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WHA: No mining ... but logging still allowed ... ?

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Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. http://www.wilderness.org.au Media Release
04.07.15 10:30 am

… This decision confirms an international rejection of Mr Hodgman’s plans to allow logging and mining in the WHA and identifies very clear solutions to addressing these and other issues,” said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society, speaking from Bonn. “Logging and mining have no place in a World Heritage Area and Government must commit to explicitly prohibit both logging and mining by upgrading the conservation status of relevant areas to National Park. This relates to iconic forest areas such as the Styx, Weld and upper Florentine valleys and the Great Western Tiers. …

Matthew Groom: World Heritage Committee decision paves way for ongoing constructive engagement

Greens: Liberals must accept UN’s rejection of Tasmanian World Heritage Area plans

Nick McKim: United Nations Slaps Down Groom on WHA Logging and Mining Parks Minister Matthew Groom’s fixation with profiting from the TWWHA has blinded him to the true value of the area. It seems that if he can’t put a dollar sign in front of it, Mr Groom is just not interested. The United Nations did not protect the TWWHA just so Mr Groom’s corporate buddies could make money from it.

Luke Martin: UNESCO findings on draft TWWHA management plan

• John Powell in Comments: … Both Minister Groom and Harriss are in denial, and Premier Hodgman and Deputy Premier Rockliff are plainly sycophants to Senators Abetz and Colbeck. Waiting for Opposition Leader Green to put both feet in mouth but. Odds on that he will.(SportsBet info)

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Vica Bayley: Tas Government rules out World Heritage mining, but snubs UNESCO’s logging call In response to the UNESCO decision regarding Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA), the Tasmanian Government’s announcement to ‘rule out’ mining in the WHA represents just one part of a number of specific requests that make up the decision. The decision also asks for logging to be prohibited, for wilderness to be retained in the management plan and for a comprehensive Aboriginal heritage survey. ‘A commitment to prohibit mining is welcome but represents only one part of the requested action and it must be extended to include logging,’ said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society. ‘A ban on logging across the entire World Heritage Area is specifically requested, but Government appear determined ignore this, seek to justify World Heritage logging and bulldoze ahead with changes that remove management plan protection for iconic forest areas.’ There appears confusion in the public debate as to exactly what the Hodgman Government proposes as possible regarding World Heritage logging. The facts are … HERE

Nick McKim: Mining Ban needs to be in WHA Management Plan as Government Ignores United Nations on Logging and Tenure

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Paul Harriss: Green groups’ lock up plan exposed

Paul Harriss: Special Species and the TWWHA

Cassy O’Connor: Minister Harriss being deliberately deceitful over WHA logging

Paul Harriss:  O’Connor admission on specialty timbers in TWWHA torpedoes no case

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Abbott urged to play fair, not foul on marriage equality bill

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome Media Release. First pub: July 2
04.07.15 10:00 am

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Marriage equality advocates have cried foul over Tony Abbott’s claim ( here ) that the cross-party marriage equality bill may not come to a vote any time soon because it is a private members’ bill.

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Rodney Croome: NRL backs marriage equality

The Age: Eric Abetz letter blasts Hobart Council over same-sex marriage: ‘Children deserve the best start in life’

Rodney Croome: Abetz should respect strong support for marriage equality among Hobart residents

The Age: Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster challenges him to allow conscience vote

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The rabid attachment to the past

Dr Michael Powell*. Picture: Daniel Haley
02.07.15 3:15 am

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The rabid attachment to the past by the Forestry Minister Paul Harriss is an heroic act in the twilight of the problem, but an utterly forlorn hope. The die is cast and has been for a long time.

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The bid to crush the green movement

Samantha Trenoweth, The Saturday Paper
02.07.15 3:00 am

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A new inquiry into environmental groups’ eligibility to receive tax-deductible donations appears to be the latest salvo in a sustained campaign to crush the green movement and starve it of funds.

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The Yezidi: Hadi’s Cry from the Heart ...

Richard Butler
02.07.15 2:45 am

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“We’ve lost everything we ever owned. All we worked for has been taken. Our dreams…our lives..Now..apart from what we have in our hands..there is nothing..” “Best case we start again. Worst case - I think - is too frightening to think.”

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Tony Windsor: Stop the Brutes

Tony Windsor, The Saturday Paper. First published: July 1
02.07.15 2:30 am

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The only thing I have real regrets about during my time in the 2010-13 hung parliament is that I was unable to help resolve the issue of asylum seekers from Australia’s perspective. It was the greatest failure of that parliament, and the blame lies with all of us. What we are left with is a national shame.

The treatment of our nearest neighbour in particular, Indonesia, has been appalling and insulting to a nation attempting to deal with its own terrorism and refugee transit issues. I can understand Tony Abbott not comprehending the implications, but for our foreign minister to inflame the situation with Indonesia is worrying.

(Abbott’s) entire life in politics has been based on encouraging and fanning division within society. Whether it be climate science, windmills, school and university education, the strategy is always the same – divide and, in his mind at least, rule.

Download Open Letter from doctors to The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, and Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten:

Open_Australian_Border_Force_Act_A4_version.pdf

Guardian: Detention centre staff speak out in defiance of new asylum secrecy laws

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The War Against Nature Resumes

Tony Orman, George Monbiot via Pene
02.07.15 2:15 am

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In 2007, after nine years of research, the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB sent its final report to the UK government. It discovered that “badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to the future control of cattle TB in Britain”.(2) Rather than suppressing the disease, killing badgers appears to spread it. This has great relevance to the New Zealand situation that parallels the Badger case with its possum case.

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First Day: A celebration of the West Coast ...

Isla MacGregor
01.07.15 4:30 am

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Winter at Bluff Hill Point, north of Arthur River, West Coast about four weeks ago.

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Cable Car setback ...

Jason Turvey Spokesperson Respect The Mountain. Ted Cutlan ROCC Media Releases
01.07.15 4:00 am

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Respect The Mountain applauded the findings by the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) that the Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT) inadequately responded to the concerns of the community with regards to the Pinnacle Boundary Extension. Respect The Mountain is now calling for the amendment to be abandoned.

• ROCC: Statement on Tasmanian Planning Commission’s decision on the Wellington Trust’s process to consider extending the ‘Pinnacle Specific Zone’ on Mt Wellington After a long process that should never have taken place, the Tasmanian Planning Commission has severely criticised the process run by Wellington Trust to extend the development zone on Mt Wellington.

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Open letter, $4m lost, an illegal jetty . . .

Bob Hawkins. First published: June 30
30.06.15 5:00 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games Cr Mike Wilson is trying to undermine the standing of Cr Peter Coad, who has been mayor at Huon Valley Council since November. In an ‘Open letter to residents of the Huon Valley’ (in an advertisement published on June 24 in the Huon Valley News), Wilson, leader of council’s Heart of the Huon team, accuses Coad of failing to “accurately report the policies and decisions of the council”.

YESTERDAY on Tasmanian Times ...

Peter Coad: To all Huon Valley residents ...

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A typical kneejerk reponse ...

Isla MacGregor. Tim Slade's pic of a tap in Pioneer
30.06.15 4:45 am

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TasWater’s Review (of a scientific paper on identification of the sources of metal (lead) contamination in drinking waters in north-eastern Tasmania) has been exposed for being the typical kneejerk response from Tasmanian Government authorities that Tasmanian’s are so accustomed to.  TasWater’s review, like so many other flawed and deficient Government reports on issues concerning metal contamination of raw drinking water or reticulated drinking water supplies has been nothing less than a failed PR exercise. Could Mark Veitch from the DHHS, Michael Brewster from TasWater please explain to the public and Minister Michael Ferguson how such a flawed review could have been written?

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Nothing much has changed in almost half a century ...

Peter C. Sims Quoiba. Miriam Rose, Foil Vedanta
30.06.15 4:30 am

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Seeing Ted’s latest pictures and article STATE: Poisoning our Western Rivers – When will it stop? ( TT here ) - reminded me of similar photos of West Coast mining areas that I took and published in the 1970s.

• Miriam Rose, Foil Vedanta Media Release: London; Protesters oppose Responsible Extractives Summit ...

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STATE: Poisoning our Western Rivers – When will it stop?

Ted Mead. Pic* All Pics: Ted Mead Pub: First pub: June 29
30.06.15 4:15 am

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It is far from current news that Tasmania’s Western Rivers are in a desperate plight through insensitive mining activities ... but with the Lib/Labs’ desperate vision for more mining jobs in the state the process of environmental responsibility and accountability seems to be rapidly deteriorating.

• Joan Emberg in Comments: Being a ‘Queenie girl’, I am horrified ... it is even worse than I remember as a kid. it’s proof of the rapaciousness of the mining industry and the trash and dump mentality of so many.  My dad used to talk about the pristine wilderness before sulphur from Mt Lyell devastated the environs.  Heart breaking! 

• Nicole Anderson in Comments: Thank you again Ted. This serves to contrast starkly the talk up of mining in the Tarkine by the state government spin. These are pictures that they would prefer the public not see, much less the commentary. A sad reality and warning for the future if Venture and others continue to thwart the lax regulations over environmental management.

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Peter Coad: To all Huon Valley residents

Peter Coad, Councillor Deep Bay, Mayor HVC. Pic: of Peter Coad
29.06.15 6:40 am

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Since becoming Mayor, I have tried to create an environment in which each of us is free to air our ideas. With regret, I report that I believe council is fast becoming dysfunctional. My role as Mayor is continually obstructed, and my attempts to achieve the much needed reform that I campaigned for is continually blocked by Councillor Mike Wilson and other members of the Heart of the Huon team. Councillor Wilson frequently misrepresents my stated policies, and works to undermine my role as Mayor. For example, his advertisement in this newspaper last week (June 24, page 7) contained errors of fact and misrepresented my policies in several respects. This hurts all of us and denies council the opportunity to be a community leader. Councillor Wilson should respect the people’s expressed desire last October for change in council’s direction. Had they not wanted change, they surely would have elected a Heart of the Huon member as council’s leader. If we are to make progress, we must learn from our mistakes, be honest, open and transparent in our decision making, and throw off council’s reputation for secrecy. For instance, we must not allow a repeat of secret decisions that resulted in council’s loss of some $4 million of its reserves, and years of secrecy about that loss ever since …

I assure you, amalgamation is not my first preference. But if we are to avoid it, it is vital we liaise closely with neighbouring councils to rationalise our operations …

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NATION: Captain Abbott flags full steam astern ...

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29.06.15 6:35 am

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The week that was ... ‘Full steam astern,’ Captain Hook-or-by-Crook Abbott, ducking volleys of brickbats, derision and sheer disbelief from home and abroad, cowers on the poop deck, manfully commanding the start of another week of good government and doing whatever craven acts it takes to follow the almighty IPA’s wish-list, amen, annihilate all opponents and preserve his arse, a commodity he must remind us, that is not for sale.

• phill Parsons in Comments: No Newspoll when it was due. What did it say for all the confused rush of Abbott’s meat pies full of fear and lies. Other polls have Shorten’s Labor in a winning position and yet the Lieberals are running both the idea of an early election and not having one, to further destabilize the economy. This process makes Rudd’s chaos look like a calm sea. Abbott may not be finished as he can push the buttons of the less focussed but the cost to the polity, the economy and to the values we all should hold dear because they made the country fairer may yet undo him at an election.

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‘When all the time we want to move the stars to pity ...’

Richard Flanagan
29.06.15 6:14 am

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‘Things I Once Knew’. An exhibition of the work of Patrick Hall. Text of a launch speech by Richard Flanagan, Tasmanian Musuem and Art Gallery, 20 March 2015… Walking through this exhibition with Pat earlier this week I realised that there arose in Tasmania in the 1980s a remarkable generation of artists, craftspeople, poets, architects, and writers. As successive governments sought to drag the island backwards into a nightmare of division and destruction, these artists were taking it forward, reinventing the island as an invitation to dream a new world.

Highly influential on that generation were Pat Hall’s two great mentors who turned the Tasmanian Art School’s Design in Wood course into a mecca for so many. One was Kevin Perkins—whose work includes the prime ministers office in the new parliament house—the other, John Smith. John, like Kev, was a leading furniture maker designer.  …

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Version 02 ... keeping the best in a modern stylistic way …

Alderman Damon Thomas, Alderman Peter Sexton, Alderman Marti Zucco. Image*
29.06.15 6:10 am

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…  City brands are fundamentally different to product brands, and are essentially about determining a strong single message that defines a community. However, keeping it simple in accordance with ‘best branding practice’ does not always result in success, as it is often difficult to encapsulate the essence of a city into a simple design.  …

• Don Knowler in Comments: This is closer to the Meander Valley Council one, which is a magnificent design. The Meander one, in fact, puts the latest Hobart design to shame. A logo must give a sense of location, highlight what makes a city unique. If Hobart was medical centre of note, then perhaps the Band-Aids in the new logo would be appropriate.

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A Divided Society - Tasmania during World War One

A review by Gordon Bradbury
29.06.15 6:05 am

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This has to be one of the most important and extraordinary books on Tasmanian history that I’ve read.It is a shame it has not been reprinted with the centenary of ANZAC. After reading this book no one can ever march in an ANZAC Day parade again and feel much in the way of pride, because on the home front during WW1, Tasmania was anything but a unified, loyal community.

… The stresses of the war brought out the worst of human behaviour, aided and abetted by our political, religious and community leaders. No opportunity was missed for dissent, hatred and persecution. Does that sound familiar? There are disturbing parallels in this book with the current political focus on terror …

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INTERNATIONAL: As it happened – Yanis Varoufakis’ intervention ...

Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister, Greece. June 28. Pic: of Yanis Varoufakis
29.06.15 5:45 am

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The Eurogroup Meeting of 27th June 2015 will not go down as a proud moment in Europe’s history.

Byline: Where is my European Union As Greece prepares for a monumental decision, there is only one certainty: the European Ideal has been irrevocably damaged

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Tasmania’s World Heritage Heroes recognised at Bonn World Heritage meeting

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. http://www.wilderness.org.au Media Release Pics*
29.06.15 5:40 am

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At the opening ceremony of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, the German Government has recognised Tasmanian campaigners as ‘World Heritage Heroes’ in an official photographic exhibition.

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China’s Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse

Richard Smith, Truthout | News Analysis
29.06.15 5:30 am

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This article seeks to explain why China’s environmental crisis is so horrific, so much worse than “normal” capitalism most everywhere else, and why the government is incapable of suppressing pollution even from its own industries. I begin with an overview of the current state of China’s environment: its polluted air, waters, farmland and the proximate causes, including overproduction, overdevelopment, profligate resource consumption, uncontrolled dumping and venting of pollutants. I then discuss the political-economic drivers and enablers of this destruction, the dynamics and contradictions of China’s hybrid economy, noting how market reforms have compounded the irrationalities of the old bureaucratic collectivist system with the irrationalities of capitalism resulting in a diabolically ruinous “miracle” economy. I conclude with a précis of the emergency steps the country will have to take to take to brake the drive to socio-ecological collapse, with dire implications for us all.

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