Lara Giddings has repeatedly made it quite clear – the forest deal was all about getting the pulp mill up.
She is now desperately trying to back away from that commitment in order to stitch up a political deal which will appease the Greens.
Tasmania needs the pulp mill.
Without the mill there should be no deal.
LG to ENGOs "You'll get the trees if you agree to a pulp mill" 4/3/11
“For Agreement to be reached on putting any further trees into HCV reserves, there has to be the pulp mill as part of it" LG 24/3/11
"In the good times where it was first mentioned, it [the pulp mill] was the icing on the cake. Now, financially as a State and as a Government we need the pulp mill to happen. It is the cake now." LG 4/3/11
From day one, the reason the industry went to the table was that the pulp mill was a part of it and the statement-of-principles process includes a pulp mill in it. The pulp mill is an important part of those negotiations. 28/3/12