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Planning versus power: Tasmania’s forest policy network and Gunn’s Tamar Valley pulp mill


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Gale, F 2009 , 'Planning versus power: Tasmania’s forest policy network and Gunn’s Tamar Valley pulp mill', paper presented at the Australian Political Studies Association, 27-30 September 2009, Macquarie University, Melbourne, Australia.

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When Gunns announced its intention to build a pulp mill at Bell Bay in Northern
Tasmania in mid-2004, it plunged the state into a socio-political crisis from which it
has yet to recover. The proposal has re-opened the state’s forest wars—barely healed
from the bruising battle over the state’s Regional Forestry Agreement (RFA)—further
polarising the community. As each faction battles for
the hearts and minds of ‘ordinary’ Tasmanians, the truism that truth is its first victim
of warfare is once again illustrated. For the past five years Tasmanians have been
bombarded with claims and counterclaims concerning the pulp mill’s economic,
social and environmental impacts (i.e. via the Government sponsored Pulp Mill Task
Force newsletters and contributors to the online newspaper Tasmanian Times). A
concerted media blitz by the government, Gunns and unions spruiking the mill’s
benefits has been countered by a diverse array of sources ranging from
conservationists to religious figures to academics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Gale, F
Keywords: Gunns Pulp Mill Governance Policy Network Forest Tasmania
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