The environment, it seems, is an issue that divides Tasmanians. They all have a view, and hold it passionately. From afar it appears that, much more than in the UK, the environment is a political issue, and it is no accident that Tassie saw the emergence of the world’s first Green Party in the 1970s protesting – unsuccessfully as it turned out – about the damming of a river and the consequent drowning of a wilderness valley.
The Green are an important element of Tasmanian politics, though at the moment they appear to be in some disarray. Politicians and political activists falling out is nothing new, but how refreshing it is that the arguments are about whether the Green Party is green enough.
If only we cared that much in the UK.