"Balance is Appeasement. Fairness is Truth."
Martyn Goddard Health policy analysis and development. Pic*: Lara Giddings, Michelle O'Byrne
20.05.13 4:45 am
We know from hospital data that in the southern region alone, which includes the Royal Hobart Hospital, the number of nurses by head-count went down by 115. ‘The number of clerks and administrators actually rose marginally over the period, by 15.
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20.05.13 4:30 am
Hydro Tasmania wants King Island to consider an industrial wind farm consisting of 200 x 3Mega Watt turbines. The proposed project, TasWind, would dwarf Australia’s largest wind farm by a further 50%; the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere, costing $2Billion. The EPA’s disastrously low: “Substantially Commenced” bar at the vacant Gunns Pulp Mill site, has inspired confidence amongst our corrupt Tasmanian establishment that they can steamroll this major issue by avoiding due process.
Suzanne Cass Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty
20.05.13 4:30 am
Will Abbott and his sycophants also want to apologise to Egypt? Bahrain? Kuwait? Pakistan? Malaysia? And all the other countries to which Australia happily sends millions of innocent, gentle animals to be so heinously abused? Tony Abbott wants to make the all-but-meaningless ESCAS ‘more exporter friendly’, if that is indeed possible. … Jacob, the Australian bull filmed at an Egyptian slaughterhouse last month, spent his last horrific many minutes of life having his eyes stabbed and his leg tendons slashed. He had been forced into an appallingly cruel slaughter box, from which, in panic, he escaped, trying to run on three legs because one was already broken. His throat had been slashed and he ran with his head almost hanging off. Jacob was a gentle, Western Australian Brahman bull, who had done nothing wrong. He spent weeks on a Third World live export ship on his way to Egypt before facing this ultimate horror annd depravity.
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Caricature by J
20.05.13 4:15 am
Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has just posted an informative overview of the austerity debate in a recent article How the Case for Austerity has Crumbled .
Isla MacGregor, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network MRs. ABC. Pic* First published*
20.05.13 4:10 am
Friday: Rosebery is now the seventh town in Tasmania with drinking water supplies contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Five of the seven towns have been impacted on by local mines, Whitemark’s and Ringarooma’s water was sourced from areas near where mining has occurred. The seven towns with drinking water supplies contaminated with lead are Whitemark, Pioneer, Ringarooma, Avoca, Royal George, Rosebery and Gormanston. Royal George’s water is also contaminated with arsenic and cadmium and Avoca with cadmium also. These poisoned water results from Rosebery cast serious doubts over the rigour and integrity of the EPA’s 2008-2009 investigation in Rosebery, an investigation which was highly criticised by the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania. The Department of Health has allowed public health to be put at risk, by failing to act upon high levels of toxic metals in seven towns’ drinking water supplies. Tasmania must now be viewed as a Third World state with over one third of Tasmanian towns failing to provide raw drinking water that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Saturday: Last year the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania also sent the laboratory results to Cradle Mountain Water and requested that they provide all households in Rosebery with a Domestic Reverse Osmosis water filtration system as these are the only filtration systems that can remove both soluble and insoluble metals from the drinking water in Rosebery. Again no reply was received from Cradle Mountain Water. It is inexcusable that Cradle Mountain Water has taken so long to determine that lead is in the drinking water supplies in Rosebery. It is totally unacceptable that Dr Roscoe Taylor has failed to protect public health and ensure the provision of safe drinking water in Rosebery and the other 6 towns in Tasmania now known to be contaminated with lead, arsenic or cadmium. The Premier Lara Giddings should stand Dr Roscoe Taylor down from his position as Chief Public Health Officer of Tasmania, said Isla MacGregor
• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: Matthew Groom on Southern Cross News last night backed TPEHN’s call for a full inquiry into unsafe drinking water in Tasmania. Matthew Groom said “I think it is absolutely critical that this is properly looked into. It is incumbent on the Government to ensure that Tasmania communities have safe and reliable drinking water. They should have confidence in the quality of their drinking water and it is incumbent on the Government to ensure that this happens.” TPEHN congratulates the Liberal Party for making a statement so promptly about this critical issue about public health of current and former Rosebery residents.
Chris Johnson National Political Correspondent SMH
20.05.13 4:00 am
The accusations follow the resignation of a highly regarded senior employee and come after Senator Milne conceded last month that September’s poll would be an uphill battle for the party, which risked losing two Senate spots.
Evan Whitton. Pic: of Evan Whitton
20.05.13 3:02 am
This is the seventh extract from Our Corrupt Legal System by legal historian Evan Whitton. The story so far: English common law began in 1166 in a culture of total corruption in the public sector, and went downhill from there. Extorting judges and their lawyer-bagmen formed a cartel. Soon after 1215, European countries adopted a truth-seeking (inquisitorial) system. In 1219, a few corrupt English judges rejected truth as the basis of justice. Since about 1350, lawyers have been the “dominant interest” in English-speaking legislatures, thus making it impossible to change to a justice system.
Kim Booth MP Greens Gaming spokesperson Sunday, 19 May 2013
20.05.13 2:58 am
“Although the Greens voted in support of the Liberals amendment in 2009 we did not have the numbers to carry it through. However, if the Liberals were to vote this week consistent with their previous track record, the power-sharing Parliament means we are in a position to make a real difference for those Tasmanian families and local businesses suffering from pokie addiction.”
Clive Stott http://www.cleanairtas.com
20.05.13 2:32 am
Patients on life-support equipment at home cannot afford to use it as prescribed by their specialists. The only solution left for these severely disadvantaged people is to turn their equipment off, or reduce its use. Neither is an acceptable option. Life support patients are already suffering greatly in other ways because of their special needs. How un-Australian is this treatment of someone spending the last of their life on life-support?
The Old Bear
20.05.13 12:22 am
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations suggests that if more people incorporate insects into their diet we could reduce world hunger, food shortages and food insecurity. I would therefore be interested to see if any of the multitude of food presenters on Australian television or in newspaper/magazine columns latch on to the above and offer recipes that might find favour with our palates. I wonder what they could come up with?
Lyndon Schneiders. Pic: of Lyndon Schneiders
18.05.13 4:30 am
Well-known author and anti-pulp mill activist Richard Flanagan was the first to condemn. Writing in the blog, the Tasmanian Times ( here ), Flanagan rejects outright the decision by four of the five Tasmanian Green MPs and environment groups to support legislation which reconciles the protection of 500,000 hectares of old-growth and high-conservation-value forest with the provision of long-term security for a new Tasmanian timber industry based on the logging of regrowth forests and plantations and certified through Forest Stewardship Council accreditation through ongoing negotiation - not protest. For Flanagan, this is an attack on his right to dissent. His perspective is understandable given the past attempts to shut down dissent and litigate against opponents to forestry operations. … But much like France, with its ill-fated Maginot Line in 1940, Flanagan is fighting the wrong war and not dealing with the present reality. The provisions that Flanagan claims silence his voice do not do anything of the sort.
But at least Flanagan has lived the experience of the forest wars the hard way and has been deep in the trenches. The same can’t be said of The Australia Institute’s Denniss. Airing his views in the Australian Financial Review and The Canberra Times, Denniss has piled up a soap box so high that perhaps the lack of oxygen has affected his mental faculties. Denniss accuses the environment groups involved in the Tasmanian forest agreement process of selling out for no real outcomes. He claims we are complicit in an attack on dissent and free speech. Surely he knows he is talking rubbish. The naysayers may well be right. The agreement may fail. But there is no Plan B and misrepresenting and distorting what is on the table and what has been achieved is wrong and knowingly running misinformation campaigns to destroy the prospects for peace is culpable.
Richard Denniss on Facebook: Help, I’m under attack from some big environment groups:) Apparently I’m ‘foolhardy’ and my ‘mental faculties’ are in doubt, according to Lyndon Schnieders the head honcho at the Wilderness Society…it seems that he and Don Henry From the ACF don’t like it when people like me explain how their ‘historic forrest peace deal’ seeks to silence dissent. While they say they are proud of their deal they aren’t that proud of the bit that says that if ‘significant active protests’ are held against logging then trees that are in reserves will be stripped of their protections. They call it the ‘durability clause’, I call it blackmail…sad really. If you are members or donors of these groups please ask them to explain the need for, and operation of, these ‘durability’ clauses…you might also want to ask to see their legal advice • Richard Denniss on Tasmanian Times, here
• Peter Adams, in Comments: Beautifully written Barbara, #10. (Maybe you’re a ghost writer for Richard Flanagan?). I’ve been pondering on this debate for as long as everyone on TT and elsewhere. A year ago I even wrote in support of the draft TGA 2011 because I, too, wanted peace to occur in our forests and was willing to give the negotiations a fair go. However, what the Upper House did to the legislation was to destroy the legitimacy of the TGA 2011 and the negotiated agreements between the forest industry and the eNGO’s. For the eNGO’s and the four Greens in the Lower House to then accept this egregious act of political bullying and deliberate sabotage, is beyond comprehension. I just do not get it. Nothing I have read by the Wilderness Society or the Tasmanian Greens has given me any assurance that our forests will be protected. Quite the opposite.
• Leonard Colquhoun, in Comments: I’m with Barbara Mitchell’s Comment 10, and it would have got a very high grading in HSC English “Response to Issues”-type exercises (most of which focused on language and how it was used in making a case, rather than on the actual issues themselves [which, I’m sure all TT-ers would agree, is how it should be]). So, therefore I’m also (generally) with Comments 11, 12 and 13.
• Andrew Ricketts, in Comments: The regional conservation organisation I represent has “long called for reform” of forestry in Tasmania. We have been working on conservation and logging issues since our inception over two decades ago and have witnessed the inexorable decline of Tasmania’s wonderful natural forests since Tasmanian export woodchipping began four decades ago. Some of our members have been campaigning against export woodchipping for all this time. Schneiders has the temerity to describe the reaction against the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) as “over the top” when long-term conservationists were actively excluded from a private deal which guarantees more of the same - clearfelling, export woodchipping, habitat destruction, scarring of the landscape and cable logging in catchment headwaters. Alliance of The Australian Greens to the Liberal position? Where? What simplistic rubbish! From the outset of the ‘peace deal’ in 2010, Senator Milne supported and encouraged an inclusive process but the ENGO signatories ignored her sage advice. The Tasmanian Greens however, chose to listen to only a sector of the conservation movement and remained deaf to all other stakeholders. Why?
• Download: 1. Environmental Defenders Office Guide to the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Law. 2. EDO Guide to Creating Reserves under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Law
Eyal Halamish Chief Executive Officer, OurSay. Pic: of Andrew Wilkie
18.05.13 12:32 am
17.05.13 2:39 pm
AUSTRALIA’S richest woman Gina Rinehart has been criticised by Prime Minister Julia Gillard for saying the nation’s economy is heading for a collapse like those seen in Europe.
John Rozentals. *Pic: My late father, Arnold Rozentals ...
17.05.13 5:30 am
My how things have changed from the days when refugees were welcomed and treated like human beings, and what a horrible, mean, stingy country we have become under a succession of short-sighted, we’re-tougher-than-you-can-ever-be governments. Anyway, does that mean we’re back to terra nullius?
• Dr Frank Nicklason: I request that the process by which our Government commits the Nation to war be made an prominent election isssue. How young lives were committed to serve in the Iraq war is scandalous. There needs to be full accountabilty for those few involved in making such disastrous decisions. Those politicians responsible, John Howard in particular, must be brought to justice. We were lied to. There must also be legal changes to ensure that this type of tragedy can never happen again. Other countries have made the appropriate legislative changes. Julia Gillard, you desparately need votes, a commitment to tackling this critical National issue would surely give you some. And you would be right to do it, just as you are right to promote the NDIS.
• Simon Warriner, in Comments: On Thursday I rang a mate who just happened to be driving to Cowra, his home town. He was going to the funeral of his best mates son, 22, who had been killed in a workplace accident, and who left behind his young wife and their 10 week old child. Our usual jovial catch up was sombre and reflective. I wonder how we would feel if that young woman and child were forced to travel to a far away land in search of safety and a future, and the people of that land treated her like dog shit on their shoes. Leonard, your argument is so full of ...
17.05.13 4:54 am
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has delivered a campaign-style budget reply speech, outlining some of the cuts a Coalition government would make while pledging to keep existing compensation measures associated with the carbon tax.
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Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Tarkine National Coalition MR. First published Thurs May 16
17.05.13 2:31 am
So far only the Riley Creek documentation has been submitted for assessment, making the proper assessment of cumulative impacts impossible. “This is laughable and the EPA has lost all credibility as a body to assess the impacts of major projects.
Jan Davis' Tasmanian Country column today. ABC pic of Jan Davis
17.05.13 1:28 am
Bryan Green Deputy Premier
16.05.13 7:00 am
Energy Minister Bryan Green today released an Issues Paper for public consultation detailing new and transitional feed in tariff arrangements the Government is considering for when Tasmania’s electricity market opens to competition next year.
Andrew Macintosh* Pic: Daniel Haley. First published Wednesday May 15
16.05.13 6:00 am
Arguably, the TFA Act imposes a burden on the freedom of political communication for an illegitimate purpose or in a manner that is disproportionate and not compatible with representative and responsible government. This is because of the ‘blackmail provisions’ contained in the TFA Act, which seek to ensure that, if there are significant protests or opposition to the forestry sector, the Tasmanian environment (to say nothing of the national economy) will be punished by not declaring the reserves and returning the sector to its previous harvest levels. Even if the Act or specific provisions are not struck down, the TFA and the TFA Act violate the intent and spirit of the freedom of political communication.
• Robin Halton, in Comments: Ta Ann cannot possibly expect to obtain FSC accreditation for its ply laminate product as the native forest regrowth resource it is using is not being harvested on a sustainable basis. Ask any of the forestry officers, field and planning staff as the race to cut into mainly areas where threre is prime regrowth, continues out of control. What I am saying repeats itself all over the state. The new CEO of FT too will have to deal with the aftermath of the Gunns, Rolley, Gordon and now the post TFA regime in a resource rundown mode. Unless Ta Ann pull the pin when their $50M Federal freebie runs out prior to 2027 then there wont be much economically accessible regrowth left. By 2027 the remaining resource will either be too young or most likely affected by intervening wildfires; unfortunately it’s a sorry future for production forestry. Remaining areas of good quality timber have already been subjected to the first allotment of permanent reserves.
• Ben Quin, in Comments: It appears that the majority of the Tasmanian public, the ENGO’s, the Forestry Industry and the Parliament have simply shrugged off the loss of billions of dollars of public funds provided over years to the Tasmanian Forestry industry as being of no concern. They have shrugged off the collapse of Gunns together with the collateral damage to the Tasmanian economy. More compensation for forestry is acceptable within the TFA compromise. (I don’t agree. We should have a commission of enquiry as a pre-condition of the TFA). The real test of the TFA will come with the announcement of the re-start of negotiations for the pulp mill permits. Let’s see how the durability clauses stand up then. With the history of these affairs, those who argue that this is not political blackmail of the most insidious type are fooling themselves. We are destroying trust in our fundamental social institutions. Henning, Flanagan and others understand this.
Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Denison MR
16.05.13 5:30 am
Mr Wilkie said his Bill would phase out live exports in three years, as well as immediately impose mandatory stunning of Australian livestock slaughtered overseas. “The live export industry is systemically cruel, opposed by the vast majority of Australians and not in our economic interests,” Mr Wilkie said. “This latest evidence of horrific animal cruelty in Egypt demonstrates that this trade will never have appropriate animal welfare outcomes and must be stopped. “I have given formal notice of my intention to introduce the Live Animal Export (Restriction and Prohibition) Bill 2013 into Federal Parliament.
Peter Henning. First published Tuesday May 14
16.05.13 5:00 am
Let the Masters of Silence claim us All! “I am not a dictator. I have only simplified democracy.” Adolf Hitler 1936
So it comes to pass that both houses of the Tasmanian parliament have given their imprimatur to an undemocratic and unrepresentative process for the last three years, and then taken the final step on the road to perdition by supporting legislation tantamount to eliminating freedom of speech. They demand silence in the same way that Gunns demanded silence, using the institutions of power and authority to do so. Gunns sued. Gunns dealt directly with the leaders of government to have their goals enshrined in special legislation. Now the politicians seek a more thorough way to ensure silence. For the moment they attack high profile critics like Flanagan with their pens. Will they turn to the law next? We shall probably see soon enough.
In a deeply ironic way the abandonment of due process and the quest for silence from critics runs through the events of 2006-7 to the events of 2009-2013 in an almost seamless way. The notion that silence is golden resonates throughout the halls of power and authority in Tasmania, across all political parties and through the vital processes used to formulate law.
• Barbara Mitchell, in Comments: Tasmanian Times is an excellent forum for dissenting opinion, but after everything was done and dusted, we saw three pro-forestry candidates elected to the all-powerful Legislative Council. The Tasmanian electorate is largely immune to the forestry debate, but those candidates will happily claim their success as a vindication of, and unquestioning support for, their ‘business as usual’ positions on forestry. People who should have known better voted for Jim Wilkinson, ‘because he’s a good bloke’, and this is the true core of the dissenters’ failure to prevail, or even make a dent in Tas Inc’s pervasive authority. Tasmanians need to understand that their elected representatives are a bunch of self-interested seat warmers, and are paid a huge salary to first, shore up their own positions, and second, capriciously jerk the voters around for their own amusement ...
• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: In his evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Ethical Conduct in Hobart in September 2008, Future Tasmania Advisory Panel member Prof Jeff Malpas said: “I think that what we have to do is find a way of getting back to real meaning that is attached to concepts such as trust and honesty and that is not just a matter of going through the motions and ticking the boxes and being willing to sign off on a piece of paper that says everything is OK.” What now does Prof Malpas say about Future Tasmania’s backing of ET’s “going through the motions and ticking the boxes” on the TFA?
The Hag. Pic: of Jo Duffy. First published Wednesday May 15
16.05.13 4:30 am
The stifling, dead hand of bureaucracy ... that is the reason Jo Duffy quit as Artistic Director of culture extravaganza, Ten Days on the Island ... This Hag learnt last night on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams whilst taking a little Green Fairy with culture-vulture mates.
16.05.13 4:00 am
“The inappropriate application of the Protection of Agricultural Land Policy of continues to stymie significant development that is not incomparable with preserving the land needed for our current and future farming needs.” Tim Morris here
Editor. First published Tuesday May 14
16.05.13 3:59 am
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• Andrew Wilkie: It’s disappointing “This budget is not good for Tasmania in particular. An urgently needed enhancement of the Bass Strait Freight Equalisation Scheme has not been delivered. Some of the 165 staff being shed by CSIRO nationally will come from Tasmania. And of course there is no mention of funding for the Hobart Northern Suburbs Light Rail because the State Government couldn’t get its act together and get its submission in on time.
• Christine Milne: A Weaker, Dumber, Meaner, Australia 2013 Budget Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said this is demonstrated by slashing funding to universities and renewable energy, failing to support single parents and the unemployed and delaying, for the second time, our commitment to increase foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of GNI until 2017. “All of this could have been avoided if Labor had the backbone to stand up to the big mining companies and abolish fossil fuel subsidies and fix the mining tax. This year the mining tax collected a shocking $200 million, down from the promised $3 billion,” Senator Milne said.
• Friends of the ABC: Budget funding increase for ABC “The concentration of Australia’s commercial media ownership into so few hands has become a danger to our democracy. Governments must do more to ensure the public broadcaster can thrive as a vital source of culture, independent information and ideas,” said Glenys Stradijot.
• CPSU: CPSU Tasmania welcomes budget announcement “Overall we are pleased that the integrity of the public service is maintained and it’s importance realised. This flies in the face of the coalition’s stated target of reducing the public sector by 20,000 jobs which would equate to 500 Tasmanian jobs disappearing,” Mr Blake said.
• Robin Halton, in Comments: #7 mike seabrook, dont be crazy its the last thing Hobart deserves more unsightly clutter around our waterfront, the CSIRO carpark in question doubles for public use out of hours and weekends as effectively a part time public space! The gross mass of new UTAS Marine Studies building (PW2 wharf shed) now completly overwhelms the site and spoils the general aesthetics of a project that could have allowed for improvements for open areas at the same time. What remains around the waterfront deserves to be some form of open space. Its a pity the Hobart City Council cannot establish a cooperative approach, obtain Federal funding and establish a walkway/cyclepath from the CSIRO car park around the Battery Point foreshore to Marieville Espl.
Bill Oddie's BankWatch
15.05.13 6:00 am
Naturalist and comedian Bill Oddie has been filmed being evicted from HSBC’s London headquarters while protesting against the bank’s business ties to companies that are illegally destroying rainforests and abusing human rights in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The Banker is the most self-destructive creature that has ever lived. And he may very well sow the seeds of his own extinction.
13.05.13 3:59 am
In November 2012, four reports relevant to climate change appeared within the short span of about three weeks. Alerted by brief media reports I went and found them online. Even after just reading their summaries I was alarmed. Here is my summary of them, in the order in which they appeared.
• Talk given to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, 11/5/2013 by Dr Frank Nicklason What is is less well studied, understood, and publicised are the individual mental health effects and the implications for community health, wellbeing, and cohesion, of industrial scale landscape destruction, 24/7 mining and transport noises, and in fly in, fly out employment. In Tasmania we are familiar with broadacre landscape conversion associated to clearfelling of native forests and establishment of monoculture pulpwood tree crops on cleared forest coupes and on productive farmland. The details of the anguish of a man living at Rose’s Tiers in North East Tasmania are relevant. This German (Berlin) born man, Roelf Roos, became increasingly distressed by clearfelling forest destruction, aerial spraying of dangerous chemicals, baiting of browsing native animals with 1080, and so-called “regeneration burns”. Roelf Roos pinned his last hope on the election of Mark Latham in 2004 and the proposals that the Labor party had to restructure the Tasmanian forest industry. With the re-election of John Howard, Roos lost all hope and shot himself, within days of the election.
• Dr Frank Nicklason: Dear (Mercury) Editor Mr Walsh apparently warned of “very adverse” impacts for locals as a result of this reversal of approval. I am not sure what impacts Mr Walsh was considering. Could it be that he was worried that Singleton medical practitioners will suffer as a result of less business treating people with asthma and other health impacts of coal dust inhalation?
• Chris Sharples, in Comments: Response to #37: So you are sure that you have dis-proven the consensus of thousands of working professional atmospheric and climate scientists who (no doubt in a concerted world-wide conspiracy) provide evidence that a global anthropogenic CO2 rise over the last two centuries is real and progressive, and moreover that average temperatures are continuing to rise as a result? Then why don’t you submit your research findings for critical review in a professional journal? Citing an unreferenced blurb on a blog simply isn’t a convincing refutation of a global consensus amongst actual professional climate scientists, I’m afraid. Maybe those historic CO2 measurements weren’t accurate or representative of average global concentrations, how do we know otherwise from your assertions? What is certain is that the popular denier claim that you repeat - that there has been no warming for 16 years - is inaccurate cherry-picking of the evidence, and is simply wrong.
• Jon Sumby, in Comments: Also in the news today: A comprehensive assessment of climate change research has found an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is human-induced.
Dr Louise Crossley, Chair of Spirit of Bruny http://www.spiritofbruny.org
13.05.13 3:52 am
“It is absurd that after all the negotiations leading up to the Forest Agreement, Forestry Tasmania want to clearfell in this reserve area. Their action will place at further risk the swift parrot and 38 other threatened species that have found a refuge here.
• David Obendorf Transcript: Interpreting the Spirit of the TFA Bob Annells: ‘The spirit of the Agreement that I referred to is the very genuine attempt that we are making to try, in fact, and not use transition coupes wherever possible. That’s the spirit of what we are trying to do.’ Airlie Ward: ‘But you can give no guarantees?’ Bob Annells: ‘I can give no guarantees.’
• Gordon Bradbury, http://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/ : All this talk about Forestry Tasmania and certification, sawlogs, regrowth management, sustainability, etc, etc. is a clear indication to me of one of the main reasons why the forest industry is such a basket case. I keep saying it, but very few people seem to understand. Growing trees for wood production is a business ...
Gunna, in Comments: The Rainforest Alliance announces its intention to conduct an audit of Gunns Ltd forestry operations from 13th to 20th June 2013, as required under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) FM Controlled Wood Standard. Download public briefing document ...
• Senator Christine Milne: Senate motion: logging in world heritage areas
Isla MacGregor, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network. Pic*
13.05.13 3:45 am
The farmer contacted the Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN) which recently joined the national Lock the Gate Alliance which campaigns against inappropriate mining in Australia. The mission of the Lock the Gate Alliance is to protect Australia’s natural, environmental, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production.
• In Tasmania, they came, they mined, they left ... 681 times Board member of the Environment Protection Authority Louise Cherrie told the Tasmanian Minerals Conference today that each mine with the ingredients for acid drainage potentially impacts on soil, groundwater and surface water. Only one of the legacy sites, Savage River Mines, has remediation funding.
Jack Gilding, convenor of Save Solar Tasmania, firstname.lastname@example.org
13.05.13 3:25 am
The 10,000 solar PV owners in Tasmania have each invested thousands of dollars of their own money in their systems. These investments have been made on the assumption that the costs will be recouped over a number of years. They have usually signed Aurora’s 5 year connection agreements on the assumption that the existing 1:1 feed in tariff would remain. How will the solar industry be enabled to continue growing?
• John Thirgood: Download, the Save Our Solar submissions ...
Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
13.05.13 3:20 am
ABC RN Encounter
13.05.13 3:15 am
May marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Father of Existenstialism, Soren Kierkegaard. Dr Linn Miller, lecturer in Philosophy and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Tasmania, has approached the vexed question of belonging through the prism of Kierkegaard’s thought. … What Kierkegaard means by ‘truth is subjectivity’ is that truth is being oneself, because it’s tremendously appealing in the modern age; truth is living as oneself in the world, and subjectivity is an ethical mode of being. So the ethical moment, where you come to know yourself, is where you realise that one can’t live one’s life, or one ought not to live one’s life in the light of what’s pleasurable for us, or what makes us happy, or not, or otherwise, but rather in the light of what’s right and wrong. And what’s right is - this sounds awfully circular - but what’s right is living according to your true being, who you really are.
… ‘I think we saw an increased insecurity… in the ‘90s, reaching I think pathological proportions,’ she says. ‘On the right you see the rise in Hansonism, taking refuge in a new colonial manifestation, a rejigging of the pioneer bushman legend, which of course had an enormous following. It spoke to something deep in people. But on the other hand, from the left, was this curious disavowal of their identity and their belonging as Australians, which was equally as radical, saying, ‘We don’t belong here’. And more troubling for me… a suggestion that the only way we could belong was to appropriate an Aboriginal identity.’ ‘I called upon Kierkegaard as the clinical psychologist. What is going on here? And really what I witnessed was groups of people in despair.’
#16, Bob, I’m a proud Australian, why should I be ashamed of protecting my country from another ideological invasion.…