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.
"The Greens remain opposed to the proposed Tamar Valley mill. No wallpapering over the cracks now will hide the corrupted approval process and lack of social licence for the mill.
"If Mr Kelty is serious about moving ahead with a pulp mill he should be recommending that the proponent go back and begin a proper assessment process through the Tasmanian Planning Commission.
"Everyone knows that Gunns site selection process was flawed and that its inability to meet the siting guidelines was one of the main reasons it pulled out of the RPDC process.
"It is appropriate that there be an independent analysis of all the options for down-streaming the existing plantation estate, but mixing up an existing pulp mill proposal with a desktop analysis of all the possibilities is wrong and will not pull the wool over the eyes of Tasmanians," Senator Milne said.