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I am writing this to help Tasmanians avoid being confused by politicians and their spin doctors.

This is section 11 written by Gunns lawyers in the Tasmanian Parliament and passed by self serving politicians, it is self explanatory. 

Please can I have a similar piece of Legislation drafted by my lawyers in the Parliament exempting me from all forms of redress for my actions, be they legal or illegal, as created by me in the past, present or the future. 

Our parliamentarians have done it once, for Gunns.

Surely they can do it again for me or any other citizen or corporation in Tasmania. 

It is the Tasmanian way of doing business in this, the corrupt state.

From the legislation:

11. Limitation of rights of appeal

(1) Subject to subsection (2) and notwithstanding the provisions of any other Act –

(a) a person is not entitled to appeal to a body or other person, court or tribunal; or

(b) no order or review may be made under the Judicial Review Act 2000; or

(c) no declaratory judgment may be given;

or

(d) no other action or proceeding may be brought –

in respect of any action, decision, process, matter or thing arising out of or relating to this Act.

(2) Subsection (1) does not prevent a review of any action, decision, process, matter or thing which has involved or has been affected by criminal conduct.

(3) No review under subsection (2) operates to delay the issue of the Pulp Mill Permit or any action authorised by that permit.

Earlier on Tasmanian Times:

Michael Stokes:
Validity of the Pulp Mill Permit
All the Michael Stokes analyses, HERE

Peter Henning:
Law and Justice Part Company – Tasmanian Pulp Mill Assessment Act 2007
All of Peter Henning, HERE

Meanwhile, from Hakan Ekstrom:
US and Canadian log and lumber exports to China up over 150 percent in 2010, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

The value of softwood logs and lumber exported from North America to China reached over 1.6 billion dollars in 2010, which was 150 percent higher than the previous year and more than ten times as much as in 2006, reports the Quarterly.

Download the full article:
FPMU_US_and_Canada_wood_exports_to_China_in_2010.pdf

Sue Neales, Mercury, Friday:

Forest deal doubts

CONFIDENTIAL documents from Premier David Bartlett’s Cabinet confirm that the Federal Government’s refusal to bankroll the Tasmanian forest peace pact may jeopardise the landmark deal.

A Cabinet briefing paper, obtained by the State Opposition yesterday under right-to-information laws, informed ministers at a November 15 Cabinet meeting that “substantial Australian Government funding will be required to support the transition [out of native forests into plantations] in a manageable way”.

But less than three weeks later, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told the State Government not to expect a special Tasmanian forests funding package, estimated to cost up to $800 million to compensate logging companies and workers for the loss of business and jobs.

She said the State Government had to “step up to its responsibilities” and find the necessary funding by accessing its own cash reserves or using existing national program funding.

Ten key forest industry and environmental groups signed a historic deal in October agreeing to end logging in high-conservation public forests and phase out logging in all public native forests as the industry shifted towards plantations, and to approve a pulp mill.

The two-page Cabinet briefing document, prepared by Resources Department executive officer Deb Harris, casts new light on how the State Government views the forest peace deal.

The Government was not a party to the deal but it agreed at the November 15 Cabinet meeting to further the agreement, help turn it into a practical solution with a preferred governance structure and to endorse its central principles.

The briefing paper reveals the Government:

• Expects a final future forestry agreement to have been achieved by October 31 this year.

• Believed one of the most significant objectives of the peace plan was the commitment by all signatories to support a “world-scale and sustainable pulp mill at an unspecified location”.

• Was looking to the Federal Government to fund the deal to help an ailing industry under considerable financial stress.

The State Opposition—despite the right-to-information success—failed to obtain the accompanying Cabinet minutes that detailed how the Government planned to put in place a governance structure to progress peace talks.

The Government later announced its preferred model for implementing the peace plan but Ms Gillard overruled it.

Full story HERE

Nick Clark, Mercury, Friday:

PLANTATION forest management in the state will be put under scrutiny as part of a Australia-wide review.

The Australian Government has commissioned the review in a bid to ensure export markets are not compromised.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry general manager of forestry John Talbot said the review of all state and territory codes of practice would be done by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

The review would look at codes of practice for the establishment, management and harvesting of plantations.

“The review will give certainty to Australia’s plantation industry, which is showing leadership in its implementation of sustainable practices,” Mr Talbot said.

“By working together government and industry can further refine these already rigorous measures and ensure they keep pace with industry and market changes.

“The review builds on Australia’s existing reputation as a responsible forestry producer thereby strengthening the opportunities for Australian businesses to pursue new export markets.”

Gunns Limited, which has announced an intention to move to a plantation based industry, is seeking Forest Stewardship Council certification for its operations.

Forestry Tasmania general manager of corporate relations Ken Jeffreys (said):

“In Tasmania, most plantations are managed in accordance with the Forest Practices Code and the Australian Forestry Standard - which is endorsed by Standards Australia and supported by the Australian Government,” he said.

“We believe the standards adopted by Tasmania are world leading, but we are committed to continuous improvement, and if the review is able to identify ways of better managing plantations, then we will certainly be taking notice.”

The CSIRO will assess each state’s code of practice against the Forest Practices Related to Wood Production in Plantations National Principles.

The findings will be provided to the federal Minister for Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig for approval under the Export Controls (Unprocessed Wood) Regulations 1996.

Full story HERE