Submission to Inquiry into the Triabunna woodchip mill
The committee is to be commended for
delving into this period of public policy.
If lessons can be learnt and
processes, checks and balances established we may be able to avoid a repetition
of the disastrous lost decade for Tasmania.
More than any other event the hurried
sale of the Triabunna mill suggests the insolvency of the previous owner at
that time, yet public policy makers and their masters, the willing or unwilling
victims of cognitive capture turned a blind eye to the obvious and further
delayed the inevitable.
The relentless pursuit of a policy
objective come hell or high water has proved to be an extremely risky strategy
not only for the beleaguered residents of Triabunna but for all Tasmanians.