Since Labor's election, Peter Garrett has pretty much failed to do any of the things he said he would. He isn't doing anything about Japanese whaling, he hasn't done anything even vaguely reasonable about carbon emissions, he hasn't done much to protect the Murray-Darling river system and who knows how many other sensitive environments.
Today, he failed to do something else, he failed to grant approval to the Gunns pulp mill in the Tamar Valley. He hasn't rejected the proposal, he has sent it back for more environmental impact studies, and has added specific penalties of large-ish sums of money up to revocation of the approval if Gunns do get approval but don't stay within the limits of their own EIS predictions. I'd rather he'd hit it with a big hammer and looked to genuinely address long term economic options for Tasmania that don't involve trashing the environment. But at least he failed to grant approval. A small step in the right direction. He has a long way to go to do anything like regain credibility, but as they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.