"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

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Richard Griggs* Media Release for 22 organisations*. Pic* Pub: Oct 26
31.10.14 4:00 am

Twenty two organisations have signed a joint statement urging the Upper House to vote against the anti-protest laws this week.

Groundswell Activists unravel banner outside Parliament House to oppose proposed Anti-Protest Bill

Dr Lisa Searle: Groundswell Activists arrested outside Parliament House protesting against the proposed Anti-Protest Bill

Guardian: Tasmania to focus anti-protest laws on anti-forestry and mining activists

Justice Pierre Slicer briefs LegCo on anti-protest bill

Lawyers: Threat of violation of human rights of all Tasmanians The Bill’s proposed amendments released 22 October 2014 by Paul Harriss do nothing to alleviate the legitimate concerns raised by ALHR and other organisations. In fact, they provide Tasmania Police and the DPP with additional discretionary powers under the Bill; discretionary powers which are clearly inconsistent with International Human Rights Law.

Ted Mead Satire: Ta Ann rules this House of Fools, HERE

Nick McKim: State Anti-Protest Laws Contain Harsher Provisions than National Terrorism Laws

THURSDAY, Oct 30 ...

• ABC Radio reports the bill passed through the LegCo, 9-5 ... and now enters the committee stages. Mersey MLC Greg Hall referred to protesters as “Pests”.

Bryan Green: Forestry Tasmania loss highlights Liberals have no answers A reported loss of well over $40 million by Forestry Tasmania highlights the challenges facing the forest industry and that the Liberal Government’s hollow promises are not the answer. “The future for Forestry Tasmania is looking less certain by the day under the Liberals,” Mr Green said. “The Liberals have done absolutely nothing to secure the viability of Forestry Tasmania and are still in denial over the causes of the decade-long downturn in the sector. “For Paul Harris to suggest the land available for forestry is the problem is a bare-faced lie. “In fact, Paul Harris introduced and had passed new legislation which did not change the land area available to Forestry Tasmania.

Mercury: Tasmanian Forests Agreement blamed for Forestry Tas $43.1m loss

Paul Harriss: Forestry Tasmania Loss an Indictment on Labor and the Greens

Kim Booth: The More Trees Cut, the More Forestry Tasmania Loses

• John Hawkins, in Comments: Between 2010 and 2013 Forestry Tasmania lost $122 million from harvesting a public resource that cost them nothing. This year an additional $40 million. A total of $162 million in 5 years. This is despite receiving $110 million under the TCFA and a further $100 million from the State. So the real loss is North of $372 million in 5 years. Mainly I suggest that this is a result of contracts written to supply timber to customers at a loss. Who wrote those contracts and why? Harriss as the minister it is your job to explain to us pests why we should not be told how all this has come about. You promote and defend the rorters and snouters. Why?

Jan Davis: Forestry schemes a disaster

mike seabrook, in Comments on this Media Release HERE and she wants the feds to rip off the other tax payers to do something and compensate.  a big sook now belatedly. where misrepresentations were made and funding/loans compromised - let the courts work it out. jan what about the mis in stone fruits., walnuts, cherries, olives etc which the tfga were effectively working on behalf of the promotors in promoting those scams.

International Business Times: France: Young Environmental Activist Remi Fraisse Killed During Protest Against Controversial Sivens Dam Project

• Gordon Bradbury, in Comments, HERE: One has to applaud the “penny finally dropping”, even if it is 15 years too late. Some people are just slow/deaf/..... All of this disaster came from the Plantation 2020 Vision (http://www.plantations2020.com.au) which was policy made stupid. Beware the forest industry. Policy is still very questionable.

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Tasmanian Australian of the Year

Rodney Croome. Pic: of Rodney Croome
31.10.14 3:45 am

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Thank you for this honour.  While my name is on the citation, it is not only for me. It is for my ever loving mother, Bev, who is here tonight, and my late father, Peter, for my friend Richard who is also here, and all those friends who have helped me through the tough times, for all the passionate people I work with, and for all those Australians who aspire to a more inclusive nation.

All the other winners ... and what Premier Will says. Comment there or below

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Damon Thomas: This surreal feeling ...

Former HCC Lord Mayor Damon Thomas. Pub: Oct 30 on Facebook
30.10.14 4:55 am

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What a surreal feeling being removed as Lord Mayor of Hobart is a few hours on!

Marti Zucco: Voting System is floored and must change

Philip Cocker, in Comments on Marti Zucco’s Media Release, HERE I agree with Marti. In line with this should be the abolition of the General Manager’s role. Same rules and practices for all levels of Government.

Barry Jarvis, LGAT: New Era for Local Government in Tasmania

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What Makes Them Tick: Inside The Mind Of The Abbott Government

Lissa Johnson* http://www.lissajohnson.com.au/ , New Matilda. Satire* Pub: Oct 29
30.10.14 4:45 am

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If the Abbott Government was an individual, he would be a psychopath. And you wonder why they’re frightened of science! Clinicial psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson explains.

Guardian: Coalition’s $2.2bn fuel tax gamble risks car crash with the Senate

Guardian: Unaccompanied child refugees on Nauru report beatings, death threats

IPAN: Open letter to the Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott and the Defence Minister Mr David Johnston

Guardian: Coalition secures $2.5bn Direct Action plan amid fears over emissions target *Controversial policy will pass Senate after deal with PUP *Greg Hunt agrees to investigate emissions trading scheme *Labor says Australia has ‘no way to reduce carbon pollution’ *Modelling suggests it will not be sufficient to reach 5% target

• Brian, in Comments: Best interview i have seen with Palmer Jones tried to catch him out over Bell Bay it would appear Lambie has achieved an outcome for Bell Bay Aluminium. He also puts down Christine Milne and she has been wedged twice this week in Federal Parliament ...

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STATE, LOCAL: Lord Mayor Hickey, Kent takes control,  Slade slain

Mercury, Tasmanian Electoral Commission. Pub: Oct 29
30.10.14 4:30 am

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THURSDAY: ABC: Sue Hickey elected Hobart Lord Mayor over Damon Thomas HERE

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission have provisionally declared that Sue Hickey has defeated incumbent Lord Mayor Damon Thomas 52.53% to 47.47. Glenorchy is set for a fresh face mayor in criminologist Kristie Johnston while flamboyant Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor Bertrand Cadart has been knocked out of top spot in the Tasmanian local government elections.


Mercury: Spring Bay ‘impasse’ sparks legal action by millionaire Graeme Wood to wind up Triabunna Investments

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Peter Gutwein’s axe ...

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer Ministerial Statement. Main pic: Peter Gutwein, Will Hodgman in Parliament. Pub: Oct 28
29.10.14 3:45 am

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… We simply cannot allow the Budget position to get worse.  If we don’t start to fix the problems now, the actions that will need to be taken in future years will be even more severe. …

Kim Booth: Nasty Politics as Gutwein Guts Public Sector

Cassy O’Connor: Savage Cuts to DHHS and Hospitals Will Impact on the Front Line

• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top nav bar) for news, comment on the Gutwein Statement

TT Media HERE for all reactions, including Labor Leader Bryan Green

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The Doomed Battalion ... Petrarch’s Saturday, Hobart Bookshop Nov 7

Peter Henning
29.10.14 3:40 am

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Doomed Battalion is the story of the men of the 2/40 Battalion – mainly Tasmanians – and its associated army units, sent to garrison an airfield in Dutch Timor immediately after the Japanese entered the Second World War. Assigned a hopeless military task within a misguided strategy, they were captured a week after the fall of Singapore in February1942. They were then scattered in prison camps across east Asia, including Java, Sumatra, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Japan and other places. Their experiences are in general a microcosm of those of Australian prisoners of the Japanese between 1942 and 1945.

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The plan to undermine the Land Rights Act

29.10.14 3:30 am

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Just published in Northern Land Council (NLC), Land Rights News-Northern Edition (October 2014); written by The Hon. Ian Viner, AO QC former Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government. This article is extremely important and topical as there is a move to 99 year whole of township leases [over Aboriginal townships] in the NT.  It is also relevant as we remember the passing of Gough Whitlam who led the path to inalienable land rights - now under threat like never before. Gough is highly respected amongst all Aboriginal peoples. The introductory note from the NLC reads, “IAN VINER AO QC was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in Malcolm Fraser’s government, 1975-1978. He still practises as a barrister in Perth, and retains a keen interest in Indigenous issues. Here is his take on the Federal Government’s push to obtain 99-year township leases over Aboriginal owned land in the Northern territory ...”

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The Large Magellanic Cloud

European Space Agency Photo: Josh Barrington, ESA/Hubble & NASA
29.10.14 3:00 am

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The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, the Milky Way, and appears as a blurred blob in our skies.

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The most horrific abuse yet seen

Suzanne Cass, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty
28.10.14 4:45 am

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… Nor is this awful trafficking in living, feeling beings contributing anything of much significance to the Australian economy. The trade in live animals is just 0.4% of Australia’s exports and the trade is frozen/chilled meat to every one of these countries is worth 16 times more. It destroys jobs in Australia, handing over meat processing and downstream sector employment to other countries, and these atrocities are the result. As well, after more than three decades, and with millions of taxpayer dollars thrown down this sewer, we still see these horrors with distressing regularity. And make no mistake, the trade begins and ends with the minority of farmers who supply it. …

ABC: Federal Government faces multi-million-dollar class action over live export ban

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The Abetzian Nightmare

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Eric Abetz
28.10.14 4:30 am

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The outcome of a financial disaster that is the rotting entrails of the now-deceased MIS scams will be determined this week. MIS was supported and protected by Erich Abetz -  then Minister for Forests in the Howard Liberal Government. It is my belief he was sitting illegally in the parliament as a dual national.  Forty seven thousand people put $1.8 billion into MIS scams promoted by Great Southern. They will receive back 16 cents for every $1,000 invested should the Victorian Supreme Court approve today or tomorrow a settlement that declares the loans valid. … A disaster in many ways created and protected by the then Minister for Forests Erich Abetz, a Tasmanian who was then very very close to a now imploded forest industry in Tasmania. These Abetzian schemes changed the face of rural communities in Tasmania by alienating valuable agricultural land in the creation of the now dead and dying nitens plantations, a blight on our landscape.

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TPP: Treated like mushrooms

Australian Greens Trade Spokesman, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. Pic: of Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Pub: Oct 27
28.10.14 3:40 am

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Australian Greens comment on the final day of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ meeting. “Andrew Robb is treating the Australian Parliament, the press and the public like mushrooms. We are all being kept in the dark. “He says he can’t tell anyone or myself as a Parliamentarian what he is trading away. He says ‘trust me’.” “Yet, the US Trade Representative is on the record saying that all US congressmen can view their trade proposals, the draft text and even the negotiating documents. “The US government is giving their legislators information about what is in the TPP, whereas the Australian government is not.


Trading away the national interest

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Tonight, 10pm ABC: Skullbone Plains documentary screening

Jane Hutchinson CEO http://www.tasland.org.au Pic: Matt Newton http://matthewnewton.com.au/Commercial/People/1/
28.10.14 3:30 am

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This is a quick email to let you know that the documentary Skullbone Plains will air tonight - Tuesday October 28 - on ABC 1 at 10.00pm

Simon Bevilacqua, Mercury: Ancient voice in the wilderness

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D-Day for local government in Tasmania

Eva Ruzicka*. Pic: Bob Burton
28.10.14 3:20 am

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As the close of local government polls looms closer to 10am on Tuesday morning, so does D-Day for local government in Tasmania.  A bit dramatic?  No.  The Hon Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, Minister for Planning and Local Government intends to write to all Mayors once the polls are declared to start asking about reforms and how local government can take on more economic responsibilities.

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Elite sport remains a cesspit of casual misogyny

Oliver Brown, Daily Telegraph London in the Canberra Times. Pic: of Kurtley Beale
28.10.14 3:14 am

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The message from Di Patston was desperate. “I am sitting here in the team room doing my job and I can’t stop crying. What did I do to you? You have barely known me a day. I am so humiliated by this.”

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Ebola crisis: AMA criticises Australia’s response to virus outbreak; West Africa cases exceed 10,000

28.10.14 3:04 am

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The Federal Government’s response to the Ebola crisis has been chaotic, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.

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Ice: The destruction of my tenant’s life ...

A Landlord*
27.10.14 5:00 am

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Comment on Cassy O’Connor’s Media Release, Where’s the acknowledgement that a crisis exists? HERE October last year, ‘guests’ of my tenant took over and destroyed her life. A pop-up party of 200 was arranged on a Friday and illegal drugs and alcohol were sold and consumed. … The late Councillor Jeremy Ball had visited the property and was enormously concerned at the extent of the problem in Launceston. He would’ve helped coordinate some preventative action. I remain prepared to.

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Medical Cannabis: Dear Mr Hodgman ...

John Reeves, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) https://www.facebook.com/groups/medicantasmania/
27.10.14 4:35 am

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Dear Mr Hodgman, I am writing to you in relation to two issues raised by you this week in regards to the Medical Cannabis situation in Tasmania. The first is to ask you to clarify your statements made this week on Hansard and a media release that you have assurances from the police that no one involved in the current Upper House Medical Cannabis inquiry will be actively pursued or prosecuted for using or possessing Medical Cannabis. But could still have their cannabis taken from them if the police find it. “We are very keen to ensure that Tasmanians who are accessing cannabis for medicinal use are not going to be prosecuted.’’

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The thing that fills your heart ...

Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pic: of Hilary Burden
27.10.14 4:30 am

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… Sometimes it’s not necessary to chase around the world to find the thing that fills your heart. This is especially true in Tasmania. You must, however, know how to drag yourself away from the sticky habits of home. …

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Mary and Mohammad meet Parliament

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release
27.10.14 4:25 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, brought the documentary Mary Meets Mohammad to the people who decide Australia’s asylum seeker policies.  The documentary was a 2013 Walkley Awards finalist and won the 2014 UN Media Award.

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Wind farms ... and Tony’s ‘ruthless attack on the RET’

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne. Pic: Rob Walls
27.10.14 4:25 am

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Mercury: Hydro cans King Island wind power project Christine Milne: “While Hydro Tasmania has said moves to water down the RET wasn’t the deciding factor in pursuing the King Island wind farm, Tasmanians should be under no illusion that the Abbott government’s ruthless attack on the RET has undermined investment certainty. “A cut to the RET will impact future investment in the state. “In its recent profit statement Hydro pointed out that uncertainty around the RET was one of the “challenging conditions” which would affect future profits, and it will. “This is a Liberal state and federal combination determined to destroy Tasmanian jobs and investment.

TT Media here for Labor and Liberal reaction

• Chris Harries, in Comments: I think Hydro Tas position is correct, the King Island project was non viable with or without the RET. It’s main problem was declining power demand on the mainland, meaning Hydro Tas couldn’t cover its cost selling into a buyer’s market. The link from King Island to Victoria, including rectiformers, would have been prohibitively costly. This is on top of the community relations on King Island being not well managed. That said, the project would have been non viable under any circumstances without the national Renewable Energy Target being in place.

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