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Greens outrage at Labor, Liberal support for pulp-mill: won’t direct voting preferences to either party in Tas

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

The Greens labelled him a sell­out and the Prime Minster called him chicken – either way, Peter Garrett could not win after he announced Labor would back Malcolm Turnbull’s ap­proval of a pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, wrote chief political correspondent Phillip Coorey in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.4).

Political consequences: The Greens were so outraged at both the main parties for sup­porting the mill – which would shred old-growth forest and pump dioxins into Bass Strait – that, for the first time in 30 years, the party would not direct voting preferences to either party in Tasmania, Senator Brown said. The Greens have already agreed to direct preferences to Labor in NSW marginal seats, meaning Turnbull faced a backlash from Green voters in his seat of Wentworth, which he held by only 2.5 per cent. The two Tasmanian seats most affected by the decision were Bass and Braddon, both marginals held by Liberals and where jobs and the environment competed.

History of seats: Labor lost both seats in 2004 be­cause of its anti-logging policy. A poll commissioned by the Wil­derness Society this week found both seats would be in jeopardy if the mill were approved.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 5/10/2007, p. 4

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