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‘Nonsense ... The figure is $75 million ...’

John Lawrence* Tasfintalk http://tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/
12.02.18 5:40 am

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Andrew Wilkie in his latest media release reckons the Federal Group is “set to pocket an enormous $18 million windfall if the Liberals win government.” ( TT HERE ). Nonsense. The figure is $75 million …

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Is TasWater the new Forestry Tasmania ... ?

Bill Smith* Pics*
12.02.18 5:30 am

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TasWater says it “is responsible for providing drinking water across the State” and …

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We make our own Luck ... Chicanery

John Ward* Pic: Donkey Hotey, Flickr
10.02.18 5:15 am

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I charge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, under Section 329 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918; of making fraudulent, deceptive and misleading representations on a “Grand Scale” to the voters of Australia …

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Election Execution in Lyons

Kim Peart*
10.02.18 5:00 am

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Elections are hard work, requiring heaps of communication …

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The New York Times Opinion: A moral necessity

New York Times Opinion. Cartoon*: Martyn Turner, used with permission
09.02.18 5:02 am

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…  “We have both spent our professional careers strenuously avoiding partisanship in our writing and thinking,” Rauch and Wittes write. Yet they argue that voting against the Republican Party is now a moral necessity, given its enabling of President Trump’s subversion of the law and his attacks on democracy itself. “If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself,” the subhead of the article reads, “they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees … “

 

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‘Liberals must reveal all Federal Group donations ...’

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release. Image: Pat Caplice
09.02.18 4:52 am

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’... seeing as they’ll gift Federal $18m if they win the election ... The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has called on the Liberal Party to immediately come clean about the donations it’s received from the Federal Group, particularly because Federal is set to pocket an enormous $18m windfall if the Liberals win government …’

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‘Wilkie takes on poker machine lies in Parliament’

Andrew Wilkie* Media Release. Pic: Flickr
09.02.18 4:30 am

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… Deputy Speaker, as Tasmania prepares to vote to remove poker machines from hotels and clubs, it’s disgusting to see the blatant lies the poker machine industry’s peddling. For instance the lie jobs will be lost. The lie these are lovable little businesses. The lie people will switch to online gambling. The lie the State relies on the tax revenue from poker machines. And the lie that gambling addiction isn’t a problem …

… The fact is, Deputy Speaker, $1m on gambling creates about three jobs, but on drinks and food up to 20 …

Labor: Premier confirms he’s bought and corrupted by poker machine money

Advocate: New pokies figures spark donations dispute between major parties

Ted Mead Satire: The new Lib-rals

Nick O’Malley, SMH: Sydney family takes 54 times more revenue than Tasmanian clubs from their pokies With the Tasmanian election becoming a battle over pokie machines, new research shows Tasmanian clubs keep just 0.9 per cent of their pokie revenue, while the Sydney-based family that owns a monopoly license over the machines in the state, keeps 49 per cent …

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The Australia Institute: Tasmanian club and pub pokies revenue: 0.9% to clubs, 48% to Farrell Group A report released today by The Australia Institute Tasmania written by Dr Charles Livingstone from Monash University has found that The Farrell Group’s share of EGM revenue (47.8%) far exceeds that of the clubs that house many of the poker machines, with the Farrell family reaping fifty-four times more than that derived by clubs which took just 0.9%. “The big winners from pokies in Tasmania are the Farrells, taking nearly half the net revenue,” Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Dr Charles Livingstone said. “Clubs end up with less than 1% of the money that goes into the pokies. The Farrells take nearly half,” Livingstone said. Leanne Minshull, the Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania commented on the report: “The clubs and hotels are not getting much, and neither is the taxpayer. The Farrells a reaping $19.4 million more than the Tasmanian government … ”

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Hospital emergency crisis revealed in leaked document

Martyn Goddard* Pic: Flickr
09.02.18 4:15 am

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Patients spending more than 24 hours in the Royal Hobart Hospital’s emergency department have more than doubled in the past year, according to figures leaked to the Tasmanian Times. The data, prepared within the hospital and circulated to key staff, cover the past six years and show how the emergency department has increasingly struggled under budget cuts by the past two state governments. The leaked document presents a picture that is even worse than previously thought. Lives are being lost …

Labor Leader: Health Minister must respond to damning new hospital figures

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No risk: The family who own Tasmania’s gambling industry ...

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09.02.18 4:00 am

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Ed: This is an amazing read ... For over 50 years a family little-known in Sydney society has controlled legal gambling in Tasmania. All of it. Every single gaming machine in the state is theirs. The Keno is theirs. They own one of the two casinos and a controlling stake in the other. By one calculation, 70¢ of every dollar lost by a Tasmanian in a pokie machine finds its way straight into the Farrell family’s voluminous pockets …

Ted Mead Satire: The new Lib-rals

Nick O’Malley, SMH: Sydney family takes 54 times more revenue than Tasmanian clubs from their pokies With the Tasmanian election becoming a battle over pokie machines, new research shows Tasmanian clubs keep just 0.9 per cent of their pokie revenue, while the Sydney-based family that owns a monopoly license over the machines in the state, keeps 49 per cent …

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The Australia Institute: Tasmanian club and pub pokies revenue: 0.9% to clubs, 48% to Farrell Group A report released today by The Australia Institute Tasmania written by Dr Charles Livingstone from Monash University has found that The Farrell Group’s share of EGM revenue (47.8%) far exceeds that of the clubs that house many of the poker machines, with the Farrell family reaping fifty-four times more than that derived by clubs which took just 0.9%. “The big winners from pokies in Tasmania are the Farrells, taking nearly half the net revenue,” Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Dr Charles Livingstone said. “Clubs end up with less than 1% of the money that goes into the pokies. The Farrells take nearly half,” Livingstone said. Leanne Minshull, the Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania commented on the report: “The clubs and hotels are not getting much, and neither is the taxpayer. The Farrells are reaping $19.4 million more than the Tasmanian government … ”

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Hedges in the Tasmanian landscape ...

Scott Wilson*
09.02.18 3:42 am

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… In reality the only similarities are the verdant green of the grass from autumn to early summer, the Georgian and Victorian built heritage that still remains and the patchwork of fields enclosed by the hawthorn hedgerows, many of which were planted in the first half of the 19th century …

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Corruption that kills

John Ward* Pic*
09.02.18 3:36 am

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“Mr Coal” Josh Frydenberg (Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia), calculates that $3 billion subsidies to renewable energy amounts to a subsidy of $66 billion up to 2030. He claims he is removing subsidies to make ‘Renewables’ operate on a level playing field …

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A Tasmanian Christmas Story ... A history leading to pokies

John Hawkins* 'Toon*: Kudelka, https://www.kudelka.com.au/ used with permission
08.02.18 4:45 am

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When I think on gambling and government in Tasmania two names spring to mind ... Paul Lennon, our former premier, and Edward Braddon, an earlier premier, and their efforts to enhance the gambling industry in Tasmania …

ABC: Tasmania pokies data reveals biggest losers

ABC: Tasmanian election: Keep track of the key promises made by the parties

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The Marlboro ‘Digital Nicotine Robot’

Dr Kathryn Barnsley*
08.02.18 4:31 am

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Following on from their inventions of “flavour capsules” in filters to provide faster addiction for new smokers, such as children adolescents and young adults - PMI are marketing the most terrifying new product internationally …

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The death of reading is threatening the soul

Philip Yancey, The Washington Post
08.02.18 3:15 am

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I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a large degree, they have formed my professional and spiritual life …

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Colleges. What is going on ... ?

Terry Polglase*
07.02.18 4:09 am

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A national and state overview. Third in a three-part series … Listening to claims of the Year 11/12 extension program’s success by Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff is like listening to US General Westmoreland in the Sixties when he regularly reported that we were winning the war in Vietnam. It would be more honest and helpful if he and his Liberal Government stuck to the message that a good education is valuable and that it doesn’t end at year 10 …

… The ACT has our system of colleges and leads the nation in retention rates. The ACT is different from Tasmania but so is the NT (and every other state) where comparisons are often made by those who want to compare us with other jurisdictions …

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‘Southwood, Mr Neville Smith misleading public on their proposed woodchip export facility in Dover’

Gillian Richards, Far South Future, Media Release: January 18. Pic*
07.02.18 4:00 am

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This press release (Jan 18) is issued on behalf of concerned residents following the false claims from proponents of a Wood Chip Export facility in Dover …

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‘Road safety awareness campaign to save wildlife lives’

Vica Bayley, Joint Media Release. Pic: of Terry Tassie Devil ...
07.02.18 3:43 am

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Safer roads for wildlife is the message behind an awareness campaign launched in Tasmania today (January 18) …

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Pokies: New allegation about collapse of 1972 Tasmanian government

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06.02.18 4:45 am

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All you need to know about insidious corruption from pokies ... A former bookie says he may have inadvertently been a bagman in an alleged bribery plot designed to bring down the Tasmanian government in 1972 …

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Malcolm Turnbull can’t relate ...

Senator Helen Polley* Pic: Flickr, Donkey Hotey
06.02.18 4:40 am

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When will Mr Turnbull and his Government understand the pressure Australian households are under? Cost of living is one of the most significant issues facing our community and Malcolm Turnbull is clearly not the Prime Minister to tackle this issue …

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‘Tasmanian Peak Bodies share Joint Vision’

Dr Katrena Stephenson, CEO, LGAT, Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS Media Release
06.02.18 4:37 am

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A coalition of the State’s leading peak bodies announced today Tasmania’s next State Government will be held publicly accountable for the outcomes achieved for all Tasmanians through measuring community wellbeing …

• The coalition of peak bodies will jointly host a Leaders Forum on the 23rd February at the Brighton Civic Centre.  Their shared membership will fill the 400 seat venue and hear first-hand the responses from the Premier Will Hodgman, Opposition Leader Rebecca White and Tasmanian Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor on a range of policy areas relating to the shared vision statement.

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Hitler of the Middle East ...

Professor John Tully* Pic: of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
06.02.18 4:35 am

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Aggression against Afrin shows that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the Hitler of the Middle East The saying that “the Kurds have no friends but the mountains” is based on the bitter experience of almost 100 years of oppression.  In the aftermath of World War I, the Kurds found themselves without a state, without even autonomy, and were deprived of the linguistic and cultural rights they were promised by the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. Since then, the Turkish state’s oppression has never ceased. The latest manifestation of this criminal oppression is the invasion of the mainly Kurdish canton of Afrin in northern Syria by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s armed forces and their Islamist allies. We cannot once again let the Kurds down and allow this brazen aggression to continue. Erdoğan is an out-of-control despot in charge of what has become a rogue state. Although some commentators talk coyly of his “authoritarian tendencies”, Erdoğan is properly described as a fascist dictator …

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The open abandonment of this school community by our government is damning ...

Terry Polglase*
06.02.18 4:30 am

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A national and state overview. Second in a three-part series… In the Tasmanian suburbs where pokies are bleeding money, families have fled to enrol their children elsewhere …

… How can we have allowed a school such as Taroona High, south of Hobart, to be bursting at the seams with well over a thousand students, many from out-of-area, yet equidistant but north of the city Cosgrove High is left to languish with a hundred and fifty. The school has less than a 70% attendance rate. For those Tasmanians who struggle with maths that’s three out of every ten students are not at school on any given day. The school resides in the low socio economic suburb of Glenorchy where $20 million is lost annually to pokies and where the teachers and students are dealing daily with home issues, high levels of crime and family violence. The open abandonment of this school community by our government is damning as it is for several other school communities …

The Conversation: The UK is rethinking university degrees and Australia should too

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Reviewed! First Person ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
06.02.18 4:20 am

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I do vaguely understand how drained writer Richard Flanagan would be after giving his all to a novel ...

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We citizens need nationalism, flag-toting, political ranting about our goodness and virtue ...

Josephine Zananiri* Pic: Flickr
06.02.18 4:19 am

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… However the conservatives decided that we citizens needed nationalism, flag toting and political ranting about our goodness and political virtue ... a bit of goose-stepping lies close to the reactionary heart.  So, subsequently in the 1990s a decision was reached that we must celebrate on the 26th January with lashings of idiocy and right wing patriotism coupled with copious amounts of flags flying around attached to bombed out Holdens.. the now no longer national car! This was a double bonus for the Libs beholden to the bosses for party funds as the capitaliat class would only pay five of seven holidays per seven years as as two out of seven are going to be weekends! …

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Painful periods? Acne? Weight Issues?

Dr Anonymous* Pic: Flickr
06.02.18 4:15 am

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis; a Common and Underdiagnosed Co-Morbid Condition If any readers have suffered from excruciating period pain, difficult to treat acne, trouble with weight control and fertility issues, or if you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, or endometriosis, then this one is for you …

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Alexander Downer spies for Five Eyes (Part 1)

Tess Lawrence*
06.02.18 4:00 am

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High Commissioner Downer has a list of priors as far as contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence, is concerned. Tess has been studying Downer’s form for decades and in the first part of this series, she pulls no punches.

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Heritage and Flood Plans Needed at Ross

Kim Peart*
06.02.18 3:45 am

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In early 2016 Mr Kim Peart and Dr Jennifer Bolton undertook the daunting challenge of seeking National Heritage listing of the Ross Bridge …

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The Killing Nation ...

Amazon Blurb. Pic: Warning signs in front of spectacular NZ scenery
06.02.18 3:30 am

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New Zealand’s State-Sponsored Addiction To Poison 1080 Environmental activist and researcher Reihana Robinson explodes the carefully cultivated myth of New Zealand as the “Clean and Green” paradise of the South Pacific

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‘Tarkine Logging Blitz uncovered by conservationists’

Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager, Bob Brown Foundation Media Release
05.02.18 4:40 am

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Two areas of ancient tall eucalyptus forest and rainforest have been destroyed in the past months by logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine. Conservationists have uncovered the logging and called for immediate protection of the Tarkine’s forests …

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Public Education. How important is it?

Terry Polglase*
05.02.18 4:35 am

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A national and state overview. First in a three-part series The debate over our poker machines in hotels and clubs in Tasmanian should be followed by another over secondary schooling but public education now has few champions in positions of power or influence and it won’t happen …

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