I wasn’t privy to the comings and goings at the time the pulp mill was being planned … but the names involved in the meetings included Lennon, Bob Gordon, Evan Rolley.

Michael Field had a big say in the make-up of Bacon’s ministry and staffing plus there were othe heavyweights involved in pulpmill meetings but I don’t know who they were.

And there were many meetings, dinners,  lunches and trips to Launceston that didn’t appear on Lennon’s diary.

It’s very safe to say that had Lennon NOT been so gung ho about downstream processing it probably wouldn’t have got off the ground.

Huge projects like this don’t get up without lots of government support. It’s no coincidence that there has been an exponential increase in private plantation developments in Tassie over the past 6 or 7 years.

It’s called planning ahead.

Early on, local councils were dead opposed to the conversion of prime agricultural land being converted to plantation forestry.

Now you never hear a peep from them.

The Labor government —  since the day Bacon won office —  has gone out of its way to cultivate local government around the state in order to make them compliant on issues of state development.

The pulp mill will need enormous timber reserves well into the future if it is to be viable. It’s all connected.

There have been some real oddities involved in Lennon’s political life and he is a very complex and secretive person. Anything is possible in his eyes and any means is justified.

The usual contributors to the TT can bleat all they like about corrupt governments, dodgy deals & etc but this government has become a development juggernaut because business interests will always hold sway in an an insular economy.


And a few words on the retirement of Linda (Hornsey), former head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet …

Now it’ll get interesting. Linda’s pulled the pin. The last voice of reason in the government.

Lennon really loathes her (has referred to her in the past as the “bag lady” because of her fashion sense) and the power she wielded under the Emperor (Bacon).

The last vestige of Bacon’s era.

She will NOT be the next governor.

And it only took Lennon three years to clean them all out.

Lennon and Bacon were NOT the great mates everyone made them out to be. As someone said recently —  a pollie we’ve already forgotten —  there are no friends in politics, only useful acquaintances.

Rhys Edwards is Paul’s boy!

Deeper Throat True tales from The Emperor’s Court …  a response to Lennon’s baby

There have been some real oddities involved in Lennon’s political life and he is a very complex and secretive person. Anything is possible in his eyes and any means is justified. The usual contributors to the TT can bleat all they like about corrupt governments, dodgy deals & etc but this government has become a development juggernaut because business interests will always hold sway in an an insular economy.