New mill advocacy group slammed

Martin Ferguson and Bryan Green.
Martin Ferguson and Bryan Green.

BASS Greens MHA Kim Booth has slammed the credibility of a newly formed pulp mill consultative group.

The advocacy group will liaise with businesses, community leaders, government and proponents of the mill if permits are sold at the end of March.

Launched by Deputy Premier Bryan Green yesterday, the group will be chaired by former federal Labor MP Martin Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson last year conducted a review into Tasmania's plantation estate.

Mr Booth said the formation of the group was a sign Labor was "pumping up the tyres on the old pulp mill bus".

"This committee is stacked with hand-picked, partisan people," he said. "It is yet another free lunch and a quango for another failed politician."

Mr Booth said the latest pulp mill push by the Labor government was an act of corruption.

"This carefully crafted act is designed to divert attention from the real issues facing Tasmania," he said.

"They've been talking about the pulp mill for 10 years and the only jobs it has delivered are to a couple of burnt-out Labor hacks and a few politicians."

Mr Booth called on the pulp mill's secure creditors, the ANZ Bank, to walk away from the Bell Bay project.

"The ANZ Bank holds the key to ending this whole divisive and corrupt pulp mill charade.

"They are the ventriloquists of KordaMentha, and should tell the liquidators to tear up the sale permits and close this torrid chapter in Tasmania's history."

Mr Booth has urged people to withdraw their funds from ANZ until the bank walks away from its role in the pulp mill.

The Examiner published a story yesterday about the pulp mill forum with the headline, "Both sides out in force for pulp mill forum".

The Examiner concedes that this headline did not reflect information in the story and also did not accurately reflect that the vast majority of the 600 people at the forum were opposed to the project.



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