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Jill Redwood on Successful industry-environmentalist forest agreement in Tasmania

Article by Jill Redwood, in response to the historic agreement which has reportedly been reached to save Tasmania's wild forests. The intention is to move loggers from the old forests into the plantation industry. The Age reported that "Parties to the talks, who all strenuously rejected the involvement of politicians in the negotiations, refused to comment before today's announcement." International markets for woodchips have been down for some time. Negotiations apparently began after the Labor-Green government was elected in Tasmania in April. Victorians might wonder, is the Tasmanian Green movement different from - and more really green - than the Victorian "Green Brand" party? Let's hope that this example from Tasmania will boot up the Greens performance in Victoria. The following article is sourced from Jill Redwood. This 'teaser' is from candobetter.org Gunns has seen the light and is moving into plantations only. Photos by Sheila Newman

Gay abandon of triple bottom line principles in Tasmania beckoned his departure

Tasmania's chief corporate bully, Gunns Limited, has this week witnessed the departure of its chairman, John Gay, 27th May 2010 who long abandoned triple bottom line principles. Hopefully we can move forward from a culture of the ends justifying the means. John Gay's departure was of his own making.

Gunns' exploitative arrogance maintains it will sue anyone to protect its ‘commercial interests’

Last month, on 29th January 2010, Tasmania's infamous corporate logger, Gunns Ltd, dropped its multi-million dollar defamation suit against the remaining 13 environmental activitists protesting against its immoral pulp mill logging threat to Tasmania's old growth native forests.

But Gunn's Neanderthal arrogance persists. According to Gunns 13 spokesperson Warrick Jordan, "the world needs to know..that Gunns continues to sue Tasmanians who oppose their environmental vandalism.” [Tasmanian Times].

Sue Pennecuik calls for Victorian laws against corporate SLAPP harassment of environmentalists

Following Gunns' complete abandonmment of its case which has tied up 20 Tasmanian anti-logging campaigners and their supporters for up to five years of their lives, Victorian Greens parliamentarian Sue Pennicuik MLC called for the Victorian Government to introduce legislation to prevent corporations from ever again similarly abusing the courts with Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suits to harass citizen who organise to stop their environmentally destructive projects.

Adapted from media release originally published as "Gunns case shows we need anti-slapp laws in Victoria" on the Victorian Greens MPs web site, mps.vic.greens.org.au.
See also: "Gunns urged to drop 'Triabunna 13' case" of 3 Feb 10, "Gunns 20 in the dust" in the Hobart Mercury of 30 Jan 10, "Gunns settles with last pulp mill opponents" in the Australian of 30 Jan 10, "Gunns abandons legal chase" on ABC online of 30 Jan 10, "Gunns payout ends case" in the Age of 30 Jan 10.

Gunns woodchip mills drastically downsize production

Guns' mills are faltering. The Japanese company, Nippon, has just bought the Latrobe Valley's Paperlinx factory, at a time of major downturn in woodchip prices. It seems like a very risky purchase - even if they got it dirt cheap. But is this a buyers' market or a fire-sale?

FOREST/CLIMATE ALERT! Final push needed to save Tasmania's ancient forests from woodchippers

Gunns of Australia's controversial plans to build a huge pulp mill to make disposable consumer items largely from clearfelling ancients forests is close to failing, let us together make a final decisive push to warn off potential investors and environmental approvals and achieve its permanent withdrawal.

See also: Wielangta Forest is about to be logged to make paper in Japan.

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Is Garrett a dud? CSIRO pulp mill report on Gunns and other disappointments


Enviro Minister Peter Garrett confirms his department refuses Senator Milne's request for release of CSIRO report relating to Gunns’ Pulp Mill project, but that's not all that people are complaining about

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