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NEWS RELEASE

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Senator Chris Puplick 1 m M · · a Λ J S 17η t i Έ A J

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P A R L IA M E N TA R Y LIBRARY M IC A H

IMMEDIATE RELEASE C23/89 Mon. 10 Jul 1989

PULP M I L L G U I D E L I N E S

The Commonwealth Government must now make it a matter of urgency to issue appropriate guidelines for the future development of paper and pulp mills in Australia.

Senator Button is by now in possession of the advice

received from the team of CSIRO and DITAC officials who were sent to Scandinavia and Canada to examine questions related to pulp mill development in the light of current overseas practices and advanced technology.

On 5 May, Senator Chaney and I called on the Labor

Government to issue guidelines which would allow decisions about future investment to be made with some greater sense of security and which would help avoid repetitions of the sort of farce which was involved over the demise of the

Wesley Vale project.

Around Australia, both local communities and potential investors are faced with uncertainty about future projects until the Commonwealth takes a lead in this matter. There are important decisions to be made in Western Australia, Tasmania, East Gippsland and Grafton which await some

leadership from the Labor Government.

When last challenged on this issue the Labor Government responded by announcing the CSIRO/DITAC study. That study has now been completed and the Coalition Parties now call on the Government to reissue the appropriate guidelines as a matter of urgency. Let us see if the Federal Government

intends to confine its concerns simply to the "impacts of effluents on the receiving environment" as Senator Button originally said, or if there are other matters about which they will seek to express views such as resource

availability questions.

It is time to end the uncertainty, it is time to stop

prevaricating.

The Coalition has consistently called for positive national leadership on this issue - the government continues to fail this test.

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