ALL l kidding and satire aside…we Tasmanians have a problem with our democracy.

The Pulp Mill Debacle highlights the problem. How have we allowed ourselves to elect people who are supposed to make decisions on our behalf…AND THEN discover we have been duped? And then they get re-elected?

The proposed mill could be a good thing for Tasmania if it were not for the unsolved problems it engenders; to wit: water, air, environment and living comfort. Solve those four inconveniences and we have a winner.

Somehow our Liberal and Labor state governments of the past two decades have usurped the democratic process and we have allowed it. The mill’s go-ahead will be decided, not by the people, but by a very few elected government officials and their minders. Who are these decision makers? What are their names? Will they stand on a platform and say, “I support the destruction of Tasmanian democracy.”? How did the People’s Voice get muted? Open government is NOT Big Business’s forte’. Their speciality is profit and back room decisions.

They, the Decision Makers, tell us we have been consulted. Yes, we have, but we were voted out long before the consultative process even began. Ten or so years ago we had meetings in our house at Golconda with representatives of the Forestry. We were assured our voices were being heard. They were heard, alright, and then given to the Big Business forestry people and our wishes were, one by one, muted again.

I said to Joan, “We must get out of this, it is a stacked deck, and we cannot win.” We went fishing…like so many others. I regret that. Besides the fish we caught could not be eaten due to mercury poisoning.

Thousands, perhaps millions, of people hours then followed for the forestry decisions about which million hectares should go and which should stay. Only a few initiated business people knew the decision was about the impending pulp mill.

You have to give it to the Big Business People, they are clever. They have money. They have goals. They wish to dominate. AND they dedicated the manpower; flushed with money, to battle the green hippies. We were NOT green hippies! We are

THE PEOPLE!

AND WE ARE ANGRY!

The ‘Cosy Relationship’ of comfortable politicians and fattened industrialists must end.

Now!

Buck Emberg

The Pulp Mill Debacle highlights the problem. How have we allowed ourselves to elect people who are supposed to make decisions on our behalf…AND THEN discover we have been duped? And then they get re-elected?