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Anxiety and Gifted Children

Tasmanian Associated for the Gifted
15.08.18 9:33 am

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Crikey Worm: ‘Final Solution’ condemned

15.08.18 7:18 am

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The Briefing ... Senator calls for ‘final solution’

The Saturday Paper
15.08.18 7:09 am

Good morning, and welcome to The Briefing.

Katter’s Australia Party senator Fraser Anning has praised the White Australia Policy and spoke of a “final solution to the immigration problem”.

Delivering his inaugural address in the Senate yesterday, the Queensland senator said “we as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society” and called for a ban on Muslim immigration. “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but certainly all terrorists these days are Muslim, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” …

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UTAS: Navigating the News ... starts Sept 10 ...

Amanda Sully
15.08.18 7:04 am


Conference Program
Day 1 - Changing News, Eroding Trust
Monday, 10 September 2018

Registrations Open: 8:30am
Conference: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Networking Drinks: 5:00pm – 7pm

Official welcome and launch of Insights paper

Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania
Panel Discussion: What is news? How do we define public interest journalism now? Where do we head next?
Moderated by Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National


Gaven Morris, Director ABC News, Analysis and Investigations
Lisa Davies, Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media Limited
Simon Crerar, Editor and General Manager, Buzzfeed Australia
Louisa Graham, Chief Executive Officer, Walkley Foundation
Nicholas Gray, Chief Executive Officer, The Australian, News Corporation Australia
Introduction to Keynote Presentation
Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Keynote Presentation: Making sense of ‘Information disorder’
Dr Claire Wardle, Leading strategy and research for First Draft, Harvard Kennedy School
Preface to Panel Discussion: Ensure false news and extremism don’t distort debate
Rafael Epstein, ABC Radio Melbourne
Panel Discussion: How do we build more trust in contemporary journalism?
Moderated by Geraldine Doogue, ABC Radio National


Professor Peter Greste., UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland
Russell Skelton, RMIT-ABC Fact Check
Nic Hopkins, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google Australia and New Zealand
Andrew Hunter, News Partnership Lead, Facebook Australia and New Zealand
Dr Kathleen Williams, Head Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Tasmania
Campbell Reid, Group executive for corporate affairs, policy and government relations, News Corporation

Panel Discussion: Science and Health Literacy: Communicating certainty in uncertain times
Moderated by Jonathan Webb, Editor, ABC Science

Jerril Rechter, Chief Executive Officer, Vic Health and World Health Organisation Health Adviser
Adam Morton, freelance journalist (The Guardian)
Dr Norman Swan, ABC Health Reporter
Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science
Day 2 - Informing, Engaging and Equipping Citizens of the Future:
What do we need to know or do, now and in the future?
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Conference: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Keynote Presentation: The challenge ahead
Megan Mitchell, Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Presentation: Heywire: Having youth voices heard
Dan Hirst, Executive Producer, ABC Heywire
Panel Discussion: Media literacy and education
Moderated by Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education

Michael Evans, Museum of Australian Democracy
Professor Julian Sefton-Green, Professor of New Media Education, Deakin Research for Educational Impact
Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts Law and Education, University of Tasmania
Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
INTERACTIVE Q+A:Q&A involving local secondary and college students:
What do we need to navigate the future?
Moderated by Amelia Moseley, ABC Behind the News and Stephen Stockwell, Hack triple j

Shona McPherson, Foundation for Young Australians
Adam Mostogl, illuminate Education
Talitha Devadass, Entrepreneurship Facilitator

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New York Times Opinion Today

New York Times
15.08.18 6:09 am

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New Yorker: How Bill Browder Became Russia’s Most Wanted Man

The New Yorker
15.08.18 6:07 am

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USYD students and staff protest Ramsay Centre

Lily Campbell, USyd SRC Education Officer
15.08.18 6:04 am

In response to the University’s negotiations with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, angry students and staff have called a protest to demand Spence stop all negotiations with the centre and reject it in full.
The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation was created in 2017 with part of a $3 billion bequest from health care magnate Paul Ramsay. University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Mike Spence has announced that the university is in negotiations with the Ramsay Centre over the funding of educational offerings in “Western Civilisation.”
Students and staff, including Education Officer Lily Campbell are concerned that the Ramsay Centre “poses a serious threat to academic freedom and embodies a deepening of racist rhetoric in society.”
This view has been emboldened by recent media coverage of the centre, particularly Tony Abbott’s comments to right-wing journal Quadrant that that the degree isn’t just “about Western civilisation, but in favour of it.”
Beyond the concerns about the content of the degree, the National Tertiary Education Union has raised concerns about academic freedom in response to Ramsay Centre CEO’s suggestion that “We would not be willing to hire somebody who is coming in with a long liturgy of what terrible damage Western Civilisation had done to the world.” 
Reports from negotiations at ANU that the Centre wanted to sit in on classes, monitor content, and have the right to veto curriculum decisions by academics are also of great concern. NTEU Branch President Kurt Iveson said “Our University’s autonomy to control the way we teach ‘western civilisation’ (or any other topic) is exactly the ‘problem’ that the Ramsay Centre is trying to ‘fix’. This is an ideological project which we ought to oppose.”
The protest has been called for 1pm at the entrance to Eastern Avenue. Speakers include NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge and David Brophy, Historian and writer.


ABC Foreign Correspondent: To burn or not to burn ...

ABC TV, Foreign Correspondent
15.08.18 5:58 am

There’s a new push in Australia to build incinerators to burn our waste. Is this the way to go? Those clever Swedes think so. Foreign Correspondent sends War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel to Sweden to investigate.

As Australia grapples with growing piles of waste, the idea of burning it is getting some heavyweight backers, the federal energy minister among them.

So will incineration work? Can it be clean? Is it cost-effective?

And if we invest in this technology at a time when China has stopped taking a lot of our recyclables, will this mean our recyclables end up being burnt?

Sweden is held up as a leader in managing waste. And as one of the world’s biggest innovators, it’s also one of the biggest incinerators.

So War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel goes to Sweden to see if it holds the solution to Australia’s waste crisis.

The Swedes only landfill one per cent of their waste and their government goes so far as to claim a phenomenal 99 per cent recycling rate. In many places, their food waste is collected and made into bio-fuel for their Volvos.

In the capital Stockholm, each time their kerbside wheelie bins are emptied, a sensor beeps and the household gets billed. So if they put their bins out less, they pay less. “We save money just by sorting our garbage,” says resident Sara Jarnhed.

But the centrepiece of Sweden’s waste management strategy is its chain of 34 vast waste furnaces that turn waste into energy for power and heating.

Sweden even makes about $100 million a year from importing waste, burning thousands of tonnes from Britain and other countries who don’t know what else to do with it – and pay Sweden to get rid of it.

Problem solved? Not so fast. As Australia considers whether to go down the incineration road, Craig Reucassel follows the waste trail in Sweden to discover that we do have plenty to learn from Sweden’s experience - but not all of it is good.

Presenter - Craig Reucassel
Producer - Deborah Richards
Camera - Mathew Marsic
Editor - Nikki Stevens
Executive Producer - Marianne Leitch

To Burn or Not to Burn aired on Foreign Correspondent at 8 pm Tuesday August 14 and 1.30 pm Friday August 17 on ABC TV, and at 7.30 pm AEST on Saturday August 18 on the ABC News Channel. Also on iview.

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Drawing a fine line in the Tarkine

Inside Story
15.08.18 5:52 am

6 SEPTEMBER 2013 ... From the archive ...

Can conservation, tourism and industry coexist in Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness? Kimberley Croxford looks at the current controversy and the contending pressures

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Bird conservation boost

Tasmanian Land Conservancy
15.08.18 4:47 am



Sacked Border Force chief blasts Senator Abetz’s ‘hypocrisy’

Canberra Times
14.08.18 7:03 pm

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Tasmanian political players gear up for Federal poll

Sue Bailey, Advocate
14.08.18 5:30 pm

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Optus completes $42.2 million network investment in Tasmania

Anna Garcia Optus Corporate Affairs
14.08.18 5:17 pm

Boosts Tasmanian network sites by 25% in 12 months

Optus has today announced completion of 37 new mobile sites across Tasmania in the last 12 months, investing $42.2 million in the network to improve call quality and faster download speeds for mobile customers across Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Tasmania’s east coast.

With 151 sites across Tasmania, the 37 new base stations represent a 25 percent increase in the number of sites across the state, increasing Optus’ network footprint and delivering coverage improvements for customers.

Optus CEO, Allen Lew said Optus continued to invest across Tasmania to improve connectivity, and offer Tasmanians competition and choice for mobile services.

“Tasmania is a priority state for Optus. In July last year we committed to building 35 new sites by July 2019. I’m proud to say that we’ve delivered on that target of 35 sites as well as an extra two locations in just 12 months. The introduction of new sites is testament to our commitment to building the best possible mobile network across the state.

We firmly believe that competition is not only good for the economy, but also good for the customer with these new sites providing customers with choice and better value.”

“In addition to our significant expansion in the last 12 months we will build on our investment and commit a further $4.5 million to build another eight sites by March 2019.”

The new sites will be spread across Tasmania with Mr Lew committing to more investment in Tasmania in the future.

“Our investment doesn’t stop after these new sites are delivered, and we look forward to further announcements in the future,” said Mr Lew.

“With its breathtaking scenery and rugged landscape Tasmania can be a challenging location to provide mobile coverage. We believe that whether customers live and work in the cities or smaller towns and regional locations, they should have access to the same, network services and coverage,” added Mr Lew.

The new sites to be built by Optus this financial year include: Cradoc, Magra, Salamanca Place, Austins Ferry, Campania, Romaine West, Jericho East and Doctors Rocks.

Investment in Hobart and surrounds
• A total of seven new sites were completed in Hobart and surrounding suburbs including, Berriedale/Chigwell, Collinsvale East, Green Point/Bridgewater, Hobart CBD North, North Hobart, Sorrell Central and Tinderbox

Investment in Devonport and surrounds
• In the last 12 months five new sites were built in and around Devonport including Devonport North, Forth, Latrobe Central, Railton and Sassafras

Investment in Launceston and surrounds
• A total of 10 new sites were completed in and around Launceston including at Mole Creek, Oatlands, Legana, Deviot, Swan Bay, Beaconsfield North, Hadspen, Summerhill North, Rocherlea and Kayena

Investment in Tasmania’s East Coast
• Optus completed three sites along the East Coast including at Coles Bay, Eaglehawk Neck and Orford

In addition to coverage across the state Optus mobile customers also have access to the Optus 4G and 3G networks during their Spirit of Tasmania voyage, providing coverage for their journey between Devonport and Melbourne.


Optus supporting Tasmanian business

Derrick Clack who owns Howrah Plumbing, became an Optus customer in July 2017 and talked about the importance of keeping his business connected while on the road.

“We have offices in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie so staying connected at work is essential, all of our tradesman now work from mobile devices so being able to schedule work to the team in real time is very important, without the proper mobile coverage our business would grind to a halt,” said Mr Clack.

“The 37 additional towers is part of what gave us the confidence to switch to Optus, the greatly improved coverage meant that we could switch all our mobile voice and data requirements to Optus, providing a better value for money alternative.”


Make B Free Campaign Update: Productive Meetings held with Prime Minister and Health Minister today

Erica Burleigh, Kacee Johnstone
14.08.18 5:15 pm

Make Meningococcal B Free campaign creators Erica Burleigh and Kacee Johnstone today held extremely productive meetings with both the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

Two key requests where presented by Ms Burleigh and Ms Johnstone at both the meetings which were:

1. For the development of a comprehensive national education program in relation to Meningococcal disease targeted at and suitable for both the general public and general practitioners, and

2. For the Meningococcal B vaccine be placed on the National Immunisation Programme for identified high risk population groups (equal to the A,C,W,Y vaccine).

Promisingly,  both the Health Minister and Prime Minister indicated that they are working with peak health lobby groups, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to roll out a programme to support General Practioners across the country better identify the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Ms Burleigh said this was extremely pleasing, as General Practitioners are often the first port of call for patients who fall ill with the disease.

“I am extremely pleased that the Federal Government are taking this issue so seriously. The news that steps are already been taken to support GP’s is wonderful.”

The meeting with the Health Minister was followed up by the Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP asking the Prime Minister in Question Time to act in support of the Make Meningococcal B Free campaign and a request to meet with Ms Burleigh and Ms Johnstone.

The Prime Minister responded by indicating that,were the B vaccine to be put forward by a Pharmaceutical company to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) for assessment, and the Committee were to recommend it, he would guarantee the Government would place it on the National Immunisation Programme.

The Prime Minister also agreed to meet with Ms Burleigh and Ms Johnstone immediately after Question time. During the meeting the Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing support and education to General Practitioners and to place the B vaccine on the National Immunisation Program if it is recommended by PBAC.

Ms Burleigh told the Prime Minster how grateful she was for his time and commitment.

“After losing my eyesight to this preventable disease 18 years ago, it gives me great pride to sit here today to try and do what I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Ms Burleigh and Ms Johnstone have been invited to continue to work with the Health Minister in support of the education of GP’s and the push to see the B vaccine be forwarded PBAC for assessment.

“We would like to thank both Senator Abetz and Andrew Wilkie MP for their strong support of our campaign. In a few short weeks they have helped us lift the profile of our campaign and speak to those in the position to take action on reducing the number of people contracting this preventable disease “


VOICE: eNews August 2018 - Symposium, NSVW, events and news from the sector

Venéy Hiller Acting CEO Volunteering Tasmania
14.08.18 5:12 pm

Hello August!
It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through 2018, how did that happen?
I know you all have extremely busy inboxes (apparently a ‘regular’ person receives a whopping 88 emails per day) but I promise, this edition of VT Voice is worth your attention and is packed full of fantastic information including news about our Symposium, new research, development opportunities, stories, special events and more.
The big news this month is that our Board has released the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan following consultation with our members, stakeholders and staff. The Strategic Plan is an important piece of work that will help guide our organisation over the next few years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who provided feedback. You can take a look at it here or email me for your own signed copy.
The timing of the Strategic Plan couldn’t be better. As a friend of Volunteering Tasmania you are likely to be aware that the Board is currently undertaking a recruitment process to find us a brand new shiny CEO! We are excited! It is quite likely that the new CEO is reading this right now, they may have already applied or might be inspired to apply after reading the Strategic Plan and this eNews!  We’d like them to know that the team, our volunteers, our wonderful members, friends and stakeholders will welcome you with open arms. We are at an exciting time in the organisation’s history, we have a new home in North Hobart, a new Strategic Plan to bring to life, and we are about to start our Silver Jubilee year - 25 years of operation in Tasmania. We have an incredible volunteer community, big plans, motivation in spades and a commitment to grow and support the volunteering sector. We look forward to meeting you.
Until then, we need to get down to the business of business. This week is National Student Volunteer Week, our team are out and about celebrating student volunteers, encouraging new participation and developing opportunities for involvement.
As part of National Student Volunteer Week, we invite you to a special event on Wednesday 15th of August. Former Volunteering Tasmania CEO and current Volunteering Australia CEO Ms Adrienne Picone will join Vice Chancellor Professor Rufus Black and others in a public discussion about “Ethics and Leadership in Volunteering”. We would love the Stanley Burbury Theatre to be filled with the volunteering community. For more information click here.
If you have any questions, comments, feedback or would like to take me up on that offer of sending you a signed Strategic Plan, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Volunteering Tasmania HERE


Crikey: Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking has pro-life history

14.08.18 3:09 pm

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Guardian Brit: Turkish lira record low ripples through global currency markets

14.08.18 3:01 pm

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Spotlight on Hodgman Government over swift parrot habitat loss

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc.
14.08.18 12:56 pm

A recent scientific paper and news of the deliberate destruction of swift parrot habitat under an east coast dam has highlighted the severe pressure the swift parrot is under and focuses attention on the role of the Hodgman Government and exactly what it is going to do about protecting this iconic species.

‘Policy failure and conservation paralysis for the critically endangered swift parrot’, published by CSIRO Publishing identifies ongoing logging in the state’s native forests as a major threat to nesting and foraging habitat of this critically endangered, migratory species.

This work reinforces the exposé Pulling a Swifty published on the back of disturbing right to information revelations that proved the Tasmanian Government was approving logging plans that destroyed critical habitat areas and ran counter to expert scientific advice.

Public consultation on the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s plan to destroy 20+ ha of critical habitat under a dam closes tomorrow,15th August.

“With less than 2000 individual swift parrots left, how long is it going to take our Governments to step up and actually take real action to protect this species?” said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society.

The logging of parrot habitat was identified as a major issue in Forestry Tasmania’s failed FSC certification bid. RTI requests demonstrated Government departmental approval of logging plans against the explicit advice of experts. Dam building is exempt from Tasmania’s Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. 

“The Hodgman Government has consistently failed to take steps to protect swift parrots and the exemption of logging from the application of federal environment laws means the Turnbull Government has no capacity to intervene, even if it wanted to.

“State laws don’t protect the parrot and federal laws can’t. Something has to be done or the parrot will go the way of the Tasmanian emu and thylacine.

A moratorium on logging on Bruny Island, a swift parrot management plan for habitat in the southern forests and the reversal of informal reserves that protect swift parrot habitat are all initiatives of the Hodgman Government that and hanging in limbo.

“We know that nearly half of all bird species are already in decline and that parrots are the most threatened bird group globally. What’s happening in Tasmania to the swift parrots is symptomatic of what’s happening in the rest of the world.”

The recovery efforts of the swift and orange-bellied parrots will be the focus of a National Science Week event in Hobart on Wednesday August 15th at the UTAS Art School, event details here. The event is organised by the Wilderness Society and Birdlife Tasmania, hosted by First Dog on the Moon and will be live streamed here:


Guardian Oz:  Philip Wilson: former archbishop to serve time in home detention not jail

14.08.18 12:42 pm

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Very windy conditions across Tasmania on Tuesday and Wednesday

Kelly McNeill Media and Communication Manager | Tasmania & Antarctica
14.08.18 12:33 pm

 A Severe Weather Warning is current for damaging winds across southern,
eastern and central Tasmania this afternoon, then extending statewide early on
 Damaging northwesterly winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h are expected with peak
gusts around 110 to 120 km/h likely across the state on Wednesday. Gusts
exceeding 120 km/h are possible about elevated areas and in thunderstorms
about the north and west coasts.
 The very windy conditions are caused by a deep low passing to the south of
Tasmania during Wednesday and the passage of a cold front in the early
 A Severe Weather Warning for abnormally high tides along the north coast is
current for Wednesday. A high tide between 2am and 3am will coincide with
strong onshore flow, resulting in possible inundation and coastal erosion along
the north coast.
 Rainfall totals of 30-40mm are expected in the west and southwest on
Wednesday. River rises are expected and minor flooding is possible at some
locations. Minor Flood Warnings are current for the Huon River and the River
 Saturated soils in northern and western Tasmania may make trees more
susceptible to falling in strong winds.
 Marine wind warnings are current for all coastal waters, southeast inshore
waters and the lakes.
 Warnings are updated daily at:


Wilkie calls on PM to fully fund meningococcal vaccines

Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie
14.08.18 12:30 pm

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will ask the Prime Minister the following in Question Time today ...

“Prime Minister there’s been a meningococcal outbreak in Tasmania with six cases, one fatal.

“These infections are preventable. But currently the Commonwealth limits funding for the ACWY vaccine, and doesn’t fund the B vaccine at all.

“Prime Minister will you fix this and fully fund both vaccines so that everyone, not just the wealthy, can be protected against this horrid disease?

“And please, will you meet personally with Erica Burleigh, who was left legally blind by meningococcal B and who is in the gallery today? She and her friend Kacee Johnstone are the driving force behind a campaign for the B vaccine to be put on the National Immunisation Program Schedule.”

WHEN: Approximately 2:15pm TODAY 14 August
WHERE: House of Representatives (watch live at

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart


Sea Shepherd responds to Western Australian smart drum line trial

Adam Burling, Sea Shepherd Australia
14.08.18 12:27 pm

Sea Shepherd Australia’s Managing Director Jeff Hansen stated, “Sea Shepherd would like to congratulate the WA Labor Government for striving for shark mitigation strategies that actually save lives, like the shark shield subsidy, however we are expressing concern here over the rolling out of smart drum lines, as a means to beach public safety. There is the concern of baited hooks close to surf breaks, that draw sharks in, and we also know there have been fatalities at beaches with conventional drum lines and we have also witnessed sharks swimming straight past even the smart drum lines, so they should not be relied upon for public safety.”

Mr Hansen said “Smart drum lines should be used as a means for scientific purposes and not public safety as there is a mentality on the east coast to put out hundreds of these devices along the coast, which is expensive and response times of under 30 mins over a vast stretch of coastline would be impossible, thereby negating them as being so called non-lethal devices. Then there is the reliance on conditions being conducive to removing or de-baiting them at night time. It is a real shame that the WA Government have to conduct their own trial due to the fact that that the NSW Government has not been forthcoming with trial data, and merely playing politics.”

“Previous surveys have shown that 80% of Western Australians believe that mitigating shark risk should be up to the individual and not the government. Sea Shepherd finds it absurd that we are trying to control a natural, random and wild environment, when so much more can be done by humans to mitigate our own risk, like whale carcass management, better signing and understanding more what is happening in our natural marine environments. Its seems sometimes, politicians and right wing papers are ether simply playing politics or trying to mitigate against peoples poor ocean use decisions, which is impossible to mitigate,” concluded Mr Hansen.


Seven Tasmanian jobs gone from WIN network

14.08.18 11:54 am

The Win Network’s recent decision to cut locally presented news bulletins in Tasmania will now result in the loss of 7 local jobs.

Unfortunately the Win Network has already reneged on its claim that no jobs would be lost due to the decision.

Of the current seven journalist positions, only four will remain. It is understood that five camera operators will be reduced to four and three production staff will be made redundant.

This decision is deeply sad not only for those losing their jobs and their families but also for the media landscape in Tasmania.

Tasmanians deserve local news content delivered to them by locals that understand what it means to live and work in Tasmania. 

Tasmania has had a proud tradition of producing some of the most talented and nationally recognised journalists including Tim Lester and Charles Wooley. Any decrease in the size of a media organisation only means less opportunity for local talent to become journalists.

The loss of career opportunities for budding journalists may lead to Tasmanians travelling interstate to study due to the lack of opportunities the Win decision will mean.

I implore the Win Network to review this decision and try and understand what this decision will mean for local talent and Tasmanians interested in pursuing a career in journalism in Tasmania.


Former White House Events Director headlines new B2B event industry conference

Tracey Hoffman
14.08.18 10:59 am

Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, will present a bevy of industry heavyweights offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of the latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions in Sydney from 7-8 February 2019.

Laura Schwartz, White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, will be MC and keynote speaker at the debut two-day event. Schwartz brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington.

Ms Schwartz said, “I am excited to share the tips and ‘insider tricks’ I learned first-hand from my experiences leading the State Dinners, press conferences, NATO’s 50th anniversary, and more.

“This knowledge applies no matter the size of the event and I look forward to passing this on to others in the events industry.”

The conference will focus on the theme ‘Powering Growth’, providing attendees with invaluable opportunities to maximise their own potential and performance with tangible takeaways from international and domestic speakers.

With events playing an increasing role in the growth of the Australian economy, along with investment in critical infrastructure around Sydney such as a new airport, redevelopment of stadia, hotel and venues; the industry is on an upward trajectory. In fact, the business events sector is forecast to rise to $31 billion by 2020¹.

Gary Daly, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs’ Managing Director, believes there is no better time for a high-quality conference specifically created to provide strategic advice for senior managers.

“Market research identified that the events industry needed a conference to address these market opportunities and global trends. It is important to have a platform where senior professionals can learn about global developments and participate in an exchange of knowledge.

“Delegates will be able to identify new market opportunities and hear the latest findings, including the future of event technology, tourism and aviation, safety and security, sales and marketing growth and changing business models.

“Every event has its challenges and coordinating the White House’s annual event calendar was no different. Drawing on her experience, Ms Schwartz will share her years of lessons learnt, delving into how cultural sensitivities, cross-border politics and conflicting stakeholder interests impact an event’s design.

“This won’t be specific to ‘big budget events’ either; Ms Schwartz will show delegates how they can bring her learnings from the White House to their own ‘house’. We’re looking forward to Ms Schwartz’s Australian visit.”

Mr Daly concluded; “Through best-practice case studies and hearing industry leaders, attendees will leave ‘The Business of Events’ knowing how to power their organisation’s growth. This inaugural conference will be unmissable for professionals, whatever their speciality in events.”

The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, from 7-8 February 2019.

Early bird registration is now open. To purchase your conference pass visit


Woolnorth wind farms set to receive weather guidance from MetraWeather Australia

Ian Attwood
14.08.18 8:42 am


Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding Pty Ltd is receiving weather guidance and lightning detection services from MetraWeather Australia.

Woolnorth owns and operates three wind farms leveraging Tasmania’s world class wind resources to generate approximately 9 percent of Tasmania’s electricity needs.

MetraWeather is a specialist weather insights company. It serves energy generators and distributors in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South East Asia, and has built an enviable reputation for weather insights for renewable energy operations.

The Woolnorth farms at Bluff Point, Musselroe and Studland Bay in Tasmania are receiving these services from MetraWeather:

1.        A fully-automated ‘traffic light’ threat matrix that highlights safety risks to within defined weather thresholds
2.        Probabilistic hourly wind forecasts
3.        Lightning detection
4.        Lightning proximity alerting via email and SMS

MetraWeather Sales Delivery & Account Manager, Angelo Portelli, says highly-accurate, site-specific weather forecasts are vital to enabling Australian wind farms to maximise production of renewable energy into the national energy market.

“Forecasting is intrinsic to optimising the performance of wind farms. It’s vital that the significant investments in renewable energy leverage every available scientific and technological advance available.

“Our forecasting will provide Woolnorth with actionable insights that both optimise the available Tasmanian wind asset, whilst mitigating the risks of severe weather events, such as lightning strikes, that can negatively impact operations.

“Our weather guidance is integral to protecting our operators’ infrastructure and enabling Woolnorth to maintain efficient maintenance and health and safety programmes in-the-field.”

Additional context

In March 2018 the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced it would provide funding to Woolnorth’s 168MW Musselroe wind farm for a ground-breaking trial to investigate the economic and commercial potential of wind farms providing frequency control to stabilise the grid.

Traditionally provided only by coal, gas and hydro-electric power stations, frequency control and ancillary services are used by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to maintain the frequency on the electrical system and provide a fast injection or reduction of energy to maintain grid stability.


NUS and CAPA condemn Government and crossbench for attacks on Australian students

Mark Pace National President | National Union of Students
14.08.18 8:18 am

The National Union of Students (NUS) and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) together condemn the Coalition and those crossbench senators who today conspired to rip money directly out of students’ wallets.

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 will force students and graduates to start paying back their student loans when they are earning barely above minimum wage, and will introduce a borrowing cap for Government-subsidised degrees. This will cause some students to pay up to tens of thousands of dollars upfront for their tuition fees.

The NUS and CAPA now call on the Labor Party to commit to reversing the damaging legislation should they form government at the next election.

The passage of the bill has occurred the same day as Universities Australia released damning statistics showing the level of student poverty.

Alarmingly, the bill gained support of the crossbench through the Government’s promotion of the baseless narrative of professional students. The crossbenchers have turned their back on the one in seven students who are so poor that they have to skip meals, and the one quarter of full-time students who regularly miss class because they have to work.

“This is yet another attack in the Liberals’ war on young people”, says president of the National Union of Students, Mark Pace.  “Students are calling on Labor and the Greens to do the right thing, and make an election promise to reverse the crooked Bill.”

The implications of the bill have furthermore not been investigated by the Government, who prefer to peddle myths of students living lavishly rather than gathering any evidence.

“A report by the NUS and CAPA earlier this year found that, as a result of this borrowing cap, 30,000 Australians would be locked out of postgraduate study in the coming years unless they can afford tens of thousands of dollars upfront,” says president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, Natasha Abrahams. “The Government has ignored this evidence, and has pushed through this legislation despite widespread outrage from students and the sector.”


New York Times Opinion Today

New York Times
14.08.18 7:50 am

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The Nib: Actually, it’s Trump’s Monster

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14.08.18 7:49 am

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Spin, spin, spin ... who is playing who ... ?

Launceston PR
14.08.18 7:47 am


Well, well, well down at Town Hall today it seems that the army of council ‘Spin Doctors’ are in danger of believing in themselves and taking themselves and their bureaucratic authority a bit too far. Just look at the spin in action as we head towards the 2018 council elections in October.

It’s reported that Basil Fitch returned to his post in the public gallery today and he asked the mayor his quota of questions. One was about him using his incumbency and ratepayers funding to promote himself on Television and elsewhere.

Initially Ald. van Zetten claimed that he did not understand what Mr Fitch was talking about but aldermen around the table helped Mr Fitch out and confirmed the basis of his questioning.

Possibly the mayor was oblivious to the potential to him being seen as operating outside the bounds of best practice and credible moral standards. Whatever, he seems quite comfortable about putting himself about without too much self reflection.

It seems that there are some serious question waiting to be answered. Like, does the council’s public relations team favour the status quo and do they consequently structure their work towards maintain it? Then again, are aldermen actually aware of the ‘spin doctors’ preferences and predilections? If so, do they actually see themselves as the recipients of back grounding to enhance or otherwise their election prospects?

This is a serious matter with serious implications but many ratepayers and residents are already laughing behind their hands in polite company, some wishing one thing, others wishing another. It is about time the mayor and aldermen did something about their appearing to look away when morals and ethics, and indeed accountability, comes under scrutiny in a discussion. The punters are not stupid – well not so very, very stupid.

Then there is the question of $14.8Million that is outstanding in regard to commitments not being met by ‘grant providers’ etc. Who in voter land is looking at that? In fact, which aldermen are taking any notice at all?

Council’s placatory words are very worrying in the context of ratepayers now servicing $20Million in loans. With the expenditure of this money not being intended to generate income of any sort to relieve ratepayers of the debt well into the future. Just what is going on?

In addition, these loans are bound to create maintenance expenditure issues well after the life of this council’s term is over and at a time when the decision makers – elected and unelected – have left the scene with their superannuation and so on quite intact.

As per usual, the aldermen slunk off to do some decision making behind closed doors again today. The more this happens the more concerning it is. What cannot be said out in the open and who voted how? Were is the accountability?

Ratepayers and residents should keep these things front of mind when candidates come knocking and when candidates are putting themselves up as credible contenders. In fact, if ratepayers are going to vote they had better confront candidates with some home truths or bear the consequences of their not taking strong enough action along with them to their graves.


Boston Globe: Lessons from the ‘Wall of Shame’

The Boston Globe
14.08.18 7:47 am

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