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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Green Persecution - One Man's Story!

Miranda Devine writes this story of Green persecution of one man and his dream for Tasmania as a timely warning to those who would think of voting for the Greens in the upcoming election. The Greens are modern day Luddites who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends as is shown in their relentless  persecution of John Gay .
People should understand how much damage the Greens can inflict on our economy and our way of life with support from the gullible kindly souls who think they are saving the planet by voting Green.

This is the chilling story of how green activists targeted and finally brought down John Gay, the visionary former chairman of the Tasmanian timber company Gunns, damaged the company and helped wreck the state economy.

It contains a clear warning for the rest of Australia of what lies in wait as emboldened environmental activists move on to new bogus campaigns against their next targets: the ''wild rivers'' of Cape York at the expense of indigenous enterprise, the fishing industry, farming or, catastrophically, the coal industry.
In Gay's downfall is everything you need to know about the conscience-less dishonesty of the green movement, and how its war on progress is camouflaged as concern for nature.
Gay bought the company back from the multinational Rio Tinto, becoming a hero of the working people of Tasmania.

But the international green movement and the Australian Wilderness Society fought a relentless campaign to bring the company to its knees and destroy Gay.
They let loose violent feral protesters who chained themselves to trees and sabotaged logging equipment; protesters with placards picketed the ANZ Bank, which had undertaken to finance Gay's proposal for a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley, but pulled out at the last minute.
And they had environmentalists in suits successfully traduce Gay to cowardly institutional investors who earlier this year dumped Gunn's shares, halving the value of the company in a week.
Greenies in suits also went to Japan, destroying Gunn's markets for its woodchips, threatening - in an oh-so-reasonable way - companies that used pulp sourced from Tasmania's forests to make paper.
Afraid their brands would be trashed, Gunns' Japanese customers dropped Tasmania like a hot potato.
Then there was the personal vilification. Gay describes it as ''torture'' for his wife, Erica, and adult son and daughter, with his home under assault two or three nights a week for years - from smoke bombs under the house, stink bombs at the front door, dead possums in the yard, people rattling the gates late at night and screaming abuse from the street.
His wife was spat at in the supermarket and the Tasmanian media sat on the fence as a good man's reputation was destroyed.
''My wife and kids were tormented . . . I had to put in a security system so my wife could feel safe,'' he says.
Today Gay will say nothing bad about Gunns. But he must view with dismay what has happened since he left, with its wineries and hardware stores sold off at rock-bottom prices, and its capitulation to the green movement.
Like any quasi-religious force, the environmentalists needed an arcadia to save and a demon to fight. The cute island state and the ''rapacious logger'' fitted the bill. Gay was a godsend to them. An unreconstructed working man, who never completed high school and believed in honest work and fair play, he saw the world as rational and straightforward, rather than an insane place of spin, mirage and hidden agendas.
His friend of 45 years, and a former director of Gunns and former Liberal premier of Tasmania, Robin Gray, says: ''John is a very, very decent bloke, very generous, but he's been painted as a dreadful uncaring person.
''People who should know better were influenced . . . by green activists . . . who went to the chief executive of the ANZ Bank, which had given commitments to fund the pulp mill . . . The movement against him finally cost him his job.''
The former premier Paul Lennon says the Tasmanian economy is ''under extreme stress, the timber industry is on its knees''.
''Unemployment in Tasmania is 6.3 per cent. When I was in politics two years ago, it was 4 per cent. And we were one of the fastest-growing places in the country, but Tasmania is small and vulnerable to big shocks. We need projects like the pulp mill to underpin the economy.''
Lennon blames the then environment minister, Malcolm Turnbull, for ''sitting on his hands'' over approval for the pulp mill before the 2007 election, under the onslaught of a campaign in his eastern suburbs Sydney seat of Wentworth by the businessman Geoffrey Cousins, who appeared out of nowhere to wage a virulent campaign against the mill.
The delay, Lennon says, stopped the pulp mill in its tracks. Gunns is now in closed-door negotiations with the Wilderness Society over whether it will be allowed to continue with the mill.
''Who is actually going to believe that environmental management is going to be better in Indonesia or Malaysia,'' Lennon says. The campaign ''exposes the real agenda of Greens''.
''The Greens believe in shrinking the economy. We've found in Tasmania [that] they always find a way to oppose projects - they always try to slow down growth.''
One Tasmanian political insider says Gay's failure was that he was ''out of touch with the way to operate a modern business''.
''He's a lovely bloke but he didn't have the skills or the layers of bureaucracy, or the PR people you need to manage the campaign for the pulp mill.
''He just thought a pulp mill was a good idea for Tasmania. It would create jobs, and he was going to build the best, most environmentally friendly one in the world. He couldn't understand why people were putting obstacles in his path.''
Gay thought truth would win out. Now he lies in bed at night and worries about the logging contractors he couldn't save, who borrowed money to buy equipment and have lost their livelihood.
Gay refused to kowtow to irrational green bullying, and his demise stands as an object lesson.
What the green movement has done to Tasmania's timber industry, it will do to the rest of the country. Those purported 13 per cent of people planning to vote for the Greens on Saturday had better understand exactly what they are voting for. It's not about saving trees. It's about ''moving backwards'' to the dark ages.

1 comment:

  1. A system of world government and one monetary unit, the oligarchs permanent and unelected hereditary, which is chosen from among their numbers in the form of a feudal system as it was in the Middle Ages.