Topic archives: tasmanian forests

‘This is system collapse’: Tassie fires the beginning of the end

February 4, 2016 8

As fires ravage Tasmania's pristine areas, writer and Launceston bushwalking guide Bert Spinks mourns for the beautiful places that are no more.

Call of the wild: if a jet ski falls in the forest …

Call of the wild: if a jet ski falls in the forest …

April 14, 2015 4

The Tasmanian government's proposed expansion of the tourism industry threatens everything great about Tassie's wilderness, writes Bert Spinks, freelance writer and bushwalking guide on the Overland Track.

Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

March 17, 2014 9

The Liberals have won the Tasmanian election after a long time in the wilderness, consigning Labor and the Greens to history. Here are the biggest challenges they face this term ...

Will Brandis boycott the anti-boycott movement?

Will Brandis boycott the anti-boycott movement?

September 27, 2013 11

Calls for anti-boycott legislation by the Tasmanian forest industry will test the free speech bona fides of Attorney-General George Brandis. Will he take up the challenge?

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

May 1, 2013

Will the NDIS actually get support at the ballot box? Richard Farmer suspects it will end up being a political suicide note. Plus other views noted along the way.

Don’t blame the greenies: the real reason for timber decline

Don’t blame the greenies: the real reason for timber decline

April 15, 2013 10

Australia's native forest industry simply cannot compete in the global marketplace. Handing over more taxpayer-funded assistance will not solve the problem, writes ANU associate professorAndrew Macintosh.

Framing forestry and Howard’s WMD claims

April 12, 2013 2

Crikey readers have their say on the biggest issues of the day.

How your taxes bailed out insolvent timber giant Gunns

How your taxes bailed out insolvent timber giant Gunns

March 5, 2013 7

Gunns might have been trading insolvent when it took $23 million from the federal government for its non-existent pulp mill, writes Tasmanian economist and analyst John Lawrence at Tasmanian Times.

The waste in Tasmania’s forests: most timber left to rot

The waste in Tasmania’s forests: most timber left to rot

December 14, 2012 7

Most of the trees felled in Tasmania's forests end up as waste and woodchips. Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss crunch the numbers in a new Australia Institute infographic.

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.