Barnett seeks Triabunna mill ‘facts’

Lyons Liberal MHA Guy Barnett set up a committee to examine the circumstances of the Triabunna mill’s closure, but the state opposition says it’s just a drawn out witch hunt.THE chairman of the parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of the Triabunna woodchip mill hopes to “establish the facts” at public hearings in Hobart today, but the state opposition says it’s just a drawn out witch hunt.

Lyons Liberal MHA Guy Barnett set up the committee to examine the circumstances of the mill’s closure, sale and dismantling by new owners, environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron, after a national magazine exposed “disgraceful tactics of radical environmentalists”.

Mr Barnett said yesterday that he was “shocked and surprised” at the dismantling of the mill but also wanted to look at future opportunities for Triabunna.

“What we have seen are matters that need to be investigated,” Mr Barnett said.

“There are key questions that need to be asked,” he said.

Mr Wood and Ms Cameron are not on the witness list for the two day hearing, and Mr Barnett said witnesses have been written to and asked to give evidence.

Forest industry representatives dominate today’s witness list, including Forest Industry Association of Tasmania chief executive Terry Edwards and Forestry Tasmania chief executive Steve Whitely.

Triabunna Investments, which is owned by Mr Wood and Ms Cameron, hit back at criticism of their handling of the decommissioning of the site last month.

They maintain all staff acted in a lawful and professional manner in the decommissioning process.

But Mr Barnett has described it as a “very murky affair”.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said the Liberals were “looking back at a time when the state needs ideas for the future”.

“Mr Barnett talks about future opportunities for Triabunna but who on the witness list does he suggest will do that?” Mr Green said.

An attempt by Denison Greens MHA Cassy O’Connor, who will also sit on the committee, to change the focus of the inquiry from a “political vendetta against a private investor” to rebuilding the economies in struggling regional towns failed.

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