THANK you Ivan. I take the liberty of answering your email via the Tas Times as both your anwers and the information in the ‘Times’ are public information.

I asked you in my email what your opinion was about the 8,392 petitioners against the pulp mill and what you intended to do about it.

I have sat on your answer for a week … so flabergasted have I been at your response. I take a long, deep breath and can now answer.

You basically said that you applaud the 8,932 people who have “… voiced their opinion by siging to oppose the Pulp Mill, but … must balance this against the remaining 58,768 voters who have not signed up to oppose the Pulp Mill.”

Mr. Dean. You have been in life and politics long enough to understand (or should) that you have committed one of the worst sins of communication. Your logic is totally wrong. You have used the ‘fallacy of composition’. This is a fancy phrase for ‘not understanding the facts and twisting the logic to meet your own spurious needs.’

1. Fact is: In political terms 8,392 voters in the Bass and Wilmot electorates could alter who wins and who loses. I remind you Kim Booth got across the line by less than 50 votes. There should be a few incipient and present pollies who are aware of this fact.

2. Properly organized (which we are about to do) those 8,392 potential voters will be at the next voting booths, possibly dealing out new political lessons to politicians who think they have the corner on truth and community commonweal.

3. Just because 58,768 people did not sign the petition does not mean they support your pulp mill. Really, Mr. Dean I am at loss to respond to that part of your letter except that you ‘haven’t got the message yet’!

4. Those of us who put up the petition and sought signatures had little time to prepare and had no government support or funds to assist in our work (unlike Gunns with their load of public funds).

I do appreciate your quick response to my letters and as we find ourselves on different sides of the political and pulped partition, I hope we can still be good neighbours and say ‘Ga Dai’ when we see each other.

Nonetheless, I still shudder at your lack of logic.

Kind and warm regards,

Buck Emberg


Buck Emberg