Gunns Ltd has gained finance for the Tamar Valley pulp mill, says TAP Into A Better Tasmania.
The Joint Venture Partner is a Japanese Pulp and Paper group.
Federal and State Labor colluded in the deal, says TAP.
“Highly confidential information was made available to TAP on the evening of November 10th, 2009,” said TAP spokesperson Bob McMahon.
“The information throws up the following serious questions,” said McMahon.
Is it true that Gunns Ltd has managed to find finance to construct its pulp mill through a joint venture partnership with a Japanese Pulp and Paper Group (unnamed)?
Is it true that in order to achieve this joint venture partnership Gunns has been obliged to give away between half and two thirds equity in Gunns Ltd?
Is it true that the Tasmanian State Labor Government and Federal Labor Government were party to the deal and made it possible by giving guarantees that only governments can give?
Is it true that the Tasmanian Labor Government has provided resource guarantees of land, forests and water as well as guaranteeing compulsory acquisition of land for the pulp mill water pipeline easement?
Is it true that the Federal Government has guaranteed subsidies for capital works and equipment?
If the Federal Government involvement is true then how does this square with the requirement under the EPBC Act for Gunns to complete hydrodynamic modelling and for the research to be assessed by the Federal Government prior to their granting approvals?
ABC Radio News: says the JVP is Sodra …
And The BusinessSpectator too: Sweden’s Sodra in talks on Gunns pulp mill
What the Wilderness Society says: HERE