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Labor position on pulp mill.



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LABOR POSITION ON PULP MILL

Peter Garrett MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Environment

Senator Kerry O’Brien

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry

4 October 2007

Federal Labor has always supported a world class mill for Tasmania that achieves

best practice environmental outcomes and reduces woodchip exports in favour of

economically beneficial downstream value adding processing.

Labor has also supported a comprehensive and proper assessment process, but

Minister Turnbull’s handling of this process has been a shambles.

The original assessment process put in place by Mr Turnbull was completely

inadequate - a fact he was forced to concede when he belatedly sought advice from

the Chief Scientist.

Labor will respect Minister Turnbull’s decision today under the Environment

Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act giving approval for a pulp mill

to be built in the Tamar Valley.

We welcome the extra conditions that were recommended by the Chief Scientist and

incorporated into the approval.

If successful at the next election, Labor will work cooperatively with Gunns, the

Independent Expert Group and the Tasmanian Government to ensure that the

conditions of the approval are effectively implemented and provide the best possible

environmental outcomes for Tasmania. This includes those conditions related to

dioxins and effluent levels and minimising impacts on marine life and threatened

species.

A Rudd Labor Government would not seek to overturn or amend the decision by Mr.

Turnbull.

For further information

Ryan Heath (Garrett) 0449 141 398

Kerry O’Brien 0419 007 780

Martin Breen (O’Brien) 0407 435 624

© 2004 Peter Garrett