"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
25.05.16 4:30 am
Nothing I have seen or heard since the new council was elected in October 2014 has dissuaded me from believing that the dysfunction that the board appears to have found at Huon Valley Council is a direct consequence of a vendetta on the part of those who wield the power at council against a man who believes that, if local government in the valley is to best serve the interests of the whole community, reform of the system and an opening up of the valley to communication with the outside world are vital.
Bob Burton. Photo: A Careers Australia webpage.
24.05.16 5:17 am
The Tasmanian Liberal Party is under pressure to return a $23,500 political donation after an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) led to the private training company repaying $44 million in public funds and cancelling the enrolments of over 12,000 students.
Urban Wronski. Photo: Rob Walls
23.05.16 6:11 am
NBN Bust! A brief, grainy, almost noir, news item, with not much action and an eerily silent soundtrack screening repeatedly on national TV Thursday night wins feature of the week, Le chat mort or the dead cat award, in the Federal Election campaign, the latest episode of the long-running Canberra political soap opera, Days of our Knives, (M for mature audiences only.)
Tom Bentley, RMIT University and Jonathan West, University of Tasmania.
23.05.16 12:13 am
The questions we need to ask now are not so much whether house prices will slump, or whether they are too high. Instead, we should ask: what is investment’s role in the wider economy? And how can the underpinning consensus, which is outliving its usefulness, be renewed?
23.05.16 12:01 am
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• May 24, 2016: Standing up for CSIRO public meeting
Photo: Bob Burton.
22.05.16 12:25 am
Lamby by Anna Williams. Lamby - which is made from old spark plugs and steel - currently resides on the Sculpture trail at the Birchs Bay Art Farm. The trail is open until July 17th, 2016.
Michelle Grattan. Photo: Kate Ausburn (Flickr)
20.05.16 6:37 am
If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry.
Paul Krummel, CSIRO and Paul Fraser, CSIRO. Photo: Paul Krummel
19.05.16 4:40 am
As we predicted last year, the background atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured at Cape Grim on Tasmania’s northwest coast have officially passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. Our measurements, compiled by our team at CSIRO together with the Bureau of Meteorology, show that the milestone was reached on May 10 ... That is an increase of 43% in scarcely more than two centuries, largely as a result of human activities. The time to start reversing that trend is now.
Martin Belam Guardian in Perugia
18.05.16 11:59 pm
Ex-Channel 4 News economics editor tells International Journalism Festival that making a film about Greece gave him new insight into reporters’ knowledge
18.05.16 12:01 am
The leaking of a treasure trove of internal documents to The Age unmasking corruption in the global oil industry has triggered global media coverage and triggered police to launch anti-corruption investigations in a raft of countries. But the Australian Financial Review (AFR) – Australia’s only national business newspaper – paid scant attention to the scandal.
17.05.16 1:55 pm
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Urban Wronski. Photo: Rob Walls
17.05.16 11:09 am
When the going gets tough on the campaign trail, Australians discovered last Wednesday, the tough may just get up and leave.
Clyde Graf – Councillor - Waikato Regional Council
17.05.16 8:28 am
Waikato Regional Council determined in its Public Excluded, Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday the 10th of May “THAT Councillor Graf issue a written public apology to Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.”
Shane Humpherys Photo: Michael Coghlan (Flickr)
13.05.16 2:28 am
An integrated and comprehensive ferry service is a no brainer for Hobart and to address my increasingly problematic parking fines and associated shares in Myer along with those other little issues around traffic congestion, energy consumption, atmospheric pollution, and public amenity.
Martyn Goddard. Photo: Tony R, Flickr
12.05.16 11:26 pm
New figures showing an unexpected increase in smoking among young Tasmanians will put pressure on the state government to move forward with its announced plan to raise the smoking age.
12.05.16 11:10 pm
Giving a new spin to Ambrose Bierce’s view that politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage, Tony Abbott surges above a pack of hopeful contenders to set the seeking of advantage as a key theme of the week in politics on Wednesday night as other MPs past their use-by-date are farewelled.
Max Atkinson. Photo: Bob Burton.
11.05.16 4:23 pm
There is now a heated debate over the need for a royal commission into banking and financial services, with the government continuing to defend its controversial inquiry into trade union corruption while rejecting moves by Labor and the Greens, backed by two-thirds of voters, for a comprehensive look into the murky world of money-lenders.
11.05.16 1:04 am
On Saturday Tania Rattray defeated three candidates to extend her twelve-year reign as the member for Apsley in the Legislative Council. Tania Rattray has supported the reporting of all drinking water data, and in real-time.
Editors. Photo: Rob Walls
08.05.16 4:54 pm
For the next couple of weeks Tasmanian Times is going to be operating at a slightly slower pace than normal and in a slightly different way.
08.05.16 3:45 pm
Late in the evening of 4th May a staff member from Richmond Primary School reported to my home what they thought to be a dead or badly injured eagle near the side of Pittwater Rd they saw while walking their dog. The bird was indeed dead and had classic signs of a massive electrocution.
06.05.16 7:42 pm
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