"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Martyn Goddard. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 5:59 am
It is, as usual, extremely difficult to cut through the spin and work out, in real terms, how the budget cuts affect hospital services. What is clear is that savings being made in administration do not appear, for the most part, to be going into patient services.
• TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor, Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ, crucial marriage equality fundraiser, Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers, Johnston on living in the municipality, Peter Coad wants to be Huon Mayor, AFL backs marriage equality etc etc ...
Isla MacGregor. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 5:45 am
Mt Wellington ... looking to the South-West.
• But wait, there’s more ...
(On the first day of every month TT publishes a celebratory shot (or more) of Tasmania ...)
• TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor, Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ, crucial marriage equality fundraiser, Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers, Johnston on living in the municipality etc etc ...
Ken Harvey, Monash University. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:40 am
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering whether to approve the latest Medicines Australia code of conduct for pharmaceutical companies. The code lays out disclosure requirements for payments and other transfers of value (payment for sitting on drug company advisory boards; air-fares, accommodation and conference registration fees; funds for drug company-sponsored lectures). Doctors are influenced by such payments so it’s important that the public (and their colleagues) know the extent of the largesse.
Bart Wisse*. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:30 am
On August 8, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a non-disclosure agreement whereby information on the progress and results of the investigation of the MH17 disaster would remain classified.
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: Will Hodgman. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 4:45 am
Either there wasn’t a budget crisis or the government is yet to find a solution. After five months at the crash repair shop, the budget that emerged is little different to the previous model. If anything it’s worse.
Fairfax. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 31
01.09.14 5:00 am
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens are fuming the Abbott government has committed Australia to weapons air drops in Iraq without consulting parliament.
MEANWHILE, asylum seekers ...
Mercury. Pic: John Gay walks free (Garry Stannus pic)
01.09.14 4:30 am
THE hunt for former Gunns chairman John Gay’s illegal earnings is set to become a national test case for how the profits of crime are calculated.
01.09.14 4:15 am
Home to the largest single tract of temperate rainforest in the nation, the destined Tarkine National Park will soon become an economic natural goldmine for Tasmania’s northwest.
Forestry Tasmania, in Comments: Forestry Tasmania is preparing an application to the Forest Stewardship Council® for a temporary derogation to allow the continued limited use of the registered insecticide alpha-cypermethrin to protect eucalypt plantations from severe defoliation by insect pests ...
Mercury. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: Sept 1.
01.09.14 4:10 am
HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard - A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) - to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.
• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard ...
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
01.09.14 4:00 am
The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here
The Bob Brown Foundation
01.09.14 3:50 am
The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 3rd annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.
Stephen McMahon, Friend of Charlie Fearnley
01.09.14 3:45 am
Ed: Tasmanian Times again presents the basic details of a dispute involving a former Flinders Island fisherman/farmer, Paul ‘Charlie’ Fearnley and Queensland primary industry officials and a property where Charlie’s cattle have been agisted. Charlie says he has been in a desperate fight to rescue and save his beloved cattle. TT cannot verify the details of the dispute ... but one thing is certain and stark: In the Abbottland that Australia has become it is the most vulnerable who suffer, the least able who go under ... in this case, apparently, Charlie’s cows ...
My name is Stephen McMahon and I am writing on behalf of Paul (Charlie) Fearnley in regards to his herd of cattle in QLD.
01.09.14 3:27 am
When people ask me what’s my hometown I always say without hesitation, Strahan.
01.09.14 3:15 am
The Australian Government gives Indonesia, and East Timor and other international aid bodies, Billions of Australian Tax Payer Dollars every year… Our same Government withholds ALL the monies derived through the Exclusive Economic Zone of Norfolk Island from that Island’s Government, past and present.
Bill Rowlings OAM CEO, Civil Liberties Australia http://www.cla.asn.au/ Pic*
01.09.14 3:00 am
New ASIO spy laws are not designed to combat jihadists: they are so ASIO and its “affiliates”can legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November.
Matthew Holloway. Pic: of Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Pub: Sept 1
01.09.14 2:45 am
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, activist and feminist visiting Australia as a guest speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to be held in Sydney. She has stated ...
01.09.14 2:30 am
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?  This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.
The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am
Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga
Alderman Jeff Briscoe, HCC, Media Release, Picture: of the Organ Pipes
31.08.14 8:42 am
... before any consideration of rezoning of the Natural Zone … The HCC will now provide a submission to reject the amendment as the Trust has not demonstrated the proposed amendment furthers the vision, principles and objectives of the Management Plan, and the purposes for which Wellington Park was set aside. Whilst the Chairman of the Trust has indicated that the rezoning is not for the controversial Cable Car, every one knows why this amendment has come forward.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Tom Ellison* Pic: of Peter Gutwein in Parliament, with Will Hodgman, left, and Rene Hidding, right. Pub: Aug 28
30.08.14 7:30 am
Nobody doubts why the Hodgman Government won so convincingly in March – it was viewed as a better economic manager than its predecessor. Its primary mandate could be likened to that of the administrator of a failed company – tasked with keeping the place afloat and making some tough decisions. Like restructuring, cutting staff, increasing efficiencies and removing the dead wood accumulated over the course of 16 years. This Budget goes some way towards achieving that.
• TT Media HERE for all the responses - from Labor to Greens, unions to conservationists .... • And, use the TT NEWS dropdown menu (top nav bar) for MSM reports
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania. Pub: Aug 29
30.08.14 7:00 am
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania offers the following comments on the impact of the Government’s climate policies on Tasmania: “The reckless climate policies of the Abbott Government such as repealing the price on carbon will have dire consequences for Tasmania as was clear in yesterday’s state budget. “Hydro Tasmania is the leading producer of clean energy in Australia, generating approximately half of all the country’s renewable energy, and Abbott’s climate sceptic policies have just smashed it. “Hydro has been providing a river of gold to state government coffers. Abbott has made these rivers of gold run dry.
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