There is still a lot of detail to be discovered in the decision of Peter Garrett yesterday. Adrian just listened to a story on ABC where it appears that the decision to go ahead with building the plant was all down to Turnbull.
This is what Adrian posted over at the watercooler:
OK I just heard the interview with Peter Garrett and the route he has taken makes a lot more sense.
If Peter is to be believed, and there is no reason not to believe him as this is easily checked, then the process of Requirement Modules was setup by Malcolm Turnbull and legally must be followed through. The modules approved so far has meant that there has been nothing but lack of finance stopping Gunns from having started building the mill from February 2008, so Garrett hasn’t approved construction, the module process implemented by Turnbull has.
Garrett within legal grounds has asked Gunns to undertake stricter environmental impact studies on the remaining three modules, which Garrett has not approved. It is up to Gunns to make the decision to go ahead without the approval for the final three modules, and as Garrett said in the interview if Gunns does do that then they must be absolutely certain they can meet the strict environmental conditions imposed on them.
Can we bring all of the discussion over to this thread?
Update: I have closed this thread to comment as reb is currently getting a more detailed thread up.
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