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Erik is a public policy professional and owner of the online training course in democracy and civic action: www.3ptraining.com.au The Blog …explores ways to create a sustainable and just community. Explores how that community can be best protected at all levels including social policy/economics/ military. The Book Erik’s autobiography is a humorous read about serious things. It concerns living in the bush, wilderness, home education, spirituality, and activism. Finding Home is available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble and all good e-book sellers.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tasmania's World Heritage Area and Sen Richard Colbeck


In March I wrote an open letter to Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck in response to his online diatribe over the World Heritage Area extension and his government’s plans to oppose the extension. See here: http://www.findinghomebookspace.blogspot.com.au/2014_03_01_archive.html

In fairness I undertook to publish the response but posting a legible pdf document has proved difficult. Suffice to say that Sen Colbeck’s response referred to The Coalitions Policy for a Strong and Sustainable Forest Industry, noted that the planned repeal didn’t relate to (then) existing national parks, admitted that logging had degraded World Heritage values, and said that with 45 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass protected the government considered that the right balance between conservation and development has been achieved. I was referred to the State of the forests Tasmania 2012 report here www.fpa.tas.gov.au

This implies three things of significance. Firstly, the Coalition think that all of the conservation gains for Tasmania that have led to 45 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass being in some sort of conservation reserve were necessary to achieve “the right balance between environmental protection and development.” What a stunning endorsement of four decades of environmental activism!

Secondly, the Coalition agrees with the Wilderness Society that management of state forest was degrading the conservation values of the area contrary to claims by Forestry Tasmania.

Thirdly, there is no need for any more conservation of anything in Tasmania because 45 is a big number – so mining in the Tarkine is OK. True, 45 is a big number, but conservation is about outcomes not arbitrary figures. How true that is in so many policy areas…

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