The Forestry Wars are well and truly back in their full Tasmanian community devastation.
The toxic rhetoric is raining down upon us as if the last 30 years meant nothing.
Here is a piece from The Mercury newspaper from Monday 24th May.
It is written by economist John Lawrence and relates to the State Government forest agency Sustainable Timbers Tasmania:
Here is the article on John’s own website:
John Lawrence wrote a similar more detailed piece for The Guardian newspaper 3 years ago. You can find it here:
The fact that this article can appear in the main Tasmanian media, with $1.3 billion in taxpayers cash and assets stolen, and:
- not a single question will be asked in the Tasmanian Parliament;
- there will be no Royal Commission;
- the Tasmanian Integrity Commission (https://www.integrity.tas.gov.au/) will never launch an enquiry;
- there will be no police investigation;
- no one will ever face prosecution;
tells us everything we need to know about Tasmanian politics and corruption in Tasmania.
It certainly tells us everything we need to know about the forest industry in Tasmania.
The fact that Australia’s two largest retailers of this stolen property, Bunnings Hardware and Mitre 10 Hardware, are in complete support of this fraud is just another disturbing feature of the forest industry.
So how do we end this?
There is no way to end this except endless protest!!
Unless Bunnings and Mitre 10 make a stand and stop supporting this fraud, things will only get worse.