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‘Pulp fiction’

KIM BOOTH, Greens pulp mill spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens today in Parliament continued to pressure the Bartlett government to come clean over its support for the Gunns’ proposed pulp mill at Longreach.

Greens Pulp Mill spokesperson and Member for Bass Kim Booth said that it was now as clear as mud that Premier Bartlett has totally back flipped over Gunns’ polluting pulp mill proposal at Longreach, as the Premier failed to rule out that State Labor had lobbied the Federal government recently to promote the pulp mill proposal.

“Premier Bartlett has stated in the past that all support and agreements would end on November the 30th 2008, however he failed to rule out any ongoing support in the form of lobbying the Federal government to assist the project,” Mr Booth said.

“Recent federal moves by Rudd Labor, the CFMEU and Gunns to resurrect the project has raised the real fear throughout the community that Labor is preparing to provide scarce public money to subsidise the project despite it not even having approval to operate, due to unresolved effluent pollution issues with Bass Strait.”

“Mr Bartlett attempted to justify support for Gunns’ pulp mill on the basis that the Burnie and Wesley Vale mills may shut and yet the greatest threat to their future is the lack of Forest Stewardship certified pulp available in Tasmania in order to make product that consumers actually want.”

“The disappointing thing for all Tasmanians is that no body can trust the Premier any more.”

“When the Premier earns the reputation of “Dishonest Dave” then confidence and respect for government is eroded.”

“Not only did Mr Bartlett back flip in parliament today but he also engaged in serious pulp fiction in attempting to justify his dishonest flip flopping.”

“This latest parliamentary display by Mr Bartlett confirms that not only is the Premier prepared to promise anything that comes out of his mouth but that clearly he doesn’t even know what he is talking about.”

“The terrible thing is that real economy of the Tamar Valley has stalled whilst the threat of this polluting mill proposal hangs over the heads of other industries,” Mr Booth said.

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  1. Mike Bolan

    June 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Isn’t it time to conduct a socio-economic impacts study of this 19th century proposal?

    * Sweco Pic didn’t do one (see p12 of their report)
    * ITS Global only looked at benefits
    * Gunns didn’t do one
    * The independent umpire that we were promised didn’t have time

    Without that information, governments are rushing in without understanding the impacts of the proposal. How can they assure our protection if they don’t know what the threats might be?

    If the mill is benign, a proper study of impacts should present no problem. Neither should there be a problem for Gunns to put up solid guarantees of no harm.

    The communities who may suffer appear to get no benefits from this proposal whatsoever.

    Those who stand to gain appear to be the only ones that governments will listen to.

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