Today Tasmanian and media legend, Peter Cundall, is launching a TV ad campaign from non-partisan group, Our Common Ground. GetUp National Director, Simon Sheikh, said that GetUp is proud to lend its support to this campaign, helping to ensure that it reaches every Tasmanian.
“This ad tells the real story of the Gunns Pulp Mill. Time and again the voice of the community has been ignored and their interests dismissed in favour of unchecked corporate power.”
The ad features Dr. Warwick Raverty, former member of the Resource, Planning and Development Commission (RPDC) in Tasmania, which reviewed and seriously criticised the proposed Gunns Pulp Mill for the Tamar Valley.
Tragically, and inexcusably, Gunns and both major parties walked away from the Commission and ignored its well-founded conclusions. Mr Raverty eventually resigned as a result of ‘undue political influence’ in the process.
Simon Sheikh noted the importance of the ad and its message. “Dr. Raverty establishes the direct link between the pernicious influence of money in politics and environmental catastrophe.”
GetUp members have been campaigning against the pulp mill for over 2 years, because of the danger it represents to Tasmania’s old growth forests and the environmental and economic hazards for local industries and the local community.
GetUp members have also been campaigning to limit political donations at all levels of government, to curb the influence of major corporations, like Gunns, and give power back to the community.
Simon Sheikh said that “this ad shows that a polluted political process leads inevitably to bad outcomes for the environment, the community and future generations.”
About GetUp: GetUp.org.au is an independent movement to build a progressive Australia. GetUp brings together like-minded people who want to bring participation back into our democracy. GetUp has over 340,000 members nationwide, more than every political party combined.
Simon Sheikh, GetUp