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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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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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Greens to Gillard: no taxpayers' money to Gunns

The Australian Greens will not accept taxpayers' money being diverted into Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"More than $1 billion of public funds has gone to Tasmanian loggers in the past 25 years and yet thousands of jobs have been jettisoned by the same companies." 

"If established, a pulp mill will create just 300 jobs at a time that the Tasmanian Treasurer is flagging 1000 jobs being shed due to budget stringencies."

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No more turbines at Woolnorth until reason for eagle deaths is determined - Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said he was deeply distressed to learn that a breeding pair of the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles had been killed at the Roaring Forties Woolnorth Bluff Point wind farm.

"There should be no more wind turbines built in Tasmania's prime raptor region until the problem is fixed," Senator Brown said.

"Some 17 of these magnificent and endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagles have been knocked out since 2002 and Australia cannot afford to lose any more," Senator Brown said.

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Brown says Garrett go ahead for pulp mill bulldozers is irresponsible

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown says the Garrett go-ahead for bulldozing the pulp mill site is environmentally irresponsible.
"The Minister should name the land he insisted Gunns protect elsewhere as so-called offset to destruction of this habitat," Senator Brown said.
"Mr Garrett is giving Gunns options, but the affected wedge-tailed eagles and Tasmanian Devils get none. This go-ahead leads directly to the destruction of 200,000 hectares of native forests over the next 2 decades."

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Garrett adopts Gunns' Pulp Mill Schedule

Greens Leader Bob Brown has questioned new Environment Minister Peter Garrett's late Friday afternoon part approval of Gunns' pulp mill proposal in Tasmania.
 
"This piecemeal process is to convenience Gunns on Minster Garrett's road to full approval of the pulp mill." 
 
"The late Friday announcement shows how embarrassed they are about this issue."
 
"They know most Tasmanians and most Australians want them to give thumbs down to the pulp mill and to save Tasmania's wild forests and the Tamar Valley farm lands."
 

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