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Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 12:27 PMSubject: Let's pulp it once and for all
All those pundits out there who have been saying construction of the Gunns pulp mill is a foregone conclusion obviously forgot to tell you. ANZ has pulled out of financing the controversial project. Congratulations - this is a major victory and our first corporate win!
Premier of Tasmania, Paul Lennon, has also quit largely due to his unpopular and relentless pursuit of the mill - the project is on a knife's edge, but the battle is not over. We must act decisively and urgently to finally sink this mill as Gunns desperately searches for political and financial backers.
That's why we're planning two full-page newspaper ads - one in the Financial Review to definitively warn off any other potential financiers, and one in Tasmania's Mercury to tell the new Premier to distance himself from the old. Click here to see these arresting ads and chip in to get them in print:
This campaign could go either way - we need to act quickly. Getting ANZ, Gunns' banker for over 20 years, to withdraw from its plans to fund the mill was an amazing achievement. Not only does this put the pulp mill project in serious jeopardy, it also sends a clear message to all other potential financiers considering financing the mill.
But Gunns have been busy approaching other banks to step into ANZ's shoes - we need to let them know that financing the mill is risky business, and the public won't let them off the hook. That's why we're putting it in the paper they read each day. We've booked the ads, we just need your help in paying for them.
If we raise $15,000 we'll run the Mercury ad, if we raise $40,000 we'll run the FInancial Review ad. If we raise $55,000 - we'll run both:
That's people power in action - all the might and muscle of a big corporation like Gunns can't match the collective concerns of the people when we all chip in together. This last act on your part might just stop this mill before the bulldozers move in and this chance is lost forever.
Few thought we had much chance of convincing ANZ to do the right thing. They were wrong. Let's prove once and for all that a united people's movement can match the might of big corporations and politicians who stand in the way: let's finally stop this pulp mill. Click here to make a contribution.
Thanks for all that you do,
The GetUp team
PS - Next week GetUp is heading to the NT to assess the 'intervention' for ourselves. We know lots of you have questions and comments - and we'd like to take them with us (in video format) so that the Aboriginal communities themselves can respond. Click here to submit a question.