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Singh mill vote dilemma

Michael Stedman Mercury

DENISON Labor MP Lisa Singh is believed to be considering breaking ranks with her party again on the issue of the pulp mill. Tomorrow State Parliament will debate a Bill, introduced by the Greens, to repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act that granted fast-track approval for the $2 billion Gunns Ltd pulp mill. Read more here

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  1. Mike Adams

    August 27, 2008 at 7:05 am

    I too was in Parliament. I felt disgust at the hypocrisy and dismay at the moral standing of both Liberal and Labor. The mill may be about environmental, economic and social issues: how parliament handled it originally and yesterday refused to rectify their ‘errors’ is a moral issue and the members well deserved the expressions of disbelief and anger. The most enjoyable part was to see the members leave the chamber and having to pass by the jeering audience: they smirked and giggled, and I was reminded of guilty schoolboys caught smoking in the toilets.
    Unfortunately for them the audience was composed of determined, committed and influential people who are not going to give up. The apathetic and unthinking majority of Tasmanians who support them don’t have these qualities.

  2. Dismord

    August 27, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Anyone who witnessed the proceedings today in ‘Parliament’ in Launceston and who still imagines this state a democracy is living in cloud cuckoo land.

  3. Paul de Burgh-Day

    August 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I go along with Pete’s comments.
    But what we are seeing now is a frantic game of passing the parcel. Bartlett’s bunch most certainly do not want to be the ones who deliver the coup de grace. The Libs wouldn’t do it anyway.
    Right now, I suspect Bartlett might be praying for Gunns to implode. Garrett too. They may not have to wait long.
    Then it will become a matter of how they deal with overseas vultures snapping up the assets.
    I cannot imagine much enthusiasm for China becoming the major land/plantation/forest owner here.
    And there is the minor matter of whether the odious section 11 is allowed to pass to any other pulp mill aspirant.
    Mind, I have doubts that anyone anywhere is going to try and build a huge new mill as they watch the collapse of the global economic house of cards.

  4. Frank

    August 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    How true Pete, how well outlined Mike!!
    Good work thanks!

    I suppose only time will tell how things develop from here.
    They may get away with all this scynical excuses for calling it “Just a cheap stunt by the Greens”, however this is history in the making, the names will be remebered.
    If it was just a cheap stunt, why would we bother to be there in Albert Hall this afternoon?
    I have many other important work to do then to waste my time on “cheap stunts”.
    We will remember them!

  5. Pete Godfrey

    August 26, 2008 at 11:55 am

    The issue here isn’t really about Lisa Singh, she is only one member of parliament and her vote even if she crosses the floor won’t change the outcome.
    The issue is that Parliament was lied to, not once but many times over the pulp mill.
    The last Premier Mr Lennon and John Gay should be brought before parliament and required to explain why they misled parliament. The legislation should automatically be declared null and void on the basis that it was brought about by subterfuge and many misleading statements.
    In fact the only true statement that I can recall about the pulp mill is that Gunns want to build a pulp mill at Bell Bay.

  6. Luke Martin

    August 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    The people who are calling on Lisa Singh to cross the floor on this bill are asking her to sacrifice her political career for something that will make absolutely no difference to the eventual outcome of the Pulp Mill project.

    This bill is clearly a political maneuver by the Tasmanian Greens that is never going to be supported by the other parties, no matter what Lisa Singh happens to do on the vote.

    Why I stress this point, is that many of the people that are now urging Lisa to make what can only ever be a symbolic, if highly dramatic, gesture on this issue, are the same people who are regularly expressing their displeasure with the current status of the Labor and Liberal Parties in Tasmania, and who are calling for a fundamental change in the nature of Tasmanian politics, are now asking someone who clearly goes a long way towards representing that change, to be nothing more than yet-another sacrificial lamb to Paul Lennon and his precious Pulp Mill.

    When the Pulp Mill was debated in Parliament, Lisa did make a highly symbolic and courageous stand in the face of enormous pressure and intimidation. This was the appropriate time for her to make her stand, not now. (and anyone who thinks she has sat on the fence on this issue should go and read her speech to Parliament).

    It’s not going to serve her, her electors in Dension, or the many Tasmanians who want Tasmanian politics to change for the better, any good for her to now orchestrate herself from the Government for a time until she can be replaced by some hack who probably won’t think twice about towing the Party line, no matter how inconsumable it is.

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