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The $1 billion taxpayer-funded Tassie forestry gravy train

John LawrenceApr 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

John LawrenceDec 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?

CrikeyAug 22, 20121 Comment

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'

by Andrew Macintosh and Richard DennissAug 21, 20125 Comments

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

by Bruce Montgomery, a freelance journalist in HobartMar 6, 201210 Comments

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

by John Lawrence at Tasmanian TimesJul 28, 201115 Comments

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

CrikeyOct 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

Richard FarmerJun 17, 20091 Comment

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

Greg BarnsJun 10, 200967 Comments

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

Bernard KeaneJun 9, 200912 Comments

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.