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Gunns bid scuttled

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  1. max

    November 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I am surprised that Gunns are still interested in plantations. The plantations that are growing in Tasmania are starting to look like they could be liabilities instead of a profit makers. There is a growing awareness that the toxic sprays required to keep the plantations pest free are effecting the states drinking supplies and if the World wide ban on some of these sprays is recognised in Tasmania the plantations will suffer. To add to this is the effect of global warming and the increasing fire danger to plantations, they become fire bombs as was found out in Victoria. When you consider that Gunns are competing against GM trees that are harvested in 6 years instead of 16 + years then plantations in Tasmania are starting to look like a lost cause.

  2. Surveyor Nine

    November 25, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Interesting move by the ACCC. When Gunns was trying to buy North Forest Products and thereby get a stranglehold on the Tasmanian chipping industry; the ACCC’s investigation appeared to be very cursory. Quick telephone calls sufficed and the deal when through without a whimper. Good to see that there has been a backbone transplant.

  3. Russell

    November 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    They should be applying the same arguments to Coles and Woolworths, National Foods and Fonterra, Simplot and McCains, and Labor and Liberal.

    Wonderful news though.

  4. Dave Groves

    November 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Well perhaps they just need a bigger persuader?

    Go for the size 10 instead of the size 9…usually works.

    Love how the Gazette had it done and dusted the other day….in their usual fine style.

    Its enough to put the Exaggatorial out of business.

    It’s a classic show…love it!!!

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