GARRY STANNUS On this — World Environment Day  — a citizens’ court puts Environment Minister Michelle O’Byrne on trial ...

MICHELLE O’BYRNE ... I am complaining to you in the strongest terms about the smoke that is all around Launceston.  We have had it for another day again and it is unbelievably bad. Take a look out in St John St down the Tamar, or east down Paterson St and the hills. You are Minister for the Environment and you are responsible for the shocking state of affairs.  This is a threat to public health and it is causing acute distress to people with respiratory problems brought on by our wretched air quality. We have a right to clean air. Please be aware that I am going to put you on trial in the court of public opinion. I will send you a statement of specific charges in the near future. (May 12, 2009).

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