Bob Hawke and the Labour Party have a lot to answer for.
It was he and his mates who passed the World Heritage Act under the “treaties” powers of the Government. This provided a pulpit for every Green on earth to be outraged at Australia’s “failure” to protect frogs and things.
More importantly, it was passed quite cynically to prevent the Franklin Dam being built.
Tasmania has very few industrial resources, but one shining light is hydroelectric power generation. It’s hard to find anything which is more clean, green, environmentally friendly and less polluting than to generate electricity by using falling water.
During her press conference as premier today, Lara Giddings, 38, revealed a three-year-old's fear of a "bad man" led her into politics.
"(In) 1975, and a dramatic political event occurred in Australia with the dismissal of the Prime Minister. My mother, a very passionate Labor supporter ... was so upset she went to bed, literally, I think, for a week," she said.
"So as a little three-year-old, I'm obviously wondering what's gone wrong that my mum's so upset, and in my own analysis I decided that Mr Fraser must be a 'bad man'. And what do bad men do? They kill little children.
"So my mother very quickly said, 'No, no, no Lara, he doesn't kill little children, he just wouldn't hold your hand to cross the road.
"To me that sums up why I am a member of the Labor Party ... It is about helping people cross that road."
Terry Barnes analyses the political climate in Tasmania prior to their crucial state election.
The opinion polls are saying it, the media is starting to say it, and even the Labor Premier, David Bartlett, has all but conceded it: the Liberal Party is likely to be the largest party in the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly after the Hare-Clark system grinds its way through Saturday’s election count.
This has been an interesting campaign to watch, with each of the three main parties led by 40-odd year old men: David Bartlett for Labor, Will Hodgman for the Liberals and Nick McKim for the Greens.