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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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UNITING CHURCH VOICES CONCERN OVER HYDRO-SARAWAK LINK

The Tasmanian Greens today secured a commitment from the Minister for Energy to direct Hydro Tasmania to meet with the Uniting Church to discuss their concerns about Hydro’s involvement in controversial dam building projects in Malaysia.

In State Parliament this morning, Greens Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP tabled a letter from the Justice and International Mission Unit of the Uniting Church requesting a meeting with Hydro Tasmania to discuss their role in the development of dams in Sarawak.

“I am pleased that the Minister today said he would ensure that Hydro Tasmania meet with the representatives from the Uniting Church to discuss their concerns over work being undertaken by Sarawak Energy Berhad involving Hydro Tasmania’s consultancy arm Entura,” Mr Booth said.

“The Uniting Church wrote to Hydro on January 15th and, at the time I raised this matter in Parliament, they had not received a response.”

“Representatives from the Uniting Church in Tasmania are extremely concerned about impacts of these dams on indigenous people, and about the allegations of serious corruption surrounding these projects.”

“I have visited Entura offices and have seen the professionalism and competency of the people who work there, and I fear that their involvement in Sarawak could unnecessarily damage the organisation’s reputation.”

“There are a number of investigations underway into allegations of corruption involving the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib, with 20 Swiss MPs filing a motion in parliament for an immediate freeze on assets held by Swiss banks on behalf of the Malaysian Taib family.”

“Even if Hydro Tasmania is not directly involved, their excellent reputation will be tarnished by association if the allegations of corruption are found to be true.”

“If these developments turn out to solely advantage an elite few in violation of indigenous rights then we should simply not be involved.”

[1] Download: Uniting Letter to Hydro Tasmania, 15 January 2013 (with permission):
Mar21_Uniting_Church_Letter_to_Hydro_Tasmania_K_Booth_ATTACH.pdf
Kim Booth MP Greens Energy Spokesperson Thursday, 21 March 2013

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  1. William Boeder

    March 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Hello Kim Booth, I have read the link in the article forwarded on to the Tasmanian Times Forum, my first thoughts were that this rivals the goings-on in Papua/West Papua, yet it did not contain any references to torture, vicious beatings and killings and other associated grizzly horrors that continue to indicate a form of genocide is being perpetrated upon the indigenous people of these Papua/West Papua Provinces by the Indonesian TNI Military Forces, also the Indonesian Provincial Police Services, along with the Australian-trained members of Detachment 88, (commonly known in Indonesia as Kompassus) all of which are serving in the provinces of Papua/West Papua.
    For some many years, say since 1969, there have been a number of overseas corporate mining entities boldly endeavouring to take enormous financial advantage of the huge volume of mineral resources, particularly in the lands adjacent to the Maoke Mountains in Papua.
    One region or province in particular that is being mined for both Gold and Copper, by the subsidiary mining operators of Freeport McMoran inc, based in America that have obtained access to these resources throughout this region but mostly close-by the Town known as Grasburg.
    There is an enormous volume of pollution to the land and waters in the mining outfall from these mining operations that are forever being ignored by this mammoth plundering American behemoth that may never ever be restored to anything near its pre-colonial times.
    Again in this realm any thought of compensation or suitably forested relocation for the indigenous people in this area is simply ignored, accordingly as I have read and also been advised, any form of provocative resistance shown toward the mine or its operators is dealt with through the barrel of a gun.
    However moving back to the operations in Sarawak that has Hydro’s subsidiary entity known as Entura, quite heavily involved in the creation of a goodly number of the Taib family huge Hydro-electricity projects, one can be assured that this involvement by Entura would come at great cost to the indigenous people who have lived in these former forested jungle regions of Sarawak for Centuries.
    I cannot understand why such huge environmentally destructive projects are so avidly leapt upon by this State’s GBE’s, surely this covert life-ruinous activity is not essential nor paramount to the survival of, nor the ongoing operations of Hydro Tasmania?
    The departure recently of Roy Adair from the GBE of Hydro Tasmania really means nothing to the people of this State, one would suspect he could have been transferred onto the payroll of Entura, how are we to know otherwise?
    Of course some upper-level positioned insider could kindly provide a comment to this Forum to advise otherwise.

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