"Sounds of Summer: Forest Deal"
FELICITY OGILVIE: Up in the Tamar Valley, Peter Whish-Wilson, is seething. Mr Whish-Wilson owns a vineyard that looks over the pulp mill site .
PETER WHISH-WILSON: I'd really like to see a resolution on forestry conflict in Tasmania. But if it means that the Tamar Valley is going to be sacrificed at the altar of some high conservation coups I don't think it will last - no. I think it's a train wreck waiting to happen.
FELICITY OGILVIE: Mr Wish-Wilson is such a passionate opponent of the mill that he stood as a Greens candidate in both the State and Federal elections.
PETER WHISH-WILSON: What we're faced with now is the concept that this is all going to fall apart in a few months time because it is so complex and so difficult. And then what are we left with? We're left with the potential to burn old growth forests or native forests for biomass, continuing wood chipping plus the pulp mill in the Tamar Valley we get the worst of all worlds.
"Disquiet in Tasmanian Greens over forestry peace deal"
FELICITY OGILVIE:...............Peter Whish-Wilson has a vineyard that overlooks Gunns' pulp mill site.
PETER WHISH-WILSON: I'd really like to see resolution on forestry conflict in Tasmania, but if it means that the Tamar Valley is going to be sacrificed at the altar of some high conservation coupes, then I don't think it will last no; I think it's a train wreck waiting to happen.
FELICITY OGILVIE: He's predicting the Greens will be the losers if the deal falls over.
PETER WHISH-WILSON: What we're faced with now is a concept that this is all going to fall apart in a few months time, because it's so complex and so difficult and then what are we left with? We're left with the potential to burn old growth forests or native forests for biomass, continuing wood-chipping, plus a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley; we get the worst of all worlds.
Its sad that the Tasmanian Times editor appears so afraid of not being out of step with the irrational and angry lynch mob that increasingly dominates the comments section of his website that he would go as far as withdrawing a heading affirmating the work of a fellow journalist. The TT Ed.s backflip did not seem to be based on the discovery of an error in the ABC World Today report, but rather on the disagreeable ravings of an anonymous reader. Having said that I do share some of the frustrations of TT readers about the narrow and inadequate framing of the forests peace issue by the Tasmanian media. However credit where credit is due. The World Today story, aside from Ogilvie's cheeky recycling was quite comprehensive and revealing. Until today the TT Ed. clearly thought so too before curiously caving in.
The TT editors explanation for censoring himself is feeble and does not stand up to scrutiny when considering many of his headings. What the TT editors self censoring does confirm is what many observers of the Tasmanian Times have long believed, that there are not enough degrees of seperation between the TT editor and his readers.
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