For three years and nine months the Tasmanian Greens held the Tasmanian Government to account over continued financial and legislative support for a toxic and divisive pulp mill.
After years of crony capitalism, it was the Tasmanian Greens who stood in the way of continuing the Labor Party's wasteful support of a dead end project.
From the day Gunns announced its desire to build a pulp mill among the vineyards of the Tamar Valley in 2004, the Tasmanian state government marched lock step with the developers. From abusing the legislative process and bypassing planning laws, to flying half way across the world at the taxpayers expense to pitch the project, Tasmania's government would do whatever it took to override community, business and scientific concerns on the project.
It took a Green minority government to finally stop the corporate welfare that had become the norm when it came to Gunns' pulp mill.
Only the Tasmanian Greens have the vision to look beyond a low value, non-diversified forestry industry, writ large in plans for a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.
When the pressure from vested interests became too much for the Labor Party, they fell in behind the Liberal Party to once again abuse the power of the Tasmanian Parliament for the benefit of private investors. Only the Tasmanian Greens opposed this move.
The Tasmanian Greens are the only party with the courage to look beyond a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.