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Time to draw a line under the pulp mill

The announcement by Gunns of a $355.5 million loss, and the Prime Minister's welcome comment that the pulp mill's future is now a ‘commercial question', should mark the end of the line for the Gunns pulp mill and the opening of a new, cleaner, jobs-rich future for Tasmania.

"If we can now draw a line under heavily subsidised logging of native forests and uncommercial pulp mill proposals, Tasmania can finally face the future with confidence," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Federal government says no funding for pulp mill

In Senate question time today, the federal Minister for Forests Joe Ludwig told Greens Leader Bob Brown that no federal money had been sought or offered for Gunns' proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

Senator Ludwig said he would seek more information on Senator Brown's concern that the proposed area of Tasmanian high conservation value forests to be protected in the long-awaited forests agreement had been cut from 610,000 hectares to 592,000 and that there are proposals to cut this further in the interests of Malaysian logging company Ta Ann.

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Triabunna tourism hub bid welcomed: Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed news that a consortium of buyers had put a bid in for the Triabunna woodchip mill to establish a new tourism venture.

"Triabunna is the gateway to the east coast and beautiful Maria Island but at the moment the scenery is blighted by the woodchip mill," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

"A tourism venture will provide job certainty for the town's 800 people as well as Tasmania."

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Gunns Pulp mill proposal ‘Still Stinks’

An anti-pulp mill postcard commissioned by Senator Christine Milne and distributed throughout the wider Tamar region has seen more than 800 Tasmanians calling on Premier Lara Giddings to abandon the environmentally destructive mill.

"This postcard says it in black and white; the Gunns pulp mill, from its corrupt approvals process to its impact on local residents and businesses, still stinks.

"Northern Tasmania has yet again told the Premier that they do not want the mill because it will seriously impact the Tamar economy and environment.

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Pulp mill open letter is déjà vu

A pro pulp mill open letter printed in today's Mercury is wrong, and what it promotes is the antithesis of the high quality of life that Tasmania cannot be offered, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

"This letter, backed by businesses with a vested interest or vision embedded in a resource-based past fails to garner support from those businesses with a vested interest and vision in a clean green and clever sustainable 21st century economy.

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Kelty report fails on pulp mill analysis

Deputy Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed the recommendation today in Bill Kelty's interim report on the forestry principles process that governments should formally protect high conservation value forests, but has criticised the report's focus on the Tamar Valley pulp mill.

"The Kelty process should be about implementing the agreed forestry principles - the Tamar Valley pulp mill is not part of that process," Senator Milne said.

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Setting straight the facts on forest principles process and the pulp mill debate

It is time to get the facts straight with regard to the forest principles process and the Gunns pulp mill debate. Senator Abetz may be nostalgic for this glory days as Federal Minister promoting clear fell logging of high conservation value native forests and plantation establishment on our farms but he is completely out of touch.
The logging industry approached the conservation movement to seek assistance to exit native forests in Tasmania because native forest logging is unprofitable.

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Pulp mill not viable: Gunns must answer key questions

An independent report released today by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne, strongly questions the financial viability of Gunns' proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

"Gunns have made some wildly optimistic claims about their project and so I commissioned this report by independent finance analyst, Naomi Edwards to analyse the financial viability of the mill.

"The report finds Gunns' projections are over optimistic and that inherent risks to the project have not been modelled."

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