The plight of the old growth forest of Tasmania's Upper Florentine Valley was given some attention yesterday when 22 protesters were arrested at a Mother's Day Rally. But judging by the cursory coverage the issue was given by Tasmania's media last night, it will take much more action before this extraordinary valley attracts the attention needed to halt its destruction.

As usual, the media characterised the greenies as ferals and the issue got lost in the colour of the arrests, but what I saw yesterday suggests this is a battle which is deep and profound, in which the very values of Tasmania itself are at stake.