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Adventure and Wilderness


Rob Walls' shot at the memorable rally in Cascade Gardens where Richard Flanagan made a memorable speech ... more than 5000 attended the protest

Will Hodgman’s labelling of the many diverse individuals and communities that are opposed to the MWCC’s proposed development as “anti-everything” is a tactic that the Liberal Party has been using to its political advantage for decades.

They have used labels and stereotypes such as “anti-everything” and “greenie” to dehumanise people and create an “us vs them” rhetoric to sow fear, divide and manipulate the community.

The various communities opposed to MWCC’s proposed development on kunanyi/Mt Wellington are comprised of many individuals all with different backgrounds, life experiences, world views and opinions.

The one thing that brings these diverse individuals and communities together is their love and respect for the Mountain.

Many recognise that kunanyi/Mt Wellington has issues in relation to traffic and parking particularly at peak periods. Many would be open to a transparent and inclusive process that examines these issues in a holistic manner to find development solutions that would provide better access and amenities throughout the Park that would enable locals and visitors alike to experience the whole Mountain not just admire the view from the pinnacle.

Opposition to MWCC’s proposal to build an enormous commercial centre on the sensitive alpine pinnacle of the Mountain containing restaurant, café, whisky bar, and associated cableway, is not anti-everything, it is just anti- inappropriate and unnecessary development.

When the labels “anti-everything” and “greenie” are used, “bad for the economic future of Tasmania” is also implied. This is curious when one considers that the major draw cards behind the current popularity of Tasmania and the tourist fuelled economic boom are it’s relatively underdeveloped landscapes, history and unique wild places.

These only exist today because “greenies” in the past had the foresight to fight to preserve what they held to be precious.

The Government’s intervention to enable MWCC’s proposal could be seen as a form of crony capitalism, in which businesses thrive not as a result of competition and risk, but rather due to a nexus between a business class and the political class.

The State Government has used public resources and changed laws to advantage/benefit the MWCC, and given rights and privileges to MWCC that are not available to others.

There has been no transparent process to examine other tourism/development options on the Mountain that would encourage competition, risk taking, and result in a more holistic integrated development of the Park for the benefit of the local people instead of for a private developer and wealthy tourists. Instead the Government is simply encouraging profiteering by a single company from public parkland, stifling competition, entrepreneurship and innovative practices.

They have ignored general community feedback and opposition and most importantly ignored local Aboriginal groups that are vehemently opposed to the proposal.

Maybe it is the entrenched culture of crony capitalism that has been holding Tasmania’s socio-economic development back all this time and not the “greenies” after all?

Cable car: Richard Flanagan’s speech in full …

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    March 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Guys, if you want to bend over and get another thrashing in 2022, your are really doing a fabulous job and working yourselves up into an ideological lather while you are at it. It will be another triumphantly heroic loss within a constituency grimly determined to pluck defeat out of the jaws of victory. They will win all the victories, but you’ll have all the good songs, as Tom Lehrer once famously wrote about the Spanish civil war.

    An ‘unnecessary development’? What the blazes is that? unless this is the voice of fiscally tenured petty bourgeois functionaries who get their stipend rain, hail or shine, because whether the …… thing is necessary or not, its loss isn’t going to affect them. Unnecessary ….. … ……

    Hodgman is not going to have a particularly tough time at convincing the ordinary punters in Tasmania what a self absorbed, economically insular and politically indifferent to the not so insulated bunch of ……. you are. It will be an absurdly easy piece of cake. He must be hardly able believe his luck that he has got another opposition fiasco to look forward to in 2022.

    And I can’t believe it either.

    In 1920, Lenin accused the petty bourgeois left wing adventurists as suffering from an infantile disorder because they were so ideologically up themselves and wet-behind-the-ears, they were completely useless waste of time in a practical situation. It has never just been the corporate establishment who has had that view of them.

    The working class has all but disappeared, Lenin is dead. His successors and the political organs they created are gone, but the petty bourgeoisie survive, doing the same …. and maintaining the status quo, which has always been their job, even if as in this case, it is a perverse version it.



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