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Another climate expert retreats to Tasmania

Chris Harries
15.09.14 4:00 am

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Some years ago, founder of the Gaia theory, James Lovelock, predicted that Tasmania and south New Zealand will, in time, become overrun with hoards of refugees as climate change shifts from chronic to calamitous around the world.

AND, as more climate refugees arrive ...

Antarctic sea ice cover hits new recorded maximum Sea ice researcher at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) Dr Jan Lieser said new satellite data today showed the extent was continuing to increase, with a peak expected within the next fortnight. Dr Lieser said about 150 days this year have been new daily records. “It might seem surprising that the extent of sea ice around Antarctica is growing, even as the globe warms and as the massive ice sheet that covers the continent itself is shrinking,” Dr Lieser said. “This phenomenon does not in any way negate the reality of the global warming.  Rather, it is one of the many surprising and paradoxical effects of changes in the Earth’s climate over recent decades.” “To understand why this is happening, we need to keep in mind that temperature is not the only factor in the formation and distribution of sea ice.”

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Another broken promise: NBN backflip confirmed

Andrew Connor Spokesperson, Digital Tasmania Media Release
15.09.14 3:45 am

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Launceston, TAS, 15 September 2014– Digital Tasmania today condemned the Federal Government announcement, by proxy, that the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout in Tasmania would not continue with Fibre-to-the-Premises as promised prior to the last election. Instead, NBNCo CEO Bill Morrow has overnight advised Tasmanians of the decision in lieu of any government member being willing to put their name or face to the announcement. Spokesperson Andrew Connor said: “The fact that the government needs their $3-million dollar man to break the bad news to Tasmanians demonstrates that they lack the fortitude to make this announcement which amounts to a backflip. The Communications Minister has not even visited Tasmania since the election 12 months ago”. Mr Connor continued, “Before the last election Tasmanians were promised, as clear as day, that the NBN rollout would continue as planned, with fibre to the premises for most households and businesses.  Since then every element of the government’s NBN promises have been systematically eroded and broken”.

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Abetz still in the woods, fighting a lost war

Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper. Pic: ABC, of Eric Abetz
15.09.14 3:15 am

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As Tasmania lags behind Australia, Eric Abetz is reigniting old battles.

• John Hawkins, in Comments: Erich, Facts. You renounced your German citizenship on the 9th March 2010. You cannot renounce a German citizenship you do not have. You must therefore have been a dual national sitting in the Senate illegally for more than 15 years prior to 2010. Erich please sue me if I am wrong.

• mr t, in Comments: HERE  is the link to the original ABC Fact Check article that apparently caused Mr Abetz such distress. I remember after the Fact Check was posted Senator Colbeck issued a supplementary Media Release that was then attached to the article. Further, a comment that challenged the indendence of the TFA scientific assessment was deleted. I remember this as I subsequently posted a response questioning the independence of the “Independent” Paul Harriss Legislative Council review. Of course, the independent Paul Harriss has since come out of the closet (so to speak). I still wonder who was the original poster as the ABC monitor stated he/she “has been blocked by our staff.” Obviously the offices of the honourable senators were monitoring the article at the time.

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Over to you Mr Nikolic ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: Sept 15
15.09.14 3:00 am

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In the small town of Scottsdale the loss of more than 300 jobs in a community of 7000 is virtually the kiss of death.

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NATION: The Terror ...

The Guardian. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Sept 13
15.09.14 2:50 am

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Terrorism alert level raised to high, but Tony Abbott says no attack is imminent Prime minister says the change should make no difference to normal activity, but people might notice more security

Paul McGeough, SMH Chief Foreign Correspondent: Fools rush in. Tony Abbott joins a war without definition

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Venture Minerals takes aim at Rainforest Wonderland

Ted Mead
15.09.14 2:45 am

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Conservationists have been contesting the Venture Minerals/Mt Lindsay mine proposal for some time now, but one essential aspect lacking in the campaign has been a befitting description of the area they are attempting to protect.

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An Aurora from space

Alexander Gerst & NASA/Euorpean Space Agency.
15.09.14 2:40 am

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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station, approximately 320 kilometres above the surface.

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I was sexually assaulted ...

ABC Conversations, Sept 11
15.09.14 2:30 am

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Meg Minkley has used her daily art practice to recover from the trauma of sexual assault.

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Hans Willink: Why I favour council amalgamations

Hans Willink, Acton
15.09.14 2:20 am

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On 12 September I put out a press release announcing my intention to be an Independent candidate for Clarence Council and to run for the positions of Alderman and Deputy Mayor.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (29)

Don Knowler. Pic*
15.09.14 2:15 am

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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

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A lack of leadership ...

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15.09.14 2:05 am

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I love my local community, it’s full of beautiful places and beautiful people. But recently I have been frustrated with the complete lack of leadership - as I see it -  within our local government.

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The Smell From The Swell Becomes a Communal Solution

Paul Tapp
15.09.14 2:00 am

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Concomitant with the big easterly swells there are the all-pervading Tassie eastern seaboard smells … that many call the dump.

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A United States biochar advocate argues for soil health ....

ABC Rural. Pics: Frank Strie's equipment in operation
15.09.14 1:45 am

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... sustainable 3-D printing and biochar cardboard  A visiting United States advocate of biochar says closed-loop production systems can eliminate waste, improve energy efficiency and the business bottom line.

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David v Goliath

Andrew Ranson Southern Beaches Conservation Society Media Release
15.09.14 1:35 am

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Ever heard the parable of the little shepherd boy who knocked down a giant with one slingshot?

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Merit in Lambie’s Aboriginal seats, says Mansell

Michael Mansell Lawyer Media Release. Pic: of Jacquie Lambie. Pub: Sept 14
15.09.14 1:30 am

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Michael Mansell sees merit in Senator Lambie’s suggestion of Aboriginal seats in Parliament Aboriginal lawyer and community spokesman Michael Mansell says there would be widespread support for Senator Jacqui Lambert’s call for designated seats in parliament for Aboriginals.

Jacquie Lambie on Australian Story HERE where you can read a transcript

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Live animal export is unethical ...

Suzanne Cass Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty Live Export Shame http://www.stoptac.org http://www.liveexportshame.com
15.09.14 1:10 am

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Former live export veterinarian and ship’s captain Dr Peter Kerkenezov writes ...

Download to read (warning ... contains graphic images) ...

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Commercial Asylum Seekers

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
15.09.14 1:00 am

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For my American audience, this question may seem a somewhat arcane and remote antipodean dustup.  Your boder problems are more difficult and larger than ours because you have a long and very porous southern land frontier.  And the politics are different in many ways.  But there are enough similarities for many of the arguments to sound familiar to you.  And you will not be surprised to hear that they are as vexacious here as I know they are stateside.  You will note that this critique is aimed at a left wing readership; right at them.  Read on…

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Oram attempts to fang Pontiff

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15.09.14 12:45 am

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Background. This appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 December 1986. When John-Paul II (1920-2005) became Pope in 1978, Jim Oram (1936-96), of the Sydney Daily Mirror, produced an instant book on the Pontiff’s life. Apart from everything else, Rupert Murdoch is mean; Oram got no royalties. He got legal advice: 1. He would win if he sued; 2. Did he want to stay at the Mirror? Oram did not sue. Covering up a crime is a crime itself, perversion of justice. The Pope covered-up crimes of sex abuse of children, but is now officially Saint John-Paul II.   

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From south of the border . . .

The Old Bear. Pub: Sept 15
15.09.14 12:30 am

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The Old Bear (risking retribution from his equally aged mate Billy MacTold) writes ...

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The internet can deliver better journalism, not just clickbait

Kellie Riordan, University of Oxford
14.09.14 9:14 am

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Tony Fitzgerald on the parlous state of Queensland and the Courier Mail

Tony Fitzgerald. Pub: Sept 12
14.09.14 6:00 am

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In his introductory comments at the 2014 Griffith University Tony Fitzgerald Lecture, Tony Fitzgerald - the former Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland - singled out News Limited’s Queensland tabloid newspaper, the Courier Mail for special criticism. Fitzgerald dubbed the Murdoch-owned paper The Craven Mail “because all bullies are cowards.” In introductory comments for the lecture, which was presented at the State Library of Queensland last Wednesday, Fitzgerald stated that “I’d prefer to disregard the abuse but I don’t want my silence to encourage bullies like The Craven or discourage others, especially young people, from speaking out against powerful vested interests. The Craven’s strident partisanship provides a useful reminder to any who might be interested that any possibility of effective democracy will be lost if we allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by reactionary self-interested politicians and media riff-raff.”

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Reviewed (Twice)! Hamlet Heads or Tails ...

Amber Wilson, Bronwyn Williams
14.09.14 5:45 am

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Read Amber’s review HERE

Read Bronwyn’s review HERE

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Hydatids found in Tasmanian dogs

Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist. DPIWE graphic. Pub: Sept 11
12.09.14 7:00 am

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A real shock for DPIPWE - this work was done in a mainland University at least two years ago ... A recent publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal is indicating that the hydatid parasite has been detected in Tasmania by a faecal test [i.e. faeces from dogs are E. granulosus coproantigen-positive].

• David Obendorf, in Comments: On the 23 August 2014 this story appeared in the Examiner. No increase in hydatids: top vet - by Jodie Stephens TASMANIA’S chief veterinary officer Rod Andrewartha has downplayed concerns potentially lethal hydatid infections have increased in the state.

• Download the Jenkins paper with a Tasmanian map of the location sites of the hydatid-positive test results:
Jenkins_et_al_E_gran_in_dogs_AVJ_2014.pdf

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and the Premier announces the China Mission with a whole lot of Tassie businesses in tow, Kim Booth asks, Why all the secrecy over Forestry Tasmania’s Letter of Comfort, and Terry Polglase says a Dispute has been lodged in Industrial Commission over axing of Pathway Planners, and Cheering on The Cleaner in the Cox Plate etc, etc, etc ...

AND ...

... there’s an Industrial Commission Hearing, Tasmania’s Threat Level, and the axing of Pathway Planners ...

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‘Real-Time’ acid on local, state, federal pollies

Pat Synge Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release http://www.fundinganddisclosure.org.au Pic:Bob Burton. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 6:30 am

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‘Real Time’ Political Funding Disclosure and Internet Democracy  For the first time in Australia candidates in elections at all levels of government and in all states will have the opportunity to in disclose in ‘real-time’ all donations and gifts they have received in the last 24 months.

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and it’s blow for blow as the pollies carve it up ... from Labor’s claim that teacher assistants will be paid an extra $11 a week for medical help (and the government response) to Green claims Ta Ann customers have been misled and 1080 is to be used again by forestry, forestry handouts and the protest bill. Meanwhile the government appoints the parole board and reviews education etc etc etc

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The Sue Neill-Fraser Trial Transcript ...

Barbara Etter. http://www.betterconsult.com.au/ Pic: Four Winds. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 6:00 am

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• Download and Read for Yourself ...

HERE

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Richard Flanagan shortlisted for the Man Booker prize

Jason Steger, Literary Editor, The Age. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 5:30 am

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Australian (Tasmanian) writer Richard Flanagan is one step closer to winning the best-known prize for English language novels after being shortlisted on Tuesday for the Man Booker prize.

Mercury: Richard Flanagan short-listed for Man Booker Prize Arts patron Leo Schofield described Flanagan as Australia’s most important literary figure since Patrick White, who was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1973. “We have no other literary figures of that stature in Australia,” Mr Schofield said. “I admire a great many local writers but he’s at another level. “I think he’s very close to being a genius,” he said. He said Flanagan’s work had been translated into close to 30 languages and he was highly regarded around the world, yet had sacrificed a level of fame by choosing to remain in Hobart.

TT MEDIA HERE ...  as greengrocer Scott Jordan highlights Minister Paul Harriss and the Tasmanian Government’s continued backing of economic lemons in mining and logging (and the UN Human Rights Office calls for withdrawal of Mr Harriss’ anti-protest bill], Vanessa Goodwin drafts Right to Appeal Legislation, and New Alternatives to Suspended Sentences etc, etc, etc ...

• James Crotty, in Comments: Go you good thing Flan the Man. When he wins and eventually becomes the next Patrick White, a luminary amongst authors and the subject of authorship, the press, academic and otherwise will pour over his life, upbringing and humble cottages such as the Town Hall in which he composed his works. Academics will flock to Tasmania to re-invigorate their careers from peripheral contact with the muse that succoured the great.

• peter adams, in Comments: James #1. Your comment is as lyrical a read as is “Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Well, almost. My guess is that if Richard moved to America as suggested by Bacon, he would win the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Fox Stared Down ...

Simon de Little. Pub: Sept 8
12.09.14 5:15 am

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Simon de Little: The latest peer-reviewed paper released by the Tasmanian Fox Review Panel examines the notoriously problematic 1080-baiting program. To my mind, this is the area that galvanised the most potent criticism of the FEP from the general public and the analysis conducted by Marks et al demonstrates that such widespread condemnation was indeed, well founded.

• Clive A. Marks, Ivo Edwards, David Obendorf, Filipe Pereira and Graham P. Hall: Did ‘precautionary’ 1080 baiting have a realistic potential to eradicate Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Tasmania without in situ monitoring data?

• Jack Jolly, in Comments: It occurs to me that something very positive has come out of this already. Without playing down the obviously incredible effort and personal cost that has worn by individuals active in this issue (I can only echo Dr Bleaney’s words), it seems that the process of public debate and engagement using the Tasmanian Times has been a powerful model of citizen engagement with turbocharged balls. The Tasmanian MSM failed as the independent devil’s advocate needed to keep DPIPWE honest. That is troubling for Tassie democracy. Yet the slack was well and truly picked up by TT and engaged citizens who refused to be idle cynics and passive spectators of a failed process and compliant media.  ... I suspect that this is just the beginning. Incompetent government oversight and spin is no longer an alternative to substance. In the case of the fox farrago I think it really pissed a lot of people off. But I’d also like to pay tribute to Dr Obendorf and Mr Rist for a tenacious effort. It may not have been pretty at times, but is participation in the democratic process supposed to be?

• David Obendorf, in Comments: [This story featured prominently in all ABC radio News bulletins that morning and yet the ABC did not link it to any online story through their webpages. As I had missed the earlier more detailed news bulletin on this item [see above] I emailed the ABC journalist who had contacted me to tell me that the ABC would be reporting on the publication of our science review paper. I suggested to her that the matter was of significant public interest to all Tasmanians and perhaps warranted at least some referral to a text version online at ABC Local News and perhaps the link to the review paper itself. I have received no reply. This transciption above was provided to me from an audio file obtained through the Parliamentary Library in Hobart.

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Plan to change criminal appeals law

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Pic: of Vanessa Goodwin. Pub: Sept 9
12.09.14 5:00 am

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Statement regarding a new criminal appeal process I welcome the revelation today that the Tasmanian Government intends to legislate an appeal provision for when there is fresh and compelling evidence, or evidence of a tainted conviction ( Mercury: Tasmanian Attorney-General announces plan to change criminal appeals law ).

Barbara Etter: The Not So “Golden Hour” in the Sue Neill-Fraser Case - Get it Wrong Early and the Community Pays the Price

Vanessa Goodwin: Government to Draft Right to Appeal Legislation As the prosecution have had the right to seek a retrial on the basis of fresh and compelling evidence or evidence of a tainted outcome since 2008, we believe it is fair that a convicted person be afforded the same opportunity.

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Former Royal Hobart Hospital boss Jane Holden sues Government to clear her name

Mercury
12.09.14 4:32 am

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FORMER Royal Hobart Hospital chief executive Jane Holden is suing the State Government in a bid to clear her name.

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Reviewed! Tell Tails

Amber Wilson
10.09.14 5:00 am

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Reviewed in TT ARTS HERE

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