This excellent article in today’s Mercury newspaper succinctly captures the pain suffering and the high cost to Tasmania of the failures of the last 35 years.
But I certainly don’t agree with the authors final note that the political system can somehow find a solution to the problem.
The one fundamental lesson of the last 35 years is that Tasmania’s political system cannot solve the forestry crisis.
Whilst we continue to log public native forest there will always be politics, conflict, corruption and waste.
That is the fundamental lesson.
This is true not just in Tasmania, which provides the most extreme case, but in all Australian States where public native forest is logged.
Putting our hopes in the political system again, when all indications are that the forthcoming State election will be a bitter and divisive contest with forestry once more a major issue, is sheer lunacy; a classic example of Einstein’s definition of insanity.
No political party (Liberal, Labor or Greens) has a plan to resolve Tasmania’s forestry crisis.
It is time to stop the endless madness.
It is time for the Tasmanian community to speak.