Monthly Archives: January 2016

Government blindness spells doom for an ailing company

Will Hodgman and Paul Harriss have allowed mindless ideology to trump common sense, to the detriment of Forestry Tasmania. When representatives of industry, timber workers and the conservation movement signed an accord back in 2011, some of us hoped Tasmania’s … Continue reading

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Looking for that spark of island independence

The Basslink failure demands big thinking and home-grown resilience. A century ago Tasmania, with a population less than half of today’s, dug deep into its public purse to invest in generating and distributing electricity. Local councils and private companies supplied … Continue reading

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How trees give our emissions a sweeter smell

Governments in Hobart and Canberra have discovered that trees make their carbon accounts look good, but it’s a con. You won’t believe this, but both the Tasmanian and national governments are into tree-hugging. They mightn’t believe it either. I’ll explain. … Continue reading

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