Doing what Eric Abetz called a ‘no show‘ indicating extremist policies, the Liberal (Brett Whiteley) and Labor (Justine Keay) candidates for Braddon have failed to take part in a survey on the future of the Tarkine, which is wholly located in Braddon. The Tarkine’s future depends on federal government decisions.
‘One thing Senator Abetz will like is the response from independent Craig Garland who did not back a national park but does want selective rainforest logging. However, Mr Garland has drawn the line at industrial clearfall logging which Liberal and Labor back in Australia’s largest temperate rainforest,’ Bob Brown said today.
The Bob Brown Foundation sent a questionnaire to all Braddon candidates and the Greens’ Jarrod Edwards is ‘clearly the winner for voters who want the Trans Tarkine Track and the Tarkine protected or returned to Tasmanian Aboriginal ownership.’ The Foundation will place a prominent advertisement in Wednesday’s Advocate so all Braddon voters know these results by Saturday.
‘The Tarkine is a real sleeper issue and potential vote-changer,’ Brown said. Our ReachTell poll of 700 Braddon voters in July shows the majority want action for the Tarkine. But both Labor and Liberal want activities to lock tourists out: surprising in this age of job-growth due to booming visitor numbers to Tasmania’s natural attractions. The big parties are making an anti-jobs stance by refusing to give it national park or World Heritage protection. Their ‘no-show’ on questions about the Tarkine underscores how sensitive and potentially vote-losing their last-century stance is.’
‘Our ReachTell poll in Braddon shows that most voters back the Foundation’s proposed Trans Tarkine Track, most want national park protections and a big majority also want the Aboriginal heritage coastal area between Sandy Cape and the Pieman River kept free of off-road vehicles. We strongly advise voters to put the Greens’ Jarrod Edwards first, Mr Garland second and then Labor and Liberal in the order they choose. Voting Greens first will be double-value voting as preferences to other parties flow on as full-value votes,’ Brown said.
Contact: Jenny Weber, 0427 266 929