Turnbull set to steal march on Rudd, Garrett Brown
Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull's 'grave concerns' about Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal are in stark contrast to shadow Minister Peter Garrett's acquiescence on the issue, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"Peter has said that the mill will have to meet 'world's best environmental standards' but must know that it will not," Senator Brown said.
"Gunns' proposal fails in terms of dioxin pollution of Bass Strait, air pollution of the heavily populated Tamar Valley, destruction of old-growth forests and its threat to endangered species."
"Best practice overseas would not allow this mill. Instead of saying 'I am 100% behind John Howard' on Tasmanian forests and mill policy, Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett should have pre-empted Malcolm Turnbull's concern weeks ago," Senator Brown said.
"Senator Bill Heffernan ("We [musn't] end up with something that does the sort of damage like mills have done around the planet, where whole fisheries have been decimated.") has expressed more alarm about Gunns' pulp mill than Peter Garrett," Senator Brown said.
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