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The sounds of the Silent Majority ...

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Rex Beamish*
15.08.18 5:45 am

The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka …

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Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ...

John Hawkins*
15.08.18 5:30 am

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Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1850 ... ?

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The cable car ...

Andrew James*
14.08.18 12:45 pm

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Satire by Andrew James

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The Cable Car (2)

The Hag*
14.08.18 12:30 pm

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The Hag doesn’t like the cable car. It would immensely spoil what remains of the ambience of Hobbit, she says ...

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Reefgate or reefport?

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14.08.18 6:15 am

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Reefgate should be Malcolm Turnbull’s Watergate, but probably won’t be …

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‘Get glyphosate off our globe’

Bob Phelps, Gene Ethics News Media Release
14.08.18 6:00 am

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A California jury has awarded school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial that his exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused Mr Johnson’s cancer. The Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too,” says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps …

Anthony Amis: Friends of the Earth reaction to Glysophate court case Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnson’s regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict …

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‘Woodchip fan-girl gets real’

The Hag*
14.08.18 5:53 am

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As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the ‘main bar’ at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days …

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Gingivitis – Boiling the Gum in Tasmania

John Hawkins* Pic*
14.08.18 5:45 am

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I have started to notice on my property here at Bentley in northern Tasmania a large number of dead trees having the sap running out of the trunks like blood from a wound and then turning the bark ginger in colour …

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Women call for review to sex discrimination laws

Bronwyn Williams*
14.08.18 5:15 am

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Women Speak Tasmania is calling for uniform changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws …

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Geelong Star & Basslink ...

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13.08.18 8:55 am

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An inconvenient truth Part Three The balance of probability ... ?

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NATION: Turnbull’s leadership a sham. Seeks to evade GBRF scandal, climate change with NEG

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13.08.18 7:36 am

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“Our efforts to deal with climate change have been betrayed by a lack of leadership, a political cowardice, the like of which I have never seen” — Malcolm Turnbull 2010

Crikey Worm: Turnbull under siege

Guardian: Great Barrier Reef Foundation not aware of ‘due diligence’ for $444m grant Foundation’s managing director appears to contradict Frydenberg’s assurance that ‘extensive due diligence’ took place …

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EXCLUSIVE: The case of the missing Beach judgment: NAB vs Lawrence

Tess Lawrence*
13.08.18 7:15 am

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The National Australia Bank fights dirty. So does its lawyers …

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‘Future of the East Coast’

East Coast Alliance Media Release
13.08.18 7:07 am

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1.10pm sharp to 2pm Tuesday 21 August 2018: Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street

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‘Swift parrot the loser with Tassal’s east coast gill disease dam ...’

Vica Bayley, Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society Media Release. Pic: Eric Wohler
13.08.18 7:00 am

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A proposed dam that would suppy fresh water to treat gill disease in Tassal’s controversial Okehamption Bay fish farm will destroy critical habitat for the swift parrot, acknowledged by the proponent and experts as a ‘significant impact’ under federal law …

Vica Bayley: Spotlight on Hodgman Government over swift parrot habitat loss ... includes where you can watch a LIVESTREAM ...

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‘Michael Ferguson referred for Code of Conduct investigation’

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13.08.18 6:45 am

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Labor will formally request Premier Hodgman stage a Ministerial Code of Conduct investigation into Health Minister Michael Ferguson over his role in the Cricket Australia scandal …

Crikey: Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking has pro-life history Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been fighting against abortion in the Apple Isle for years.

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The cable car ...

Andrew James
13.08.18 6:20 am

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Satire by Andrew James

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Kunanyi ... Little Signposts ...

Kevin Kiernan* All Pics: Kevin Kiernan
11.08.18 6:00 am

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Little signposts, on the hillside ... Little sign post, looking very tacky …

ABC: Mount Wellington Cableway Company accuses aldermen of ‘undeniable bias’, seeks legal advice

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‘Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed’

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11.08.18 5:30 am

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The revised development plans of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) have struck their first council hurdle after a Parks and Recreation Committee recommended to deny the company access to public land …

ABC: Mount Wellington Cableway Company accuses aldermen of ‘undeniable bias’, seeks legal advice

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‘Adding insult to injury, Howlett personally assured me that she wouldn’t run in Prosser ... ’

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11.08.18 5:15 am

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Tony Mulder needs a dog. US President Harry Truman famously said, “Want a friend in Washington? Get a dog!” I was evicted from the Liberal Party for running in Prosser against endorsed Liberal candidate Jane Howlett. This contravened the Liberal Party Constitution, but so did her direct selection by the Abetz-controlled State Executive. Liberal Party President Geoff Page lied when said that ‘process was followed’ …

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‘Ecotourism’ ... the new greenwash term

Geoff Holloway* Pic*
09.08.18 4:45 am

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‘Ecotourism’ is a term that is misused across the world – as all international bodies agree; but it is particularly abused/misused by the Tasmanian Government and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT). This is not to say that there are not some authentic ecotourism enterprises in Tasmania, but they are at extreme risk of losing their status. More importantly, ‘ecotourism’ is far from new; it used to be something generations of Tasmanians bushwalkers, climbers, skiers, etc did as an outdoor activity/past-time or philosophy, but without any corporate or government involvement; and while not strictly ‘tourists’ as such, their activities were similar. The way the term is used today covers a wide spectrum of tourist activities, which usually involves ‘nature’, even if just in the form of what should be called more accurately ‘scenery mining …

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‘Michael Ferguson referred to police’

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09.08.18 4:30 am

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Labor will today refer Health Minister Michael Ferguson to Tasmania Police over serious allegations that he disclosed private medical information in the Cricket Australia sacking scandal …

Will Hodgman, Premier: Shameful attempt to waste police time Labor’s attempt to politicise what is an industrial relations issue between Cricket Australia and a former employee is very disturbing. After a number of unsuccessful stunts, the Labor Party is now attempting to waste police time in a politically-motivated witch hunt …

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