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Tasmania’s Pulp Mill Crescendo – media round up

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In Tasmanistan’s House of Rubber Stamp it’s full steam ahead : Pulp Mill Victory (for JohnPaul) which has Lord High Out-of-touch believing that Gunns full commitment to the project is still worth getting excited about. Big Red’s a bit excited because he has oh-so-competent Tasmanian Government legal advice that Malcolm Turnbull has fatally fudged administrative procedure, thereby putting the legality of his assessment in doubt (again?).

But the Australian Medical Association, a potent political force – not to mention occasional voice for good sense – has just upgraded its health concerns on the mill: Health Risk Too Great.

Meanwhile, and most comprehensively, Lateline got fully stuck in last night.

They revealed that like a liquid turd running down the leg of a grandmother dead from shock, the CFMEU are wanting to again make their election-year presence felt. How imaginative to threaten stacking marginal electorates in the year that the ALP might get rid of Howard if they can just convince people that the unions aren’t self-indulgently irresponsible, power-hungry bullies. Thanks for the last three years of dual house Liberal domination Michael O’connor – how about WorkChoices hey? Well done CFMEU. Why not try for WC II, The Enfuckwittening.

More importantly, they covered the situation as it stands with Turnbull setting up the possibility of a heavy political chess match now that the timing of the election announcement will likely intersect and burden the now-delayed assessment process.

Finally, Bob Brown threw his hat in the ring with a mixture of political analysis and forecasting, a much needed economic critique, and a discussion of Tassie’s socio-economic situation and environmental crisis. As for the question about what would happen if John Gay made good on his threat to leave Tasmania and take his pulp mill somewhere else – like Indonesia or China – “Well, I’ll be down to the wharf to see him off and so will many other Tasmanians.”

And finally, some opinions of interest. Matthew Denholm, despite working for the evil empire, is an excellent writer who has consistently pushed the boundaries of media inquiry into the mill process for at least the last 5 months while such inquiry has been most needed. He writes that Peter Garrett may be losing his voice and that his supporters/allies are concerned by these developments. Campaigner Geoffrey Cousins has voiced his take on how the new process will play in federal pre-election politics.

And though i don’t agree with all that he says, I will defend to the death his right to really piss you off by even thinking it – the man himself, the RPDC’s prodigal scientific advisor and pulp mill expert Dr Warwick Raverty spells it all out in a great piece just posted in the latest New Matilda: Jumping The Gunns.


Written by typingisnotactivism

August 30, 2007 at 12:04 pm

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  1. Hello, Has anyone had the time or inclination to respond to Julian Amos’ amazing letter in The Mercury on 29 August. His letter, sent as Chairman of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, begins: “The arguments of those opposed to the pulp mill border on the surreal. Let us put some facts on the table.’ And so it goes…….

    We DO live in parallel universes here in Tasmania – par excellance!

    t.i.n.a.: hey Dave – sounds interesting as only industro Newspeak can. Have just fiddled Mercury and google combos for 10 minutes with no luck. Do you happen to have a link in your browser history or was it print only?

    David Obendorf

    August 30, 2007 at 11:16 pm

  2. And actually – to all the Tassie Times crew coming through: how ya doing? Have a look around. Vent. Make suggestions or requests. Whatever.
    The main reason I was dropping in this comment was to say this – One thing I notice is that when information and links are laid out like this, and the way that Lindsay does in TT and elsewhere – people really do click through to check these things out. The Web is, essentially, a vast sprawling mess of gems, fractals, ditches, and whirlpools. I personally appreciate it when somebody sorts through and says – this one, this one, this is a bit shit, that’s essential, and if you like seeing Paul Lennon shat on you should have a read of this. Etc.
    In a way, by mass-copying and circulating Out Of Control in a manner beyond what was first discussed on TT this is what Cousins has done. He has taken some very excellent info and narrative, and made it utterly available to people who would mostly have missed it otherwise. I think that there are some real lessons for all of us with an interest in communication in the information age in what is happening now.
    There’s a great quote on The Manic Times website at the moment, saying that Greenies won the argument, but lost the debate. It would be nice to see not just the fervour but the impact of the ’80s movements revived and transcended in these times when they are sorely needed. IMHO. 😉


    August 31, 2007 at 1:07 am

  3. Amos’ letter was ‘in print’ only, t.i.n.a. I may get motivated to post it in full here for you to read. dave

    t.i.n.a.: check it David – just found at http://www.fiatas.com.au/index.php?id=225 (bad bad layout)

    David Obendorf

    August 31, 2007 at 10:41 am

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