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.’
Christine Milne Australian Greens Leader. Pic: John Weller
13.05.13 2:55 am
The Australian Greens have welcomed Labor’s $25 million boost in research and development funding for the Antarctic, but warn that Hobart’s role as a science hub still remains uncertain. Tomorrow’s budget is expected to include $25 million over the next five years for the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Collaborative Research Centre. While an additional $8 million will start the process of providing a new national ice-breaker to replace the ageing supply ship Aurora Australis.
Cassie Findlay, Sam Castro, The WikiLeaks Party
13.05.13 2:50 am
In its first major policy declaration, the newly formed Party said current state-based shield laws were inadequate to meet current threats to press freedom. If the WLP is elected to the Senate at the forthcoming federal election in September it will move immediately to introduce a national shield law. The WLP plans to contest Senate seats in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia at the September 14 election with Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, standing for one of the six Senate seats being contested in Victoria. “Only a uniform shield law covering the whole Commonwealth is acceptable,” said WLP spokespersons Cassie Findlay and Sam Castro.
Evan Whitton. Pic: of Evan Whitton
13.05.13 2:45 am
This is the sixth extract from Our Corrupt Legal System by legal historian Evan Whitton. The book fills a gap left by law schools: it details the origins and methods of our anti-truth system and the pro-truth European system eventually reformed by Napoleon. In the public interest, the whole book can be downloaded free from netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
Mandy Jackson-Beverly, Huffington Post. Pic: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
13.05.13 2:30 am
The other day in one of my art classes I put on a Steely Dan CD. While the chorus of “Deacon Blues” drifted through the studio, I noticed one of my students singing along. I mentioned that I was impressed that he knew the song. He explained that it’s one of his grandma’s favorites.
Jacqui Darbyshire, CareforKids.com.au
13.05.13 2:05 am
My name is Jacqui, I have been an educator on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales for the past 10 years. The Education and Care Services National Regulation came into force on January 1 2012 and states that family day care educators must operate with no more than four children under school age by 1 January 2014. NSW family day care currently operates with adult to child ratios of 1:5 children under school age. I feel very strongly about the decrease in ratios within family day care. How are we expected to tell our families that they can’t come back next year - that they will have to find alternative care for their child?
13.05.13 1:30 am
13.05.13 1:20 am
I’m with Patina’s owner and winemaker, Gerald Naef, when he expresses a desire to build greater palate depth and complexity into sauvignon blanc and make a more food-friendly style.
Compiled by John Rozentals. Pic: APT’s Amabella ... a very relaxed way to see Europe
13.05.13 1:11 am
Travellers’ Good Buys for Week beginning May 13
David Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
13.05.13 1:02 am
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says that one of the most-photographed statues in Germany’s famous Heidelburg Castle is not that of any celebrated member of the nobility, but of an Italian dwarf with a drink problem.
David Ellis, email@example.com
13.05.13 1:01 am
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says the British Crown Dependency of Jersey in the English Channel has a population of 95,000 – and thirteen police forces.
Tasmanian Land Conservancy CEO Jane Hutchinson. Pics: Matt Newton, http://matthewnewton.com.au/Commercial/People/1/
11.05.13 6:12 am
The largest parcel of land to be acquired on mainland Tasmania for Aboriginal people has been secured through a ground-breaking collaboration between key Aboriginal groups, a conservation NGO and the Australian Government. The historic purchase protects over 6,750 hectares of land in the Central Highlands for its outstanding Aboriginal cultural and natural values.
11.05.13 5:45 am
ABC. First published Thursday May 9
11.05.13 5:30 am
The managing director of Forestry Tasmania, Bob Gordon (above), has resigned.
• Tom Baxter, in Comments: Agree with FT Chairman Bob Annells and Forest Industries Association of Tasmania boss Terry Edwards that there was a need for change at the helm. But was Terry then being tad too honest: Mr Edwards paid tribute to Mr Gordon as a “long-time, loyal and extremely hard-working servant of the forestry industry”: Examiner, HERE
• John Hawkins, in Comments: Dear Mr Annells, As Chairman of the Board of FT: Was Gordon’s resignation connected to evidence tendered at the Senate enquiry over exit payments to contractors working for FT? Do we need A Royal Commission into FT and the $45 million payment under the IGA to Gunns which enabled Gunns to pay half the money due to Forestry Tasmania under the Take or Pay contracts that Gunns had declared null and void? Who made the decision within FT to accept $11.5 million rather than the $23 million due from Gunns if the Take or Pay contracts were valid and on what proviso? Will you comment on the prospects of FSC over cleared Tasmanian forests now in plantations?
• Tom Bailey, on Comments: #32 You are correct. Miles Hampton and the previous board, as their parting gesture/ shot to the state, before they walked out of the boardroom for the final time, was to continue Gordon’s contract for another 5 years. I will always remember Miles Hampton’s petulant body language in the final television coverage of him as chairman, as he was shown walking out the door. Miles Hampton et al gave the state ‘the finger’ as his parting gesture by continuing to employ Gordon - the man who was a central problem in his utter unwillingness to see the writing on the wall that attitudes and requirements were changing. Clinging on to ‘the old ways’ is why we are in this money-wasting corrupt current situation.
• Robin Halton, in Comments: Between Bob Gordon and Evan Rolley as FT CEO’s far as I am aware no potentially regrowth sawlog rich areas were set aside IN RESERVE for future harvest at age 90. Had there been a genuine long term plan in place for native forests, FSC certification could have been obtained based on a sustainability model.
Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania and national spokesperson on waste and recycling
11.05.13 4:59 am
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and Federal candidate for the seat of Franklin, Rosalie Woodruff show Rosalie’s daughter, Tilda, how plastic bottles in our marine environment break down into tiny bits of harmful plastic pieces.
A 2011 EMRS poll commissioned by The Boomerang Alliance showed that 91% of Tasmanians support the implementation of a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) and cash-for-containers will create about 300 full-time and 80 part-time jobs in Tasmania (1) - it’s a no brainer, really.
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: It is good to see Peter putting his money where his heart is. It appears that the recommendations of the Tasmanian enquiry into waste and particularly the recommended container deposit legislation were overruled by the big multinationals. It has been years since our Legco’s had an enquiry into waste and said we need CDL. What has happened nothing, one lonely politician has started. Good.
Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Save the Tarkine
10.05.13 9:11 am
Justice Marshall in the Federal Court has granted a temporary injunction order to immediately stop construction at the proposed Nelson Bay River iron ore mine in the Tarkine.
Jan Davis' Tasmanian Country column today. ABC pic of Jan Davis
10.05.13 6:38 am
Tasmanian farmers may have been left outside the tent during the forest peace talks but we were well and truly inside the tent at Agfest, spreading the farming message and our own brand of optimism.
Bob Hawkins. Pic of Mayor Armstrong
09.05.13 7:23 am
Editor: Veteran journalist Bob Hawkins examines Huon Valley Council’s strategy for ‘a sustainable future’. His analysis begs the question: Is this a portent of state and federal government policy as the nation enters straitened circumstances and likely huge political change?
09.05.13 6:50 am
Mary meets Lara Giddings, Premier
Pete Godfrey, Golden Valley
09.05.13 6:13 am
So why is Forestry Tasmania subsidising Ta Ann so much. We already paid them a $10.3 million subsidy to set up the plants in Tasmania; I believe we built the buildings for them. And we subsidise their electricity. Now we sell them the High Grade logs at a lower price than Low Grade export logs.
• Karl Stevens, in comments: The situation did reverse in the 2011-12 year but I would say this is a peek into the ‘creative accounting’ practices at Forestry Tasmania. It’s why nobody trusts FT and why they can’t possibly get FSC accreditation. FSC is a global organisation and so is the Sarawak logging industry. The Sarawak loggers must be considered as a whole. They were thrown out of Liberia in Africa, they used fake shipping companies to export to Hong Kong and they are all giving kickbacks to the Sarawak Chief Minister. They are also related to the Sarawak Chief Minister. It was public opinion that forced Hydro Tasmania to break ties with Sarawak and the same will happen with Ta Ann. If FT gets FSC then Ta Ann Australia will also get FSC. That would legitimise decades of graft, land grabs, cronyism and the forced displacement of indigenous peoples in Sarawak.
Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd
09.05.13 1:02 am
“Japan stated that the attempt to kill whales in the Antarctic whale sanctuary was abandoned due to ‘relentless interference’ by Sea Shepherd,” said Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Australian Director. “Sea Shepherd like that kind of relentless accusation, we like being relentless in the pursuit of finally bring peace to the whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd know that this is a David and Goliath struggle, our past victories show we have one thing that the whalers do not, and that’s the passion and courage of our crew. No matter what the odds, no matter what the risks, no matter how well equipped, funded and Government backed your opponents are, you must never give in, must never surrender, you must fight for what is right, because the one thing that is worth fighting for on our beautiful planet, is life,”
Susan McMahon, in Comments: At my husband (Bob McMahon’s) recent funeral, we asked that donations be made to Sea Shepherd Australia in lieu of flowers. I am proud to say that thousands of dollars were raised for Sea Shepherd, which highlights not only the esteem in which Bob was held by so many, but also how much people want to support this cause. Most of the donations were anonymous…...thanks to all who donated. A small part of Sea Shepherd’s worthy work will continue in Bob’s memory.
(He used to whoop with delight every time we saw on the news that Sea Shepherd had a victory in Antarctic waters.)
Editor. First published Monday May 6
08.05.13 8:30 am
Pic: Daniel Haley
• Ben Quin Rubbish! It was Gunns, under the management of Gay, Gray and co, saddled on the warhorses at Forestry Tasmania, who were the architects of this destruction. They gambled with the public forestry estate and hundreds of millions of public dollars (and were allowed to do so). They used their market power to muscle forestry contractors into unsustainable contracts. They spat in the eye of loyal long term customers in Japan. They paid to dine privately with the Prime Minister of the day, at the same time as his environment minister was assessing their applications under the EPBC act. They trampled the Tasmanian Parliament and held the majority of its members in thrall. They delivered the biggest corporate collapse in Australian history. Now, this “peace agreement” absolves these corporate sins – sweeps them away without trace in a froth of new legislation. It passes the burden of failure to idealists, striving within the law to map a path towards their different visions of a sustainable future ...
• John Hawkins The debate on TT must now shift to FSC and industry accreditation. This can be assisted by TT team of bloggers who are able to provide, local, constructive and perceptive comments to keep the various contestants on the track of truth and integrity.
• Carol Rea If the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement can be allowed to realise the opportunity it offers just maybe we can move forward to a resolution – one that protects HCV forest but allows sustainable logging in public forests.
• Editor: Tasmanian Times welcomes constructive debate on this divisive issue, here ...
• Peter McGlone, in Comments: I support Jenny Webber and Miranda Gibson’s criticism that the TFA Act fails to guarantee reserves and share their disappointment of signatory groups.
• Andrew Ricketts, The Environment Association, in Comments: We do not consider our colleagues such as the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Markets for Change and the Huon Valley Environment Centre and the many other members of the environment and conservation movement of Australia, which did not support the TFA debacle, to hold an extreme position at all. We join with them and many others in solidarity.
• John Coombes, in Comments: In terms of his grasp of the essentials, his strength of argument, his clarity of expression and his strictly disciplined rhetoric R. Flanagan is by far the best writer to grace this blog. … I never supported the proposal of Phil Pullinger and others to form Environment Tasmania. We had a peak body, TCT, and we didn’t need another one. But I feel deep sympathy for Phil who I got to know well through the TNC. He’s a sincere and dedicated environmentalist who’s given his best efforts to this lemon of a peace process for three gruelling years. He deserves respect.
• Garry Stannus, in Comments: Dear Richrd III ...
Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute
08.05.13 7:15 am
Pic: Daniel Haley
• Richard Denniss The creation of this legislative poison pill is equivalent to telling a union that if it strikes for better conditions then the minimum wage will be cut, or telling human rights groups that if they protest for improved treatment of asylum seekers the annual intake of refugees will be cut.
• Tom de Kadt These long-fought-for green wins would not have happened without this bill. There are many unknowns as to how these laws will play out. But the reason that the clear majority of Tasmania’s environmentalists support it is because the only other option was business as usual, which doesn’t solve anything. There is no Plan B. By taking a punt and supporting the bill, the conservation movement has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
• Peter McGlone, Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust: The Clerk of the House of Assembly says the TFA Bill will receive Royal Assent on 3 June 2013. The TFA Bill has not yet become law. Clearly talk about any level of protection being given to forests proposed for reservation is false. The explanation provided for the delay is due to the numerous amendments made by the Leg Co. We can expect a notice to appear shortly after in the Government Gazette.
Greens Senate candidate and Hobart Alderman Helen Burnet
08.05.13 5:43 am
Picture: Grant Dixon
This assault on the Mountain is likely to be the thin edge of the wedge for Tasmania’s natural landscapes and we see even now that iconic places won’t be safe under the Liberals.
• Thursday, Helen Burnet: Letter to Will Hodgman: Hands off our mountain, Mr Hodgman!
• Greg James, in Comments: This is a red herring! There is no financial will to build on the mountain, there is no effective business case, no customer base, no known market demand except by beaurocrats and no entrepreneur with the economic clout to take it on. Tasmania wake up, you just managed to do it again, take your eye of the ball and argue about nothing.
Senator Christine Milne, Greens Leader MR
08.05.13 2:58 am
A few weeks ago the nation saw a lively Q&A program broadcast from Launceston. I’d love to see more coverage involving local voices but now that ABC Tasmania will have to get a van from Victoria for such programs I worry they will become rarer.
Terry Edwards, CEO Forest Industries Assocation of Tasmania, Hansard
07.05.13 5:22 am
ABC pic of Terry Edwards
Page 43 of the Hansard of the Leg Co select committee on the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Mr EDWARDS - Obviously we do see that as contrary to the expected outcomes from the agreement. The negotiating ENGOs have given us their commitment, which we have accepted, that they will do everything in their power and they believe they have some strong persuasive capacity with these groups both in terms of persuasion itself, but also in terms of persuading those groups I referred to before as the rich philanthropists, to no longer fund these organisations. If they do not fund the organisations they eventually wither and die. One has withered and died over recent times because their funding was pulled. We are hopeful that the new paradigm of peace created by this agreement will obviate the activities of those sorts of groups. We are hopeful that they will eventually come to accept the outcome of this negotiations process as a basis to move forward. We fully expect that there will be a level of continued agitation by the more extreme environment groups.
• Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute: Silence of the logging lambs There is nothing new about Australian taxpayers subsidising native-forest logging, but there is something unique about the so-called “peace deal”. That is, it wasn’t just the loggers begging the Commonwealth for corporate welfare; this time they were joined in their quest for cash by a handful of environment groups. And that is where the story swings from the unexpected to the inexplicable.
• Dr Frank Nicklason: Peace in our time? Lasting peace is always built on the foundation of truth and justice. Without these necessities genuine peace is not possible.
• Libby Lester, University of Tasmania. Brett Hutchins, Monash University, Melbourne have written two very interesting articles on the TFA process in Media, Culture and Society and The Australian Journalism Review Quote: This relative dearth of information and the non-existent profile of participants – it was difficult to establish who was attending the talks and when they were being held – was extraordinary given that a lasting “peace in the forests” (Stedman, 2010) appeared to be a possibility after several decades of conflict.
• Ben Quin, in Comments, HERE The ENGO’s have over-reached themselves. Amongst those committed to the protection of old growth forests as the highest objective of this process, the euphoria generated by the passage of the TFA bills will be fleeting. The old guard does not want these new reserves, and they wait in silent ranks for the inevitable change of government later this year. Forget the hubris, there is insufficient public support for the result delivered by the Negotiating Clan. What is the alternative? Separate the commercial and environmental functions of FT and replace its tired leadership. Provide no further public funds to support FT commercial operations. Remove any legislated requirement for a minimum annual quota of sawlog supply. Do not provide any publicly funded “compensation” to the forestry industry. Use the “compensation” to buy back any supply contracts that were let based on unsustainable volume or pricing structures. Let the debate rage on about the values of old growth forests. This simple group of measures would incite real innovation and lasting change. It may take another 10 years, but given the scope of the challenge confronting the globe, this is nothing. • HERE
Cassy O’Connor MP Greens Environment Spokesperson. First published Monday May 6
07.05.13 4:25 am
Booth, O’Halloran, O’Connor, McKim, Morris
A response to: I don’t agree What you describe as a massive capitulation, an abandonment of environmental ethics, Nick, Tim, Basil and I all saw as country roads ahead of the alternative. The continued destruction of forest ecosystems we all love, relentless conflict between those who will defend and those who will destroy them, or, a chance for something brighter? A chance to keep over half a million hectares safe while the industry undergoes essential reform. The sawlog quota more than halved and an industry that needs genuine Forest Stewardship Council credentials to have any kind of viable future. What’s not to like about that?
• Editor: Comments are not being taken on this article. TT welcomes constructive comments, which may be made on The TFA Forum, here
Vica Bayley, The Wilderness Society. First published Monday May 6
07.05.13 4:00 am
ABC pic of Vica Bayley and Terry Edwards (FIAT)
A response to: I don’t agree The forests agreement and its legislation can be a game changer and take Tasmania towards a new paradigm, provided we permit it. Provided people on all sides don’t allow the ghosts of their past, the scars of past failures and the depth of their entrenchment preclude them from seeing the opportunities, Tasmania can move forward. The antithesis of the dark decade you write about, the Agreement was born from discussion, dialogue, compromise and consensus.
• Editor: Comments are not being taken on this article
Richard Flanagan. First published Friday May 3
07.05.13 3:00 am
I lived with the silence of Tasmania for too many years. And now the leaders of The Wilderness Society, Environment Tasmania, the ACF and the Tasmanian Greens have signed up to a deal that seeks to achieve what even Gunns failed in doing: silencing the rage Tasmanians felt with the destruction of their land and the corruption of public life that for a time became its necessary corollary. It is perhaps the greatest own goal in Australian political history.
But if you care about the environment in Australia you will henceforth have to ask whether The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation any longer serve your interests. Will they in the future question and campaign against corporate power or will they side with it as they have in Tasmania, recently trooping off to Japan to promote the Malay forest veneer company Ta Ann’s products? Will they stand up to governments or will they be seduced by their attentions, believing the flattering lie that their way is the way of environmental politics in the future?
While nationally the Greens Party under Christine Milne has been resolute in defending the environment and Tasmania’s forests, Tasmanian environmentalists would be right to ask if the Tasmanian parliamentary Greens (other than Kim Booth who showed courage in voting against the bill and his party) any longer particularly represent their interest or aspirations.
The forest peace deal was born in ignominy, with Gunns seeking to set up a native-forest-for-pulp-mill swap, a fact denied by environmental leaders at the time but acknowledged by Premier Lara Giddings in parliament. It continued in secrecy and was oiled with evasions, and concludes as a tragedy for Tasmania. Somehow, the conservationist leaders—instead of using the commercial death of the logging industry, changing social values, and new ideas of a renascent Tasmania to help build a different, better and united society — have condemned us all to endlessly repeat the sadness of recent decades.
• Editor: Comments are not being taken on this article.
Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Senator MR
07.05.13 2:30 am
The Party’s waste spokesperson, Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said comments Miss Hawkins made to the media yesterday – when using Tasmania’s famous Bay of Fires beach to help launch her latest swimwear line – about her loving “clean beaches” come across as little more than shallow and hypocritical.