98.7 per cent of Turnbull electorate poll respondents say “No” to Tasmanian pulp mill
Posted by gmarkets on 17 September, 2007
An online reader poll this week had revealed an unprecedented level of opposition to the proposed Tasmanian pulp mill, reported the Wentworth Courier (12/9/2007, p. 7).
Rigorous assessment to be undertaken: “There were 776 responses to our question ‘Should the pulp mill proceed in the Tamar Valley?’ with 98.7 per cent of voters answering ‘No’,” the newspaper reported. “In response to the poll, the federal Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said voters in Wentworth would expect him to undertake a comprehensive environmental assessment of the project. He said his extended six-week deadline had allowed for that. ‘The assessment process I have put in place with an independent review by the chief scientist has now been acknowledged, even by opponents of the pulp mill, as a thorough and rigorous one,’ Mr Turnbull said.”
Fast-tracking challenged: “The figures echo a recent Newspoll in the northern Tasmanian electorate of Bass,” the Wentworth Courier said. “Of a sample of 400 voters the poll found that more than half were against the construction of the mill. Debate over the $2 billion Gunns pulp mill has been played out in Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate after a critical advertisement funded by businessman Geoffrey Cousins. Mr Cousins’ advertisement in the Courier challenged the MP over fast-tracking the environmental assessment process of the mill.”
Mill “will have no significant impact” say owners: “Pulp mill company Gunns responded with its own full-page advertisement last week, claiming the residents of Wentworth were being subjected to a campaign of misinformation,” the newspaper reported. “Gunns said the project would have no significant impact on the local environment or the tourism and wine industries. In a forum at Waverley RSL last week, Greens leader Bob Brown condemned Gunns’ comments, saying the mill was ‘an absolute assault on the atmosphere of this planet’.”
Wentworth Courier, 12/9/2007, p. 7