"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Was Vanessa Goodwin’s cancer caused by Wentworth Park, Howrah ... ?

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Poppy Lopatniuk* Pic: of Vanessa Goodwin from her Facebook page
24.04.18 6:30 am

… Both past Directors of Public Health, supposedly custodians of our public health, showed great lack of duty of care, brushed aside all my concerns, asked no questions and placed every obstacle in my path to cause confusion …

… We have the very eminent institute, the Menzies Centre, with huge buildings for research. They had prominently displayed in the entrance to their building their mission: “To conduct leading edge research into the environmental and genetic causes of disease by building on Tasmania’s unique population resource”. The reason given by the Director of said Menzies Centre for not looking into the cancer catastrophe was that they could not afford the five million dollars that it would cost …

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Lost Copy: The Endless Wars: Iraq and Afghanistan, John Martinkus

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24.04.18 6:15 am

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… A veteran of conflicts in East Timor and Aceh, Martinkus spent years reporting for SBS’s Dateline. In an introduction, he argues that the positive stories told by journalists about Afghanistan, and Australia’s presence in Helmand and Oruzgan, are fantasy. “The truth of the situation that governments, militaries and some sections of the press that unquestioningly supported them spent so many years trying to deny what has been revealed,” he writes. “But very few are telling that story now … ”

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‘More Crown Casino poker machine allegations’

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24.04.18 6:00 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss further allegations from a new whistleblower about poker machines at Crown Casino …

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‘Mountain MayDay Sunday 6th May @11am, Cascade Gardens ... ’

Respect The Mountain Media Release
24.04.18 5:45 am

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Writer Richard Flanagan will join former Greens Leader Bob Brown and Denison MP Andrew Wilkie as well as reps of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in defying The Cable Car Company who have said that ‘public opposition is virtually non existent’ …

Sign a petition HERE

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NATION: Hockey golfs with Trump but is it game over for the banks?

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23.04.18 7:01 am

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… As Bernard Keane points out, The big banks and AMP hated FOFA, because it directly undermined their vertically integrated model in which financial planners were paid commissions for steering customers into their wealth management products. Yet in November 2014 Sam Dastyari, angered by how much of Labor’s FOFA was repealed by regulation, was able to exploit a rift between Clive Palmer and Jacqui Lambie to bring Ricky Muir with him to kill the repeal. It remains Sam’s finest hour …

Fairfax: ASIC benches top AMP lawyer as Clayton Utz hits back over report

Fairfax: Royal Commission reveals need for tougher corporate cop

Fairfax: Malcolm Turnbull admits ‘political mistake’ on bank royal commission

Fairfax: All eyes on Kenneth Hayne after shocking revelations at banking inquiry

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Wilderness Access –  A Conservationist’s Paradox

Ted Mead*
21.04.18 5:45 am

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The early bushwalking conservationists in Tasmania were lucky in the sense that crowds, helicopters, regulations, fees and desecration of nature through politics wasn’t something that confronted them when they ventured into the wilds. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the misguided neo-commodification of wild places for profit, which is now becoming a pandemic phenomenon, would see any of our early wilderness explorers now rolling in their grave …

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Kim Beazley: the best 21st century Labor PM we never got to vote in ... ?

Leonard Colquhoun* Pic:
21.04.18 5:29 am

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... a view from the Fourth Estate “For months Perth has buzzed with speculation that Kim Beazley will be appointed Western Australia’s governor. [He now has been, and thus joins Paul Hasluck and Bill Hayden in this career move.] This appointment, while somewhat unusual for an avowed republican^, would nevertheless be the capstone to a stellar life of public service. Beazley, 69, was a minister in the Hawke-Keating government for 13 years. He led Labor in opposition from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2006. And he served with distinction as Australia’s ambassador to the US from 2010 to 2016

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Letter to the Editor ... My Neighbours are being evicted ...

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21.04.18 5:15 am

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Dear Editor, My neighbours are being evicted. One by one they are being driven from their homes with just two-weeks notice to find somewhere else to live …

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Anticoagulant pesticides in Australia ...

Michael T. Lohr, Robert A. Davis, School of Science, Edith Cowan University
21.04.18 5:00 am

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Download to read ...Anticoagulant_pesticides_in_Australia.pdf

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Election posters ...

Cartoons: Martyn Turner* used with permission
21.04.18 4:45 am

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Malcolm’s Prayer ...

John Hawkins* Pic: Rupert greets US Pres Donald Trump
20.04.18 7:15 am

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Malcolm’s Prayer

“God, I thank you for all those Aussie Battlers who,

like your flock, pay their tax without complaint.”

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The massive immorality of mass immigration

Dr Vino Veritas* Pic: Flickr, Nicole Rodriques
20.04.18 7:00 am

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… Like a lead weight attached to our cultural identity, our quality of life was dragged down by a new vision of cultural and class relativism. Our dog-boxes are cheaper and better than dog-boxes in China you see; just ask someone from China and let them set the demand here in Australia. Of course, if you live at Point Piper or Toorak the fire sale of working and middle-class Australia’s amenity and our cultural values didn’t affect you. You were still be able to walk your dog in leafy streets and in near-empty and manicured parkland. Long ago your community’s planning laws meant that you’d never experience high-density living or a need to pay the ultimate ‘great big new tax’ by relinquishing your access to public assets and space. Your standard of living will just get better as the gap between you and the rest widens - and that’s the whole point …

SMH: Joint Treasury-Home Affairs analysis highlights economic benefits of Australia’s immigration intake

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‘Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – press club speech in full’

Richard Flanagan, Guardian
20.04.18 5:30 am

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Indigenous Australia, Anzac Day, the descent of democracy – in a National Press Club address Flanagan examines a divided Australia which he says can be free only if it faces up to its past

… The growing state-funded cult of Anzac will see $1.1bn spent by the Australian government on war memorials between 2014 and 2028. Those who lost their lives deserve honour – I know from my father’s experience how meaningful that can be. But when veterans struggle for recognition and support for war-related suffering, you begin to wonder what justifies this expense, this growing militarisation of national memory or, to be more precise, a forgetting of anything other than an official version of war as the official version of our country’s history, establishing dying in other people’s wars as our foundation story …

… Lest we forget we will all chant next week, as we have all chanted for a century now. And yet it is as if all that chanting only ensures we remember nothing. If we remembered would we 100 years later still allow our young men to be sent off to kill or be killed in distant conflicts defending yet again not our country, but another distant empire, as we have in Iraq and Afghanistan … ?

… Anzac Day, which is a very important day for my family, was always a day to remember all my father’s mates who didn’t make it home. But it was also a moment to ponder the horror of war more generally. But of late Anzac Day has become enshrouded in cant and entangled in dangerous myth. If this seems overstated ponder the bigoted bile that attended Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s tweet last Anzac Day in which she posted “LEST.WE.FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)” …

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‘Doctors alarmed by renewed Tarkine destruction ... ’

Dr Rohan Church* Dr Elen O’Donnell* DEA Media Release. Pic: Ted Mead
20.04.18 5:20 am

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Tasmanian doctors have been alarmed to see escalated threats to biodiversity with renewed and seemingly accelerated destruction of native forests in the takayna / Tarkine region …

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The Good Samaritan: Give Directly to Refugees

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20.04.18 5:00 am

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Alain de Botton argues in his book ‘Religion for Atheists’ that religions still have some very important things to teach us, even if we no longer believe their supernatural claims.  Rather than mocking religions, non-believers should instead take the best of what they have to offer …

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Alien Abduction ...

George Smiley* Pic: Flickr
20.04.18 4:45 am

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… This was written many years ago when abductions were being reported regularly. The alien intent seemed so absurd as to make the reports a joke. It was assumed the victims were pathological liars or clinically mad, imagining that interstellar visitors would be anal obsessives just like they themselves, as if early toilet training has a lot to answer for here and therefore throughout the far - flung reaches of the galaxy …

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‘Big-name chefs back seafood entrepreneur’

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20.04.18 4:35 am

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This is an immensely complex case. In the interests of transparency it is presented here, as Mark Eather says: “Finally my side to the story ...” … I love this industry, and this glorious state of Tasmania, and it deserves better. I have lost count of the amount of people who have approached me with stories of similar bullying … in fact, I don’t know a female in this state that hasn’t at some time been bullied in the workplace, and numerous men, also. This state is so small, and the greater percentage of employment is either directly within the Government sector, or in an associated industry where the Government is the most significant client. A Federal ICAC needs to start right here – in Tasmania – many, many people are well aware of what goes on here, but fear speaking out – as the retribution will be contrived and often career threatening. Please ask yourself … ‘How on earth does one ‘Traffic’ Lobster that has been legally caught, legally attained, and legally purchased … and further, every one of those ‘Trafficking’ transactions being properly documented and ethically invoiced … ?’

ABC: Money wasted in rush to control fruit fly outbreak in Tasmania, Labor says

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Overview of poll results by John Hewson

John Hewson*
19.04.18 4:15 am

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Proposition: The recent US corporate tax cuts will have no impact on investments in and capital flows into Australia.

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Has TasWater breached the Law by opening the Emergency Gate Valve?

Bill Smith*
18.04.18 7:36 am

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On Friday 13th April 2018, TasWater fully opened the Emergency Gate Valve of the Waratah Reservoir …

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Tarkine old-timers ... Gone are the days of abundance!

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17.04.18 6:15 am

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Tayatea the world’s largest crayfish lives on, but not as it did before European settlement.  For the Tayatea, the Tarkine and the adjacent northern rivers are the strongholds for its future survival, and only full protection of its habitat in a permanent secure reserve can ensure this …


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Reviewed! A Tasmanian Requiem ...

Jaiia Earthschild*
17.04.18 6:00 am

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… It has been frustratingly obvious that the economic woes of this extraordinarily rich island are rooted in the denied shame and guilt that lie at the foundations of a society built upon the blood of the original inhabitants. This artist collective has successfully created a ceremonial event that has the potential to assist in bringing peace to this land and amongst the cultures dwelling here. I felt for the first time that it might be possible for this unique island to flourish once again. Repetition is key to the telling of stories to heal ancient wounds, so one can only hope that this work becomes integral to Tasmanian culture and is performed regularly …

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