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- update on Gunns holding native forest logging hostage to pulp mill



Sounds of Summer: Forest Deal

Source:  Copyright 2011, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date:  January 13, 2011
Byline:  Felicity Ogilvie
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ELIZABETH JACKSON: Hello I'm Elizabeth Jackson and this is a current affairs special.

Today we take a closer look at the peace deal designed to settle the Tasmanian forestry debate.

After 30 years of hostility environmentalists and loggers have finally smoked the peace pipe.

They've done a deal which should end large scale native forest logging.

But as this documentary will reveal, the biggest player in the Tasmanian timber industry, Gunns, has threatened to renege on its promise if the peace deal falls through and it can't get finance to build Australia's largest pulp mill in northern Tasmania.

And the war in Tasmania's forests will be back where it started.

Felicity Ogilvie reports from Tasmania.

FELICITY OGILVIE: It's peaceful in the cold, dark shade of an old growth forest in the Florentine Valley in Tasmania's south-west. But for the past 30 years forests like this one have been the key ...

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