Speed dating and Legislative Council inquiries might not immediately appear to have anything in common.
But as Tasmanian's Upper House turns a spotlight on the state's historic forest peace deal, some similarities have surfaced.
Have you ever tried speed dating?
You know, those matchmaking events where you throw on your best shirt and sit at a table opposite a stranger asking them probing questions before scurrying on after a few minutes.
It might not seem like an obvious analogy, but the parliamentary inquiry has some things in common.
There's no wine, background music, candles or nibbles but the objective - trying to win someone over - is one similarity.
The inquiry is being held in a dark, windowless room at the end of rabbit warren of corridors at the back of Parliament House.
In the centre of the narrow room is a long wooden table surrounded by faded red chairs.
Down one side sit 13 of the state's 15 Upper House MPs.
Half of them called for the inquiry to examine the legislation needed to enforce the forest peace agreement which was negotiated over the past two years between key industry groups and environmentalists.
Sitting opposite are those trying to win them over.
Some, like Dr Phill Pullinger from Environment Tasmania and Terry Edwards from the Forest Industries Association, suit up and bring wingmen as they attempt to sway Legislative Councillors.
Others, like Vica Bayley from The Wilderness Society, wander in alone.
He exudes confidence; working the room, using props and speaking clearly and loudly for the benefit of those opposite.
After an hour or two the inquiry's chairman, Huon MLC Paul Harriss, calls time and the next group takes a seat.
The inquiry got off to a shambolic start.
Just hours before the first public hearings, the State Government tabled almost 160 pages of last-minute changes to the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill in a bid to allay the concerns of Upper House MPs.
Interim protection of new reserves - 295 parcels of native forest totalling 504,000 hectares - will now be tied to the passing of the bill, instead of being dealt with afterwards; a proposal labelled "risky".
Signatories weren't consulted and Terry Edwards didn't hide his anger.
He urged MLCs to reject the amendments claiming they radically weakened the durability of the agreement which is designed to end the state's decades-old forest wars.
Former Forestry Tasmania employee, Michael Wood, doesn't believe the "durability provisions" are "strong enough" either.
"I don't think there's enough at stake for the environmental movement to keep them honest and to hold them in the agreement for the long term," he told MPs just days after retiring from the state-owned company.
The last-minute changes meant numerous witnesses were caught off guard and had to be recalled for a second time to be quizzed about the amendments.
Behind the scenes, the State Government was forced to convene urgent meetings with signatories to work through their "major concerns".
While all that was going on, the Federal Environment Minister turned up in Hobart to announce he would be submitting an application to expand the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area by 170,000 hectares.
It was a major gamble for Tony Burke who told journalists the Australian Government did not withdraw applications once they were submitted.
So, if approved and the Upper House decides to knock back the forest peace deal legislation, 123,000 hectares of land currently available for logging will still be added to the World Heritage Area, along with some privately-owned land and existing reserves.
Tasmania's lucrative speciality timbers industry told the inquiry it fears it will be wiped out. About 60 per cent of the zone where species of trees used by the industry are located is in that area.
Nelson MLC Jim Wilkinson was frustrated with the weekly changes, describing the process as a "bit of a moving feast."
Many people would agree with him.
Both the Commonwealth and State Governments are doing whatever they can to ensure the historic agreement between signatories holds and that the enabling legislation is passed by the full Tasmanian Parliament.
The Premier concedes her Government does not have a "plan B" if the peace deal does not become law.
Upper House MPs have been keen to know if the deal will the stop the protests.
The Wilderness Society's Vica Bayley told the inquiry there is "nothing in the agreement that prohibits protests", a sentiment echoed by Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment Centre.
Her organisation, which has targeted overseas customers of veneer producer Ta Ann, is "committed to continuing to advocate for those forests that continue to get logged".
The inquiry has sat for about 90 hours so far.
At times the exchanges are riveting - much like speed dating - but there are also dull, repetitive moments, mumbling and waning interest.
And unlike speed dating, it has not exactly been a cracking pace.
The inquiry's report is due in March, before the amended legislation goes before the Upper House for a vote.