Topic archives: forestry tasmania

The $1 billion taxpayer-funded Tassie forestry gravy train

April 11, 2013

The Tasmanian forestry industry is out for the count. But it is taking $1 billion in taxpayer dollars with it, writes Tasmania-based freelance writer John Lawrence.

Tas forests deal unpacked: the story behind the numbers

December 5, 2012

A deal to end the Tasmanian forest wars will soon go before state Parliament. Tasmanian-based accountant and former economist John Lawrence crunches the numbers and poses some pertinent questions.

Too little too late for climate change action?

August 22, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Tasmania’s forestry sector akin to ‘work for the dole’

Tasmania’s forestry sector akin to ‘work for the dole’

August 21, 2012 5

Tasmania's ailing and highly subsidised forestry industry should finally be subject to market principles, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss.

In Tassie politics, it’s hard to see the sense from the trees

March 6, 2012 10

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings seeks to offer some insights today into the island's future in her annual State of the State address. The forests remain top of the agenda, writes Bruce Montgomery.

Peace in the Tassie forests, but govt regulator is a basket case

Peace in the Tassie forests, but govt regulator is a basket case

July 28, 2011 15

The $276 million rescue package to buy peace in Tasmania’s forests came after the state’s Auditor-General indicated Forestry Tasmania was staggering towards insolvency and would need an equity to survive, writes John Lawrence.

How Forestry Tasmania lost the plot

How Forestry Tasmania lost the plot

October 6, 2009

Forestry Tasmania's treatment of protesters in the Upper Florentine has failed to stand up in court, reports Andrew Darby. But after a generation of fighting, the bitter battles over trees in Tasmania continues to grow -- even if the forests don't.

Crikey Election Indicator meets Dancing With the Stars

June 17, 2009 1

Worlds collide as Richard Farmer applies the Crikey Election Indicator to Dancing With the Stars. Not that he watches it, of course.

Bob Brown should pay his own legal bills

June 10, 2009 67

Bob Brown is using his office as a senator to get his legal bills paid, and the media are willing accomplices in this cynical exercise in power.

Howard’s dead hand behind the Bob Brown bankruptcy scare

June 9, 2009 12

The possible bankruptcy of Greens Senator Bob Brown as a consequence of Forestry Tasmania’s demand for legal fees would be a victory from beyond the political grave for Paul Lennon and John Howard.

Piers Akerman embraces recycling

September 9, 2008 5

I was pleased to see that Piers Akerman is once again seeking to draw the nation’s attention to an article I wrote almost two years ago and delighted that Piers is now embracing recycling, writes Richard Flanagan.

Tasmanians are struggling as much as their trees

September 2, 2008 4

Tasmania is Australia’s Mississippi or Alabama, writes Greg Barns.

Plantations tax and Gunns Ltd

August 20, 2007

The supply of quality sawn timber from Australian trees -- as distinct from the commodities of woodchips and pulp -- looks more bleak than ever, writes Native forest owner John Maddock.

Crikey’s NRL Hot Form Chart: Round 22

August 17, 2007

Round 22 NRL action saw thrillers and thrashings; grapples and gripes; and at the end of it all, powerful portents in Crikey’s NRL Hot Form Chart.