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Greens to Gillard: no taxpayers' money to Gunns

Media Release
Bob Brown 25 Feb 2011

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.

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