16 May 2007, Comments Off on If you only buy one magazine this month

If you only buy one magazine this month

Author: Helen

Make it The Monthly, with the article by Richard Flanagan on the collusion between the Tasmanian government and Gunns Limited in the destruction of that island’s irreplaceable old-growth forest. Here’s one he prepared earlier– sadly, nothing much has changed.

Image from http://matthewnewton.com.au/
Image by Matthew Newton

Along with the article you get a full-page black and white of this image: the Weld Angel.
For once, awesome doesn’t seem overused or out of place.

These people spend hours, weeks, months in cold and often dangerous situations. They do it to save these old-growth forests for all of us, our children and their children. While it’s still fashionable to sneer at them as crusty hippies, history may see it differently. Lennon, Gay, Howard and co. on the other hand, will be remembered as the philistine money men who squandered our country’s inheritance for a mess of… well, woodchips.

Oh, and the Weld Angel was dragged down, arrested and fined $6,000 by the Tasmanian law enforcers. Got that? Blocking a forest for nine hours, actionable. Bulldozing the forest: you’re a bloody hero.

If you’d like to send some money the Angel’s way, the Huon Valley Environment centre is collecting donations. You need to specify that they are for the Angel. You can donate via their website, or their postal address, Huon Valley Environment Centre, PO Box 217, Huonville, Tasmania 7109.

Thank you, Weld Angel.
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom

Comments (0)

  • This is beautiful. I let my Monthly sub lapse when it got a bit boring, but then there is always at least one essay in there that is just a MUST READ. So I try to read it all at the airport newsstand. And occassionally an issue is very good.

  • Helen says:

    Yes I buy it sporadically too.

    Don’t you find it a bit peculiar that the ads are all so alpha alpha alpha? surely they realise many of the people who read the Monthly are (ahem) not exactly in the top income bracket?

  • And surely they realise that they are (ahem) thinkers more than mindless status-seeking consumers? (Actually, some of my best friends drive old alphas… not that there’s anything wrong with that…)

  • Helen says:

    1970 GTVs ???! Air kissy!

  • Laura says:

    I only just got to read this article today – the issue went missing (found it under the bed.) Quite lost for words about the whole thing; it’s making me feel quite reluctant to vote Labor, which I had decided to do.

    And yeah, the ads in the Monthly are totally bizarre! Million dollar penthouse apartments, wtf?

  • Helen says:

    I’ve got a post in the pipeline bouncing off your Howard Arkley thing, but life is like a speeding ute to which I’ve been attached by a rope and I’m being dragged along at 120ks behind it. You know the feeling.

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