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Christine Milne - her profile after the cancellation of the Wesley Vale pulp mill and the death threats she has received

CHRIS CLARKE: Little has been heard from the leader of the campaign to stop the $1 billion Wesley Vale pulp mill since the decision to abandon the project was made in the middle of last month. But Christine Milne's role hasn't been forgotten by supporters of the project, to the point where she's received death threats. Christine Milne is talking to Phillip Russell.

CHRISTINE MILNE: Oh well, I've had a number of threats of various kinds, and rather abusive letters and that sort of thing.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: Can you talk about those threats?

CHRISTINE MILNE: Oh well, I mean, it's to be expected, really, when someone's had a high profile on something like this that you would have people threatening your life and your home and that sort of thing.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: Actually death threats?

CHRISTINE MILNE: Yes, yes. But, I mean, I think anyone in public life, and I mean, I've had literally hundreds and hundreds of positive letters and phone calls from all over Australia, and in amongst those I've had a few negative ones. And I think that's to be expected.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: Did you take the death threats seriously?

CHRISTINE MILNE: Well, I've been to the police and I've reported what has happened, and particularly a letter in relation to arson, because I think that's the only sensible thing to do when you've got a family.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: What, somebody threatened to burn you down?

CHRISTINE MILNE: Yes. I think if you ask anyone in a position, leading a campaign like I did, that's probably something that they come to expect.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: This obviously worried you very much at the time. But a bit of time's gone by now since the mill was stopped, and you feel now that you're more able to talk about it?

CHRISTINE MILNE: Oh absolutely. It's something that I had to come to terms with personally because, as you would realise from having covered the entire campaign, I made a point of never attacking anyone personally, and I always dealt with the issues and expected other people to do the same. Now, I should have realised that wouldn't be the case, and it certainly wasn't where the politicians were concerned. But I perhaps didn't expect the level of anger in the local community, and I think that was exacerbated by the behaviour of Senator Stone, Mr Reg Hope and Mr Chris Miles who held a meeting in Devonport in which they really whipped people into a frenzy of anger and stereotyped the radical greenie as the person to blame. And I think that did a lot of damage in the community.

PHILLIP RUSSELL: Has this frightened you off any thought you had of entering the State political arena?

CHRISTINE MILNE: No, it hasn't frightened me, Phillip, because that's what it was designed to do. And I'm not easily intimidated. I would have given up the CROP campaign very early if I'd been a shrinking violet. I'm certainly not that.

CHRIS CLARKE: Christine Milne, who was the leader of the campaign to stop the Wesley Vale pulp mill project in Tasmania's north. She was talking to Phillip Russell.