RALLY and MARCH
DEMOCRACY BETRAYED – TASMANIANS BETRAYED
ROYAL PARK LAUNCESTON Saturday May 14th 2011 at 11.30am.
“We’ll be flying hundreds of black flags”, said Bob McMahon TAP spokesperson.
“The flags and the choice of black as the colour of the rally is to signify those dark days in March 2007 when the great betrayal of our democracy took place.
“That was when the Pulp Mill Assessment Act, the ‘fast track’ assessment, was rubber stamped through both houses of parliament by Labor and Liberal. The only dissent was from the four Greens in the lower house and a handful of honorable independents in the upper.
“Let’s be absolutely clear as to what happened back in March 2007. The legislation was substantially written by the company which it so obscenely favors – this they have never denied – and the bill was escorted through the corridors, bar, and chambers of Parliament by a squad of lobbyists, lawyers and heavies from Gunns, the CFMEU and the logging industry.
“It was tantamount to a coup d’etat.
“That Labor and Liberal politicians and their fellow travellers in the upper house were the willing patsies of this gross abuse of parliamentary democracy should never be excused or diminished in any way,” continued McMahon.
“It was one of the most shameful episodes, perhaps THE most shameful episode, in out political history. It demonstrated a breathtaking contempt for the institution of parliamentary democracy by the very parliamentarians whose sacred duty it was to uphold.
“The great irony is that it was all for nothing,” said McMahon. “There is no pulp mill. Not a single cent of investment money has been attracted to the project in six and half years. It remains, as it always was, a grand delusion. Yet unprincipled government has wasted vast sums of public money on it, money that should have been allocated to health, education, policing, aged care etc.
“The pulp mill is over. The nightmare of an uncompetitive, world scale resource gobbling industry for an island that is not world scale, has held Tasmania back for six and a half years.
“Let us get on with what we do best in Tasmania, establishing innovative, creative, small to medium business directed at the quality end of the market.
“The pulp mill has already destroyed two premiers. As sure as night follows day it will destroy a third unless she cuts herself free from the mill insanity and embraces and articulates a positive vision for Tasmania,” concluded McMahon.
Dr Frank Nicklason, Royal Hobart Hospital and a Gunns 20.
Peter Cundall, campaigner without peer.
Lucy Landon-Lane, Pulp The Mill.
Kim Booth, Greens.
Bob McMahon, TAP spokesperson.
• Karl’s unofficial rally poster: HERE
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First published: 2011-05-11 03:17 PM