Peter Cundall speaks to standing-room-only
crowds during his farewell tour,
Gardening Australia Expo, Sydney Olympic Park,
30 August 2008. (image: mgk)
Gardening personality Don Burke has been hired by timber company Gunns to help win support for its Northern Tasmanian pulp mill.
The move pits Burke against former television gardening identity, Peter Cundall, who has been a vocal critic of the controversial project.
The $2 billion proposal has stalled as tighter credit conditions force Gunns to look overseas for funds.
Burke has told ABC Local Radio he does not feel his role as an adviser to the company compromises his integrity.
“The majority of the people on the planet have a job but that doesn’t mean their integrity is purchased by their employer,” he said.
“I would have thought my track record stands out pretty clearly, that nobody buys my integrity.”
SHAME on you, Don Burke, for taking on an 81-year-old man, who LIVES in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, the proposed site of Gunns’ pulp mill. Cundall is defending not just the environment in Tassie, but his very own backyard. Where’s YOUR backyard, Burke?
Mind you, Burke can’t really be accused of selling out any more environmentalist cred over this particular issue than he’d done before- Burke truly sold out in July 2005 when he became chair of the anti-environmentalist Australian Environment Foundation, a lobby group with connections to Melbourne’s conservative Institute for Public Affairs ‘think tank.’
If Burke supports this pulp mill debacle, should he ever get another crack at making more Burke’s Backyard programs, I will make it my business to drive a boycott of any supporting advertisers.
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