A national opinion poll commissioned by the Australia Institute, and published today by the Bob Brown Foundation, shows a large majority of Australians will back Environment Minister Sussan Ley if she insists miner MMG uses an alternative site to the Tarkine rainforest for its next toxic tailings dam in northwest Tasmania.
The poll indicates that a 4:1 majority, including a 4:1 majority of Coalition voters, will back the minister if she saves the forest. Separate results for Tasmania were not provided due to the small sample from the state which has less than 3% of Australia’s population.
Minister Ley is due to make her critical decision by this Tuesday, 8 June, 2021. Yesterday saw a large indoor rally in Hobart opposing the toxic tailings dam site. In the last fortnight, there have been 15 arrests of peaceful protesters blockading the Chinese state-owned MMG’s machinery in the rainforest north of the Pieman River.
“It’s is must-do for the minister as this is habitat for nationally-listed species vulnerable to extinction including Tasmanian devils, quolls, giant wedge-tailed eagles and owls. The campaign to save this rainforest will grow rapidly if minister Ley fails to act,” Bob Brown said today.