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Planning versus power: Tasmania's forest policy network and Gunn's Tamar valley pulp mill


Gale, F, Planning versus power: Tasmania's forest policy network and Gunn's Tamar valley pulp mill, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009, Refereed papers, 27-30 September, Macquarie University, Sydney EJ (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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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. In this paper, I do not intend to assess the merits of the arguments made by these two protagonists. Instead, I aim to take advantage of the opportunity the pulp mill presents to analyse the actors, institutions and ideologies of Tasmania’s forest policy network.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:policy, Tasmania, political economy, governance, sustainability
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:61166
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-26
Last Modified:2014-06-03
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