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Burke continues pulp mill support.

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Burke continues pulp mill support

Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown

Wednesday 1st July 2009, 12:21pm


• Pulp Mill

The Rudd government is continuing to support Gunns' proposed pulp mill through direct and indirect

subsidies, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Minister for Forests, Tony Burke, quite clearly outlined one subsidy in last week's Ministerial

Statement on forests:

‘The government is assisting this process through the $9 million Forest Industries Development Fund to

support industry initiatives which add value to forest resources. The most significant value-adding

investment proposed for Australia's forest industry is the Gunns Bell Bay Pulp Mill.'

"In the past few weeks the government has also announced it will fund industry lobbyists, including Gunns

Chairman John Gay, through the Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group and Forest Industry Leaders

Ministerial Roundtable.

"The government is using taxpayers' money to pay lobbyists to come to Canberra and ask for more money.

I look forward to them footing the travel and accommodation bills for environmental, tourism and small

business lobbyists to present their arguments," Senator Brown said.

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