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Harriss Must Apologise or Resign

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. Pic*
18.09.14 4:40 am

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Mercury Background: Tasmanian Greens Facebook poster hits out at Liberal forest policy Resources Minister Paul Harriss is under pressure to formally apologise for deliberately trying to smear Greens MPs, and members of the public who may also disagree with the Liberals’ forestry policy, for using the word ‘conflict’ in context of the Tasmanian forestry debate. “The disgraceful new low the Liberals dragged the Chamber to today continues the pattern of arrogant abuse of the Parliament we have seen on more than one occasion this week, and is a disturbing taste of what is to come under a regressive majority government.” “To seek to trivialise the outrages of rape and mass murder, slavery and extortion to politically intimidate non-government members of parliament and other members of the Tasmanian community who may agree that the Liberals forestry policy will entrench divisions and conflict, is a breach of ministerial responsibility on behalf of Mr Harriss.”

What Paul Harriss says: Conflict Slur a Green Disgrace, here The Greens are once again trying to demonise Tasmania’s forest industry with disgraceful slurs linking it to mass murder, rape, slavery and extortion. A poster on the party’s Facebook page, authorised by Kim Booth, says: “Tas forest products are conflict forest products”. The deliberate use of the words “conflict forest products” is an attempt to link Tasmania’s forest industry and forest workers with “conflict minerals” and “conflict diamonds” in Africa.

• Karl Stevens, in Comments: I think ‘blood diamonds’ is used more frequently than the term ‘conflict diamonds’. Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor is doing a 50 year stretch for crimes against humanity in return for ‘blood diamonds’: HERE Incredibly, a company thrown out of Liberia for illegal logging ( HERE ) is operated by the same cartel that runs a factory (Ta Ann,) in Harriss’s own electorate. Mr Harriss has even accepted gifts from a company (Ta Ann) involved: HERE 

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Selective Harvesting or Selective Memory

Andrew Denman* Pic*: Denman Marine Huon Pine dinghy ... Pub: Sept 17
18.09.14 4:30 am

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THERE has been much comment by the environment movement in the wake of the State Government’s new forestry legislation. This commentary has been alarmist, inflammatory and most decidedly incorrect when it comes to the issue of specialty timbers and, disappointingly, is a far cry from the exalted position previously advocated for the sector by its new-found detractors over the past decade.

ABC: Greens consider major reforms amid member discontent in Tasmania

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Over to you Mr Nikolic ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: Sept 15
18.09.14 4:15 am

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In the small town of Scottsdale the loss of more than 300 jobs in a community of 7000 is virtually the kiss of death.

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MOU-MOUing the future eaters *

Eva Ruzicka, Eva Ruzicka's blog. Pic: of Eva Ruzicka
18.09.14 4:00 am

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*with apologies to Tom Wolfe and Tim Flannery MOU – Memorandum of Understanding: n. (1) a carefully worded ‘all care and no political/legal responsibility’ document used to paper over the cracks of difference in public relationships, or demonstrates to the voting public support for outcomes that are important to them but can be dropped once the popularity fades or gets too politically hot (negative definition); (2) a document of aspirations for a relationship that has opportunities for social, cultural, environmental and economic development worded so at the end of the time period specified, all participants can see the real value of getting together in the first place despite the naysayers, and why it is important to build on the relationship into the future (positive definition).

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Norfolk Island takes lead on Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome Media Release. Pic*
17.09.14 6:00 am

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Australia’s smallest territory is taking on one of the nation’s biggest issues with Norfolk Island set to allow same-sex couples to marry.

UPDATE ...

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Another climate expert retreats to Tasmania

Chris Harries. Pub: Sept 15
16.09.14 6:00 am

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Some years ago, founder of the Gaia theory, James Lovelock, predicted that Tasmania and south New Zealand will, in time, become overrun with hoards of refugees as climate change shifts from chronic to calamitous around the world.

AND, as more climate refugees arrive ...

Antarctic sea ice cover hits new recorded maximum Sea ice researcher at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) Dr Jan Lieser said new satellite data today showed the extent was continuing to increase, with a peak expected within the next fortnight. Dr Lieser said about 150 days this year have been new daily records. “It might seem surprising that the extent of sea ice around Antarctica is growing, even as the globe warms and as the massive ice sheet that covers the continent itself is shrinking,” Dr Lieser said. “This phenomenon does not in any way negate the reality of the global warming.  Rather, it is one of the many surprising and paradoxical effects of changes in the Earth’s climate over recent decades.” “To understand why this is happening, we need to keep in mind that temperature is not the only factor in the formation and distribution of sea ice.”

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... as Tas farmers welcome new forest body – and the prospect of change,  says Jan Davis, as Nick McKim says Parks are unsafe in Liberal hands, and Andrew Wilkie fears the implications of The withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport etc etc etc

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Operation Icefish: Sea Shepherd launches new Southern Ocean campaign

Adam Burling, Sea Shepherd Australia Media Release
16.09.14 5:50 am

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Tuesday September 16th, 2014 –  Hobart, Australia. Following Sea Shepherd’s victory of saving 784 threatened, endangered and protected whales during the 2013/14 whaling season, the International Court of Justice delivered a landmark ruling declaring that the Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal.

• Mick Mcintyre, Director, Whales Alive, http://www.whalesalive.org.au Please find below Mick Macintyre’s day one (Monday Sept 15) report in note form from the International Whaling Commission meeting in Slovenia. Mick of Australian Whales Aline group has attended every IWC meeting since 1993 ...

• DAY 2
REPORT by Mick McIntyre
Director, Whales Alive ...

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Now there’s a surprise ...

Lindsay Tuffin
16.09.14 5:45 am

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In the great tradition of Tasmanian journalism (?), Examiner Editor Martin Gilmour has moved seamlessly from editorship into advisership ( Voice of North takes Hodgman role ) ... following a long line of disinterested, objective predecessors ( think Rod Scott et al ).

What Will says ...

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Abetz still in the woods, fighting a lost war

Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper. Pic: ABC, of Eric Abetz
16.09.14 3:15 am

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As Tasmania lags behind Australia, Eric Abetz is reigniting old battles.

• John Hawkins, in Comments: Erich, Facts. You renounced your German citizenship on the 9th March 2010. You cannot renounce a German citizenship you do not have. You must therefore have been a dual national sitting in the Senate illegally for more than 15 years prior to 2010. Erich please sue me if I am wrong.

• mr t, in Comments: HERE  is the link to the original ABC Fact Check article that apparently caused Mr Abetz such distress. I remember after the Fact Check was posted Senator Colbeck issued a supplementary Media Release that was then attached to the article. Further, a comment that challenged the indendence of the TFA scientific assessment was deleted. I remember this as I subsequently posted a response questioning the independence of the “Independent” Paul Harriss Legislative Council review. Of course, the independent Paul Harriss has since come out of the closet (so to speak). I still wonder who was the original poster as the ABC monitor stated he/she “has been blocked by our staff.” Obviously the offices of the honourable senators were monitoring the article at the time.

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Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes

Jane Johnston
16.09.14 2:30 am

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A New Zealand High Court judgment handed down on Friday will have far-reaching implications for journalists and bloggers, as courts around the world consider the rapidly changing definitions of journalism. At the centre of the judgment was the question: how do New Zealand laws define who is a journalist and what is the news media? In this case, the judge found that under Section 68 of the Evidence Act a blogger can be classed as a journalist, and a website or blog as a news medium.

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Another broken promise: NBN backflip confirmed

Andrew Connor Spokesperson, Digital Tasmania Media Release
15.09.14 3:45 am

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Launceston, TAS, 15 September 2014– Digital Tasmania today condemned the Federal Government announcement, by proxy, that the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout in Tasmania would not continue with Fibre-to-the-Premises as promised prior to the last election. Instead, NBNCo CEO Bill Morrow has overnight advised Tasmanians of the decision in lieu of any government member being willing to put their name or face to the announcement. Spokesperson Andrew Connor said: “The fact that the government needs their $3-million dollar man to break the bad news to Tasmanians demonstrates that they lack the fortitude to make this announcement which amounts to a backflip. The Communications Minister has not even visited Tasmania since the election 12 months ago”. Mr Connor continued, “Before the last election Tasmanians were promised, as clear as day, that the NBN rollout would continue as planned, with fibre to the premises for most households and businesses.  Since then every element of the government’s NBN promises have been systematically eroded and broken”.

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Venture Minerals takes aim at Rainforest Wonderland

Ted Mead
15.09.14 2:45 am

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Conservationists have been contesting the Venture Minerals/Mt Lindsay mine proposal for some time now, but one essential aspect lacking in the campaign has been a befitting description of the area they are attempting to protect.

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An Aurora from space

Alexander Gerst & NASA/Euorpean Space Agency.
15.09.14 2:40 am

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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station, approximately 320 kilometres above the surface.

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I was sexually assaulted ...

ABC Conversations, Sept 11
15.09.14 2:30 am

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Meg Minkley has used her daily art practice to recover from the trauma of sexual assault.

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Hans Willink: Why I favour council amalgamations

Hans Willink, Acton
15.09.14 2:20 am

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On 12 September I put out a press release announcing my intention to be an Independent candidate for Clarence Council and to run for the positions of Alderman and Deputy Mayor.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (29)

Don Knowler. Pic*
15.09.14 2:15 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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A lack of leadership ...

Miriam Scurrah* Pics*
15.09.14 2:05 am

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I love my local community, it’s full of beautiful places and beautiful people. But recently I have been frustrated with the complete lack of leadership - as I see it -  within our local government.

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The Smell From The Swell Becomes a Communal Solution

Paul Tapp
15.09.14 2:00 am

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Concomitant with the big easterly swells there are the all-pervading Tassie eastern seaboard smells … that many call the dump.

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A United States biochar advocate argues for soil health ....

ABC Rural. Pics: Frank Strie's equipment in operation
15.09.14 1:45 am

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... sustainable 3-D printing and biochar cardboard  A visiting United States advocate of biochar says closed-loop production systems can eliminate waste, improve energy efficiency and the business bottom line.

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David v Goliath

Andrew Ranson Southern Beaches Conservation Society Media Release
15.09.14 1:35 am

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Ever heard the parable of the little shepherd boy who knocked down a giant with one slingshot?

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Merit in Lambie’s Aboriginal seats, says Mansell

Michael Mansell Lawyer Media Release. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie. Pub: Sept 14
15.09.14 1:30 am

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Michael Mansell sees merit in Senator Lambie’s suggestion of Aboriginal seats in Parliament Aboriginal lawyer and community spokesman Michael Mansell says there would be widespread support for Senator Jacqui Lambert’s call for designated seats in parliament for Aboriginals.

Jacqui Lambie on Australian Story HERE where you can read a transcript

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Live animal export is unethical ...

Suzanne Cass Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty Live Export Shame http://www.stoptac.org http://www.liveexportshame.com
15.09.14 1:10 am

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Former live export veterinarian and ship’s captain Dr Peter Kerkenezov writes ...

Download to read (warning ... contains graphic images) ...

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Commercial Asylum Seekers

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
15.09.14 1:00 am

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For my American audience, this question may seem a somewhat arcane and remote antipodean dustup.  Your boder problems are more difficult and larger than ours because you have a long and very porous southern land frontier.  And the politics are different in many ways.  But there are enough similarities for many of the arguments to sound familiar to you.  And you will not be surprised to hear that they are as vexacious here as I know they are stateside.  You will note that this critique is aimed at a left wing readership; right at them.  Read on…

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Oram attempts to fang Pontiff

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15.09.14 12:45 am

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Background. This appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 December 1986. When John-Paul II (1920-2005) became Pope in 1978, Jim Oram (1936-96), of the Sydney Daily Mirror, produced an instant book on the Pontiff’s life. Apart from everything else, Rupert Murdoch is mean; Oram got no royalties. He got legal advice: 1. He would win if he sued; 2. Did he want to stay at the Mirror? Oram did not sue. Covering up a crime is a crime itself, perversion of justice. The Pope covered-up crimes of sex abuse of children, but is now officially Saint John-Paul II.   

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From south of the border . . .

The Old Bear. Pub: Sept 15
15.09.14 12:30 am

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The Old Bear (risking retribution from his equally aged mate Billy MacTold) writes ...

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The internet can deliver better journalism, not just clickbait

Kellie Riordan, University of Oxford
14.09.14 9:14 am

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Tony Fitzgerald on the parlous state of Queensland and the Courier Mail

Tony Fitzgerald. Pub: Sept 12
14.09.14 6:00 am

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In his introductory comments at the 2014 Griffith University Tony Fitzgerald Lecture, Tony Fitzgerald - the former Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland - singled out News Limited’s Queensland tabloid newspaper, the Courier Mail for special criticism. Fitzgerald dubbed the Murdoch-owned paper The Craven Mail “because all bullies are cowards.” In introductory comments for the lecture, which was presented at the State Library of Queensland last Wednesday, Fitzgerald stated that “I’d prefer to disregard the abuse but I don’t want my silence to encourage bullies like The Craven or discourage others, especially young people, from speaking out against powerful vested interests. The Craven’s strident partisanship provides a useful reminder to any who might be interested that any possibility of effective democracy will be lost if we allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by reactionary self-interested politicians and media riff-raff.”

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Reviewed (Twice)! Hamlet Heads or Tails ...

Amber Wilson, Bronwyn Williams
14.09.14 5:45 am

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Read Amber’s review HERE

Read Bronwyn’s review HERE

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Hydatids found in Tasmanian dogs

Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist. DPIWE graphic. Pub: Sept 11
12.09.14 7:00 am

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A real shock for DPIPWE - this work was done in a mainland University at least two years ago ... A recent publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal is indicating that the hydatid parasite has been detected in Tasmania by a faecal test [i.e. faeces from dogs are E. granulosus coproantigen-positive].

• David Obendorf, in Comments: On the 23 August 2014 this story appeared in the Examiner. No increase in hydatids: top vet - by Jodie Stephens TASMANIA’S chief veterinary officer Rod Andrewartha has downplayed concerns potentially lethal hydatid infections have increased in the state.

• Download the Jenkins paper with a Tasmanian map of the location sites of the hydatid-positive test results:
Jenkins_et_al_E_gran_in_dogs_AVJ_2014.pdf

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and the Premier announces the China Mission with a whole lot of Tassie businesses in tow, Kim Booth asks, Why all the secrecy over Forestry Tasmania’s Letter of Comfort, and Terry Polglase says a Dispute has been lodged in Industrial Commission over axing of Pathway Planners, and Cheering on The Cleaner in the Cox Plate etc, etc, etc ...

AND ...

... there’s an Industrial Commission Hearing, Tasmania’s Threat Level, and the axing of Pathway Planners ...

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‘Real-Time’ acid on local, state, federal pollies

Pat Synge Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release http://www.fundinganddisclosure.org.au Pic:Bob Burton. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 6:30 am

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‘Real Time’ Political Funding Disclosure and Internet Democracy  For the first time in Australia candidates in elections at all levels of government and in all states will have the opportunity to in disclose in ‘real-time’ all donations and gifts they have received in the last 24 months.

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and it’s blow for blow as the pollies carve it up ... from Labor’s claim that teacher assistants will be paid an extra $11 a week for medical help (and the government response) to Green claims Ta Ann customers have been misled and 1080 is to be used again by forestry, forestry handouts and the protest bill. Meanwhile the government appoints the parole board and reviews education etc etc etc

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