Senate debates

Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Gunns LTD

3:49 pm

Photo of John WatsonJohn Watson (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—
deplores that green groups continue to harass customers of Gunns Limited in Japan, and their customers, over Tasmanian forestry issues;
condemns the misrepresentation of Gunns Limited by the Rainforest Action Network, who in a recent letter to a Japanese customer of Gunns Limited claimed that: ‘Gunns’... logging practices are listed amongst the worst in the developed world according to the World Conservation Union’, whereas this in fact refers to a paper sent to the World Conservation Union (IUCN) by green groups, for which they falsely claim the IUCN’s imprimatur; and
notes the vital role in the Tasmanian economy played by the forestry industry, and the need to support this industry and the building of a pulp mill in Tasmania.

Photo of Bob BrownBob Brown (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I move an amendment to the motion:

Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the Senate—

deplores Gunns’ destruction of Tasmania’s ancient forests and wildlife, including nationally endangered species; and
backs the Greens job-rich forestry transition policy for Tasmania instead”.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Bob Brown’s) be agreed to.