Tasmania Shadow Minister for Forestry Peter Gutwein
Former Premier Echoes Mill Uncertainty
Victor P Taffa
Tasmanians deserve to know the status of the proposed Gunns pulp mill. Comments made today by (Former Premier) Paul Lennon that the Premier must step in and clear up the confusion surrounding the future of the mill echo the sentiments of the Liberals, as well as that of the Tasmanian community, Shadow Minister for Forestry Peter Gutwein said.
“Mr. Lennon expressly states that the Government can no longer wash its hands of the project.”
“However, comments from Labor member and ex-Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges this morning, where he distanced himself from the project and publicly canvassed the idea of Gunns going “belly-up” suggested that Labor is indeed happy for the mill to fall over.” Mr. Gutwein said.
“The Liberals’ position is clear. We want the pulp mill to go ahead, but we don’t believe Gunns should be compensated for voluntarily exiting the native forest industry.”
“Tasmanians deserve to know what is going on.” Mr. Gutwein said.