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23 July 2007 - Rudd Responds to Haneef farce with appeasement of loggers

Monday, 23 July 2007
Rudd responds to 4% swing to Govt on Haneef 'farce' with redneck appeasement of Tas loggers/woodchippers
Mood:  irritated
Topic: ecology

Preface: worth recalling in the 1996 election a Democrat (?) aligned Australian Conservation Foundation leader (Jim Downey), and The Wilderness Society under guidance of then new director Alec Marr moved from a pro ALP position to at best agnostic or deliberately antagonistic.

This resulted in 'a moral chill' going out in the electorate which created a political space for the Howard led Coalition (pre Iraq war, pre the nuke love in) to harvest anti Keating sentiment. In other words, the ALP leader (read Rudd today?) lost his moral veil which all political parties need to garner broader support. Notice yesterday Downer announced a $400M AIDS package for the Asia Pacific region - that's the beginnings of a moral veil of sorts for a whole of govt election platform, similar to Premier Iemma budget allocations for health both prior and since the recent state election:

Also worth recalling, that earlier this year Rudd said he was guided by science on Tas forests but the science is all against him on this latest announcement as per 100 signatories of a top scientists letter in 2004 here

9/2004 - statement of Australia's best forest scientists on Tasmanian logging problem

Peter Garrett sounded shocking on PM show last night and on Glover political round up before that both for a very bad cold and for content around a shallow front man for a corrupt policy. Sings other peoples songs, but stands for very little himself. He's a joke compared to Bob Brown as here same PM show

And worth recalling that Kevin Rudd's good mates in the Forestry division of the logging union are responsible for this

The thugs that did this were egged on by Michael O'Conner of the Victorian, now national logging union, and the ALP national executive. It happened in the Otways in 2000. The area is now a National Park.

Similarly logging thugs did this:


Picture: Jamie, a seasonal firefighter visiting conservationist camp in Wandella NSW South Coast hit by loggers throwing rocks at the camp under cover of darkness, photo by SAM editor July 2005


The same thuggery including fire bombing of conservationist cars has occurred in Tasmania. These are Kevin Rudd's friends now as per front page of The Australian today 24th July 2007:




'Take out the trash day' is a term from The West Wing tv series. It refers to putting out nasty policies or information at the most expedient times. Today the Haneef matter is blowing up in the federal govt's face, so its got worries of its own. 2nd the govt is in bother over Costello/leadership tensions eg damaging press about Howard in focus groups so doubly worries. 


Yet the govt has a 4% upswing recently on the Haneef matter - at least before it turned to merde today - presumably via the redneck One Nation type voter. And who is one of the best exemplars of that demographic .... the Tas loggers with their 'white power' tattoos when they hugged Johnny Howard in 2004 in Hobart Town Hall. Yuk.

Yep it's take out the trash day for the ALP on a nasty anti forests, anti climate action policy .... with the extra twist of appease our very own Trailer Trash, at the same time. 


Gutless Rudd. It will hurt him in the long run, and it will greatly enhance the Greens vote in the Senate one predicts here.


Evidence follows, regards, Tom McLoughlin, ecology action australia


#1 of 3 items :  last friday 20/7/07


Top Stories


1. 4.5% gain: Morgan Poll puts government on the up

Christian Kerr writes:


Just what the doctor ordered? Dr Haneef, that is.


While it might offend our subscribers’ sensibilities, Crikey understands that Coalition polling has indicated the Haneef affair has been playing well with punters. That’s been backed up by the latest poll from Roy Morgan Research. It has the government’s primary support on 40 per cent for the first time all year.


Primary support for the government is up 4.5% to 40.5%, while Labor’s has dropped 3 points to 47.5%.


The two party preferred vote has improved for the government, but still splits Labor’s way - 55%, a drop of 4% - compared to 45% for the Coalitions.


Still, 52% of voters – an increase of two percent – think Labor will win the next election, while only 34.5%, a drop of 2.5, think the government will be returned.


Morgan’s measurement of soft Labor support looks better for the opposition, too.


Fifty-five per cent – up 4% – of electors think Australia is heading in the right direction, while 30% - down 1% - think Australia is heading in the wrong direction. This means 19.5% - down one – of all electors are soft ALP voters: voters who say Australia is heading in the right direction but also saying they would vote Labor if an election were held today.


“The swing back to the Coalition is not surprising as historically the Morgan Poll has shown that when security related events get significant press coverage, electors rally behind the incumbent government,” pollster Gary Morgan says.


This is backed up by experience from overseas.


However, Morgan also points out that despite the increase in support for the government, a clear majority of voters expect Labor will win the next election.


“If an election had been held during the last fortnight the ALP would have won,” says Morgan.



This latest face to face Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted on the weekend of July 7/8 and 14/15, 2007, with an Australia wide cross-section of 1,780 electors.



#2 of 3


----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 11:47 AM

Subject: [Greens-Media] Bob Brown welcomes Peter Garrett to Tasmania


Saturday 21 July 2007

National Greens Leader Bob Brown has welcomed Peter Garrett's unheralded
visit to Hobart.

Speaking in Launceston, Senator Brown said Labor's shadow environment
minister is apparently not visiting the north of the state.

'This is the epicentre of debate about Gunns' pulp mill, its pollution
and its forest destruction," Senator Brown said.

"Many people opposed to the pulp mill will vote Greens this election
unless federal minister, Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Garrett do the right
thing and reject the farcical assessment by the Lennon government.

"Peter has not taken up my invitation to take him out to visit the
threatened forests and habitat of endangered species, like Tasmania's
giant wedged-tailed eagle."

"It is a beautiful day to visit the Blue Tier or the Great Western
Tiers, for example," Senator Brown said.

Further information: Prue Cameron 0408 473 379



#3 of 3

Cracking interview with Geof Law of TWS Tasmania on abc World Today - 23rd July 07 in due course here

[Here it is now]

"You can also listen to the story in REAL AUDIO and WINDOWS MEDIA and MP3 formats." 


Green groups outraged at Labor's forests policy


The World Today - Monday, 23 July , 2007  12:17:00

Reporter: Gillian Bradford

ELEANOR HALL: The reaction from the forestry unions may be positive, but environment groups are outraged about Labor's forestry policy announcement.

Geoff Law is the Wilderness Society's Tasmanian campaigner, and he's speaking to Gillian Bradford in Canberra.

GILLIAN BRADFORD: Geoff Law, I take it you're not as happy as the forestry workers we've just heard from there?

GEOFF LAW: Ah, well what was just reported is much worse than what we've been emailed about what was in Mr Rudd's policy statement, and if what is reported is correct, then it's an absolute capitulation on the part of Mr Rudd. And furthermore, it is a squandering of an opportunity to deal with climate change.

For over a year Mr Rudd has been carrying on about climate change and how the Howard Government has been failing to come to grips with it. One of the best ways of ameliorating the effects of climate change, and indeed reducing greenhouse contributions, is to protect old growth forests, native forests, and lock-up the carbon within them. Now he's saying that he won't do that. Now he's saying that he supports the forestry agreements signed by Mr Howard, which actually provide taxpayers' money to destroy more of those forests, which include places in Tasmania's south-west, in the Tarkine, Great Western Tiers, North-East Highlands, including some areas that the Prime Minister himself promised to protect. So instead we are going to see taxpayers' funds being used to prop up an industry of dubious financial viability, given the fact that it is constantly wanting these handouts. Hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money have now been passed over to that industry to allow it to continue on its merry way, destroying these forests, and Mr Rudd has put his hand up and said 'yes, I'll be part of that'.

GILLIAN BRADFORD: Do you understand the politics of this though, Geoff Law, that Labor's decided it simply can't afford to give away those seats in Tasmania?

GEOFF LAW: Well, all he's doing there is mindlessly accepting some folklore. In fact, the opinion polls showed well before either forestry policy was announced in the last election, either by Mr Latham or Mr Howard, that the seats of Bass and Braddon were lost to Labor. And instead what we have now is Mr Rudd, instead of moving for a win-win situation where we can protect the ancient old-growth forests and other high conservation value areas in Tasmania, lock up the carbon in them, keep it out of the atmosphere.

Instead of doing that and focusing on the plantations we've already got in the ground, we've got Mr Rudd instead joining the juggernaut, leaping onboard, which is just ploughing its way through ancient forests into wilderness areas, at taxpayers' expense, in Tasmania. It is a capitulation, it breaks Labor Party forest policy, which was for further protection of old growth forests of high conservation value in Tasmania, and it is just squandering opportunities, squandering opportunities …

GILLIAN BRADFORD: But let me just clarify here, Geoff Law. You say this is worse than you expected, but can you assure us that Labor's Environment spokesman, Peter Garrett, in his meetings with you, hasn't promised Labor might do deals after the election has passed, after they've got over this sensitive period?

GEOFF LAW: There've been no promises from Mr Garrett. He was quite tight-lipped about what Labor might be doing. And certainly none of the information that we put before Mr Garrett has found its way into the formulation of the policy which was announced today, or indeed what we've been emailed.

Instead what we've had is, as you describe it, a political exercise in appeasing forestry unions. And this is a case of Labor's forest policy being dictated to it by part of a union, the CFMEU, that forestry union which is exercising power well beyond its means, well beyond its representation in the Australian community, because you've got millions of people all over Australia, as shown in opinion polls, who believe that these wilderness areas, these old growth forests, should be protected, that the Government and the Opposition should be moving more quickly to deal with climate change, which means they should be locking up the carbon in those forests, and instead he's just capitulated and done what that particular union, the industry, the State Government, want on very, very spurious political grounds which simply do not bear scrutiny once you analyse the figures.

GILLIAN BRADFORD: Geoff Law, thanks for talking to The World Today.

GEOFF LAW: Thank you.

ELEANOR HALL: That's Geoff Law from the Wilderness Society speaking to Gillian Bradford in Canberra.




Postscript #1 feedback

Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 6:08 PM

Subject: Re: Tas Forests: It's 'take out the trash' day to appease the trailer trash


it's cute isn't it, tom, that Ford sheds 600 jobs* and it can't be helped according to the feds. rudd follows suit. little fanfare these days. not that long ago, governments would throw bucketloads of cash at the car industry. we also used to have a manufacturing industry in this country. since most of it has gone off-shore, i suppose it's okay to let go of propping up one of the last bits of it, in this case the car industry?. . . and then there's which electorates the people who work in these industries live and how important they might be in forming government . . . and then there's the financial clout of the players and how much and who they donate to.

*although it announced today it would build a 4-cylinder plant, employing 300. net loss 300. how many does forestry directly employ?


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Postscript #2


Kevin Rudd is on the 10 am bulletin just now blathering about why union leader Trevor Harkins ETU union rep now candidate in the seat of Franklin is only being attacked by the Howard Govt because they don't want to talk about cost of living issues (nothing to do Harkins having the reputation as a union thug). Rudd obviously thinks that cost of living is his safe strong suit re supermarket prices and housing. Only the affordability of housing issue is mainly about ... record levels of immigration now under Howard (ironic after demise of the One Nation juggernaut). And Rudd won't talk about that because he's on a unity ticket with Howard  - to feed the market demand monster ....... that keeps profit levels high for Big Business. How  intellectually shallow. Indeed hypocritical, grandstanding on one but not the other major impact on cost of living. And that's allowing for an even bigger refugee intake. It's the huge numbers of skilled migrants that need and are filling the houses/units boosting rents.

What becomes clear is that the logger union have "pulled on" Rudd before the election, which is more than the whole union movement could do on the Work Choices package if John Robertson of Unions NSW is to be believed.


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