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    Actor abused over mill stand

    ACTOR Rebecca Gibney has revealed that her opposition to the Gunns pulp mill has led to abuse.

    Gibney, a Tamar Valley resident for six years, told this week's Woman's Day about being verbally abused when with her young son but said the support she had received from locals far outweighed the intimidation.

    The article was written before this week's mill decision.

    "We had our car vandalised and I was verbally abused while I was driving with Zac . . . I had to think, did I want to expose Zac to that," she told the magazine, which has a readership of more than two million a week.

    "Basically I was told we weren't welcome here and to go back to the mainland. But I was lucky, because on the back of that, Richard Flanagan rang me up and said: 'Please, we need people like you to stay.' "

    Gibney was told off in the local paper by Liberal party figure and Launceston bottle-shop owner Sam McQuestin. Gibney has to spend more time in Sydney this year to shoot the hit drama Packed to the Rafters.

    But she said Tasmania was home, especially for Zac, 4, who was born in the state.

    She said some people told her not to let "a very small percentage of people silence you"


    Out of Control
    The tragedy of Tasmania’s forests

    Richard Flanagan
    may 2007

    Huge money is being made out of destroying native forests, but to maintain what to many is an obscene practice there has evolved a culture of secrecy, shared interest and intimidation that seems to firmly bind the powerful in Tasmania. When the actress Rebecca Gibney, who moved to Tasmania two years ago to raise her family, said in a television interview that she would leave the state if Gunns' proposed pulp mill was built, the former Liberal Party candidate and bottle-shop owner Sam McQuestin made headlines by publicly attacking her as "serial complainer" whose family made no contribution to the Tasmanian economy and who had no "right to tell the rest of us how to live our lives". McQuestin's family is well known for its contribution: his father, David, is a Gunns director. The attack on Rebecca Gibney was but a public example of something far more widespread and insidious. I witnessed a senior ALP politician make it clear that yet another Tasmanian was no longer welcome in the clearfelling state when the local corporate-communications consultant Gerard Castles wrote an article in a newspaper questioning the government's policy on old-growth logging. "The fucking little cunt is finished," the politician said in front of me and my 12-year-old daughter. "He will never work here again."

    To question, to comment adversely, is to invite the possibility of ostracism and unemployment, and the state is full of those who pay a high price for their opinion on the forests, the blackballed multiplying with the blackened stumps. It is commonplace to meet people who are too frightened to speak publicly of their concerns about forestry practices, because of the adverse consequences they perceive this might have for their careers and businesses. Due to the forest battle, a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) fear has entered Tasmanian public life; it stifles dissent, avoids truth.

    Category: Articles | Added by: ReGi (24.05.2007)
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