In response to the Labor and Liberal MPs voting against the repeal of the PMAA, Stephani Taylor, member of Pulp the Mill and resident of the “Sacrificial Zone” on the Tamar River, handed a letter to the front desk of Parliament containing the following:
May 25, 2011
TO ALL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WHO VOTED AGAINST THE REPEAL OF THE PULP MILL ASSESSMENT ACT
We speak on behalf of all Tasmanians who oppose the proposed pulp mill and the corrupt process which resulted in the formation of the Pulp Mill Assessment Act (PMAA), which Gunns’ lawyers are known to have helped create.
IF this pulp mill goes ahead, we will hold you personally and legally responsible for any deaths which occur as a result of thousands of extra log trucks and trucks carrying chemicals for the pulp mill;
We will hold you personally and legally responsible for any deaths from respiratory disease as a result from the air pollution produced from the pulp mill;
We will hold you personally and legally responsible for the collapse of the fishing industry which relies on unpolluted water in Bass Strait;
We will hold you personally and legally responsible for massive property devaluation within what is known as the Sacrificial Zone;
We will hold you personally and legally responsible when sustainable businesses in the Tamar Valley face bankruptcy as a result of the effects of this pulp mill.
We are vulnerable, our children are vulnerable, our grand children are vulnerable but you continue to ignore us; and with your continued support for the Pulp Mill Assessment Act you deny us our constitutional rights to legal redress if we are adversely affected by this stinking mill.
We will take action to ensure you meet your responsibilities to the Tasmanian community should any death, business collapse or property devaluation occur due to inaction on your part.
The Tasmanian community will not be ignored by its elected representatives. The Tamar Valley pulp mill will never be built, and Tasmanians will fight for the return of their democratic rights. We will never give up our peaceful campaign to stop this pulp mill.
Pulp the Mill Inc.