20 October, 2010

Without politicians

Ed McKinley, Thornbury

The Age (letter), 20 October 2010

YOUR story about the peace deal for wild forests in Tasmania offers the following gem: ''parties to the talks … all strenuously rejected the involvement of politicians in the negotiations''. This implies that they thought they would get a better result if they sorted it out among themselves. This issue has been so protracted and so bitter, yet they have found their own way forward.

I bet it was well facilitated, and I bet that all parties felt well heard - as opposed to what we see unfolding regarding the Murray-Darling Basin.

I would dearly love to hear more about why they were all so determined that it would go better without the politicians.

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