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TAS Country : July 2010
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, July 30, 2010 Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org Dairy farmers must milk the poll DAIRY farming com- munities around Tas- mania need to become proactive during the elec- tion campaign to get a commitment from both the Coalition and Federal Labor that if elected they will implement the rec- ommendations of the Sen- ate Committee report, Milking it for All its Worth. Reviewing national competition policy, re- storing anti price dis- crimination measures in the Trade Practices Act, seriously taking on the duopoly of Coles and Woolworths and strength- ening the hand of farmers in negotiations with processors must be im- plemented. There have been dozens of Senate Committee re- ports over recent years and many gather dust and are never acted upon. This one is too import- ant to be allowed to be ignored. Please don't wait for what political parties promise you, rather ring, email or write and ask for a core commitment and timeframe to implement these policy objectives. The Greens will use balance of power to drive these policies but the oth- er parties need to play ball. The future of dairying may well depend on it. SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE Australian Greens Deputy Leader A case of management by neglect IT is concerning that negotiations be- tween some members of the timber industry and conservation movement are occurring behind closed doors. Only one side has something to give and lose, the other can only take and offers nothing. Past negotiations have resulted in more than 47 per cent of the Tasmanian land mass put into conservation reserves with little or no chance of further development, even for tourism. Yet this is not enough. These negotiations, at best, may result in job losses, family disruption and even community break down for those with an economic stake in forests and rural towns. Those with an emotional or ideological interest with no direct financial con- nection to the rural economy lose nothing and gain a warm inner glow because they think they have preserved more forest. They show no remorse for the loss of employment or sense of self-worth of those who have lived and worked in the forests. Fire management skills and other ser- vices provided by forestry workers can't be easily revitalised if lost. I am constantly amazed at the difference between sentiment and action by conser- vation movement leaders. They advocate transparency, but conduct negotiations in secret; they advocate democracy but ig- nore election results; they advocate good science but either use poor science or ignore results that don't suit their agenda; they advocate human rights but ride roughshod over forest workers and their rights; they advocate think globally, act locally when the result of closing Tas- mania's native forest industry will have detrimental ramifications in other parts of the world. Tasmania doesn't generate enough in- come to fund health or education let alone sacrifice any chance of income from sustainable forest management, so how will it fund management of reserved forests? Management by neglect -- what a fantastic result for the environment. Dr PETER VOLKER National President Institute of Foresters of Australia Berriedale CENTRE OF CONTROVERSY: Labor and Liberal continue to support the proposed Gunns pulp mill. Candidates just milling about IN describing their opinions re- cently about important election issues for the people of Bass, the most glaring omission from Geoff Lyons and Steve Titmus was the pulp mill. Why? For over six years people in the Bass electorate have lived with the uncertainty of this divisive and deeply unpopular project, yet only Greens candidate Sancia Colgrave has recognised and acknowledged its importance to the community. The Labor and Liberal parties have continued to publicly support the proposed mill, despite the weight of evidence suggesting its impact will be disastrous for the region. This is a baffling and irresponsible attitude to take, es- pecially since health is rightly mentioned by Messrs Lyons and Titmus as being an important consideration. Why then do they ignore the negative health impacts that will surely result from Gunns' proposed mill --- in terms of human health, environmental health, and the health of the economy? If they are serious in their desire to truly represent the people of Bass, both these candidates need to show a far greater understanding about why the pulp mill is causing such anxiety among so many. Perhaps they would then be moved to question why both major parties so stubbornly and un- reasonably support it. ANNE LAYTON-BENNETT Swan Bay Let's hear from you Send your opinion to Tasmanian Country, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania or e-mail tas.country @ dbl.newsltd .com.au Emailed letters should have Letter to Editor' as their subject. Long letters may be condensed unless they are marked use in full or not at all''. The mother of all wild goose chases THOUGH Tasmania's $40,000,000 fox baiting program increasingly looks like the mother of all wild-goose chases, there are probably collateral benefits for stakeholders beside the Fox Task Force (''Crazy like a fox'' Tas Country July 23). The cyanide Feratox baits are also attractive to omnivores such as bet- tongs, potoroos, and brown and eastern barred bandicoots, which are seriously threatened on the mainland. The baits were made more accessible to them some years ago when their burial depth was decreased from 150 to 50mm to enhance the paltry uptake, resulting in a reported 10% of the 60,000 baits disappearing despite the absence of any verified foxes. The increasing scarcity of these species in Tas- mania will make them a nuisance to certain indus- tries due to the attendant conservation regulations. This cheap biocide will be a godsend to the Tassie wildlife regulator. JOHN HAYWARD Weegena ALSO BE AWARE Advertising bookings MUST be placed by 5pm Monday prior to publication date* Material deadline: 5pm Tuesday prior to publication date *Those without 30 day accounts, full advertising cost needs to be pre-paid by credit card or direct deposit with the receipt emailed to us by no later than the booking deadline. For advertising and enquiries contact: Kerri Walsh p: 6230 0640 f: 6230 0766 e: email@example.com Tracey Wright p: 6230 0752 f: 6230 0766 e: firstname.lastname@example.org aNEW LO OKfor an OLD MATE ! BEWARE Currently an interstate organisation, using a similar name to Tasmanian Country, is canvassing advertisers in our publication to repeat advertising. For over 20 years, Tasmanian Country has been and remains the most credible and widely read rural publication in Tasmania servicing our vital farming sector. Careful that you're not barking up the wrong tree BEWARE OF IMITATIONS.
August 5th 2010