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Abbott must rule out public money for Liberals’ reckless obsession with failed Tamar Valley pulp mill

The Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to rule out any payouts from the public purse to prop up the Tasmanian Liberals' reckless, self-interested obsession with the failed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

"Everyone who drank from the poisoned chalice that is the corrupt Tamar Valley pulp mill debacle has paid the price and I'd suggest Tony Abbott heed that advice," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"This project is not financially viable and would return our community to conflict and a failed business model.

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Community needs closure on divisive Tamar Valley pulp mill

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and Greens' candidate for Bass, Lucy Landon-Lane - both former campaigners against the Tamar Valley Pulp mill proposal - reacted to the news that the former head of Gunns, John Gay, has pleaded guilty to insider trading by calling for closure for the community on the divisive pulp mill project.

"Today should be the last chapter of this sad and sorry pulp mill saga - its time for Tasmania to now move on and invest our energies in a new future," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Australian Greens Call on Commonwealth to Guarantee No Further Support for Pulp Mill

 

The Australian Greens have called on Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean, to guarantee the Tasmanian people Labor will not attempt to buy Gunns Ltd’s pulp mill permits, nor provide additional resourcing for the project.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated, the Government needs to assure the public no further support for the project will be forthcoming.

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Gunns' pulp mill dead in the water

The Gunns statement to the Australian stock exchange today confirms that the Tamar Valley pulp mill is dead in the water and is not now or has ever been economically viable, the Australian Greens said today

 

Tasmania now faces Gunns conducting a clearing out sale as Mr L' Estrange oversees the writing down of assets in an attempt to salvage the company.

 

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Brown puts pulp mill opposition to Chandler

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has today written to Mr Richard Chandler, the new investor in Gunns Ltd, recommending he look at better investment opportunities in Tasmania than the unpopular pulp mill proposal in the Tamar Valley.

"The polluting pulp mill cuts right across Tasmania's ‘clean, green and clever' branding and it is only fair that Mr Chandler knows at the outset that the pulp mill proposal is a dinosaur which should be extinct," Senator Brown said.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - January 11, 2012 - whaling, Tasmanian forests and Gunns pulp mill

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown speaks to the media about the Japanese whaling vessel entering Australian waters and World Heritage area and calls on the government to send a naval vessel to the area. He also talks about his suspension of regular talks with the Prime Minister in response to the dishonouring of the Tasmanian forests agreement which was supposed to immediately protect 430,000ha of high conservation value forest but instead has seen logging continue.

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The Australian Greens: a list of achievements and activities relevant to Tasmania

The major Greens policies are supportive of Tasmania. For example, the Greens support will get the mining tax through -- and we'll be trying to make it much stronger -- which will redistribute some money from overseas shareholders to Australians including Tasmanians.

A more measured pace in extraction of our mineral resources would mean a lower exchange rate which would help Tasmanian tourism and lower interest rates that would benefit other Tasmanian industries.

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