Isla MacGregor and David Obendorf - Tasmanians for Transparency
04.03.14 6:00 am
Yesterday Tasmanians for Transparency released results of our candidate survey on our 12 Point Plan for Honest Government in Tasmania ( TT here ). 13 candidates responded to the online survey questions all of whom supported the establishment of an Independent Anti Corruption Commission and stronger whistleblower protection laws in Tasmania.
Cathy Alexander, Crikey Deputy Editor. Pic: of Jan Davis
04.03.14 5:55 am
As Tasmania gears up for a state election on March 15, here is Crikey’s list of the 20 most powerful people behind the scenes in the apple isle.
Kellie Jay. Pic: Bob Brown
04.03.14 5:50 am
Emma Lee, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Tom Baxter, George Harris
Australian Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome MR
04.03.14 5:45 am
Candidates pledges to make marriage equality key to who forms next Tasmanian Government Advocates have welcomed a pledge from independent Denison candidate, Hans Willink, to make marriage equality a key to who forms the next State Government if he is in the balance of power after the election.
Brad Markham, ABC, via David Obendorf
04.03.14 5:30 am
Brad Markham: Tasmania’s low polling Labor Government has made its pitch for another 4 years in office. After 16 years in Government in Tasmania Labor is facing an uphill battle to cling to power ...
Toby Rowallan Spokesperson Future Transport Tasmania http://www.futuretransporttas.org
04.03.14 4:56 am
Time that the idea of more roads was consigned to dustbin of history Community-based public transport advocacy group, Future Transport Tasmania (FTT), today said that the idea of a CBD bypass through the western suburbs should be consigned to the dustbin of history. FTT said that the proposal was unaffordable and would only cater for approximately 15% of the traffic coming from Kingston, Sandy Bay and South Hobart. The cost of such a bypass would easily exceed one billion dollars and could even be more than twice that. FTT condemned transport economist Bob Cotgrove (who spoke at yesterday’s RACT Transport Forum) for deliberately confusing the transport issues facing Hobart. FTT pointed out that it is the Brooker Highway and then the Tasman Bridge which have significantly more congestion, not the Southern Outlet and Sandy Bay.
Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson
04.03.14 4:30 am
LYONS Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson has today called on local businesses to support one of Australia’s biggest ever trade missions to China next month.
Matchbox Works founder, Donovan John Szypura. ABC
03.03.14 3:00 am
• Matchbox Works: New boost for Tasmanian job seekers An exciting and innovative new program is empowering Tasmanian job seekers struggling to find work in an increasingly competitive market. Based on the principles of a successful Swiss program, Matchbox Works is bringing cutting edge concepts to Tasmanians by challenging and revitalising the standard job application process. Job seekers today face many challenges, and employers make fast decisions about who will and will not make it to a job interview. So what is it that will catch a potential employer’s attention? This is precisely what Matchbox Works capitalises on.
• ABC: The Youth Unemployment Train Wreck A national welfare group has declared Tasmania’s youth unemployment is at the levels of some of the “train wreck” economies in Europe.
Chair of Hobart City Council Finance and Audit Committee’s and Denison Candidate Philip Cocker MR
03.03.14 2:55 am
Chair of Hobart City Council Finance and Audit Committee’s and Denison Candidate Philip Cocker has described the Gutwein election budget as a fairytale of epic proportions and should be called tales of the Faraway tree.
Max Atkinson. Pic: of Julie Bishop
03.03.14 2:45 am
( Drawing together threads from papers on party unity, conscience votes and Edmund Burke’s theory of political duty. )
03.03.14 2:25 am
Huon Valley Guessing Games When you see a quarter-page ad in the Cygnet & Channel Classifieds (February 20) predicting a “bright future ahead for Cygnet Medical Services (CMS)”, you sense that Huon Valley Council (HVC) is in high-spin mode — and that its medical centre is in danger of spinning out of control.
03.03.14 2:20 am
Tasmanian Police have expressed extreme concern at rival biker gangs setting up in the capital. A spokesperson said it was a worst-case-scenario with the rival Cannondaleros and BMX Banditos both staking territory in South Hobart.
Article and photos by Claire Gilmour Shakespeare Hills, Rocky Cape, Tasmania
03.03.14 2:18 am
... In the meantime the forests burn …
John Hawkins, Chudleigh
03.03.14 2:15 am
David Obendorf Tasmanians for Transparency
03.03.14 2:00 am
None of the incumbent MPs standing for re-election in the March state election responded to Tasmanians for Transparency’s candidate survey on a 12 Point Plan for Honest Government in Tasmania.
Rob Walls, 42 Degrees South
03.03.14 1:34 am
West Hobart, February 2014.
David Mason, The Age
03.03.14 1:15 am
There’s a lot to admire about Australia, especially if you’re a visiting American, says David Mason.
Huffington Post. Pic: of Edward Snowden
03.03.14 12:45 am
TED, NPR and The Huffington Post are teaming up to explore the state of privacy today.
European Women's Lobby, via Isla MacGregor
03.03.14 12:36 am
[Brussels, 26 February 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the vote of the European Parliament today which recognises that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights, and is an obstacle to equality between women and men. The resolution has been adopted with a strong majority (343 for, 139 against, 105 abstentions).
03.03.14 12:02 am
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a company in America is working on a passenger plane that will have no windows, enabling it to fly twice as fast as today’s conventional aircraft.
Sea Shepherd Australia. Pic*
02.03.14 3:36 pm
Sunday March 2, 2014 – Melbourne, Australia — Today, at approximately 10:05 AEDT, Sea Shepherd located the factory vessel of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Nisshin Maru, at 74°23’ S, 178°55’ W inside the Ross Sea Dependency, with a dead, protected Minke Whale onboard, and blood running from the side of the ship. Slabs of whale meat were also photographed on the deck, along with the severed head of a recently butchered whale.
• Sea Shepherd ship under attack ...
Rosemary Bolger, Examiner. Bob Brown pic. First pub: Mar 1
02.03.14 3:23 pm
MORE than 90 per cent of Tasmanians are sick of the conflict over native forestry and support an agreement to end it, according to new polling. … The results undermine claims made by the Liberal Party, which has vowed to tear up the deal if elected on March 15, that the majority do not support the deal. It shows just one in five Tasmanians opposed the agreement while the remaining 14 per cent were unsure. The detailed community research also examined the reasons why people were in favour or against the agreement negotiated by representatives of the forestry industry, unions and mainstream green groups and implemented by the Labor-Greens minority government last year.
ABC. ABC pic. First pub: Feb 27
28.02.14 9:00 am
The Tasmanian Premier has joined the Liberal Leader in urging Tasmanians to ignore the minor parties.
• Nick McKim on the Leaders’ Debate: “While Lara and Will were sitting in a room pretending to attack each other while actually agreeing on most things, we kept focussed on our alternative vision for real change in Tasmania.” “Perhaps they were nervous about debating someone who has a genuinely different vision for Tasmania, rather than the more-of-the-same future that Labor and Liberal are offering.”
John Biggs. Image from here First pub: Feb 25
28.02.14 8:00 am
In “A Wave of Unreason” ( Here ), I argued that neo-liberal politics are sweeping the Western world, Australia in particular, with highly adverse results for the majority of people. How might this argument affect Tasmanian politics, particularly with an election looming?
Brett Cole, The Australian. First pub: Feb 26
28.02.14 7:30 am
MERRICK Howes’s purchase of the debt of bankrupt Tasmanian timber company Gunns may turn out to be one of New York-based Anchorage Capital Group’s best investment decisions in Australia.
• Tomorrow, Thursday February 27, the No Pulp Mill Alliance is holding a public forum at the Tailrace Centre, Riverside, from 6 pm to 7.30. Key note speakers at the event are Peg Putt (Markets For Change), and Geoff Cousins (businessman, writer and environmental activist).
• Estelle at The Tailrace: Many at that meeting were dismayed at the revival of the Gunns’ Pulp Mill project. Some, including Indonesian and Siberian representatives who are battling malfeasance in their own countries were shocked that laws had been passed here to nullify a court case designed to question the validity of the pulp mill permits.
27.02.14 3:00 pm
Hundreds of Tasmanian workers in a Qantas call centre are anxiously awaiting information about whether their jobs are safe.
Tom Nightingale, ABC
27.02.14 5:30 am
An Iranian asylum seeker who received a deportation notice is in hospital in Hobart after trying to kill himself.
27.02.14 5:00 am
Jason Turvey, Spokesperson, Respect the Mountain - No Cable Car. Bob Burton pic
27.02.14 4:26 am
On Wednesday 26th Feb at 12:30pm, approximately 150 Hobart residents met at the Town Hall to discuss alternative developments to a cable car.
Michael Mansell MR. First pub: Feb 25
26.02.14 2:15 am
I am taking the extraordinary step of making public the chaos that exists on Cape Barren Island among its 60 or so Aboriginal residents. … I contacted David O’Byrne on January 2nd, the Police Commissioner Darren Hine on 7th January, Commander Richard Cowling and Inspector John King, and local police on Flinders Island. I was told there is no money, as if the cost of a single police officer for a few months outweighs people living in constant fear of assault, damage to property and intimidation. Flinders Island has two full-time police officers for an island with nowhere near the serious lawless state of Cape Barren yet no police can be based on Cape Barren.