Tasmania’s new ALP neo-liberal generation


DANIEL Hulme’s inaugural speech is fascinating, extraordinary and truly outrageous.  It is a timely and chilling reminder of Tasmania’s future under a Bartlett administration.

It is important, because it is indicative of the direction that an ALP administration, under Bartlett or anybody else, is going to take Tasmania in the future. 

The point is that Hulme is young, and he is representative of the current and future direction of ALP policy. 

In particular, he is adamant and unequivocal in his support of current clear-felling logging in perpetuity in any and every area of Tasmania, including within water catchments for all Tasmanian communities, and he is very specific and adamant in his support of the pulp mill being built in the Tamar Valley, irrespective of any and every piece of important evidence as to why it should not occur.

He makes it very clear that he is not interested in any community objections, on social, economic and environmental grounds, to the building of the pulp mill, and that he views all such objections, however reasonable and valid, as vexatious.  He is not interested in any evidence of possible adverse affects on people in any way at all.  None at all.

Read what he says.  Emphatically, he is not interested in any possible adverse impacts of the pulp mill.  Furthermore, he totally supports whatever Gunns does, their whole forestry operations, in toto, everything, period.  He argues for government intervention in support of all current forestry operations conducted by Gunns in every way, including criminalizing demonstrations against old-growth logging wherever that occurs. 

Hulme makes it clear that he is the voice of contemporary Labor.  He makes it clear that he is speaking for the views of Bacon, Lennon, Bartlett and Tasmanian ALP federal parliamentarians. Read what he says.  He is both speaking for them and seeking their approval.  He is their voice-piece and their lap dog, but most importantly, he has articulated their agenda with an enthusiasm which exposes a complete contempt for any notions of due process.

Hulme is seeking approval from his masters, but he is doing it in a way which strips any remaining doubts about David Bartlett’s agenda being at variance with Lennon’s.  This is all the way with Gunns, all the way with dismantling any independence of “planning”, all the way with wrecking water catchments, all the way with increasing clear-fell logging for pulp as quickly as possible, all the way with removing all obstacles to a corporatised state. 

The essence of Daniel Hulme’s inaugural speech in the Tasmanian parliament is a breathtaking denial of reality (yes, I know, that is too insufficient a descriptor), both within Tasmania and beyond, wherever you care to look.

Hulme would have us believe that pulp mills closing down worldwide, continuing serious problems being exposed about the impacts of these mills ( most recently at the McKenzie mill in Canada: Chlorine dioxide at Mackenzie pulp mill forces evacuation ), Gunns laying off workers in Western Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, all the evidence about the unsustainability of such an operation in the Tamar Valley, are all examples of misinformation.

Hulme has shown comprehensively that he is totally uninformed about what is happening in the world around him, at the local level, at the state level, at the national level and at the global level.  On the one hand, this is classic Easter Island stuff, really odd, backward-looking, doctrinaire, opportunistic and self-serving populist rhetoric which avoids all the issues confronting people in the real world.

On the other hand, it is a clear and transparent representation of the world view of a new generation of ALP apparatchiks being recruited by David Bartlett to “govern” Tasmania into the next decade or two.

Hulme espouses a renewal and a reinvigoration of the Lennon doctrine.  It is neo-liberal in its premises, advocating that parliament’s legislative role is to assist and extend corporate wealth.  The really sad part about Hulme’s statement is the disingenuousness of his “support” for workers, people whose contract arrangements guarantee long hours, high overheads and hefty mortgages and little security of tenure.

This inaugural speech is a truly compelling argument in support of the need for a new coalition of political forces in Tasmania.

Peter Henning

 

 

 

Peter Henning
Daniel Hulme’s inaugural speech is fascinating, extraordinary and truly outrageous.  It is a timely and chilling reminder of Tasmania’s future under a Bartlett administration… ...This inaugural speech is a truly compelling argument in support of the need for a new coalition of political forces in Tasmania.