TASMANIANS AGAINST THE PULP MILL
TAP and Getup! are attending the Sydney Convention Centre to explain the issues orbiting the proposed GUNNS PULP MILL to members of the ALP at the National Labor Party Conference. Representatives commenced their peaceful engagement early July 30, and will continue July 31 and conclude August 1st with a huge street parade ending at the Centre as members leave.
During the course of each day, Tap and Getup! representatives have been engaged by members of the ALP attending the conference. In many cases TAP has spoken to facilitators of plenary sessions on ALP strategy.
“A number of senior party members are very concerned about the social inequities created by Section 11 of the Pulp Mill Assessment Act, and in particular the exposed positions it places many businesses in the Tamar Valley” TAP spokesman Robert McMahon said.
“They are also deeply worried by Minister Tony Burke and his use of parliament to promote both the Pulp Mill and Forestry MIS schemes – which after all are Liberal Government created and have cost taxpayers millions of dollars”
TAP and Getup! concluded their joint activities last evening a digital slide show of monumental proportions. Photographs from Robert Blakers and Richard Butler were projected onto the main wall of the Convention Centre showing both the enormity of Gunns apocalyptic ‘Perfect Burns” and the disturbing portraits of Tamar Valley residents impacted by Forestry practices and Section 11. A number of media attending including Channel 9 who produced video of the event and interviewed Robert McMahon.
“This event was brilliantly pulled together by Shayne McGrath and the Getup! team, and showed the effectiveness of the close working relationship between TAP and Getup!
The event created substantial interest with many of the thousands of people on the Darling Harbour promenade stopping to watch the show, and talk to members of the team about the issues in Tasmania. The show was designed to conclude as ALP members exited from what was reported as an formal evening dance. A number of people in dinner suits and gowns stopped to watch the show and and discuss the issues in Tasmania.
In response to the interest and impact of the presentation, TAP is now planning to roadshow the production around Tasmania and other states.