Premier Lennon said that while he fully expected his Green opposition to sneer, Stihl had been an important and growing part of the Tasmanian economy and would be more so in coming years.

It was important that Stihl received recognition for its contribution to Tasmania and its culture.

Premier Lennon said that while he understood the Husquvarna Corporation objections that it should have been given the honour of sponsoring Tasmania, a proper and transparent process had been observed … a process endorsed by the peoples’ representatives of the Tasmanian Parliament.

The Premier also foreshadowed moves to modify the Tasmanian Coat of Arms … replacing the current symbols with that of a log skidder and effluent outfall. This, he said, was more representative of the rapid transformation of Tasmanian society.

“It is only right and proper that our institutions are modernised to reflect this change. This is just the beginning of this transformation as we elevate further into positions of power and prestige, prominent loggers and representatives of loggers.”

The future, said Mr Lennon, is green.

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Haghad this Media Release dropped into her shaking hands whilst on a bender to farewell the dear old Hope and Anchor (which is up for sale). She is unable to confirm its veracity …

PREMIER Paul Lennon today confirmed that Stihl chainsaws was to be, from next year, official sponsor of the Tasmanian Government.