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Speech on climate change and the pulp mill

Senator Milne's motion points to the important and serious role that the Greens take, and have taken over the last decade and more, in trying to bring to the attention and the notice of government and this parliament the incredible impact that climate change is going to have on every Australian's life over the coming centuries.... ...Gunns pulp mill which will have a forest furnace attached to it, which will burn 500,000 tonnes of forest wood per annum, next to a pulp mill which at the outset is going to have 80 per cent of its resource stock of native forests. In other words, they are going to create a massive factory to burn the carbon banks or chemically break up the carbon banks now sitting there in the Tasmanian valleys and mountains holding back climate change and they are going to promote the transformation of those great saving forests into an added hit on the global climate change phenomenon... ...We will test here this morning whether Mr Howard-now that he has confirmed his leadership of the government into the next election-is up to it. He can do that with a single act: by supporting this call for a Senate inquiry into the impact of climate change on Australia's coasts, its cities, its concentrated areas of population and its magnificent environments. For speech in full, see attached pdf

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