Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note July 2014

When the Monthly published Richard Flanagan’s magisterial essay on Gunns in May 2007, the logging behemoth seemed as powerful in Tasmania as a company could get. Flanagan’s essay was a catalyst for much broader discussion of the company and condemnation of its behaviour.

In this issue, John van Tiggelen returns to the Gunns story. This time the wreckage is not of old-growth forests but of the company itself. Van Tiggelen also goes inside one of the most extraordinary and effective environmental actions ever seen in Australia – the wrecking of the Triabunna woodchip mill to ensure it never shreds another tree.

Now, the entire Tasmanian logging industry is on the verge of collapse, though few are ready to acknowledge it.

Jess Hill’s essay tells another story that has been hidden from public view. Her investigation into the real reason behind the rapid rise in power prices around the country since 2009 must be read to be believed. The truth is nothing short of a national scandal.

We are also delighted to welcome to our pages for the first time Ceridwen Dovey, Meshel Laurie, Sam Bungey, Ronnie Scott, Steve Dow and the cartoonist First Dog on the Moon. First Dog’s ‘The Rum Corps’ will be a regular feature in the Monthly, exclusive to the print edition.

Happy reading.


Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.


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