The Tasmanian Greens today tabled their Pulp Mill Assessment Act (Repeal Section 11) Amendment Bill 2013.
Greens Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP said that the Bill is an important reminder that the community disquiet over the divisive and polluting Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal is still strong.
“Now the Pulp Mill Permit is being hawked to any potential bidder by Gunns’ administrators, it is important that any prospective buyer is clear that despite there being corrupted legislation in place, the project does not have a social licence, and will never have a social licence,” Mr Booth said.
“This Section 11 Repeal Bill being on the books is a potential ‘sword of Damocles’ hanging over the Tamar Valley pulp mill.”
“Section 11 of the Pulp Mill Assessment Act 2007 is an abhorrent provision which should never have been allowed to pass the Parliament. It seeks to deny all Tasmanians their normal democratic processes to appeal any aspect of the project.”
“It is a community gag order in the extreme. And should any bidder be foolish enough to consider the Pulp Mill Permit currently on the market, they need to be clear of the degree of community angst and potential legal stink they will be buying into.”
“The Greens remain determined to repeal this odious and corrupt legislation no matter how long it takes.”
“We will never accept the community health and welfare being sacrificed for the interests of a company that has collapsed and its former CEO now convicted for insider trading.”
“Labor and the Liberal parties joined to block the Greens’ previous Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2011 earlier this session of Parliament, which we believe is the ultimate and necessary step to finally draw closure over this dud proposal and to allow the community to move on,” Mr Booth said.
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Kim Booth MP Greens Forestry spokesperson