"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
John Maddock*, Timber Workers For Forests. Satire: Ted Mead Pub: Oct 23
25.10.14 6:00 am
Not long after a diverse group of like-minded individuals came together to form Timber Workers For Forests at a meeting at the Longley International Hotel in 2001, convenor & founding President Graham Green told us of a coupe he’d heard of which was the epitome of clearfelled destruction. And thus began the TWFF story of EPO74D, (west of Geeveston, about 20kms by road via Arve & Bennetts Rds), which comes to a partial close next Saturday with the auction of timber salvaged from the coupe after it was burned. Hopefully, some of that timber will continue as timber for many years, having been made into furniture or boats. … The figures which emerged were astonishing: only 26% of the timber volume of the forest was removed during clearfelling and just 1% of the combined special species timbers was removed by the harvesting contractors (calculated from information gleaned from Forestry Tasmania). An estimated 97,800 tonnes of timber at an average of 998 tonnes /hectare remained on the ground in the coupe following logging and salvage. Myrtle was the most commonly documented timber remaining, followed by eucalypt, celery-top pine and sassafras.
Over the next few months, we milled and racked the timber and this Saturday (25 October 2014) on Franklin waterfront the public will have a chance to buy some of it. TWFF has donated a little over 7 cubic metres to the Franklin Working Waterfront Association Inc. to sell to raise funds.
• Download, read for yourself, the report on EPO74D, where there is a picture of the incredible waste ...
• Trevor Gauld State Secretary CEPU – Tasmania: Silencing Dissent: Forests no longer mentioned in laws “These laws are an ideological attack from this Government against anyone who has an opinion different to theirs. The Liberals are simply trying to silence dissent against their bad policies and poorly planned budget cuts.”
• Vica Bayley, Warrick Jordan: FSC undermined by backing logging of 600-year-old trees: The standards of the world’s leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), are being questioned after one of its British auditors gave an environmental tick of approval to log forests containing 600-year-old trees in Western Australia. The WA Government’s logging agency, the Forest Products Commission (FPC), has secured FSC certification from Soil Association Woodmark for FPC’s logging operations in the tall eucalypt Karri forests in the state’s south-west. These forests are also home to at least 15 threatened species including Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos, Mainland Quokkas and Western Quolls.
• FSC Australia CEO Natalie Reynolds: Independent auditor approves the Forest Products Commission for Controlled Wood FSC Australia CEO Natalie Reynolds said it was important to understand that Controlled Wood is not full FSC Certification and is not an endorsement of responsible forest management. “Controlled Wood evaluations allow companies to avoid unacceptable wood being mixed with full FSC Certified and/or FSC recycled wood in products carrying the FSC Mix label,” Reynolds said. “For many forest managers it is the first step towards achieving full Forest Management Certification and provides assessment against only the FSC’s most fundamental prerequisites, such as ensuring wood is not illegally harvested and harvesting does not threaten High Conservation Values.”
• Anne, in Comments: For those of you still debating about whether or not to send in a submission to SCS Global re Forestry Tasmania’s bid to gain FSC accreditation, then this article from last Saturday’s Mercury might help make up your mind. HERE. Joining the dots from all the media stories over the last few months strongly suggest that the Liberals’ long-term devious and nefarious plan – under chief cheer-leader Paul Harriss – is to both intimidate a reluctant electorate into submission through draconian anti-protest laws, and remove all other obstacles to the building of the Tamar Valley pulp mill through facilitating FT’s bid for FSC, dismantling the TFA, and (possibly) attempting to prevent the mill site being sold to a bidder that has other ideas for its development. To that end be particularly cautious about voting in Liberal candidates in the council elections - even those who claim they are are independent – since I’m reliably informed that a Liberal majority on local government is their goal - especially with all having chance of election. I’m also informed that the passage of a local government majority vote in support of fracking, mining, ‘forestry traditional practices’, and a Pulp Mill in the Tamar Valley, are definite items of priority for Abbott’s push to have Tasmania back on its feet, through his request for as many Liberal members as possible to stand for local government election. The campaign to stop the pulp mill is far from over ...
25.10.14 5:45 am
As Australia leaps backwards to the 50s under “Climate Change is absolute crap”, and, “Coal is good for humanity” Prime Minister Tony Abbott, EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 ...
25.10.14 5:30 am
Everyone says my grandmother had a dry wit. I would say her wit was drier than a dead dingo’s donger, but being a New Yorker, it wouldn’t really fit. It was always strange visiting this ultra-savvy intellectual at the nursing home – she stuck out from the knitting and cookie-baking brigade. I always felt slightly moronic – young and severely Australian – in her presence. She had a knack of taking people aback when, as an octogenarian, she wanted to discuss Queer as Folk and The West Wing, or Jeff Buckley, or when folks were subject to her observant and sometimes sharp-edged quips. But those who “got it” thought she was terrific. At her funeral this week, I spent a lot of time trying to process her story and how a woman so ahead of her time ended up in 1960s Hobart. So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into the Peacock Theatre, not really having done much pre-reading on the show, and was catapulted into my grandmother’s world. Peanuts ... ! How could I forget how much she’d loved ...
Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Events Media Manager; Jane Menzies, Media Coordinator, Museum of Old and New Art
24.10.14 5:55 am
Hobart’s MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art) in Tasmania, Australia, is sailing back in for the New Year with a lineup more eclectic than ever.
Australian Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. Pic: of Trade Minister Andrew Robb
24.10.14 5:53 am
Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations are about trading away the National Interest … “The TPP agreement is an assault on Australian laws and Australian sovereignty in the name of multi-national corporations. “The only way we have any understanding of what our Government has traded away comes from leaked texts of the TPP agreement that have been published by Wikileaks. “It is apparent that Australia is facing more expensive new medicines, the criminalisation of copyright infringements, and giving multi-national corporations the right to sue state and federal governments for simply making laws in the public interest that might impinge on their profits. “Last night in Senate Estimates DFAT refused to answer even the most basic questions about what we’re trading away. DFAT should be more accountable to the parliament and the Australian public. …
Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Save the Tarkine Media Release. ABC pic of the mine site
24.10.14 5:50 am
Save the Tarkine has written again to the Department of the Environment expressing concern that after five months there are still no answers forthcoming regarding what Save the Tarkine believes to be clear breach of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act by Shree Minerals at it’s Nelson Bay River mine site in the Tarkine.
Heavy. Pub: Oct 23. Pic: of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau
24.10.14 5:45 am
A 32-year-old Quebec man who had recently converted to Islam shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa, then traveled to the nearby Canadian parliament, where he opened fire before being fatally shot by the sergeant-at-arms, whose heroic actions likely saved countless lives. Multiple media outlets identified the man as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had been known as Michael Joseph Hall before converting. Here’s what we know about Bibeau ...
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Tony Walker, Vintage Tasmania
24.10.14 5:30 am
Lindsay Tuffin. Pic: of Gough Whitlam. Pub: Oct 21
23.10.14 5:30 am
ABC Radio is reporting the death at 98 of Gough Whitlam, who bestrode the political landscape of Australia like a giant, 1972-1975.
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• Guardian: Gough Whitlam dies at age 98 Prime minister for just three years, he brought in sweeping changes that transformed Australia and inspired a generation of progressive politicians
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Thankyou so much Gough for what you did. I once wrote to Mr Whitlam, I wanted to tell him how much he inspired people and how much I appreciated what he tried to do for our country. I did not want to wait until he died to say what I felt about him. The most surprising thing to me was that he rang me and left a message (unfortunately I could not take the call) and thanked me for my thoughts and said he agreed with me that the way the Howard government was behaving made him also feel ashamed to be an Australian. The gesture of ringing me and leaving a message meant and still means a lot to me.
• What Crikey’s Guy Rundle says ...
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. ABC Pic of Andrew Wilkie Pub: Oct 22
23.10.14 5:15 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, and eminent human rights advocate and lawyer, Greg Barns, have formally requested the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate crimes against asylum seekers by members of the Abbott Government. Download a copy of the letter below ...
• Sister Brigid Arthur, Pamela Curr: Death Knell to Australia’s commitment to Refugee Convention: “In this week when we mourn the passing of Gough Whitlam, we remember a day in 1975 when he welcomed 200 Vietnamese refugee babies in “Operation Babylift” . The babies were evacuated in shoeboxes from the terror of Vietnam. My nephew is married to one of these babies. His wife, a teacher and mother is now a member of our family having been welcomed at a time when Australia was a kinder, more open hearted country,” says Sister Brigid Arthur of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project.” I contrast this sadly with the treatment of babies who under this Bill will,be condemned to the tent camps on Nauru.” More below ...
Dae Levine, AOA Communications Director. Pic*
23.10.14 5:05 am
So far, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United States of America, Korea, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom, Spain and the European Union have ticked their support (for a marine protected areas in Antarctica)
ABC. Pub: Oct 22
23.10.14 5:00 am
Tasmania’s Integrity Commission is taking too long to investigate complaints, a hearing has been told.
VANESSA GOODWIN, Attorney-General ...
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pub: Oct 21
23.10.14 4:45 am
“Mum and dad’’ demonstrators, fiery activists, a government intent on silencing environmental protesters, the battle of Twyford Down in Britain two decades ago has an echo in the latest phase of the forestry wars in Tasmania. It was a battle the British Government under John Major would ultimately win, even though it can now be said the Conservative administration lost the war. The victory, though, in pushing through plans to build a motorway cutting across verdant downland where the poet Alexander Pope had often walked as a schoolboy would leave a scar on both the British countryside and the British psyche.
Eva Ruzicka, Eva Ruzicka's blog, http://evaruzicka.blogspot.com.au/ Pic* Pub: Oct 21
23.10.14 4:35 am
• Not for us any of Oxford’s gentle spires if Hobart is to become the UTAS city, HERE … Note that the Officer Recommendation is for Refusal. From what I’ve heard, the application is running into problems as it well exceeds the limits of the City’s Planning Scheme. What UTAS is asking for will create a large mass of building with four linked towers at 15 levels, which exceed the existing heights in the area. In effect, lifting something like the State Library building and putting it down on the site, as one person commented. For video run through of the site, go: HERE …
• Conflict of interest and bias in decision making, HERE And this is where the rubber hits the road in so many of those allegations of corrupt local government practice. Who has a conflict of interest? And how is it judged? Can I say to anyone who is elected to local government that this is one of the most crucial parts of your role that you must get right at all times? This is not a time for grey areas or angels polka-dotting on pinheads of needles. Either you have a conflict or you don’t, and you’ll have to prove it within the confines of the rules if called on to do so. …
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times, Tony Hagar on Hobart and its architecture ...
• Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery ... We have had numerous assurances that all will be cleared and the bike path marked, the reticence of IMAS - UTAS management is pretty sad as I again look at the architects’ unresolved vision that was going to add street life to the area. I am also concerned as marking out parking spaces on the other side of the fence give the impression that the fence is a permanent fixture. The complacency in regard this aesthetic eyesore by the relevant bureaucrats is pathetic, particularly given the recent PR that labels Hobart as a funky cultural getaway. Given Salamanca is a key tourism destination, this type of oversight is very disappointing for businesses and residents that have invested in living and operating in the area. We were assured that it would be cleared by Dark Mofo in June, five months on that has still not happened. Things need to change ASAP.
THURSDAY, October 23 ...
• Eva Ruzicka: Melville Street UTAS proposal: Questions that must be answered ... !
Nicola Goc* Pic* Pub: Oct 20
23.10.14 4:30 am
The price Tasmanian taxpayers pay each year for the privilege of keeping alive the British colonial tradition of tugging our forelocks ...
• Greg James, in Comments: Yes, TGC it is a province of Canada, officially known as Newfoundland and Labrador. It became a province in c1948. The Newfies like Tasmanians were the national joke and they economically collapsed with its cod industry in 1992. Now it is now the third most wealthy province in Canada; they managed to find some brains and exploit them. Nevertheless they only pay their Governor a fraction of what we do and they are the ones who can afford to pay more. The Canadians are peculiar in that the people they choose to do this job see it as a form of community service and the pay is unimportant to them; go figure. They also don’t seem to choose lawyers; rather they choose the types that can sell their island, journalists, commentators or persons of notable accomplishment. Our versions would be Peter Cundall, Judy Tierney, Richard Flanagan or Elizabeth Blackburn.
NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
22.10.14 5:50 am
The sun emitted a significant solar flare on October 19, 2014. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of the event in an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that can see the intense heat of a flare and that is typically colorized in teal. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however—when intense enough—they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
Will Hodgman, Premier, Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Media Release Pic* Pub: Oct 21
22.10.14 4:30 am
Tasmania: World’s Must-See in 2015 … Who wouldn’t want to visit a region that’s described by the Lonely Planet as: “Wild and dramatic, cultured and quirky, isolated yet accessible – the delivery of offerings from Tasmania’s plate may require multiple helpings.” …
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Health spokesperson Media Release Pub: Oct 21
22.10.14 4:20 am
Ice in Tasmania Last night’s Four Corners program ( ABC HERE ) revealed the devastation Chrystal methamphetamine, or Ice, is wreaking on individuals and families in North and North West Tasmania, Greens Health spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said today.
Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pic: of Hilary Burden
21.10.14 4:15 am
I met a lady nearly twice my age today. I use the word ‘lady’ because to me ‘woman’ seems not kind enough, cold as fish, and certainly too small a word. Like calling vintage Champagne “fizz”.
21.10.14 4:00 am
PONDERING who I felt was worthy of being an elected member of my local council, I was examining the bits of paper the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) had sent me. I found the numbering instructions on the voting slip disturbing, as did I the TEC’s assurances about the security of my vote.
• Julian Type, in Comments: Bob, If you do not number all the boxes, there is a very real chance that your vote will exhaust at some point during the distribution of preferences when, in fact, you may have a clear preference (or, in your own terms perhaps, aversion) among the remaining candidates. The TEC would be doing voters a disservice to induce exhausted votes. As for the count in 2009, I tend to prefer the innocent explanation, but, then, I would!
Dr Kingsley Faulkner AM, Chair Doctors for the Environment Australia. Wikipedia pic of Tony Abbott
20.10.14 4:45 am
In response to Prime Minister Abbott’s recent comment ( SMH here ) that “coal is good for humanity”, a group of health experts has sent him a damning open letter (below) describing his statement “as a contradiction to all available evidence.”
Is #38 able to give examples of “Australia’s humanity-led and personified by Gough” without avoiding…