The Australian Greens will not accept taxpayers' money being diverted into Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"More than $1 billion of public funds has gone to Tasmanian loggers in the past 25 years and yet thousands of jobs have been jettisoned by the same companies."
"If established, a pulp mill will create just 300 jobs at a time that the Tasmanian Treasurer is flagging 1000 jobs being shed due to budget stringencies."
"It's not good policy for cash strapped governments to invest into a jobs-sparse pulp mill and we will not support any move by the federal government to do so," Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown repeated the Greens' long-held view that Gunns should gain a social licence for any pulp mill proposal which would require the mill to be re-sited outside the Tamar Valley.
Senator Brown is due to meet Gunns soon to discuss the pulp mill.