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Questions for Eric Abetz, Minister for Forests

Minister for Forests Eric Abetz, will today launch the Coalition's forest policy at the 10,000 hectare Wielangta forest, which he wants to log and burn.
 
The Federal Court ruled against Forestry Tasmania, Senator Abetz and Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull last September and in favour of Senator Bob Brown's challenge to protect Wielangta forest as the habitat of rare and endangered species. The decision is under appeal.
 
Senator Brown said Forest Minister Eric Abetz needed to answer the following questions:
 

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Confusion over pulp mill reigns as Liberals, loggers mix ads

The Liberals and loggers are using the same skull and crossbones template in advertisements having a go at the Greens.
 
"But don't mention the pulp mill or Mr Howard's $34 billion tax cuts mistake," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
"These ads are confused.  They call on preferences to go to Family First which, just yesterday said it does not support Gunns' pulp mill and will not do so until it gets environmental clearance," Senator Brown said.
 

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GREENS National Initiative on Forests and Climate POLICY

 Launceston. Both Labor and the Coalition are promoting Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill which, together with two Gunns' export woodchip mills, will consume more than 200,000 hectares of native forests over the next 20 years.  The mill will increase national greenhouse gas emissions by up to two per cent.
 
The Greens' plan in Tasmania, launched in Launceston today by Greens leader Bob Brown, is to:

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Tassie kids rally against the Pulp Mill

Who says kids are apathetic these days? They're obviously being taught some damn good civic values in Tassie's schools!

It warms the cockles of my heart to hear this mob cheer, and to see how well my boss revs them up! [And, by the way, as a former school teacher, Christine was careful to make sure that the kids were there on their lunch-break, not wagging!]

Please pass this around to anyone you think might be getting disheartened about the Pulp Mill. If anyone can stop it, these kids can.

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Brown takes up Gunns' challenge to 'discuss' pulp mill

Greens Leader Bob Brown has written to Gunns' CEO John Gay, to meet Gunns' claim that the Greens will not discuss the impact on forests and pollution of Bass Strait threatened by the proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley (see advertisements in Tasmanian newspapers today).
 
"The Greens certainly will discuss Gunns' 'inconvenient facts'. I have asked John Gay to have the gumption to debate the issue publicly before the federal election on November the 24th," Senator Brown said.
 

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Polls show Gunns' win was Howard, Rudd loss – Brown

 Today's Newspoll, published in the Australian, shows a major change of voters, concerned by climate change and the pulp mill, to the Greens, Greens leader said today.
 
"Newspoll does not offer the Greens as an option for interviewees – they have to nominate us. However the "someone else" option on who would best handle the environment has nearly doubled from 15% in February to 19% in October and 27% now."
 

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Howard, Rudd should stop Gunns pulpwood supply agreement

 
 The Commonwealth government should stop Forestry Tasmania (FT) unilaterally signing away Tasmania's public forests to Gunns pulp mill through the proposed Gunns-FT Pulpwood Supply Agreement, Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
 
"The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement expires in 2017 and this proposed agreement is attempting to sidestep the re-negotiation by locking in a 20-year wood supply agreement with Gunns which would run to 2027," Senator Brown said.. 
 

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