This very excellent article is REBLOGGED from John Reid’s WWW.BLACKJAY.NET
|The Sacrificial Stateby John Reid|
|Back in the sixties in Hobart you could buy a zinc block in the form of a map of Tasmania from the Zinc Works at Risdon. They were about 10 cm across and intended as souvenirs. I believe they were bought more by yachties than by tourists. Boat owners would attach one to the hull below the waterline where it would serve as a “sacrificial anode”. The high electrochemical potential of the metal ensured the zinc map would corrode first, before any of the other metals in the hull such as copper, brass or steel screws, so keeping the hull sound. After a few years under water the zinc map would corrode away and fall off and need to be replaced.Ironically the entire state of Tasmania now serves as a sacrifice for the nation as a whole. Pressure from Green groups over the last three decades has lead to more and more reserves being created in the name of “Heritage” and “Environmental Protection” until now almost the entire forest resource is locked away and a major industry all but destroyed. The social effects of this rabid anti-development head-set are described here by former Minister in State Labor Governments, Neil Batt, who shows how Tasmania has been sacrificed in order to buy Green votes in city electorates.
Not content with having severely damaged the state economy, the Greens now have to lie about it. A good example is a recent articleby Ross Gittins, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor, based on an article by Andrew Macintosh published by the Green-Left think-tank, the Australia Institute. According to Gittins:
Surely it is no coincidence that this “structural decline” coincided precisely with the period in which the entire timber resource of the state was being locked up in reserves. Compare the 2013 reserves in red with the forested areas in dark green in this recent satellite image1 of the island.
Between 1981 and 2013 the area off-limits to forestry increased from 600,000 ha to 3 million ha. The total land area of the state is only 6.1 million ha. The reserves represent 47 percent of this area. Nowhere else in the world is so much land set aside in this way for ideological reasons.
Certainly the GFC and the high AUD (Australian dollar) may have had some effect but the unavailability of resource, the need to travel further to get the logs and the smaller log size in the few remaining accessible forests have also had a major effect. What is more the AUD will surely go down again. The world demand for wood remains undiminished and is likely to increase again in the near future. As every primary producer, every farmer knows there will always be short term fluctuations in commodity prices but that is no reason to sell the farm. Neither Gittins nor Macintosh convincingly demonstrate that the present downturn is other than temporary.
No, Mr Gittins, it is not the environment which is the whipping boy, it is the State of Tasmania and it is the environmentalists who are holding the whip.
That is not how it looks if you live in Tasmania and have watched your elected representatives agonize, year after year, as they lock up more and more of the state in return for cash from the Federal Government. It is not how it looks when you see endless Green demonstrations and sabotage in the forests. It is not how it looks when Green politicians travel overseas with the avowed intention of undermining the marketability of Tasmanian products. There is no mention here of “peace in our forests” and the violence and acrimony that have been the norm for decades. This is not about “handouts”, it is about blackmail.
However, Ross Gittins shows his true colours (green I think) when he writes:
Come again? “Damage to native forests”, “destroying the environment”? Tasmania has, or rather did have, among the world’s best managed forests. Some areas have been logged two or three times over the last century an half. They are not “damaged”. They have not been “destroyed”. There is little difference between harvesting a field of wheat and harvesting a native forest when it is done properly. The only difference is the time scale over which recovery occurs.
The people of Tasmania don’t want handouts, they want industries and jobs.