He definitely does not want a repeat of Howard's surprising ascendency in Tasmania with the forestry union at the last election. So he has gone to spread oil on potentially troubled waters where all the elements are at play — the loggers, the greenies, nimbys, and now a group worried about the due process — not — that the Gunns pulp mill development applications is going through.
Tasmanians could be due for another rush of blood to the head from being on the national stage once again, come the elections.
KEVIN Rudd has announced a $20 million Labor package to support the Tasmanian forestry industry and assess the possible impacts of climate change.
Mr Rudd said his position on a proposed pulp mill in Bass would depend on environmental impact assessments.