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  1. “Tasmania’s specialty timber industry has a turnover approaching $20 million per year. It creates an estimated 650 full-time equivalent jobs”

    The turnover figure must be signficantly more than that!

    A quick multiple reveals (based on those numbers) that each job is worth $30,769.

    Posted by Elizabeth  on  19/01/06  at  12:40 AM
  2. It is poignant to see TFF trying to reason with the Tasmanian government as though it were a body which, however misguidedly, means well.

    The only logical conclusion to be drawn from the statistics on the huge Tasmanian tree harvest, and the increasingly negative return to the public, is that Tasmania is suffering systematic looting on an enormous scale, facilitated by both sides of the mainstream political establishment. The relentless expoitation of old-growth and regrowth native forest is not because the logging industry is simply stupid, but because these forests represent no investment, and have been given to them for virtually nothing.

    Much as I admire the civility of TFF in arguing its case despite being treated with contempt, I think it is time to realise that we are in the hands of a political culture that is rotten and compromised beyond retrieval. It is my personal view that a comprehensive judicial review of forestry in Tasmania would result in enough indictments to change the face of public life. In the absence of this remedy, informed Tasmanians should be working assiduously to wrest control of the state from its present custodians.

    John Hayward

    Posted by lhayward  on  19/01/06  at  11:18 AM
  3. singing from the same song sheet….......

    From “Corporate Watch” (16 January 2006)comes an article from Uruguay which contains a familiar tune, one that is being played out in Tasmania.

    The tune is of vast Eucalypt plantations, dried up rivers and streams, tankers bringing water to thirsty residents.

    The tune is of displaced farming families no longer able to compete with government tax subsidised monoculture.

    It plays the chorus “this forestry model has entailed a net loss of jobs in the farming sector.”

    The refrain speaks of pulp mill workers being paid $12 a day. (A cheap ready source of labour for the 2,000 itinerants listed for temporary accommodation at Longreach).

    It continues with pollution destroying tourism, beekeeping, fishing, farming and dairy industries.

    This is no happy tune to be sure.

    The finale comes with low world market prices for pulpwood, the promised economic gains from export have failed to materialise, but the mantra of jobs and prosperity from vested interests is no different here or in Uruguay.

    We watch the orchestra with interest as “the show must go on”.

    “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. “
        - Aldo Leopold

    ps. there is a most poignant cartoon that fits Tassie like a glove at the top of the Corpwatch article.

    Posted by Dave Groves  on  19/01/06  at  07:11 PM
  4. I know people put alot of intersting (and not so interesting)links on this site but you must check out the following links

    These letters written by David Clement of the Save our Sisters group show the dodgy way in which a Forest Practices Plan was put together without proper investigations being carried out into the effects logging will have on the groundwater in and around the proposed coupe on South Sister. 

    So much for the new independent Forest Practices Authority.  Surely there must be some members of this regulator considering rescinding this Forest Practices Plan on the basis of the evidence accessed through Freedom of Information. 

    What a great thing FOI is!! 

    Makes you wonder how many other such plans have been rushed through without proper scrutiny in previous years.  No wonder the support for the Greens is so high in Tasmania when community groups such as SOS have to fight against overwhelming odds to protect areas of forest that they consider are essential to their health and well being.

    Posted by David Mohr  on  20/01/06  at  02:56 AM
  5. At the West Tamar Council meeting on the 17th of January the majority of councillors once again failed to honour the result of the recent elector poll where there was a majority “no” vote against the pulp mill. The motion put forward by Les Rochester was “That council decline any external invitation for representation or membership of any group, committee or otherwise involved with the proposed Gunns Ltd pulp Mill until the Resource Planning and Development Commission hands down its decision on the approval/non approval of the project….” 

    The motion was lost six votes to two.

    A vocal public gallery of about thirty people during public question time continually asked the council to support the results of the elector poll and refrain from involvement with groups that were actively supporting the mill and involved in massaging public opinion until the RPDC had handed down their decision.

    Many of the residents present were from areas such as Rowella, Kayena, Sidmouth and Deviot who are feeling let down by their council for their pro mill stance.  These people were at times emotional as they expressed their dismay at their council’s lack of support.

    Posted by David Mohr  on  21/01/06  at  01:04 AM





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