Love the fact that Tony Abbott is really sticking it to Tassie's tree huggers with his comments on forestry. I can almost hear the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth emanating from the Apple Isle. And I live in Perth!
Listening to local ABC talk back this morn (Geoff Hutchison) I heard some wife of a cabinet maker fulminating about the PM's desire to plunder and pillage the old growth forests. She purported to speak on behalf of those who work with wood. Said that they were appalled that he was using their craft to justify his policies.
As she ranted I thought: Well, if hubbie felt that way, why wasn't he calling? Sounds like there might be a whole new left-leaning demographic out there that no one's defined yet -- the carpenter's wives.
Anyhoo, I think the PM made some good points in his speech to timber workers, including this one:
"When I look out tonight at an audience of people who work with timber, who work in forests, I don't see people who are environmental vandals; I see people who are the ultimate conservationists," he said.
So true. Of course loggers want to conserve the forests. Without them they have no bloody industry.
Greens, on the other hand, are so consumed with infantile Gaia-worship that they often endorse policies that are extremely bad for the environment. Take their opposition to controlled burn offs, which has repeatedly resulted in catastrophic fires that caused massive destruction of forests as well as the death of countless animals and scores of humans.
But it's hardly surprising that greenies would be so out of touch with nature. Unlike timber workers they have little or no real contact with it. Instead they sit slurping lattes and suckling bongs in the inner urban areas of Australia's biggest cities.
And just on the issue of vandalism and the environment: I hope that this push to free up the forests will be accompanied by a more hard-line approach to the deep green howler monkeys who have caused so much criminal damage of property and machinery over the years.
Would be great if the freeing up of every acre of green was matched with the locking up of a greenie. Thus would nature balance itself ...