Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release. ABC Pic: of Andrew Wilkie. First pub: Nov 25
27.11.15 3:15 am
The Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales is suing Andrew Wilkie for defamation in relation to his comments on the ABC about Peter Garrett being offered money by someone in the poker machine industry.
• James Boyce in Comments: First it was the Gunns 20. Now it is the Pokies 2. We must stand together. Hang in there Andrew. They are but thugs. • James Boyce on pokies ... on Tasmanian Times, HERE
• Karl Stevens in Comments: I’m sure the Registered Clubs Assoc of NSW are terrified of what was revealed in the ‘Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation’ doco. Who would have known pokies exploit vulnerabilities in the human brain concerning ‘anticipation of reward’? This was dynamite information because anybody can exploit these vulnerabilities at any time for their own benefit and let’s face it, the good are not running the Earth … yet?
JAMES BOYCE EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
FRIDAY, November 27 ...
• Wilkie in court today ...
• ... 10.30am: Clubs NSW folds ...
… Bad things happen when people are forced into silence. So I will continue to speak up when I see wrongdoing, and won’t be intimidated by anyone or any industry. I certainly won’t be silenced by the poker machine industry generally, which inflicts shocking harm in the community and which always seems to get its way as far as most politicians are concerned.
• John Hawkins in Comments: Andrew Wilkie is real live, thinking and proper representative for the people of Tasmania in the Federal Parliament. We are so lucky to have someone of this calibre untainted by Lib/Lab politics batting for us. Light years ahead of the likes of Number one on the Liberal ticket the appalling Abetz.
• John Biggs in Comments: It’s great feeling to have a politician who stands up for his principles. The politician who comes out of this as weak as piss is Peter Garrett. Who as a fierce leftie—so he sang—turned out as an obedient little puppy and did what his masters told him. Then when he did speak out—they tried to bribe me—he folded “But they didn’t. Just kidding. Sorry about that.” He screwed up on almost every environmental issue, including the pulp mill. Labor still at it: recruiting popular stars like Adam Goodes, Nova Peris when they have run out of party hacks. What they have in common is that they are all policy-free. Incidentally, read Laura Tingle’s latest Quarterly Essay which explains the above and a lot lot more, all about the collapse of government in Australia, starting with Hawke a bit, Keating a bit more, Howard really stuffed the checks and balances system and Abbott trampled on what is left. The key is an independent and expert pubic service, which is incompatible with neoliberalism. That and a two party system which isn’t a two party system.
Martyn Goddard, Analyst. First published November 25
26.11.15 5:45 am
The Tasmanian government is now sure that the Mt Lyell copper mine at Queenstown will not, as previously feared, be closed down and flooded. And the prospects for a re-opening within two to three years have substantially improved.
But if you look at the long-term picture for copper, with urbanisation, the use of electricity ‒ particularly renewable energy ‒ you still see the demand growing there. Renewable energy generation consumes much more copper than coal-fired power stations. Wind turbines contain two tonnes for every megawatt of output.
• Pilko in Comments: Marty Goddard talks up a Labor & Liberal pet industry & guess what? The character assassinations from the usual Lib/Lab lackeys aren’t forthcoming this week? Where is the Lukester? I’ve scoured social media & there is zip, nada, zilch, not a bad word to be said about Martyn.
Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release
26.11.15 5:30 am
(Last) evening the Senate failed to disallow regulations that had lifted a ban on night fishing by the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star by a single vote. A tied vote, 31 for and 31 against, means the disallowance motion to reinstate the night-fishing ban was unsuccessful. The Geelong Star courted controversy earlier in the year when it caught and killed 9 dolphins.
• ABC Radio is reporting the death of two more dolphins/seals? overnight ... • ABC: Geelong Star factory trawler: Deaths of two more seals revealed in Senate
• Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania, Jon Bryan, Tasmanian Conservation Trust . Tooni Mahto, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Nobby Clark, Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club: 15,000 Emails in 24 hours - Rec Fishers Urge Senate to Ban Geelong Star Night Fishing
• Andrew Wilkie: A statement on the super-trawler … They’ve already gutted fisheries elsewhere in the world and it beggars belief that the Australian Government is delighted to have one of the awful things in our waters. The Geelong Star should be banned immediately and sent packing. If it’s to remain in Australia, perhaps it could be turned into a monument to bad politicians making bad decisions.
25.11.15 3:00 am
An independent scientific report using the Tasmanian Environment Department’s own data has suggested evidence of foxes may have been fabricated. The group behind the report wants the findings investigated but the Government is refusing to take any action.
• Transcripts of ABC Fox Reports ...
• David Obendorf in Comments: … With respect this is hardly just “a scientific disagreement” as Minister Rockliff would assert. The senior management of DPIPWE have chosen not to disagree with our analysis or to contest the basic findings of this report to Government. If they had done so, the independent scientists group would, of course, have taken any formal inputs from them into consideration … The greater concern in this unfortunate wastage are the Invasive Animal CRC and DPIPWE staff who claimed in 2013 that “foxes are now widespread in Tasmania” based on such bogus data set. Tasmania deserves a full inquiry into this sordid mess and should go back to falsification of dead fox material also used as empirical evidence from 2001 to 2006.
• Ian Rist in Comments: I remember going along to the State offices in Launceston with Jeremy Rockliff in early 2003 and speaking with Rene Hidding (then Liberal leader) on the veracity of evidence (particularly the fox cub import allegations). I remember suppying the FOI letters to Hidding and Rockliff. Very few Tamanian politicians could declare they were unaware of the circumstances surrounding Tasmanian fox matters. The Circus rolls on and it will never be put to bed until there is a thorough, independent and complete investigation. Whilst there are many politicians with varying interests in these matters…the number one I believe after much thought and deliberation is some don’t want exposure on a matter they think may jeopardise future biosecurity and wildlife funding. Nothing could be further from reality, whilst ever there is this cloud of doubt and mistrust the Feds. are going to be very cautious on such matters.
• David Obendorf in Comments: … When Cassy O’Connor MP took over as Environment spokesperson for the Tasmania Greens she gave her opinion on the fox evidence. She went public in 2010 [Togatus UTAS magazine Feb 2010] claiming that ‘there’s enough evidence to prove that there are foxes in Tasmania.’ Ms O’Connor went on to say: ‘Unfortunately, there is a small group of sceptics who have really managed to muddy the water.’ Ms O’Connor was not for turning! To this day I do really wonder whether she ever considered the possibility that maybe there was another ‘small group’ who might had ‘managed to muddy the water’ ... for the Tasmanian Greens! In my opinion, the Tasmanian Greens after the 2010 State election were far more uncritical of the fox program; Ms O’Connor and Mr McKim were then both Ministers of the Crown …
Ted Mead*. First published November 16. Pics*
25.11.15 2:30 am
Forestry Tasmania has long professed a catch-cry of ‘World’s Best Logging Practice’, but outside the insular walls of its offices there is a different reality. Images of logging practises in Tasmania have been imprinted deeply into our minds. Scenes of utter destruction like the Hiroshima-blackened landscapes, the smoke-filled mushroom clouds that billow and waft into our urban environment, and the once endless procession of log trucks parading our highways en-route to the insatiable jaws of the woodchip mills.
Essentially Tasmania’s forest industry over the past several decades created an Armageddon upon our natural environment, yet in this 21st century Forestry Tas shows no sign that it wishes to repent. Its quest for FSC is not aimed at redemption. It is merely pursuance for a licence to blindly continue in its myopic ideology.
• Paul Tapp in Comments: Within my dream/There lives a scream/Which fills me so with fear/I feel its breath upon me/The beast is drawing near/It’s breath is hot and fetid/And it vomits in the seas/The beast has dogs/Which carry logs/The monster feeds on trees … I visited the Tarkine and also took photographs of soaring, silent trees and wondered how anybody could cut them down, disturb the peace of ancient forests and the mysteries within. But they do, without conscience, for at the end of the day, it is merely a tree and it is a practical way to put bread on the table, when jobs are scarce and global economics can put them on unemployment lines at any time.
• Pete Godrey in Comments: Well put Ted, thanks for maintaining the rage. The picture of Triabunna woodchip mill is pertinent, after Gunns closed the mill there were 30,000 tonnes of woodchips left unsold. The new owners had to move them to rehabilitate the site to meet EPA requirements. So 30 thousand tonnes of our forests were destroyed and left to rot, that is around 3000 truck loads of logs cut, carted, chipped and left to rot. And the best bit is we paid massive subsidies to the companies to do it. Rage is the only response. This ongoing conversion of rainforest to eucalypt forest must never be sanctioned by FSC or any other organisation that claims to be environmentally responsible.
• Paul Harriss: Hardship program to assist forest contractors devastated by Labor-Green policies … The Government has reallocated $1 million in Commonwealth funds, which remain unspent from previous compensation schemes for a limited hardship relief program. Today, I am pleased to announce details of the hardship program are now available and applications open …
MONDAY, November 23 ...
• Matthew Groom: Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area … The technical advisers will spend the week in Tasmania assessing the state of conservation of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and will provide advice on the finalisation of the draft Management Plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area …
TUESDAY, November 24 ...
• Jenny Weber, Peg Putt: World Heritage Reps urged to rebuff Tasmanian Government on rainforest logging ... … “The rainforest ‘special species’ logging trial in the southern forests coupe EP048C had demonstrated the range and scale of disturbance associated with such logging. Any attempt to log in the World Heritage property will be significantly detrimental to the maintenance of Outstanding Universal Values,” Ms Weber said …
• Nick McKim: Time for Hodgman and Turnbull to Accept Umpire’s Call on World Heritage Logging … “The Liberals’ bloody mindedness over logging the TWWHA is already damaging the tourism industry, with Lonely Planet ( TT HERE ) issuing warnings to see these precious areas before they are compromised.” …
• Claire Gilmour in Comments: A gumtree ad on 4 Nov 2015. “I am a 23 year old male currently seeking work. I currently work in forestry planting, pruning and fertilizing trees but the warm weather caused the dirt to dry out to much and we have been laid off untill further notice… I live in wynyard and have my motorcycle license.” Until further notice eh!? What say ye FT and Government? So Forestry and their business partners are laying off more people … so the Tas government fly on in with more Fed money to gift …
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published November 23
24.11.15 4:30 am
The Examiner, the organ of the Right Wing of the Liberal Party in Tasmania has spent the past month - for some completely unknown reason - promoting our Erich Abetz as the Number 1 candidate on the Tasmanian Liberal Party Senate ticket.
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• Jack Lumber in Comments: … It is with regret that I admit that Mr Abetz has achieved what we all thought was an impossibility ... a consensus. Throughout the state a “WTF” was heard in every room ( with the exception of the dazed and confused state Liberal Party room )
• John Hawkins in Comments: … We must ensure that the Liberals do not get 2 quotas, in the next election. With this in mind Scruffy will be standing against Abetz for a seat in the Senate. “If you are going to vote for a dog ... vote for a real one”. Vote Scruffy …
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: October 23. Pic: ABC of Malcolm Turnbull
23.11.15 4:45 am
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No but look out below! It’s Super Mal, the man of tomorrow. Faster than a speeding spill ballot, the supersonic ‘small l Liberal’ super hero and man of Chinese steel rockets into the stratosphere, unlike the plummeting spot price for iron ore and other commodities we, poor sods, have yoked our futures to, courtesy of the myopia of his post-modern political class and its minders.
23.11.15 4:30 am
“Maria Island is one of Tasmania’s great untapped tourism opportunities. We want to unleash its full potential.” Thus spake Matthew Groom in an article in the Mercury on Saturday November 21. ( Read Matthew Groom’s Media Release here )
• Leo Schofield in Comments: … it’s words like ‘unleash’ that scare the living daylights out of me. Keep Maria as it is. No need to see it as another Port Arthur. The resort and marina suggestions were for the Triabunna mill site. How long is it since Graeme Wood bought this site and revealed his terrific plans. Then came Gormless Guy and his expensive and pointless inquiry into what was a done deal. Read the transcript of some of the sessions of said inquiry. Feydeau could not have done better …
Pattie Chugg, Shelter Tas EO Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter EO Media Release
23.11.15 4:25 am
The release of Australia’s first Rental Affordability Index (RAI) has been welcomed by Tasmania’s peak body for affordable housing and homelessness, Shelter Tas.
23.11.15 4:20 am
Found this curious mushroom among some I bought at the supermarket this week. It looks remarkably like a map of Australia but once again they’ve overlooked Tassie …
23.11.15 4:15 am
A response to Lissa Johnson: Spot the Extremist It is undoubtedly true that the US-led invasion of Iraq under George W Bush, Blair & Howard et al. was a duplicitous piece of foreign policy that has had far reaching consequences which are still reverberating today.
John Martinkus, The Saturday Paper. Pic*
23.11.15 4:00 am
John Martinkus: ‘What my captors wanted to know’ When armed insurgents kidnapped John Martinkus in Iraq, they interrogated him on building a propaganda machine. A decade later, they became Daesh.
• Pete Godfrey in Comments: To have been in your position in a war zone and to know that what you were hearing in the media and from the government was total bullshit would be very hard. Thankyou for writing your story and giving those who can think a chance to understand what was happening and what is still happening with our sanitised reports of what is going on in the world. Sorry that you and many others have had such horrid experiences, we live on a planet surrounded by angry, violent madmen ... and some very beautiful people too.
• Peter Bright in Comments: Pete Godfrey at #4 perceptively refers to media and government bullshit and indeed I’ve become increasingly suspicious about everything these distorting, deceiving, misleading and lying institutions tell us. One of their greater sins is to conceal the truth by omission. Our citizens are not thinking, and far worse than this, they don’t want to. Worst of all is that many just can’t.
23.11.15 3:45 am
Time passes. Listen. Time passes. (Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood)
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
23.11.15 3:30 am
This pic was taken by someone touring the Huon Valley at Judbury recently.
Truthstream Media By HumansAreFree, Via Zen Gardner
23.11.15 3:15 am
If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways.
23.11.15 3:00 am
The world is facing a “people population explosion” problem says a New Zealand conservation advocate.
• Chris Harries in Comments: … I would like to see a constructive, comprehensive and realistic set of population policies that spells out the issue and details such things as appropriate reforms of taxation and welfare law and mandates on family size and education and how to deal with the practical problem of the ageing of our society and compassion for displaced peoples in the world. Nobody ever seems to produce one. Without such a consolidated position the issue will remain as a populist mantra.
Tony Orman* Pic*
23.11.15 2:45 am
A New Zealand national hunter’s organisation has rejected a call by the Department of Conservation (DOC) for more 1080 aerial drops.
• Richard Prosser: Challenge To Prove Safety Of 1080 In Waterways ...
Morwell residents, via Clive Stott http://www.cleanairtas.com
23.11.15 2:15 am
We are concerned about the dust load contamination in our Morwell houses which can find its way into our lungs and illness this can cause to our families. They cleaned the footpaths and all we got was a bucket to clean our houses.
Robert Vincin, Emission Trading Association Australia Ltd PO Box 804 Drummoyne 1417 NSW Australia
23.11.15 2:10 am
For 21 years, up to 196 World Governments’ Members of the Party (MOP) Kyoto Protocol Conference of the Parties (COP) met to exchange data on climate change (1) and impact.
Jane Rankin-Reid. Pic: of Jane Rankin-Reid
23.11.15 2:00 am
The freedom to question a foreign democracy’s responses to its political and social challenges is essentially a test of the integrity of its equality. Discomforting yes but collateral empathy can never be controlled; the ache of concern for Kashmir’s unrelenting struggle for peace and compassionate justice is widely felt.
23.11.15 1:41 am
Wadia is notorious as a place where men get rich from the sexual exploitation of women.
23.11.15 1:30 am
A computer scientist has created a livestream of all the websites he’s visiting—including those not safe for work—to show what the government’s proposed new surveillance legislation could mean for UK citizens.
James Surowiecki, The New Yorker
23.11.15 1:15 am
Not too long ago, for-profit colleges looked like the future of education.
The Players' Tribune. ABC pic of Jason Day
23.11.15 1:00 am
Dear 12-year-old Jason, You’re laughing. I’m telling you the truth, but you’re laughing. There’s no chance, you’re thinking. No chance. You’re thinking I’m crazy. You’re thinking that nothing, right now, could be further from possible. You’re staring out at that vast, blue Beaudesert sky — it’s all sky — and you just can’t see it.
Suhith Kumar* http://www.cricfooty.com/ Pic: of David Silva
23.11.15 12:45 am
The size and quality of the current Manchester City squad is such that, a long-term injury to David Silva has not hindered them from staying atop of the Barclays Premier League table and progressing to the R-16 of the UEFA Champions League. It does not, however, mean that Silva’s significance to the City squad has been lost. Disappointing results against Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and most recently, Aston Villa, are classic examples of the difficulties a team can face when playing without their main creative man.
Dr Lissa Johnson*, New Matilda
20.11.15 1:30 pm
... The Hard Psychological Truths Behind Our Own Crimes Against Innocents Nothing justifies slaughter and nothing justifies degrading, inhumane treatment, regardless of where it occurs. But understanding why it occurs – and our part in it – is the key to putting an end to it. Dr Lissa Johnson explains.
• Peter Bright in Comments: What an eminently worthy, comprehensive and profoundly perspicacious exposé of humanity’s primitive thought processes!
• Tim Squires in Comments: A brilliant article, thank you.
• John Martinkus, Mercury Talking Point: Choppers, hate and platefuls of kebabs … I drove the 60 clicks back to Baghdad as the light was fading, fearful of roadside bombs set by insurgents, but also US patrols of trigger-happy troops with powerful weapons. I wrote that story after going to the prison, speaking to the people waiting outside trying to see their relatives under the watchful eyes of US soldiers manning .50 cal machine guns from watchtowers. The story, and those other ones I gathered about mistreatment in the jail, never got published. They were deemed too anti-American at a time when the Western media fully supported the “liberation” of Iraq by America and its allies. Now we see in Paris the results of ignoring the reality of what we, the Western alliance, did to these people.
Anglicare Media and Communications Bronwen Hayes Media Release
19.11.15 8:30 am
The State Government today announced an Expression of Interest process for transferring the titles of 500 Housing Tasmania properties to community service providers.
• John Biggs in Comments: “More affordable housing is needed in our state but giving away public assets is not the answer,” said Meg Webb, manager of Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre. Do I understand this correctly: Is the government actually giving away public assets that are currently used for housing the poor? And are the recipients then making money out of the gifts? If that is so, and this is how it reads, then it is nothing but out and out corruption: theft of public property so private individuals benefit. And what about those who have lost their homes? Can some one tell if and where this is incorrect?
Martyn Goddard, Analyst. First published November 18
19.11.15 3:15 am
Public sector rates of pay in Tasmania rose by less in the September quarter than anywhere in Australia with the exception of the ACT. But it was a different story in the private sector, where overall rises outstripped those in every other jurisdiction. This has profound implications for all sectors of the state’s economy …
Sergeant Sharon Darcy, Media Officer Victorian Police Media Release. First published November 18
19.11.15 2:45 am
Fraud and Extortion Squad detectives have charged a man today in relation to the disappearance of funds from a Victorian Parliamentary Party.
• ABC: Former top Victorian Liberal Damien Mantach charged over $1.5m taken from party … Mantach was Tasmanian Liberal Party state director from 2005 to 2008 before serving in the same role for the Victorian branch from 2011 to 2014. …
John Hawkins, Chudleigh
19.11.15 2:30 am
The Mercury has finally seen the light publishing the letter above by Phil Sumner regarding the appalling Abetz on yesterday’s editorial page.