental tourism has become a major income earner for Tasmania, and renewable energy will become increasingly important, and the fine foods industry is booming.

    The Greens were doing this while the larger parties were cutting down forests and digging mines, losing taxpayers’ money hand over fist. It takes a long political time for other parties to catch up with Greens policies, and even longer for blinkered vision and selective memories to change.

    Helen Hutchinson
    Greens candidate for Lyons

  6. Helen Hutchinson

    March 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    #14 … re changing Australia Day and anti-white tactics which are only superficial distractions as compared to the mainstream issues …

    While the Greens champion human rights issues, it is always going to be a challenge for those such as Mr Halton who still spruik colonial values.

    Helen Hutchinson, Greens candidate for Lyons

  7. George Smiley

    March 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    John, this kind of duplicity and cunning is relatively honest and to be applauded, and it’s so much better than the usual last-minute lies about drugging our kids or a fake bomb on a railway track (who me?) designed to turn enough of the undecided margin to the right.

    Out here in the country we all weep for ourselves and our neighbors, unequipped with automatics or riot guns, to reduce the nightly wallaby and possum plagues, or euthanase our drought -stricken herds and flocks.

  8. Isla MacGregor

    March 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    #17 … The Labor Party and the Green Party do support full decriminalisation of pimp/porn inc pimps and profiteers and would raise no objection to open slather brothel trading developments in Tas:


    Cassy O’Connor has given Green Party support to full decriminalisation even though she knows that over 600 womens’ human rights groups across the globe oppose this approach .. and oppose Amnesty’s policy as a result of a take over by the pimp/porn lobby.

    Under the Liberals, and with a blind eye from Tasmania Police, brothels are already operating in Tasmania.

    All parties get equal condemnation from me John, re not pushing for stop demand laws and for continuing to [i]believe[/i] men are entitled to purchase women for sex amidst the global and growing epidemic of violence against women.

    Why is this not at the top of the election issues in Tasmania?

  9. John Biggs

    March 1, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    And how’s this for Liberal duplicity and cunning: watering down gun laws against the Nationwide agreement and not making their proposals public before the election?

  10. John Biggs

    March 1, 2018 at 11:47 am

    #15 … The article you refer to Isla, argues that the severe housing shortage in Hobart could well lead to women being forced into the sex trade, but the connection to Green and Labor policy is not established. The fact that they do not overtly mention this danger does not mean they are encouraging women to prostitute themselves. I would have thought that the Liberals’ cry that “Tasmania is open for business”, coupled with their totally amoral stance on other issues, pokies, indigenous culture, and lies on countless issues, could expand “business” to include the sex trade. They don’t say so of course, but let us extrapolate. The Liberals thus fit your condemnation far more than Labor and Greens.

  11. Doug Nichols

    March 1, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I second everything Neil Smith says in #11, and in particular:

    “The Liberals are bloody terrible and truly dangerous. Tourism developments will be approved everywhere, including high-rises in Hobart, Bellerive and even little old Lonny, and private chopper-serviced lodges will spring up throughout the World Heritage Area.”

    and ..

    “Not only that, but the mighty pokies industry, which has so openly tried to buy this election, just don’t deserve to win. People, send those bastards a message! You don’t do that with an informal vote.”

  12. Isla MacGregor

    March 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

  13. Robin Charles Halton

    March 1, 2018 at 5:03 am

    All of our political pet hatreds could unfold in a bizarre way after Saturday, showing up many weaknesses in standard party objectives due to the “elephant in the room” Labors push to eradicate pokies as their main stand to take power from the Liberals.

    I would hate to see the next five year term constantly head bashing over the Farrell empire with little else to happen.

    Labors game plan may eventually work at the expense of major issues falling behind and not getting enough traction during the next term.

    Those new Labor voters deserting the other parties, especially for the Greens need to think along lines of social conscience with issue like affordable housing, better child protection, family violence support measures as examples of features that needs urgent attention!

    #13 Ms Hutchinson, I am more than pleased that the reduction in interest in the Greens has diminished as they only represent the Tarkine, changing Australia Day and anti white tactics which are only superficial distractions as compared to the mainstream issues.

    The population is sick and tired of O’Connor, fortunately we got rid of her other half measure McKim, he will go down at the Federal election next year.

    Hold your breath my hearties, in any case Saturday may be more of a predictement than a proud moment to maintain stable government due to Labors radical policy shift with their gamble to eradicate pokies by 2023!

    If other Australian states and the nation generally is heading that way then it may have some traction!

  14. Helen Hutchinson

    February 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I urge all the writers on this topic to very quickly find the Livestream site of the University of Tasmania and listen to the enlightening and entertaining discussion between Prof Richard Eccleston and psephologist Antony Green which was broadcast on Feb 28 and is still available.

    As a candidate in this election I am disheartened by the comment in the article that there are not enough Green politicians to make a difference.

    How on earth are we going to get enough representatives if you don’t vote for us, despite all the excellent policies and the influence the Greens could have if we had say, 5 members in this next Parliament?

  15. Ted Mead

    February 28, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    It is clearly obvious that there is significant voter dissolution right now, and probably more so than any Tasmanian election in recent history.

    I don’t need to harp on about the cop-out of voting informal even though I am sympathetic to those who are confused or outraged. But remember that’s how Trump found his way into presidency in the USA, to the regret of apathetic voters. A donkey vote may ensure the worst result for those who cast one in Tasmania.

    There are many possible scenarios come March 3, and a Liberal majority is personally my greatest concern, but it’s not a fate of compli yet. 24 hours without Liberal media brainwashing may be enough time for many to sit back and think clearly for themselves – we hope!

    In a recent article I wrote, I did comment that some voters might consider voting for someone they don’t have entire faith in as a means to ensure the one they most despise hopefully don’t get elected. Such a scenario shows how desperate our actions may become as to avoid the worst result.

    At this moment I am totally disregarding the recent psephologists claim of a Liberal win, as a lot can change in a short time.

    Safe seats are not always safe seats, particularly if you’re on the nose as John Howard was in Benelong.

    It may all come to preferences In the end, which means we may not know the result on Saturday night.

    Whilst I have nothing to substantiate my speculation, I’m predicting a lot more undecided people and disillusioned Green voters will tick Labor at the ballot box so as to avoid a Liberal majority.

    Labor is possibly still up for grabbing several seats amidst Bass, Braddon, and Lyons. So a hung parliament is a possibility, and probably the best result for all Tasmanians, though that will come at a cost to the Greens one would suspect.

    If the Liberals are returned after their dirty deeds and dodgy antics then our democracy will forever be tarnished with the view that it can be bought and sold to the highest bidder.

  16. Neil Smith

    February 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I can’t believe those good people who keep saying “vote informal”. Sure, the party political process has plenty of stinking features, but voting informal is taking personal purity too far.

    If a quota of informals might lead to one fewer snout in the trough there might be some merit to it. But that just ain’t the way the system works. Or if there was a chance of an 80% informal response which might lead to some sort of people’s revolution (a la No Dams, as John suggests).

    But get out of cloud cuckoo land. The key phrase to keep in mind is “least worst”.

    The Liberals are bloody terrible and truly dangerous. Tourism developments will be approved everywhere, including high-rises in Hobart, Bellerive and even little old Lonny, and private chopper-serviced lodges will spring up throughout the World Heritage Area.

    The planning scheme will be super-developer-friendly, and should any Council try to cite height limits or somesuch in even the weakened planning scheme, the Minister will have call-in powers to declare a “major project” and take it out of Council’s hands.

    Oh yes, logging reinstated in 2020 in previously reserved forests, even some in so-called Conservation Areas. Poker machines continuing to be worshipped around the State despite the misery they inflict, and in exchange for their help in this campaign, a further $250 million giveaway to what some people think of as “small pubs” but what in reality are rich family-trust-controlled chains.

    Fish farms everywhere. Action on climate change absolutely zilch.

    So what about Labor? Lennon of course was just as bad as the Libs with his Pulp Mill Assessment Act. And now he works as a lobbyist for the gambling industry, so I’m told. Bacon was devious and Green was a dill.

    But this time Labor has a new leader who has been able to project some decency and some vision. Some of the stuff the Libs are so enamoured of, Labor just won’t do. A couple of the initiatives Rebecca talks about are seriously good.

    Of course, Labor might yet revert to type and become just as bad as the Libs – but they just can’t be any worse. I think in 2018 they deserve a chance to show that they have significantly reformed. If they quickly show otherwise then we won’t have gained, but we won’t have lost either – since the Liberal alternative can’t possibly be better.

    Not only that, but the mighty pokies industry who have so openly tried to buy this election just don’t deserve to win. People, send those bastards a message! You don’t do that with an informal vote.

    So, vote Labor.

    Or if you are a rusted-on Green, vote 1 to 5 Green, then 6 to 10 Labor. If a Green gets in, good. But if all Greens get excluded then someone in Labor is virtually certain of getting a full-value preference. (Just a 6 for Labor doesn’t do the same because that candidate might already be elected or excluded when the Green’s preferences are distributed. Don’t let your ballot paper exhaust too early!)

    The flaw in the above strategy is that the top Green might neither get elected or excluded, but hangs on as one of the last two without a quota, and gets pipped by a Lib. How likely this is depends on the electoral division you are in.

    Oh dear. But at least, whether you go Green or Labor, you are having a decent go at trying to make the next four years better than they might otherwise be. Which can’t be said for the deliberate informals and their oh-so-holy protest.

  17. TGC

    February 28, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    #1 “This is the most obscene election in Tasmania’s history.” – having observed every Tasmanian election presumably!
    #7 “We live in a society led by deranged dictators, but what we need is true leaders. They are the ones who would implement the people’s wishes and nothing else” – Now how would they go about doing that given a generally steady 40/40 split between Socialist? and Conservative? voters?

  18. Emmanuel Goldstein

    February 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Whenever I think of the housing/rental situation in Hobart I think back to 2001 when I first came here.

    Back then the university had two hundred or so rental share houses. One room was fifty dollars a week. A few years later I read with dismay that one hundred and eighty of the houses had been flogged off for peanuts to a greed-head from Sydney. No tender process was involved, they were simply sold off to one bloke. There’s hardly any record of it I can find. No doubt the then UTAS Vice Chancellor thought it a good idea. Maybe there’s a reserved section in hell for thieves like the Vice Chancellor?

  19. Gavin Collier

    February 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Since arriving in Australia in 1982 at the age of 15, I have become well aware of climate changing and pollution levels rising. Understanding why the poisoning of the industrial age just led to a discover, exploit and collapse mentality, was as far as I could see due to politics which clearly had its own agenda while deriving power from Our Consent or vote.

    The perspective I developed then is much the same now. Every time an election is held to decide Our next step forward the choices offered are unpalatable and debate is on a least worst choice.

    I refuse to give consent to these actors. They do not represent me in any shape or form. Having violently laid claim to the land in the first place to a running contradiction of compulsory voting the joke must soon come to an end.

  20. Tony Stone

    February 28, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    “All these problems stem from the very same thing: tourism and the money that can be made from it.”

    Not true, it’s not tourism or the money that’s the problems, it’s the ideology. Tourism could be a wonderful thing for Tas, if it were approached in the right way.

    It’s the same with every aspect of our society, deluded ideologies which can’t possible work. We are seeing the results of ideological approaches worldwide and they are just pure disaster.

    Anyone who thinks any party can take us forward successfully, comfortable and sustainable, is a fool.

    The greens aren’t any different to the other parties, they are just as elitist and ideologically driven. They have no real policies which would address the real future and we saw how they would run government when they were in coalition.

    We need realists in government, not elitist ideologues. Realists would hand power to the people online; nothing else will work. The current system will always be taken over by vested interests, and we will see that result this time again.

    Having looked through the list of candidates, all I see is the same corrupt faces from every party, with the same useless backgrounds and no abilities.

    Virtually none have any real knowledge of life outside an office or school room and most certainly no experience in the most important fields.

    Elizabeth is right, there is no one to vote for of any worth. Even the few independents are just single policy protest candidates. If we could get the majority to vote informal it would really send a message to the incumbents.

    We all know that’s not possible, so what do you d? I have no idea – and when it comes to Saturday I will still have no idea who to vote for.

    When you consider that all those who want change, from what we have, will still vote for a party and the best outcome we can get, is a hung parliament.

    If that happened and we could get those with realistic workable and sustainable plans into operation, then we would have a chance of saving the future.

    That can only be done by an alliance of independents whose aim was to deliver governance into the hands of the people. Whilst implementing policies which would put us on the road to survival.

    Won’t happen, 99.5% of people are ideologically restrained and no matter what was put to them, they will still vote for the parties. That’s all they know and are too afraid or stubbornly ideological, no matter what they say. On voting day, they will succumb to their indoctrination and vote for a party.

    Everything is still fixable, we just have to come together and take a different path.

    One of the most important things I’ve learnt in life, is what a real leaders should be.

    A true leader is one who takes their people where the people want to go – and not where the leader wants to go. All others are not leaders, but deranged dictators.

    We live in a society led by deranged dictators, but what we need is true leaders. They are the ones who would implement the people’s wishes and nothing else.

    When we elect those types of people we have a chance. Now all we have is ideologically insane dictators determined to take us where they want to go. That goes for all parties, and all that’s ahead is disaster.

  21. Elizabeth

    February 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Re #5 … You are probably right Isla, about it being too big a juggernaut to stop. Sadly. But the true end is when good people stop trying to help, so we must do what we can, when we can, even if the prospects are not looking too good.

    You yourself do so much good by sharing your many very beautiful photographs so freely with all of us via TT. They are a joy to see, and sometimes just the thing needed to make a despairing individual feel: “this is good enough to keep on doing something about it”. Just the ticket!

    We can only hope that those who are genuinely concerned for a better outcome will think thoughtfully and make a choice at the ballot that has the best chance for some hope.

  22. Isla MacGregor

    February 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I could not agree more Elizabeth about the environmental imperative. But the juggernaut’s momentum is far too great to be halted by a [b]vote[/b]. This do or die or lesser of two evils discussion is redundant. I agree with many other writers on TT that electoral politics will never be the magic bullet to the apocalypse we are [b]in[/b].

  23. John Biggs

    February 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I agree entirely with Liz and Ole Man. I can’t get over (1) Hodgman saying that large scale donors are entitled to expect legislation in their favour, and even more (2) that Labor hasn’t been shouting bribery, corruption, democracy for sale! This was a gift for Labor and they dirtied themselves by not accepting it, giving the impression that they too, could be up for sale to the highest bidder.

    I’m sorry Isla, but you have lost me with “Labor and Greens will open the flood gates to the global sex trade and sell girls and women down the gurgler ..” — Where on earth is the evidence for such a sweeping statement?

    Voting informal solves nothing (except voting informal on the NO DAMS spoilt ballot paper probably did work). I take a pragmatic view and suggest that you vote for whatever candidate or party is closest to your own views, but never or hardly ever will any party or candidate be entirely consonant with what you believe in.

  24. Elizabeth

    February 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Re #2 … Yes Isla, I know only too well the short-comings of Labor, and indeed of any political party. I would love to vote informal to convey exactly that. (And any real change could in fact only come if enough of us did the same thing.) But we are in a desperate situation right now, and my suggesting that we vote Labor is only based on the realisation that that is the only way we can keep the Liberals out before the latter finish off everything worth having in Tasmania. And I did qualify that suggestion by adding that we would need to form a group that keeps Labor accountable – a real dedicated pressure group. That at least is within the realms of possibility, of having a glimmer of hope. There are so many problems right now, including those of equality and trafficking and so much else, but getting the environment right must the first priority before any of those other things can be addressed. Man may not live by bread alone, but he sure doesn’t live at all if there isn’t any bread in the first place.

  25. Isla MacGregor

    February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Labor and Greens will open the flood gates to the global sex trade and sell girls and women down the gurgler …so it’s informal voting for me! I will be writing on my ballot paper a suitable message. And you consider voting for Labor, Elizabeth?

    The Greens are also continuing to can mining companies for unethical practices that would open up the Tarkine but they remain silent on the atrocities, human rights breaches and environmental poisoning committed by Copper Mines of Tasmania (Queenstown mine) parent company Vedanta in Zambia and Tamil Nadu.

    It is representative democracy that continues to fail us all and the planet – and that’s the message to send out on my ballot paper.

  26. Ole-Man-a-Ross

    February 28, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Go Liz, you are a gem.

    I am currently having a conversation with a Liberal voter (she believes they are more supportive of small and rural businesses than any of the others!) but I see them very much as you view them, carrying on the first English settlers over exploitative traditions! And this, coupled to the obscene over-promotion of their candidates no doubt paid for by Farrell family and others in the gambling lobby, is totally unprecedented.

    This is the most obscene election in Tasmania’s history. I think my vote will be for the Space Party or spoil my ballot,.This is really serious for our children and grandchildren given the dramatic change in our earth’s environment.

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