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Political controversies kill many viable projects before taking off: Gunns pulp mill is the third attempt by the Tasmanian community to build a pulp mill, the others shelved due to one controversy or the other, says Lib Senator Guy Barnett

Posted by gasweek on 3 October, 2007

Guy Barnett, Liberal party Senator for Tasmania, pledged his strong support for the pulp mill project in northern Tasmania, subject to strict environmental conditions, in the Commonwealth Senate on 18 September 2007.

Enough reasons for failure: Barnett said the pulp mill was actually the third attempt by the Tasmanian community to build a pulp mill, the first being Wesley Vale in 1988-89 and the second a proposal by the Taiwan Pulp and Paper Corporation in 1992-93; and now there was the Gunns proposal. According to Barnett, the first attempt failed amid the politics of the environment. The second proposal was withdrawn on purely economic grounds.

Spectator to political controversies: Barnettsaid that during the Wesley Vale saga he was senior adviser to the then Tasmanian Premier, Robin Gray, and saw the politics of the controversy firsthand.

Reference: Guy Barnett, Senator for Tasmania, Liberal Party of Australia, Commonwealth Senate, 18 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 18/9/2007, p. 87

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