The Howard
Government may have made the wilful ignoring of reality an everyday requirement
in political debate these days, but it is still disappointing when his opponents
are so eager to score political points that they are prepared to show the same
blithe disregard for the facts. Sadly,
Ben Oquist's piece in Crikey smearing WWF and taking another shot at the
Democrats (yesterday, item 13), demonstrates that this trait is not confined to the
Coalition.

Oquist's
so-called “notorious Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)
legislation” was supported by environment groups other than WWF, most tellingly
the peak environment groups in both Tasmania and my own
state of Queensland. As Democrat environment spokesperson at the
time, I can categorically state that it was the support of these groups, and not
the views of WWF, that was crucial to my supporting the
legislation.