I sincerely hope that Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood have thought through their strategy. Their experiment at Triabunna has the potential to be a landmark in history, as significant as that which led Copernicus to the heretical hypothesis that the earth revolves around the sun.
Few believe that the Cameron-Wood purchase of the Triabunna chip mill is driven by a sudden desire on their part to develop a tourism venture on the East Coast of Tasmania.
In their Triabunna Experiment it seems they have set out to disprove the central doctrine of Tasmanian flat-earth economics - that the Tasmanian economy revolves around consumption of our natural capital. Their alternative hypothesis is that our future economy must revolve around conservation.
In this regard, Tasmania is a metaphor for the world. The emergence of new economic theory, based on the reality of diminishing natural capital, is vital to global security. Tasmanian policy-makers should embrace the Triabunna experiment and initiate complementary experimental public policy far beyond simple forestry policy, in concert with their Federal counterparts.
The Cameron-Wood acolytes should tone themselves down. This is no time for triumphalism. There is significant risk involved in this experiment for many people. Until the proof is established, it is fair that the hypothesis is treated with scepticism. Alternative views must be accommodated that have potential to strengthen the experimental design.
Failure will be disastrous. The stakes have been built, and with so much forest not being put through the chipper, there is ample fuel at hand to supply the faggots.
The Way We Were ...
The Way We May Be ...
These pics were taken on November 9, 2007. Nothing’s been done since these were taken.