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Van Badham ... Desperate to be relevant ... ?

Bronwyn Williams*
09.08.18 4:26 am

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On 27 and 28 July a group of people met at RMIT Melbourne to attend the Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation (ASASE) - http://www.asase.com.au/further-details.  Without exception, the speakers and attendees at the gathering are persons – academics, activists and social workers - dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of women and girls, and the untold harms it causes …

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‘Shining a light on State Election mischief ...’

Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release
09.08.18 4:15 am

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… “It’s telling that the Premier wouldn’t even address the very serious questions that the Tasmanian Election Inquiry put to him in writing. No wonder so many prominent Tasmanians have joined this citizens’ inquiry. The sort of mischief we saw this year is reminiscent of a tin-pot dictatorship. We can do so much better and it’s outrageous that it’s been left to the community to shine a light on the way politics is done in Tasmania in 2018 …

• A panel discussion will also be held tonight at 6:30pm at the Fern Tree Tavern in conjunction with the Australia Institute.

Download letter to Premier Hodgman ... and his response ...

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Andrew Wilkie: What AirBNB crackdown? The Government’s so-called “crackdown” on short-stay accommodation is just theatrical nonsense. It will do virtually nothing to ease the pressure on housing affordability and accessibility because the registration process has proven to be little more than a revenue raiser and more bureaucracy …

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A business-as-usual approach to climate change

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09.08.18 4:07 am

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Previously, whenever climate scientists have talked about the ills created by climate change they have spoken about the end of the century as being a time when bigger tribulations can be expected such as sea level rise, acidification of Oceans, and higher temperatures.  Unfortunately, the time scale has moved towards contemporary times …

Guardian: Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile …

Guardian: ‘Big call’: minister refuses to link drought to climate change on Q&A

Rise for Climate ...

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Ted Mead: Australia’s renewable energy…. We have a long way to go!

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‘Ferguson named as revealing health information to employer ... ’

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09.08.18 4:00 am

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The woman at the centre of the Cricket Tasmania sacking furore has alleged Health Minister Michael Ferguson was the culprit who revealed her personal medical information to her employer

Canberra Times: ‘Damoclean sword’: Michaela Banerji is still fighting after five years The former Immigration Department official said her sacking after a tweet “drove a stake” through her …

Advocate: Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson alleged to have disclosed private medical information

Labor Leader Rebecca White: Independent inquiry the only solution to Ferguson’s non-answers on Cricket Australia

Dust to Dust ... Make Black Lung history ...

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‘The British Heat Wave and Aerial Archeology’

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09.08.18 3:30 am

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The UK is experiencing its driest summer in fifty-seven years. It’s not been great …

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Books to giveaway ... ALL GONE!X

Paula Xiberras
09.08.18 2:15 am

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Tasmanian Times has books to give away. Three books by Lynne Vincent McCarthy, “She knows he’s a killer. He swears he’s innocent. Who do you believe? LONELY GIRL.” All you have to do is write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ...

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Australia’s renewable energy ... We have a long way to go!

Ted Mead* Pic*
08.08.18 6:45 am

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Renewable energy supply in Australia is still in its infancy compared to other developed nations such as China, USA and Western Europe. Less than 15 percent of our nation’s energy supply is produced through renewables, and considering the open space and sun availability we should be one of the world’s leading countries in this field was it not for our conservative governments ties to the fossil fuel industries …

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‘Neighbours of Fish Farming against explansion plans in Storm Bay and Norfolk Bay’

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08.08.18 6:00 am

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Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF) today adds its voice to growing community concern about Huon Aquaculture’s plans for hospital pens for its salmon in Norfolk Bay …

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NZ Conservation Department Killing and Starving Kiwi Icon Bird

Tony Orman. Pic: Department of Conservation
08.08.18 5:28 am

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New Zealand’s Department of Conservation is almost certainly killing kiwi with its controversial 1080 poison drops says a hunting and conservation group, the Sporting Hunters’ Outdoor Trust. The department aerially top-dresses public lands and national parks with 1080 under the guise of predator control aimed to kill rats and the Australian marsupial possums. Recently the department changed justifying its reason for using the poison from rats and herbivore possum to blaming dogs on the North Island’s scenic Coromandel Peninsula …

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A culture is no better than its woods - WH Auden

Peter Henning Pic*: Christo Baars
07.08.18 4:45 am

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It’s good to see an external analysis of the Devil face tumour issue because it is impossible for it to be investigated in Tasmania …

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Tasmanian devil cancer: human intervention the likely cause ... ? Download the paper HERE ...

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NATION: Turnbull snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

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07.08.18 4:31 am

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Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, in its Super Saturday massacre 28 July, (National Drowning Prevention Day) the Coalition is quick to spin its five seat rout in Braddon, Longman, Mayo and its uncontested by-elections in the Labor electorates of Perth and Fremantle into a “typical by-election swing of five per cent against the government … ”

John Menadue, Pearts and Irritations: CLIMATE COUNCIL. Drought and climate change. The elephant in the room we refuse to talk about.

The Conversation: Could the NEG bring down power prices? It’s hard to be confident that it will

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‘Victorian Premier advised to ignore Crown licence renewal’

Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release. Image: Pat Caplice
07.08.18 4:20 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has advised the Victorian Premier to set aside the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s recommendation to extend Crown’s casino licence …

Woolworths admits pub staff collected personal data on pokies players

Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Tim Costello: Wilkie vindicated, time for Woolies to exit rogue pokies division

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Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights debate

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07.08.18 4:15 am

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Part 2: Tasmanian trans bans, bullying and no-platforming. The case studies, Tasmania The transgender debate is increasingly characterised by no-platforming, withdrawal from participation, censorship, bullying, threats, intimidation, silencing, stonewalling and expulsion from groups for those who express dissent from the ‘popular’ transgender narrative …

 

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‘The world is being undone before us. If we do not reimagine Australia, we will be undone too’

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05.08.18 2:26 pm

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In the full transcript of his speech to the Garma festival, the author says the country can make itself stronger by saying yes to the Uluru statement …

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‘Cable car protest outside tip to protest cable car at 4.15pm today (Sat)’

Ted Cutlan* Media Release. Pic*
05.08.18 6:00 am

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At very short notice members of the Hobart community will be outside the entrance to the South Hobart Tip at 4.15pm today (Saturday) to protest the MWCC’s latest plans …

Peter Gutwein: Revised cable car proposal

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Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights debate

Isla MacGregor and Bronwyn Williams*
05.08.18 4:00 am

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Part One. Silencing and Censorship or Robust Debate? The recent launch of the group, Transforming Tasmania, which aims to lobby for law reforms that improve the lives of transgender and gender-diverse people, is an opportunity for the community to engage in robust, open and safe discussions on matters concerning gender identity …

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Tasmanian devil cancer: human intervention the likely cause ... ?

Jody Warren* and Brian Martin* Pic*: Christo Baars
04.08.18 5:30 am

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The Tasmanian devil cancer, DFTD (devil facial tumour disease), is one of a growing number of new and emerging diseases.  According to Mathieu Giraudeau and Tuul Sepp, both postdoctoral researchers at Arizona State University, human activities in the environment are causing changes that lead to cancer in wild animal populations. In a recent article, published in the journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), Jody Warren and Brian Martin examine how scientific research into new diseases follows a pathway that focuses on natural causes …

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Ten Questions for Brendan Nelson

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04.08.18 5:15 am

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… This was an illegal invasion based on a lie. On painful reflection, history also tells us that this action destabilised the region contributing to the rise of Islamic State and consequent long-running civil wars in Iraq and Syria, catastrophically leading to the flow of millions of displaced refugees and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people …

Greens: Coles bag backdown: What happens when Australia doesn’t have an Environment Minister

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The light-lipped Brendan Nelson ...

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04.08.18 5:00 am

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Yesterday Senator Peter Whish-Wilson posted 10 interesting questions for Brendan Nelson - that I wholeheartedly support. Great idea Senator. Brendan Nelson has indeed been light-lipped, evasive and far from transparent in dealing with issues concerning his prior portfolio and parliamentary record …

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China’s military take climate-change offensive

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03.08.18 6:15 am

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China’s military exchange their guns for shovels Whilst China is the greatest air polluter in the world, they are concurrently the most prolific alternative energy developer. China is also leading the way in reafforestation, and has been planting massive amounts of trees to restrain desertification for many years, but now they have taken an even grander initiative - tackling climate change and pollution …

 

 

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‘It’s Time for Light Rail ...’

Ben Johnston* Media Release Pic: of Sacramento light rail, Flickr
03.08.18 6:00 am

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160 people packed into Town Hall last night for a lively Q&A debate on Hobart’s future and its transport systems …

Rob Newitt, T4T: Letter to the Editor on rail ...

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Dear Sally McManus and loyal comrades ...

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02.08.18 4:20 am

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Spirit of Tasmania stevedore (46yo father of three) Torren McMaster, became known as an ‘Involuntary’ whistleblower after reporting to his employer QUBE, and alerting Maritime Union Australia, that workers, passengers and livestock on TT Line vessels were being recklessly and negligently exposed to the toxic effects of Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) and Diesel Fume Emissions

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Coincidence ... or nepotism ... ?

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02.08.18 4:07 am

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Minister for Health Michael Ferguson’s brother Lynden is the new Acting Chief Executive of Ambulance Tasmania ...

ABC: Call for inquiry into sacking of Cricket Australia staffer

ABC: Cricket Australia’s sacking of Angela Williamson ‘shows need for anti-corruption commission’

Labor: More questions for Ferguson as need for investigation deepens

Labor: No sign of Michael Ferguson as health and hospital crisis worsens

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health: Labor liars peddle hollow conspiracy theories

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First Day ... August

Geoff Holloway*
01.08.18 6:00 am

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Mt Nelson is the theme ... Geoff often walks up there from near Long Beach well before sunrise as the colours etc are much better an hour before actual sunrise. Camera: Nikon D7100, 18-300 m lens, neutral density filter used sometimes, NO photoshopping.

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‘New science confirms logging regulations and environment laws failing to protect swift parrot’

Vica Bayley* Media Release. Pic: Flickr
01.08.18 5:45 am

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A new scientific paper, published this week by CSIRO Publishing’s Pacific Conservation Biology and authored by leading research scientists working to understand and protect the swift parrot, highlights the regulatory and legal failures that are jeopardising the future of the species, including the ongoing logging of critical habitat areas …

Download paper on policy failure ...
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On a break from Sydney ...

Philip Lynch*
01.08.18 5:30 am

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Like so many of our other Airbnb guests, Sarah and Kevin look like just other middle-aged couple having a break. I imagined they’d settle in, be beguiled by the stunning scenery and then be on their way again …

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NATION: Not so super Saturday for Mal ... but silencing of dissent a winner

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31.07.18 6:15 am

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Love is in the air is on endless loop at PM’s eleven-week, five by-election, 500,000 voter dance marathon. It’s a bizarre, grotesque, contest as bone-weary MPs fight to stay upright to the end this week. Turnbull, meanwhile, flits among the “crucial” by-electorates of Braddon, Longman and Mayo, boosting morale. Spinning. Sloganeering. Grandstanding. It’s Mal’s take on campaigning. Australians hate it. All they see is another rich, Sydney blow-in with tickets on himself …

Examiner: Work ahead for Turnbull government

ABC: Super Saturday: There’s a strange disconnect in this excruciatingly long by-election campaign

Crikey: Turnbull soul-searching after Super Saturday defeat

Laura Tingle, ABC: Super Saturday: There’s a strange disconnect in this excruciatingly long by-election campaign

Peter Hartcher, Canberra Times: Super Saturday revealed voters are hungry for an alternative

Michelle Grattan, ABC: Malcolm Turnbull’s authority diminished after by-election failures Those looking for signs before Saturday that Labor was on track for government might have found one, beyond the polls, in what could seem an unexpected quarter. After having to postpone its national conference because of Super Saturday, the ALP is holding its briefing for business observers next month. The party has been swamped with bookings, requiring a change of venue to accommodate the large numbers. Business may be cheering on the Coalition’s policies but it knows it needs to find out about Labor’s. The weekend results, in particular the way they’re being read, haven’t only confirmed Labor’s trajectory but in doing so, have given the opposition, and Bill Shorten especially, a huge confidence boost.Poll analyst Peter Brent points out, in relation to Longman and Braddon, how prior expectations have influenced post-event interpretations. “The unexceptional results — on the low side of swings to oppositions — were made to look exceptional by the opinion polling, which allowed the media and party insiders to whip themselves into a lather of expectation that the Coalition would probably take one, maybe both. … Against these anticipations, the Opposition Leader looks like a miracle maker and a vote magnet,” Mr Brent writes on the Inside Story site …

Henry Swartz, ABC: Craig Garland gave major parties a shakeup, so what’s next for the Tasmanian fisherman? The 54-year-old fisherman, who has been a vocal advocate for the issues affecting fishers, is in his dining room fielding calls from the major television and news networks across Australia.The plain-speaking local has become a figure of national interest after winning one-in-10 votes in a cliffhanger by-election in the seat of Braddon. The electorate, which snakes along the north-west and west coast of Tasmania, has long been marginal, changing hands at five of the past seven elections. Both the Liberal and Labor parties threw significant resources at the seat, with multiple visits by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to support the campaigns of their respective candidates, Brett Whiteley and Justine Keay. In contrast, it is fair to say Mr Garland ran a relatively threadbare campaign, with 10 election signs, $4700 and the help of a few volunteers, including his sister Lisa, a photographer …

Inside Story: What it means to lose the political centre Judged against previous by-elections in opposition-held seats, the government performed badly on Saturday. The message for Malcolm Turnbull is clear …

ABC: Cricket Australia staffer sacked over abortion tweets ‘fired for political opinion’: lawyer

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‘GUILTY: Coroner’s findings damn offshore detention’

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31.07.18 6:00 am

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The coroner’s finding in regard to the death of Hamid Khazaie have damned the government’s offshore detention policy …

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I didn’t want to write this, but the courage to listen to different ideas is vanishing

Richard Flanagan, Guardian
31.07.18 5:45 am

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After a week in which we lost Fairfax and the Brisbane Writers festival banned writers, we need more than ever places where we can listen and reflect on different perspectives …

FROM two years ago ...

Guardian: Lionel Shriver’s full speech: ‘I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad’

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Official Report on MH370 Disappearance Inconclusive ...

David Hawkins
31.07.18 5:30 am

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The International Civil Aviation Organization’s official conclusion of the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is in, and it is “inconclusive”. 

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