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UNLESS ... the giant freshwater lobster will disappear from the planet forever ...

Dr Rosalie Woodruff*, Senator Janet Rice* Pic* First published August 11
19.08.16 5:15 am

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RE: Public comment on the draft national recovery plan for Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi) The Federal Government has recently closed a public consultation about the draft Recovery Plan for the Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi). This is the last roll of the dice for this lobster.  It is found only within the small coastal strip on the North East and North West of Tasmania.

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: It seems that we have had a Draft recovery plan for the lobsters forever. Surely someone within government will have the spine to actually do something soon. 50 metre buffers on class 4 streams are a good step, then they will have to look at other major sources of silt. Eg Roading. There needs also to be a ban on logging on sensitive Karst areas. I have photos of the Lobster Rivulet and the Honeycomb caves running with mud rather than water after two logging actions on Karst areas above them. Like the Bees the Astacopsis are a sign that things are not well. We need our rivers and streams to be pristine. We need to replant riparian vegetation on lowlands also to prevent the rivers silting up and to keep large stock out of the water.

• Andrew Ricketts in Comments: The ridiculous and unsustainable Forestry stream classification system and prescriptions have been imported into the Draft State Planning Provisions. They have no basis in science. The adequate and responsible management of threatened species continues to evade Tasmania. Warriner’s (#7) comments over who should pay are worthy of detailed discussion. In truth we all have a responsibility, including the public purse. For too long Tasmania has hidden behind this inexcusable excuse, while allowing irreplaceable natural assets to continue to go down the gurgler … It is far worse than post 17 suggests …

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• Claire Gilmour in Comments: … Who knows where they go in droughts, fires, floods? I do! Who has followed them in such scenarios? I have! Have you ever seen dozens of astacopsis gouldi walking down a creek going back to their homes after a drought or fire? I have. Have you ever seen them hide in high floods and come up in low floods? I have …

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Postcard from Hua Hin ... Letters to my grandchildren (19)

Anton Clever*
19.08.16 5:15 am

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Hua Hin, Thailand.  A beautiful beachside town, formerly predominantly a fishing village but now one that relies heavily on tourism.  A destination for many looking to escape the onset of the northern hemisphere autumn and winter.  Having visited the King’s town for many weeks over the last decade it has become noticeable that more Australians also visit each year.  Roughly three hours drive south of the nation’s capital it is also a popular destination for Bangkok residents escaping the city crush on weekends, especially long weekends …

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How the world media reports Nauru abuse ...

John Martinkus* Pic* First published August 16
18.08.16 5:30 am

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Australia’s appalling treatment of refugees on Nauru is the talk of the world, writes John Martinkus.

• John Biggs in Comments: This is or should be deeply embarrassing to all Australians (apart from some screwball senators) and especially to any government responsible for this—and that is both Coalition and Labor governments. I simply cannot understand how a responsible government can go into denial or worse, like that bloodless psychopathic Dutton, blame the victims and say it’s all their fault and they deserve what they get. This is Nazism. Or like tricky Morrison say they are only allegations and are yet to be proven. The government must apologise, compensate and bring all Nauru and Manus asylum seekers back to Australia. Anything less than that after what those poor people have gone through (in the name of stopping boats for God’s sake) would be unacceptable to all decent people. I could see that Russia and China, with all their breaches of human rights, would be crowing with delight at the opportunity to damn Australia for human rights breaches, but to be shamed by all those other basically civilised countries must cut any decent politician who was and is party to this cruelty to the quick.

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NATION: A government in diabolical trouble ...

David Tyler* (AKA Urban Wronski*) http://urbanwronski.com/ . Pic: Flickr First pub Aug 15
18.08.16 5:15 am

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… Later Dutton goes completely overboard in blaming the victim and in continuing the Coalition line that asylum seekers are illegals and therefore anything they say is illegitimate, by claiming that some have “self-immolated” or self-harmed in order to reach Australia. It’s a line that goes all the way back to October 2001 when John Howard lied about babies being thrown overboard. He closed Christmas Island port to prevent independent observation. …

A solution to our Refugee Crisis … They believe that as the international community increasingly becomes acquainted with the unprecedented cruelty of Australia’s asylum-seeker policies, our reputation as a callous and even racist nation will become entrenched …

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: We have had state-sanctioned child abuse and human-rights violations re asylum seekers/refugees since late last century. Every PM and Immigration Minister since about 1995 should be put on trial for both offences. Some chance! At least we could bring all the inmates of Manus and Nauru to Australia and give them the best start possible to set them on the road to becoming Australian citizens. Carrying on the way we are is an invitation to intensify the hatred our immigration/border security policies are generating.

Guardian: Far-right protesters interrupt Anglican service clothed in mock Islamic dress

• Sammi in Comments: OPEN LETTER to Mr Peter Dutton, I feel ashamed to be an Australian. I’ve heard you say that you just “won’t tolerate”  mistreatment of asylum seekers on Nauru, but on the other hand you keep insisting that our government has no power to intervene in the way those people are treated on Nauru.  So - you’re just paying lip-service to wanting “respectful” treatment for those vulnerable people. Nauru is known internationally as a failed state.  Even with all that money from Australian taxpayers, it doesn’t have the basic legal and social underpinning necessary to treat those people with respect.  Police are unable to protect people who are not part of the existing Nauruan society. Your reaction to the obvious abuses against vulnerable women and children on Nauru is absolutely heartless and cruel.  I hope you’re not a Christian, because that would give all Christians a terrible reputation, as you are already besmirching Australia’a reputation. If you are a Christian, you’ll know that Christ would never have condoned the further victimisation of people who have already had to flee their own land (as also happened in biblical times) …

Fairfax: Refugee protesters interrupt Malcolm Turnbull economic speech

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Mines must pay levy and mining whistleblowers need protection ...

Isla MacGregor* Pic* First published August 16
17.08.16 4:45 am

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The latest news of Copper Mines of Tasmania admitting guilt over Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) breaches and the deaths of two miners at CMT’s mine in Queenstown requires some urgent answers from the Government as to whether or not they have put in place all of the recommendations by Professor Michael Quinlan in his Third Audit of the Mine Safety Unit and Office of the Chief Inspector of Mines, Worksafe Tasmania.

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Tassie Pine - Eric Happy, Women Not

Tassie Pine ...
17.08.16 4:20 am

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Ted’s Tarkine ...

Ted Mead* All pictures: Ted Mead First published August 16
17.08.16 4:00 am

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Ted Mead in recent times has become disillusioned with the creative component of his photography, and so in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic Games he decided to experiment with performance-enhancing drugs.  Ted is realistic that it probably won’t see him beaming on the podium dangled in medals, but thought the images were at least worthy of a look anyway!

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: Beautiful work Ted. Thankyou so much. Gold medals are one thing, but a heart of Gold is a bigger prize. You win, Cheerio, Pete

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NZ: The incredible costs of Predator-Free

John Veysey*,
 Coromandel, New Zealand. First published August 17. Pic: Clyde Graf
17.08.16 3:45 am

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… If we take this conservative eradication figure of $800 per hectare and we know that NZ is nearly 27 million hectares in area the total cost of this project will exceed 20 billion dollars. If eradication is to be achieved by 2050, it will, with today’s technology and today’s personnel, swallow an annual injection of $617 million. …

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Grownups in dressups

Josephine Zananiri* Pic*: Flickr. First published August 14
15.08.16 6:00 am

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Undoubtedly the the prize for grownups wearing dressups must go to those fabulous Sydney Drag Queens.

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LINGIARI: Until the chains are broken

Patrick Dodson* Pic*
14.08.16 9:28 am

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On the eve of the celebration of The Wave Hill Walkoff TT reprints the 4th Vincent Lingiari Lecture by Patrick Dodson (1999) Let me acknowledge the Larrakea Traditional Owners of the Land and the Sea in the Darwin Region. Let me acknowledge their ownership, custodianship and their sharing of the land. I express my appreciation to all the Larrakea to both those that remain on the Country and those that have been taken from the Country but retain their rights in it. I acknowledge the members of the Gurindji people who are also present tonight …

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How Rupert Murdoch went bad ...

Evan Whitton* Satire: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission. First pub: Aug 9
13.08.16 5:45 am

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According to Evan Whitton, Rupert Murdoch went bad 56 years ago, and stayed bad ... Always with an eye on the main chance for number one ... The Rupert Max Stuart affair ... The role of Sol Chandler ... Playing tootsies with Gorton and Whitlam ... Hacking and Milly Dowler ... Wilful blindness

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Before it happens, here is the news from the Huon ...

Bob Hawkins* The buck stops here: Pic of Peter Gutwein from his Facebook page. First pub Aug 10
12.08.16 5:45 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games Sometimes, when facing an impossible challenge, one can be tempted to try just a little too hard. Down here in the Huon, our council — judged in June by Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein’s board of inquiry to be dysfunctional and beyond mediation — appears to have enthusiastically launched into crystal ball-gazing to give us, the public, an insight into the news before it happens.

… HVC is quite clearly on such a high, it’s now into extreme prescience — even to the extent of approving the news before it happens, at the same time making its mayor look like a puppet leader who utters banal nonsense at the direction of the Minister for Local Government who is presiding over a total shemozzle of his own making. …

• Ben Lohberger in Comments: So this article is predicated on ridiculing a draft media release, published in the agenda for an upcoming council meeting? The Huon Valley Council is regularly damned by Bob Hawkins for being too secretive, but now he’s damning it for being too transparent. And how strange that the big issue involving the Mayor this week is not even mentioned …

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: Huon Valley residents could witness a kangaroo court in action at tonight’s special meeting of council in Huonville. A report by the general manager, reported on in today’s Mercury (p. 12), accuses the mayor of 15 breaches of the loaded “ministerial directions” that Gutwein issued on June 15 after ignoring the main “sacking” recommendation of the board of inquiry he appointed. New councillor James Lange carries a huge burden tonight: he can vote for democracy and help reject the GM’s recommendations; or he can vote for the status quo, a situation that has burdened the valley for so long with a secretive local government that is still mired in 20th century practices. Whichever way the votes go tonight, it should make it clear to the minister that the time has come for him to pull the plug on this dysfunctional council and put in an administrator. The meeting, conveniently for those who are behind the attempt to stitch up the mayor and eventually get him sacked, starts at 5pm. This makes it difficult for working people to get there on time; it might even make it difficult for two councillors — including Lange — whose votes will be vital to the outcome of the recommendations before the council. Under the LG Act, a tied vote is a lost vote. Only eight councillors are expected to be in attendance tonight, Lydia Eastley being on maternity leave.

• Trish Kyne in Comments: Dates produced by council management are not proof that Mayor Coad has breached the minister’s (Gutwein) directive 3, as asserted in the Mercury today. Under the LGA mayors are obliged to ‘Act as a leader of the community in the local municipality’, e.g. comments on the recent floods are expected. It is interesting that no-one else appears on the list of breaches for Directive 3. There have been many comments to the media, both print and radio, from other councillors. Biased reporting? What’s new? However, having placed these charges on the HVC website, accessible to the general public, the assertions are defamatory.  The article in the Mercury demonstrated how accessible the information was. At tonight’s (Thurs) meeting Mayor Coad had newspaper copies of a letter to the editor of the Mercury from one of the valley residents. The letter was one of the listed dates the council attributed to the mayor. Another related to comments following the recent flood. The mayor abstained from the vote regarding the proposed motion as it could prejudice his position should he sue the council.

Mercury: Minister to rule on Huon Valley Council breach

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Rodney Croome: this is personal – why I can’t resign myself to a plebiscite

Rodney Croome* First published August 5
11.08.16 4:20 am

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Rodney Croome quits Australian Marriage Equality to oppose plebiscite ‘If a gay kid dies at his own hand because of a hate-mongering plebiscite, I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know I did everything to stop it.’

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: I don’t approve of the institution of marriage in any way, but, if we have to burdened with one, it should be equal for everyone. On Turnbull’s record since he knocked off Abbott, he has vacillated hither and yon on endless issues. If only he had the guts to stare down his captors and make a captain’s call to abandon the plebiscite course and give a conscience vote to parliament, he would put his parties’ loony religious/bigoted members where they belong — as a misguided, outrageously empowered, but, in reality, an intellectually atrophied rump on the Liberal/National political beast.

• Michael in Comments: The problem with a costly plebiscite is that you are asking a majority to vote on something that only affects a minority. How does letting two same-sex people marry affect my heterosexual marriage or yours? Why should I have a say in other people’s relationships. It should be a simple matter of our politicians looking at the issue, realising there is no logical region not to allow same sex marriage and simply voting for it. ‘Tradition’ is not a reason to exclude people from marrying who they choose. If ‘tradition’ is an issue for people then perhaps we should be lobbying for the removal of voting rights for women and placing aboriginal people back on the flora and fauna list.

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Vedanta’s guilt ... not only at Copper Mines of Tasmania ...

Isla MacGregor. Pic: Isla MacGregor's pic of bare hills around Queenstown, where CMT operates. First pub Aug 10
11.08.16 4:15 am

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This week’s news that Queenstown’s Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd - owned by parent company Vedanta Resources - has pleaded guilty to workplace safety charges involving the tragic deaths of two miners Craig Nigel Gleeson and Alistair Michael Lucas comes amidst a growing international campaign against Vedanta Resources …

• Sam in Comments: Thanks must go to Isla MacGregor for all the work she’s put into this under-reported problem over so many years.  Once again it seems that Tasmania is seen as one of the highly exploitable parts of the world, like India and Zambia - which says a lot about how the weakness of our state and federal governments is viewed by multinational companies in relation to environmental and worker protection. (Perhaps that points to a sad reason why some people in other countries confuse Tasmania and Tanzania!)

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NZ: The warning to Tasmania ...

Jim Hilton* with intro by Pene Marshall
11.08.16 4:00 am

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Penelope Marshall, Tasmania: For Tasmanians It is hard to get your head around the absolute quantities of this Category 1 poison New Zealand uses to exterminate its introduced mammals. Each and every year. Astonishingly the Kiwis use 1.5 to 2 grams of sodium fluoroacetate (Compound 1080) in each kilogram of cereal baits and they spread it over hundreds of thousands of forests by chopper at a rate of 2 kg per hectare; that’s 3 to 4 grams of 1080 for each poisoned hectare! And they do it year after year!

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Pokies: Tassie players are sheep being shorn ... or sheep being skinned ...

Pat Caplice* First published August 8
10.08.16 5:00 am

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The 15-year Pokies monopoly extension given by Labor to Greg Farrell’s Federal Hotels in 2003 expires in 2018, but seems to have stretched 2023 with it’s “unusual” five-year rollover clause …

James Boyce: The Tasmanian Politician ... and the powerful will of Mr Farrell ...

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1080 Smoke and Mirrors ...

Bill Wallace* via Carol Sawyer
10.08.16 4:15 am

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Tasmania shares with New Zealand the use of 1080 Baits. Bill Wallace, leader of New Zealand’s Ban 1080 Party, responds to the NZ Government’s plan to kill all non-native predators by 2050 …

Mary Molloy in Comments: Well done Bill, a great article.  Where in the World would we bomb a whole city because we have a few criminals living in it?  No where but this is the policy of our NZ government and its wildlife saviours.  Bomb to oblivion to save our birds etc from rats.  It would be infinitely better to start in our cities, plenty of rats there.  Obviously I think aerial poisoning or indeed any poisoning to be a sickening overkill. I commend humane trapping and support Bill’s article absolutely. I sincerely hope that Australia does not follow or be guided by NZ’s blind poisoners.

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Torture and the whole damned thing ...

Christopher Nagle*, writing.com . Pic: ABC of Dylan Voller. First published August 6
09.08.16 5:53 am

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For me, what is so ‘shocking’ about the ‘brutal’ video footage shown of the attempted disciplinary action against recalcitrant juveniles in the Northern Territory on the Monday 25th June Four Corners episode, wasn’t ‘the cruelty’, but the chaos.

• Simon Warriner in Comments: That is one hell of an essay! Much of it I actually agree with. It is interesting that the problems headlining this essay were in large part brought about by the destruction of the long functioning aboriginal system by people driven by commercial conquest, whose descendants are now inflicting the very same cultural demise upon themselves by giving commercial conquest primacy above all other motivations and activities. As you sow, so shall ye reap, perhaps? In the end, we have wound up worshiping money and lost sight of the value of everything else. The question is, what will stop the rot?

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: # 1. Simon, you remark, “that is one hell of an essay”. You can say that again. I, too, can’t disagree with a lot of what you, Christopher, are saying. What the latest NT horror show does tell me is that, yet again, the West (in this case Australia) finds itself reaping the whirlwind of the ignorance that has marked its performance down the centuries. Something similar is going on in Europe vis-a-vis the Middle East. Through it all shines fear instilled by incompetent, corrupt and blinkered governments. And there is no solution. We are condemned to muddling on, and on, and on . . . The West, of course, is not the first “civilisation” to have got everything so, so irremediably wrong. It’s all so predictably in the nature of the human beast.

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NATION: Nothing to fear but fear itself ...

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ . Pic* First published August 8
09.08.16 5:45 am

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… The proposed Bill, which attracts bipartisan support and is somehow spun as a good news story this week, amends the control order scheme to apply to young people from the age of 14 years, with some restrictions, and introduces a new offence of advocating genocide. No-one questions that the new offence is about two hundred years too late to protect the indigenous Australians. Dostoevsky’s clearly lost on Attorney General George, lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key Brandis or First Minister Giles and his “tough-on-crime” followers who advocate increased sentencing and eagerly demand prisons where even children are made to suffer

As the Australia Institute’s research in June found – across a broad range of economic measures, the Abbott/Turnbull government has performed the worst of any Australian government since 1949. Economist Jim Stanford’s report examines economic performance across 12 indicators – including GDP per capita, the unemployment rate, employment growth and the growth of real business investment and intellectual property investment …

Kara Keys, ACTU’s Indigenous Officer Opinion in Fairfax: This time, a royal commission isn’t enough

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Tasmania’s Power Crisis ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Tamar Valley Power Station. First published: January 7, 2014
08.08.16 4:00 am

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AUGUST 8, 2016 ...

Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... again ...

ABC: Major industrials weighing up their future in Tasmania, says Bryan Green The Tasmanian Treasurer is challenging the Opposition Leader to name which major industrial has been spooked by the Government’s energy policies …

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: I read a very interesting letter a couple of days ago, from a retired technician. His letter was about the Basslink cable. With the help of a few retired technician friends they have come to the conclusion that the Basslink cable was hit at speed by a large heavy object. So it seems that something being dragged by a vessel caused the damage to the cable. Was it the Super Trawler, or a Scallop Dredge. Hopefully someone will have details of what vessels were operating in the area of the damage when the cable went down. Then they will have to decide who is to blame. Was the cable laid on the surface of the sea bed rather than being buried? Were the regulations around shipping and trawling near the cable too lax? Whichever way it goes, we will end up paying. Some lunatic will soon decide that we need more cables just in case it happens again.

JANUARY 16, 2016 ...

Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... Sacked staff have been hired and the plant taken out of mothballs in order to restart the Tamar Valley Power Station. I believe we have been and/or still are paying for Take or Pay contracts for the gas even when the power station is closed; the contracts being protected under commercial-in-confidence legislation. Will the Premier elucidate? At least with the reopening of the power station we will now use the gas we pay for. How did the Bass Link Cable get damaged? It has been suggested in jest to me that it was ripped up by the factory freezer trawler? Well, the depth of Bass Strait is just a very shallow 50m, so it is very possible. Now that would be an Act of God ... A God who exerts his vengeance on Tasmania for wreaking havoc over the land, sea and air in this most beautiful realm!

Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station

ABC: Tasmanian Government examines long-term green energy options after power woes

Mercury Editorial: Double crisis pushes limits

• Richard Barton in Comments: The state of Tasmania can now be seen in the Examiner’s article on government salaries ( HERE: Sky-high incomes just don’t add up ). We are clearly being ripped off by third rate bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have the capability to assure security of basics like power, water, food, medical services, education and transport. We’re all working harder to sustain incompetent governors and managers and to pay even more to help recover from their hopeless efforts.

• Steve in Comments … The basic reality is that the hydro ran the dams low to cash in prior to the abolition of the carbon tax. The moment the tax structure changed, they should have been firing up the gas turbines. The gas bill should have been covered by the windfall profits just made and the dams allowed to refill. Instead, like any surplus money in Tasmania, the profits were siphoned off and all of a sudden we have a crisis of empty dams? …

JANUARY 7, 2014 ...

• Gilmour ... have you heard about a Tamar Valley power station?

In Sunday’s Examiner Martin Gilmour, aka the Whistle Blower, continued his anti-Green rants — this time over electricity prices.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Just a short list of bad decisions: Selling - Royal Derwent Hospital for $350 thousand when it was valued at $65 million. - Using Retirement benefit funds to buy a grossly overpriced Hobart Airport. - Flogging off Brighton Army base for $180 thousand when it was valued at $6.5 million. - Selling the Old LGH because it was a derelict building (now it is a 5 star hotel and conference centre). - Basslink. - Tamar power station. - Gunns special deals, compensation and gifting them our native forests and paying them to take it. Bringing Ta Ann to Tasmania to finish off the pillaging of our forests. When do they have to take responsibility.

• Steve, in Comments: Since the supply of witches dried up, they write editorials about the Greens instead.

Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station

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NATION: The Census: Another rumour ...

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06.08.16 5:05 am

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I went to the Post office yesterday to see if my census form was in my box.

Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison: A statement on the Census shambles

ABC: CSIRO: Greg Hunt instructs organisation to renew climate science focus, confirms new jobs

ABC: Manus Island: Papua New Guinea court requests Australia to appear on centre’s future

New Daily: Australia ranked third on ISIS hit list: Homeland Security

• What the new Senate looks like ...

• Tim in Comments: While privacy concerns have led to threats of boycotts or refusals to provide names, Norfolk Island is one community that is welcoming the census tonight, admittedly for a rather self-interested reason. …

WEDNESDAY August 10 ...

Guardian: Census 2016: ABS says deliberate attacks were to blame for website crashing

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NATION: Serious questions of judgment ...

Urban Wronski, http://urbanwronski.com/ Pic: of Lisa Singh from Federal Labor's website. First published August 1
06.08.16 5:00 am

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Senator Lisa Singh’s re-election provides a rare beacon of hope in a week clouded by injustice, ignorance and petty recrimination as the nation is shocked by ABC 4-Corners’ expose of child abuse within the juvenile detention in the Northern Territory and disappointed in PM Turnbull’s decision not to endorse Kevin Rudd’s nomination for the UN Secretary-General a mutually demeaning betrayal which Barnaby Joyce blames upon the Labor Party.

ABC: CSIRO: Greg Hunt instructs organisation to renew climate science focus, confirms new jobs

ABC: Manus Island: Papua New Guinea court requests Australia to appear on centre’s future

New Daily: Australia ranked third on ISIS hit list: Homeland Security

• What the new Senate looks like ...

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NATION: We could have had a Royal Commission into Australian banks ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Malcolm Turnbull. First published August 4
06.08.16 4:45 am

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If Labor had won the election, as a quid-pro-quo for Liberal’s Shorten-targeting Royal Commission, we would have had a much-needed Royal Commission into the Australian banks.

SMH: Outgoing RBA board member John Edwards says an inquiry into banks ‘would be helpful’ A former board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia says “some form of inquiry” into the banks would be helpful, comments which will bolster the federal opposition’s demands for a royal commission into the scandal-plagued sector. John Edwards, who until last week sat on the board of the RBA, said the central bank would have intended that the commercial banks pass on in full the cut to interest rates worth 25 basis points. The Reserve cut rates to an historic low of 1.5 per cent on Tuesday citing concerns about low inflation and confidence that it would not spur excessive housing prices …

ABC: CSIRO: Greg Hunt instructs organisation to renew climate science focus, confirms new jobs

ABC: Manus Island: Papua New Guinea court requests Australia to appear on centre’s future

New Daily: Australia ranked third on ISIS hit list: Homeland Security

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• … You cannot bully a Prime Minister when you - as the most senior Liberal in Tasmania - was personally responsible for the loss of all three Tasmanian Liberal seats in Parliament thereby giving the Prime Minister a one-seat majority. An extra six-seat majority was lost when Labor beat your personally-approved and championed three amigo’s. Abetz you are the problem and all Tasmanians know it. Resign.

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Melbourne Writers’ Festival Panel Dispute Exposes Anti-Survivor Agenda

Simone Watson*
06.08.16 4:30 am

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In the spirit of the popular ‘sex workers are under-represented’ stance, repeated by liberal media and prostitution advocates, ad-nauseum, Daily Life has published yet another article repeating the myth. The author, Kate Iselin, aside from being a self-described “sex worker” and published writer, is also “furious.”

In TT Books: Flanagan at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival

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Writers | Isla MacGregor | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Opinion | Legal | Media | Personal | Society

Can an Aussie Paper Cat survive a hungry Chinese Panda?

Kim Peart* of Ross. Pic*
06.08.16 4:00 am

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In the eyes of China, we now know that we are seen as a paper cat. [1] With the China panda now raging through the South China Sea, how will this paper cat fare?

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CAUTION ... 1080 Poison ...

Penguin Vet Centre on Facebook
05.08.16 5:30 am

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CAUTION ... 1080 POISON ... Keep your Pets at Home.

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Writers | David Obendorf | Politics | Local | State | Economy | Environment | Opinion | Planning/Heritage | Personal | Society

Takayna Forests ... Masterpiece ...

Ted Mead* All images: Ted Mead. First published August 1
04.08.16 1:45 am

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‘A most paradoxical mixture of sound and silence pervades the shady parts of the wood … To a person fond of natural history, such a day as this brings with it a deeper pleasure than he can ever hope to experience again.’ - Charles Darwin on encountering the Gondwanan forests 1833

• Treeger in Comments: Seems the original article has been buried under forum distractions. Ted poses a solution, one that includes conserving the core of a relatively undisturbed rainforest that all humans marvel at upon experiencing, this at the same time as appeasing resource extraction. As well as doing the right thing for the seven next generations, there are direct benefits for society, such as Art Nature Therapy for the young, disabled and elderly. In fact, any Tasmanian with soul makes efforts to get to places such as these to lift their spirits. All one has to do is look at the demographic of tourists that have come here for decades, rich professional city dwellers from all over the planet. They know the spiritual benefits of being in these places. They are equally dumbfounded that anyone would want to destroy it, but then they don’t know how desperate Tasmanians are for Jobs and Growth.

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The Rancid Hypocrisy ...

Christopher Nagle*, writing.com . Satire: Peter Bright. First published August 2
03.08.16 6:15 am

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There are lies, damn lies and pictures taken out of context that provide a golden opportunity for a masturbatory libertarian group grope with all its favorite prejudices, that further entrenches its power, but worse, conceals its own corrupt incompetence and social malfeasance.

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Move to shut down community voice slammed ...

Mayor Kristie Johnston Statement. Pic: Of Kristie Johnston from the GCC website First published August 1
03.08.16 6:00 am

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Personal Statement from Mayor Kristie Johnston and Ald Jan Dunsby  Mayor Kristie Johnston and Ald Jan Dunsby will today take up the fight to save Glenorchy City Council’s long-running community precinct system when Council considers a Notice of Motion proposed by Ald David Pearce to shut them down.

John Green in Media: GCC Shambles; Mr John Green the inaugural Convenor of the West Moonah sub committee of Citizens for Glenorchy Inc. today called upon Aldermen Lucas, Branch-Allen, Slade, Nielsen, Pearce & King to resign. Mr Green said that these long standing Aldermen four of whom stood for Mayor had refused to accept the democratic decision of the ratepayers of Glenorchy when Kristie Johnston was elected Mayor by more than 60% of the ratepayers. Since that election the gang of 6 had at an illegal meeting of the Glenorchy City Council accepted a censored report (allegedly before they had fully read it) restructuring the staffing of the GCC and leading to the retrenchment of some council staff. The meeting was illegal …

TT Media: Glenorchy Mayor in a spin for a great cause

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Tasmania’s rebellious history: Bushrangers and absconders fight an unfree society

Carol Rääbus, 936 ABC Hobart
01.08.16 5:03 am

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… Van Diemen’s Land had one of the highest rates of armed resistance across the British Empire in colonial times, according to University of Tasmania Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart. …

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Launched! Wanted ... Buck and Joan Emerg’s fascinating history of Martin Cash ...

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Writers | Buck Emberg | Lindsay Tuffin | Regulars | Joan Dehle Emberg | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Opinion | History | Society