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Rally today: Cundall, Raverty, Martin, Booth

Bob McMahon

Now, because of the way Gunns has managed its affairs, and the way the State government has pandered to Gunn’ resource ‘requirements’, Tasmanians are now exposed to foreign ownership of vast swathes of Tasmania and vast swathes of our forest resources.
MEDIA RELEASE AUGUST 22 2008 TAP Tasmanians Against the Pulpmill

Rally and March Saturday August 23 City Park Launceston at 12 noon.
Restore Democracy – Stop the Pulp Mill – Repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act

Bob McMahon MC Tasmanians Against the Pulpmill
Rachel Maynard Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Welcome to Country
Fiona Newson Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
Peter Cundall TAP
Dr. Warwick Raverty formerly RPDC
Gabby Forward/Stef Gebbi Students Against the Pulp Mill
Terry Martin Independent MLC
Dr. Phillip Pullinger Environment Tasmania
Kim Booth Greens MHA

At the conclusion of the march through the streets of Launceston, Bob McMahon will be nailing a list of Grievances and Solutions entitled The Declaration of Justice and Democracy, to the door of Henty House in Civic Square. By that act it is intended to launch a reformation of Tasmania’s body politic.

The debt crisis that has befallen Gunns has forced them to seek a joint venture partner overseas. Foreign ownership of the pulp mill is now a real possibility.

“Globalization may well be about to hit Tasmania like a sledgehammer,” said Bob McMahon from Tasmanians Against the Pulpmill.

It was bad enough that the State Government under Lennon contracted the government planning responsibilities out to a foreign company, the ‘fast track assessment’, when it paid the Swedish company Sweco Pic to do the pulp mill assessment after Gunns withdrew from the RPDC.

Now, because of the way Gunns has managed its affairs, and the way the State government has pandered to Gunn’ resource ‘requirements’, Tasmanians are now exposed to foreign ownership of vast swathes of Tasmania and vast swathes of our forest resources.

Tasmanians are not going to put up with this. Supporters and opponents of the pulp mill are all going to be united against foreign ownership of Tasmania. What sort of Tasmania are our children and grandchildren going to live in if foreigners own Tasmania and its resources?

There is the mother of all battles looming if Gunns continues to pursue this pulp mill white elephant when it is deeply in debt and must rely on foreign companies to buy in.

The State Labor Government has unleashed a monster. We are in one incredible bloody mess. It must repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act,” concluded McMahon.

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  1. Garry Stannus

    September 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Yes, Tomas, your comment is fair. It was a bit like the ‘on the beaches’ speech. Looks a bit pretentious, now, reading over it a few weeks down the track. I guess I was aware of over-doing it as I was typing and I decided to keep on with it, because this is actually how I feel about what has been happening here in the state. I did hope that by coming out again to a rally, the general public could give a clear statement to the new Premier that this pulp mill political situation had to be resolved.

    Even here I was just tempted to write “crisis” in the last sentence, but used the word “situation”, just to avoid possible criticism, I suppose.

    The thing is, there is a harm being done in the state. It’s on a personal level. I have lost my respect not simply for this government, but for this government’s right to govern. Now I might or might not be justified in this – it is a serious thing to start thinking along these lines – but justified or not, a whacker or not, I am wondering about the notion of playing by the rules.

    I believe that the majority of people in Tas don’t want this mill,
    I believe both Lib and Lab know this,
    and are resisting the will of the people

    (by continuing to support the mill proposal actively or ‘inactively’)

    I believe that a lot of people share similar strong feelings about this, directed against both the Govt AND the Opposition for consciously denying the will of the majority.

    It’s simple: I feel cheated and disenfranchised. I’m not crook on people who support the mill, that’s fair enough, as long as it based on respectable values, but I’m crook on the two major players in the parliament: Labor and Liberals.

    So I’m back at the point of writing another ‘on the beaches’ speech, I can’t help it, that’s what happens when a government is in comtempt of its constituents.

    What do you reckon, Tomas? I’m being fair dinkum here, and would like to know how you feel about the state of governance in Tas, and the govt’s relationship with its constituency.

    – Garry.
    PS I really think we need a “circuit-breaker” and I think Bartlett could provide it by declaring the mill dead, and by making it clear that Kons, Green etc will never serve on his front bench. He had a chance to start this, he could have become a leader by supporting Kim Booth’s PMAA Revocation Bill

  2. steve

    August 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    You should try comedy lab rat nobody on Tas times took you seriously.Good luck with your G M gum trees their future has never looked so bleak.PS ha ha ha poor little lab rat hope you can swim because your ship is sinking fast and ther’s no life boats..

  3. Mike Adams

    August 24, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I think I’ll stay upwind, thanks…

  4. Tomas

    August 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Re #5 – my bowels

  5. Mike Adams

    August 23, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    May one enquire which part of Tomas’s anatomy is moved?

  6. Tomas

    August 23, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Don’t hold back on the rhetoric boys! I feel moved, truly moved. But can’t we fight them on the beaches? Should we ask not what we can do for our country? Perhaps you have a dream that this nation will rise up? How about the cost of freedom being high? Or the better angels of our nature?

    Hasta la vista, baby!

  7. Mike Adams

    August 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Just back from the Rally. Well done everyone. To have volunteers able to put on a well-advertised event with such comprehensive organisation says wonders for the abilities of TAP members with others of the anti pulp mill alliance. Impressively large numbers of people turned out afterwards to help clear up: always a good sign.

  8. Garry Stannus

    August 22, 2008 at 11:23 am

    The damage done to Tasmania.

    I wake up each day now, run to the computer to find out what new revelation is waiting for me. Bryan Green, Steve Kons, Paula Wreidt, Jack Johnston, Paul Lennon, Peter Garrett, John Gay, Robert Eastment, Robert Gottleibsen, Warwick Raverty, Peter Cundall, Kim Booth, Christopher Wright …

    I have become accustomed to expect a new sensation every day.

    This is what has happened to us. Sensation is becoming normal. This is dreadful and I blame every liberal voter, every labor voter, the liberal party, the labor party, the apathetic, the cynical. I blame the Examiner, elements of the Launceston Council, of the Georgetown Council, the West Tamar Council. I blame elements in the ABC and in the Mercury – not forgetting however the brilliant work by some of their staff, for example Airlie Ward and Sue Neales.

    I blame Barry Chipman, Timber Communities Australia, Terry Edwards, Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, FEA. I blame Paul Lennon and I blame John Gay. I blame Gunns Limited.

    Today we are marching to restore our democracy. We are marching to stop this pulp mill. We are marching to repudiate all the villains in this process. We will take our lives back. We will stop this and we will return to normality.

    Until that day, we will never give in. Gunns and this government have made us enemies for life.

    They have damaged Tasmania.

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