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‘Challenge to Premier Hodgman over Crown land reserves’

Peter Edwards Convener Rosny Hill Friends Media Release
15.06.18 4:15 am

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The Rosny Hill Friends Network is challenging the Premier and Minister for Parks Will Hodgman to make a public statement about his government’s role in a proposed tourism development on Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area …

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Tasmanian Budget 2018: Winners and losers

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13.06.18 6:40 am

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It’s a post-election budget for a second-term Government with few surprises. Health is a winner, but anyone looking for a rental property is out of luck …

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‘Liberals’ silly complaint ...’

Jenny Weber Campaign Manager Bob Brown Foundation Media Release
13.06.18 6:37 am

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A story in today’s (Wednesday’s) Mercury covering Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley’s complaints about global retailer Patagonia’s film on the Tarkine went without comment from the Bob Brown Foundation. However, in reply, Bob Brown says the Liberals’ Whiteley is a product of last century thinking who doesn’t know the Tarkine and has his facts wrong …

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‘Shared statement from peak bodies relating to short stay accommodation’

Zara Gudnason, TasCOSS Media Release. Pic: of Kym Goodes
13.06.18 6:34 am

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“In the absence of comprehensive data every decision made is guess work.  We need a robust evidence base underlying policy and resourcing responses and time has run out on waiting for it,” said TasCOSS CEO, Kym Goodes …

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Barnaby ...

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12.06.18 6:15 am

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Dear God,

I am a true believer and regularly attend Your house where I pray for the furtherance of Your wishes for humanity and put $5 into the collection box. I also strongly believe in family values, have a beautiful wife who has always supported me and four children …

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Abbott’s desire for a 90d tilt to the right stumbles along

phill Parsons* Pic: of Tony Abbott
12.06.18 6:00 am

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Some might remember when Alan Jones was gulled by call to his radio program claiming Australia had taken a 5d tilt to the left. The call was a practical joke but Jones fell for it and railed against it until he was told it was a joke …

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NATION: Nothing but blue ties? Or academic and democratic freedoms ... ?

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11.06.18 7:30 am

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Blue ties

Smiling at me

Nothing but blue ties

Do I see

(With apologies to Irving Berlin)

… An army of jeremiahs at The Australian don sackcloth and ashes. Poison barbs are lovingly fashioned by News Corp hacks. Forget culture war, The Oz declares a holy war.  A broadsheet, broadside ensues. Like the heads Christians cut off the Turkish wounded and dead and catapulted into Nicea in 1097, the word Ramsay is now hurled at all infidels; evidence the great white way of the West is superior to Islam, the East or anything anyone else might have to offer … In other fabulous news, a quixotic Craig Kelly jumps on his high horse and rides off in all directions in search of traitors. Leftist academics’ not only hate ‘Western civilisation’, but they ‘have a dislike of our nation, that is simply why they do not want this course’ blue tie Liberal MP Craig Kelly rants. A grateful nation gives thanks for our heroic monocultural warrior’s wake-up call. Fifth columnists infest our universities. Gays. Feminists. Environmentalists. Cultural Marxists …

… It’s an “egregious, blatant breach of the democratic rights and civil liberties of Australia” says GetUp!‘s legal director, Alice Drury. Porter’s bill is not about foreign influence it’s about increasing government secrecy laws …

Age, Amnesty: Security bill will muzzle human rights activists

Inside Story: Four myths about income tax

Guardian: Are women the real ‘forgotten people’ of the Liberal party?

Martin Flanagan, SMH: Why are the Chinese so interested in Tasmania?

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The 1950s, Tripe and the Iceman Cometh ...

Dr Michael Powell*
11.06.18 7:15 am

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In the first of the ABC’s “Back in Time for Dinner”, the opening 1950s meal was tripe. And earned universal revulsion from a family hailing from the future. The revolting prospect of eating cow’s stomach could only be imagined by the ABC’s researchers as a inevitable aspect of war-time shortage. They were gravely wrong …

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An energy policy for Tasmania and all the things that should matter ...

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10.06.18 6:45 am

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When Peter McGlone asked me to prepare an article summarising the various factors that should be fed into a comprehensive and rigorous energy policy framework, I baulked. For this is never how it is done in Tasmania. Energy policy, more than any other area of policy making, will absolutely define humanity’s collective future. What we do energy-wise has profound implications wherever we care to look: climate change, social inclusion, wilderness harm, traffic congestion, air pollution, poverty, health, business profitability, the state economy, energy security, our trade balance ... you name it …

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Letter on Climate Change ...

Keith Antonysen* Pic: David Blackwell, Flickr
09.06.18 6:35 am

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Below is a copy of an email sent to a senior worker from Mr Shorten’s Office met at a Town Hall type meeting on Monday 4th June 2018. Rather than give a political talk Mr Shorten responded to questions from the audience on a range of matters. The LNP has no policy on climate change, Direct Action has proven to be shambolic as anticipated by Turnbull prior to becoming Prime Minister …

Peter Whish-Wilson: Only a sociopath would ignore the imminent Antarctic ice sheet collapse and keep backing fossil fuel

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An Independent Inquiry into UTAS?

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09.06.18 6:30 am

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There is a powerfully urgent need for an independent inquiry into UTAS. The core business of UTAS is the provision of education and learning yet its management culture has twisted into a self-serving monstrous real estate concern. And it is an axiom of industry that when you deflect seriously from your core business you tread a path of danger …

Leigh Murrell: Response to Prof Adams

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Noel Pearson stories from the heart of Australia

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09.06.18 6:15 am

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Three stories that “make Australia” are the centrepiece of a historic declaration drafted by Noel Pearson that he believes should stand alongside the nation’s Constitution to provide recognition of indigenous peoples for the first time …

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‘Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day’

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader Media Release. Pic: of the Tarkine: Ted Mead
08.06.18 5:53 am

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Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas and threatened species. These are the same areas and species that are under direct threat from the Hodgman Government …

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Neville-Smith treating residents like mushrooms

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08.06.18 5:50 am

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The proposal for a woodchip export facility at Port Esperance first came to public notice in Dover late last year. Because of the lack of available information around the proposed Dover Woodchip Port there is an increasing groundswell of community interest in what James Neville-Smith, CEO of Neville Smith Forest Products is actually planning. Despite numerous invitations Mr Neville-Smith has refused to front any town hall style meetings. With just a bunch of representatives and without the presence of the CEO, the initial Dover “information” meeting in December 2017 was a complete farce …

Rosalie Woodruff: Dover Woodchip Port Decision Rests with Hodgman

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A beautiful tribute: EDITORIAL: Barry Everingham’s final deadline. Video is priceless ...

Tess Lawrence*
08.06.18 5:45 am

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Independent Australia is in mourning as our famous and highly esteemed senior correspondent, Barry Everingham, died this week. Broadcaster, journalist, raconteur and renowned royal watcher with a uniquely republican bent, Barry was with IA from start and losing him is a bitter blow. This week, a moving editorial tribute to Barry has been written by his former radio colleague and long-time friend, contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence. Barry and Tess were verbal sparring partners on and off radio. They traded barbs and insults as if they were Bitcoin shares. But they were great cobbers and there for each other when needed and worked on several humanitarian campaigns together, including bringing home David Hicks. Tess was with Barry for some of his final hours and shares a personal and complicated tribute to a complicated man.

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‘RTI documents reveal Threatened Species advice not passed to Wellington Park Management Trust’

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08.06.18 5:43 am

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ROCC received documents through an RTI request which show that a consultant for the Mount Wellington Cablecar Company (MWCC) advised that there was significant threatened species habitat in the areas proposed for work associated with the cable car …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania ...

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Supreme Court of Tasmania: Comments on passing sentence ...

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07.06.18 6:15 am

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STATE OF TASMANIA v STEPHEN JOHN GLEESON 6 JUNE 2018. COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE. MARSHALL AJ Your offending is extremely serious. You made a false identification for the purpose of seeking a retrial for Ms Neill-Fraser.  You falsely and dishonestly identified a photograph of the 16-year old boy as being a photograph of a person present near Short Beach on the night of 26 January 2009, or early in the morning of 27 January 2009.  The Crown concedes that you were duped by Mr Thompson and you were vulnerable to suggestions by him …

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French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family

John Hawkins*
07.06.18 5:40 am

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Introduction On the night of the 16th July 2018 it will be one hundred years since The Russian royal family was shot, bayoneted or clubbed to death, along with their pet French bulldog Ortipo II, by the Bolsheviks under the instructions of Vladimir Lenin at Ekaterinburg …

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Vedanta Resources: What next in Tasmania?

Anna Mahizhnan* and Isla MacGregor*
06.06.18 5:29 am

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… Mr Bould’s dubious statements about Vedanta expose his total lack of genuine concern for the thousands of victims of this rogue company “ [Vedanta] played the game pretty straight and well since they’ve been here and issues overseas may or may not be reported correctly” and “I stand back from issues elsewhere in the world and deal with our own.” Surely Mr Bould is not questioning the accuracy of reports released by the UN and Amnesty International or the motivation behind UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s recent call for Vedanta to be delisted off the London Stock Exchange ... ? …

Advocate: Mount Lyell restart doubts grow as Tamil Nadu orders Tuticorin smelter shutdown

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Kevin Andrews’ War on Love

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06.06.18 5:15 am

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Writing in the Mercury newspaper [04JUN18] on the subject of human relations Kevin Andrews begins with selectively quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among civil rights the provision of a stable loving home environment is very important in child development but so is a safe community where you can learn to develop relations with your age cohort as you grow into an adult …

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NATION: Effing get over it: the Turnbull government’s new anthem ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Pic: of Greg Hunt from Twitter
04.06.18 5:52 am

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“Fucking get over it”, is Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s uplifting advice to 71 year old Fay Miller, Mayor of Katherine, who dared front Hunt in Canberra last December, to lobby him for more local resources to clean up contamination, a multi-billion dollar operation, from toxic fire-fighting foam used at RAAF Bases in Darwin and Tindal …

Emily Watkins, Crikey: And the Wankley goes to… Sunday Night for its Barnaby Joyce interview

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Why we don’t need the Adani lemon ... !

Ted Mead*
04.06.18 5:45 am

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Adani, Adani, Adani, where art thou Adani?  This is the relentless love-cry of the conservatives wishing to prolong the coal extraction and export industry in Australia forever. Whilst Abbott and Turnbull may have had differences in governance, their ties to the coal industry essentially seem a united front …

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Right to Information ...

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04.06.18 5:30 am

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An interesting article published in the Examiner (May 20) re outgoing UTAS Deputy Dean of Law Rick Snell.  I wish him well …

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Is Space the new Green?

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04.06.18 5:15 am

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When the richest man on Earth talks about how space will serve to heal the Earth, many people take note …

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‘Victims of bank corruption suffer emotional trauma on top of financial ruin’

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04.06.18 5:00 am

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Dr Evan Jones explores a legal system that views signing a contract of their own “free will” as evidence that foreclosed bank borrowers are victims of their own incompetence …

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Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania ...

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03.06.18 6:40 am

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What is the truth of Head of Tourism Tasmania Mr James Cretan’s investment in the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company ... ?

Richard Flanagan said Here: “I am not suggesting impropriety on the part of Mr Cretan. But it appears to be a conflict of interest for him, for Tourism Tasmania, for the Mt Wellington Trust, and for the government”. 1 He was speaking of the chair of Tourism Tasmania James Cretan’s shareholding in the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) - at the Mountain Mayday community event on Sunday 6 May …

Economist John Lawrence did an earlier analysis on Tasfintalk of the cable car prospects …

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Cable Car: Back to the Future ...

Geoff Holloway*
02.06.18 6:56 am

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A media release from 1974, released through Geoff Holloway, by Dr Richard Jones! Good heavens ...

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Tourism Tas boss joins secret Cable Car lobby group

Lindsay Tuffin*
02.06.18 6:30 am

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On 29th May Tourism Head James Cretan joined a closed private Facebook group aimed to “mobilise supporters to action” …

Economist John Lawrence did an earlier analysis on Tasfintalk of the cable car prospects …

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Tarkine on the wing ... First Day ....

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01.06.18 6:45 am

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Ted Mead celebrates June 1 on the First Day of the Month: My dream to fly The gift of flight, it is my dream, to see the world afar. To glide upon the thermal winds beneath the moon or star …

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‘nipaluna debate exposes takayna tracks double standards on reconciliation’

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. Media Release. Pic*
01.06.18 6:10 am

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The intervention of Premier Will Hodgman in the debate over the dual naming of nipaluna/Hobart, demonstrates a breathtaking hypocrisy over reconciliation and the actions of his government to bulldoze ahead with plans to build 4WD tracks across Aboriginal heritage on the takayna coast, against the Aboriginal community’s wishes and in the face of two Federal Court losses …

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