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Pulp mill open letter is déjà vu

A pro pulp mill open letter printed in today's Mercury is wrong, and what it promotes is the antithesis of the high quality of life that Tasmania cannot be offered, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

"This letter, backed by businesses with a vested interest or vision embedded in a resource-based past fails to garner support from those businesses with a vested interest and vision in a clean green and clever sustainable 21st century economy.

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Kelty report fails on pulp mill analysis

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.

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Setting straight the facts on forest principles process and the pulp mill debate

It is time to get the facts straight with regard to the forest principles process and the Gunns pulp mill debate. Senator Abetz may be nostalgic for this glory days as Federal Minister promoting clear fell logging of high conservation value native forests and plantation establishment on our farms but he is completely out of touch.
The logging industry approached the conservation movement to seek assistance to exit native forests in Tasmania because native forest logging is unprofitable.

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Pulp mill not viable: Gunns must answer key questions

An independent report released today by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne, strongly questions the financial viability of Gunns' proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

"Gunns have made some wildly optimistic claims about their project and so I commissioned this report by independent finance analyst, Naomi Edwards to analyse the financial viability of the mill.

"The report finds Gunns' projections are over optimistic and that inherent risks to the project have not been modelled."

These include:

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Senate to examine Asian honey bee decision

The Greens today welcomed Senate support for an inquiry into the recent decision not to attempt to eradicate the Asian honey bee, an invasive species which presents a very significant threat to Australia's honey production and natural environment.

"Whilst there is any possibility that we can eradicate this bee, the government must intervene to support the Queensland government with the resources necessary to do so," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said

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