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Where there's a mill...

Plans to build a pulp mill in Tasmania put forests and wildlife under threat, but that doesn't seem to bother the Australian government.Tasmania's wild Franklin river flows free to the sea today, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year and providing more jobs than the Franklin dam ever would have.

In 1982, with $67m already spent on constructing the proposed Franklin dam, it looked like the river would be lost forever. The enormous pubic concern, backed by the high court, prevailed and the dam was abandoned.

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Chief Scientist warns of pulp mill concern

The Chief Scientist, Jim Peacock told Charles Woolley on Southern Cross radio this morning that, "any major concern [about the pulp mill] could negate the go-ahead."
Greens Leader Bob Brown said that potential financial backers will be poring over the pitfalls of financing a pulp mill to be built before it has cleared environmental requirements of the Commonwealth.

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Pulp Mill is "Howard's cup of poison" says Brown

Gunns pulp mill will be fought in the legal arena, at the ballot box, in the forests and in the houses of finance which might think to fund it, Greens leader Bob Brown told thousands of people at Low Head at the mouth of Tasmania's Tamar River today.
"Last Thursday Prime Minister Howard sent us a cup of poison, and tomorrow he is coming to Tasmania with a begging bowl. He wants our votes. We, along with millions more Australians, will show him the exit door," Senator Brown said to thunderous applause.

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Ben Quin demonstrates no room in old parties for candidates with a conscience

Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne today welcomed the decision by former Liberal candidate for Lyons, Ben Quin, to quit his party over the decision to give Gunns' pulp mill the go ahead.

Senator Milne said "There are too few people in the old parties who are prepared to stand up for what they believe in. Mr Quin's actions today are in direct contrast to those of Peter Garrett and even Malcolm Turnbull.

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