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Bob Brown’s disastrous bushfire legacy destroys vast World Heritage areas and tourism in Tasmania

by Robert J Lee

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The Greens should be proud of these burnt landscapes in Lake Mackenzie World Heritage areas that will never recover from January wildfires

Decades of detritus accumulated under the forest canopy forming two metre thick beds of tinder have caused utter devastation across large areas of once pristine forest in Tasmania.

Uncontrollable wildfires in January wiped out 38,000 acres of forest ecosystems in the Central Plateau that once attracted many thousands of bushwalkers and tourists every year.

The State Government has not yet revealed the magnitude of other devastated areas in World Heritage and forestry.

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Much of Tasmania’s World Heritage forest has been destroyed

 

Unique alpine flora including pencil pines, king billy pines and cushion plants, some more than 1,000 years old have been lost forever.

Wilderness photographer and bushwalker Dan Broun has returned from the Central Plateau. He told the ABC he walked four hours into the bushfire affected areas just after the fires.

“The scene is complete and utter devastation. There is kilometres of burnt ground, everything is dead,” he said.

He said small pockets of areas protected by rock escaped the fire.

“I also witnessed devastated wildlife; burnt wallabies, dead wombats and the like,” said Mr Broun.

Fire ecologist David Bowman said the fires burning in Tasmania were a sign of climate change.

However the so-called experts prefer to ignore the decades of dried matter that has built up on the forest floor, due to a lack of hazard reduction burn offs.

Until the late 1800’s, the Aborigines burnt these areas from time to time in a dry season creating a suitable environment for animals and understorey regrowth, preventing any sizeable fuel load from covering the forest floor.

The former leader of the Greens, Tasmanian Bob Brown can be directly blamed for this conflagration because the Greens campaigned long and hard to halt all sustainable forestry harvesting, have all sensible land managers kicked out and to lock up vast forests much to the detriment of the ecology.

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Cushion plants scorched by fire now threatened by the loss of forest cover

And the Greens want to change the senate voting regulations to keep out independents and minor parties!

Whooping cough vaccine makes father of 5 quadriplegic

This is typical of what is happening in Australia since the Murdoch media started vilifying parents who question vaccination.

Ben and Tanya Hammond, two days after the birth of their 8 week premature baby, were forced into having DPaT vaccine, as otherwise the hospital refused them access to see their premature baby. Both parents Ben and Tanya had the shots and Ben became paralysed within 11 days of receiving the vaccines. Ben has been through horrendous health problems and although he can finally take steps now, however, from chest down Ben is completely numb and is now legally disabled. Ben was a strong very health man working as a mine manager, however, now is unable to ever work again.

His distraught wife Tanya has been very public about the need for a No Fault Vaccination Compensation Scheme, doing TV, Radio and newspaper interviews since this happened. Tanya and Ben believe if they had to have the vaccine then there should be a compensation plan for injuries like Ben’s. Not only have they had to struggle with Ben’s health issues, but also been left high dry with 5 children and a mortgage. The disability benefit Ben is paid is insufficient to pay the mortgage and feed the children.

You would think that would be enough to deal with, but Tanya was dragged out of her car and bashed for scare mongering against vaccines shortly after she was interviewed on local TV. Tanya had her jaw, windpipe and bone in her neck broken. The woman got off with and fine and good behaviour bond.
Then just when you thought that the Hammond family had experienced more suffering than most people can even imagine….it just got worse!

Tanya’s story;

surgeonAt 6am this morning our family were still in bed when we got woken up by cops breaking down our front door! They removed us from our room (where we were sleeping with our 3-year-old) and they tried to forced Ben to the floor. I was screaming that he couldn’t because he is disabled, but they wouldn’t listen. I had to watch him trying to get down, but since he couldn’t they slammed him roughly to the ground and pinned him to the floor with a gun to his head. I was pinned to the ground with a gun against my head also but I kept trying to ask about my baby and trying to see where he was. Each time I tried they kept slamming my head against the floor yelling GET DOWN! GET DOWN! My baby was so upset but I couldn’t help him, I felt so powerless.

My 11 yr old woke up to my screaming and crying just before he had his room raided by 10 police. They destroyed our 2 front doors, terrified and traumatised my family and when I asked what’s going on they said to wait till the camera gets here before they will tell us. Why would they need a camera crew when we had done nothing wrong? How long had they been planning this?

A good 10 mins later (still pinned to the floor with guns pointed at us) the camera arrived. They told us they had a warrant to search our home for making and selling CRYSTAL METH!! I couldn’t believe my ears, they thought we were drug dealers?!? Our family is struggling to stay on top of all of the challenges that have tried to destroy us since the Whooping Cough vaccine took away Ben’s health and they think we have the time and energy to make illegal drugs?!? I just couldn’t believe what was happening? I was helpless to protect my kids and my disabled husband, watching them force him to the ground and my little boy screaming while I was pinned to the floor and I couldn’t help them…

They found Ben’s catheters and they categorised them as “sharps” they also took Ben’s medicinal cannabis plant that he uses for managing his pain and his smoking device he uses to administer it and they are charging Ben for that. HE NEEDS THAT to manage the constant pain he is in, nothing else works as pain meds cause him to urinate blood.

Needless to say but they found NO evidence of any Meth or Meth making equipment so they put our family through hell and traumatised all of us for absolutely NOTHING!

We need your moral support even more now than ever, if you can contact your MP and ask them to investigate our case and find out why and how this happened we would really appreciate it. I can’t help but ask, when will our family’s suffering end?