"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
Prepared from research by Dr David Obendorf and Penelope Marshall
31.03.15 5:00 am
In March 2014 New Zealand Herald reporter Andrew Stone revealed that a NZ Government-owned business called Animal Control Products Ltd/Pestoff had stockpiled 7.67 tonnes (7,670 kg) of pure sodium fluoroacetate [Compound 1080].
[ Since the Tasmanian Government decided to ban the use of 1080 in State forests (later 2005) and restricted its use for crop protection purposes, the quantity of pure 1080 used and controlled by DPIPWE annually is now less than 5 kgm. The new Liberal state government decided to rescind the phasing out of 1080 use in Tasmania after the long-running Alternatives to 1080 program failed to convince commercial farmers to accept cost-effective alternatives to 1080 poison. ]
• ABC: Pesticide banned worldwide still used to grow 70pc of Australian strawberries About 70 per cent of Australian strawberries are being grown on runners that have been fumigated with an environmentally damaging pesticide that has been banned around the world. Methyl bromide is an odourless and colourless gas which was banned under the United Nations Montreal Protocol in 1989 because it depletes the ozone layer. Australia agreed to phase it out by 2005 but a decade later, nine strawberry runner growers at Toolangi, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, are still using nearly 30 tonnes a year. And, in Tasmania ... ?
• Ian Rist, in Comments: I hope the local supporters and purveyors of 1080 are watching this and all the ramifications very closely. On today’s ABC Country Hour it stated China has stopped importing all milk powder with Fonterra NZ particularly hardest hit. I will add link as soon as it becomes available online.
Ted Mead. Pic*
31.03.15 4:45 am
Despite the fact that the Tas Liberals knowingly allow, and have intentionally permitted, the ongoing degradation of cultural heritage along the Tarkine coast, it all seems a wee mysterious that they look to develop some form of goodwill with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.
• Sarawak Report: Gangster State! Gangster tactics – “Either you take our money or we take your land for free”! Reporters for Sarawak Report have been interviewing the inhabitants of Melikin over the past days to learn of their problems with one of the major companies that has been operating in their area, United Teamtrade. United Teamtrade has been granted a provisional licence for 7,300 hectares. However, as so often is the case, it has treated this provisional licence from the Land & Survey Department as a right to take Native Customary Rights Land, instead of a right to negotiate with the real landowners …
Rob Messenger Media Release. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie
31.03.15 4:40 am
Independent Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie has called for people who would like to be part of her political Network to make contact through her Facebook Page:
• Noel Towell, Canberra Times: Eric Abetz ‘indulged in lurid fantasies’ about injured public servant, barrister says Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in “lurid fantasies” about a public servant who claimed workers’ compensation for injuries sustained while having sex in a motel room, the woman’s barrister says. Sydney barrister Leo Grey says the minister has grossly misrepresented the facts of the case and indulged in lurid fantasies by calling the injured bureaucrat a “libidinous claimant”. Senator Abetz made his comments last week while launching changes to the Comcare workers’ compensation system for federal public servants, saying the case highlighted the problems with the scheme. The six-year legal saga came to an end in 2014 when the High Court decided that the public servant was not entitled to compensation for physical and psychological injuries she sustained when a light fitting was pulled from a wall while she had sex in a Nowra motel room in 2007. Senator Abetz revealed last week that the case, known as PVYW to protect the woman’s identity, had cost taxpayers more than $600,000 in legal fees and highlighted the flaws in the system. But Mr Grey has returned fire, in an opinion piece for this newspaper he has accused the minister of grossly misrepresenting the case in an effort to win support for his changes to Comcare.
Shannon Davey* http://discoverthespiritoftasmania.ic1m.com.au/
30.03.15 5:00 am
When Tolpuddle Martyr’s leader and Methodist preacher George Loveless was exiled to Tasmania it sparked popular unionism in Britain which led to a better life for millions and helped create greater social justice and broad-based democracy in Britain and Tasmania. The sentences, along with using the ’terror of Tasmania,’ were designed to destroy the union movement in Britain. However by turning six ordinary men into martyrs the government started a ‘whirlwind of outrage’ throughout Britain. In sycophantic Tasmania the Tolpuddle Martyr leader, George Loveless, was seen as a notorious rebel, initially hobbled in a chain gang. But in England the six became a national cause. Governor Arthur in time became impressed with Loveless’ ‘Jesus-like’ moral and pacifist qualities as well as the depth of his Christian convictions, and later placed him as a convict stockman on the Domain farm in Hobart. Meanwhile in England ...
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health Media Release
30.03.15 4:50 am
Tasmania’s health system is broken and needs to change.
• Andrew Wilkie: A statement on the State Government’s health announcement This is another terrible case of parochialism, and of protecting the electoral prospects of northern politicians, being put well above good health policy yet again. I give some credit to the Government for taking some small steps today, but the reality is that much more is needed to fix our ailing health system.
• Ben, in Comments: The Liberals’ plan for the Mersey Hospital is virtually identical to Lara Giddings’ plan for the hospital prior to the 2007 federal election, which John Howard torpedoed via a Youtube announcement during the election campaign. Eight years and countless wasted millions later the Liberal Party are effectively acknowledging that Giddings was right to try to reduce duplication in the north while also trying to do something about elective surgery waiting lists. It will be interesting to see if any local reports delve into the strident opposition to Giddings’ plan from non-other than the same Liberal Party that is now in power, and also whether they give credit for the idea where credit is due - former Health Minister Lara Giddings.
Julian S Punch* AM
30.03.15 4:45 am
Letter to The Editor, Changing the TADA 1999 I am writing to you regarding the legislation being introduced into Parliament by the Liberal State Government in collaboration with fundamentalist religious sects to alter the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1999. I write as someone who three years ago supported my Brother and sister-in-law who lost their gay son to suicide following a severe period of bullying in a Sydney Catholic School. I also write in concern as a Catholic Priest supporting several groups of Catholic parents who suffered the same terrible loss as my brother and my sister-in-law. These parents tried desperately to change the Catholic persecution of LGBTI people ... to no effect.
• Steve, in Comments: There’s a distinctly Orwellian feel to this proposed change. It’s against the law to discriminate on grounds of religion because we are all equal. However some schools are more equal than others so it’s OK for them?
• Jack Jolly, in Comments: #2 Fine. Let’s start by removing tax breaks on religion and make a level playing field. Then, remove any government funding for religious schools as they have norms and standards that are not shared by the Australian community. Next, make it legal for me not to employ the likes of you because you believe in the existence of a man in the sky and are clearly deluded. That way, you can discriminate against me and I can discriminate against you on an equal basis based upon our different ideologies. So, all good then?
30.03.15 4:35 am
Field McConnell retired pilot of 39 years. Pic*
30.03.15 4:33 am
My name is Field McConnell and I am the retired Delta pilot who first reported the BUAP to world aviation authorities. I am convinced that Mr Andreas Lubitz was a victim and not a perpetrator for many reasons. I was the guest on a radio show yesterday that was heard by over 100,000 worldwide ...
30.03.15 4:30 am
When inflicted by an unseen perpetrator, we have been conditioned by the media and the political agenda of a few to fear violence no matter how abstract the threat may be. We lose sleep over the impending attacks that unknown Muslims might make; we fear Sharia law without understanding anything about it ... Yet, when an actual threat presents itself to us, a violent yet silent killer which has taken 22 women from Australia in the past 11 weeks alone, we remain quiet.
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: Mar 30. Pic: Tony Abbott's wink ...
30.03.15 3:15 am
The Week that was ... In another fabulous action-packed week of fantastical spinning, bewildering back-flipping, delusion, parliamentary hullabaloo and other manifestations of ‘good,’ ‘adults-in-charge,’ open for business, government, its multi-million dollar turd-polishing media unit was in overdrive. Abbott’s avid fascination with Goebbels lingered on like a fart in a sleeping bag, a noxious emanation impossible to disown or disavow.
30.03.15 3:00 am
What an unlikely trifecta of letter writers in last week’s North-Eastern Advertiser! Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater; Michael Ferguson, Tasmania’s Minister for Health; and Barry Jarvis, Mayor of Dorset. But the punters lost out. Reading these letters, it is hard not to feel devastated for the residents of Pioneer. And personally, it was disappointing to be targeted by one of the letter writers – Tasmania’s Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson. Minister Ferguson’s letter was, in my view, a deliberate spilling of ink, designed to confuse readers and to save his own skin in relation to the Pioneer water issue ...
• Dr Alison Bleaney, in Comments: DHHS - Public Health- has direct responsibility for Tasmanian reticulated drinking water quality. It appears the Local Council environmental health officer needs to inform DHHS that ‘Houston, we have a problem’, and then DHHS has responsibility for instigating further investigations and taking action to correct any problems and can direct TasWater to do so. To say it is the Local Council problem is perhaps technically correct but so disingenuous. DHHS do not wait for this line of command to be taken with contagious outbreaks, so why take this line of action other than to perhaps save their own skins/ jobs? Can you imagine the outrage that would have occurred when the lead poisoning story first leaked into the media if Pioneer had a population of 1 million? And yet our laws are the same. This unfolding long long story of poisoning of the reticulated water supply with no appropriate remedial action let alone honest information sharing is shameful. How many other similar stories are there? I shake my head in wonder and despair ... it is 2015 isn’t it?
• Lisa Rime, in Comments: Like so many others, I’ve been following Pioneer’s water crisis from afar for quite some time. It’s frightening seeing such a shirking of responsibility from each of the powers involved, and even more, the blatant lack of care shown for the welfare of the residents affected. This is not the way a first world society should operate. It is weird and shameful.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall St Journal
30.03.15 2:45 am
“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.”
• Chris Sharples, in Comments: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an incredibly brave person - somebody who states the bleeding obvious about religion, but without the luxury of being able to feel reasonably safe doing so (like I do). Although some have tried sincerely and earnestly to promote peace and real justice through religious belief, this has never resulted in anything more than small, occasional pockets of tolerance and genuine caring. After thousands of years of religion dominating human society’s values and practices, the most peaceful and tolerant societies to be found today - places like Denmark - are also the least religious societies, not the most religious.
• Danny Carney, in Comments: … There is something to be said of her ignorance of the rest of the Muslim world, and her . My experience with Islam is based on my experience with Indonesia.There are more Muslims here, nominally at least, than anywhere else. I’m literally surrounded by them every day. I live next to a mosque, my neighbor is an Imam, the family I live with send their kids to pesantren for education. I get my motorbike fixed by a guy who has been to Mecca. I’m also an atheist, have introduced them to all numbers of ex-Muslims, have drunk beer in front of them and with them, and know all about their extra-marital affairs. It’s impossible for me to reconcile this version of Islam, which is as real as any other, with that which is written about by Ali. …
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: http://www.tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/ Pub: Mar 30. Pic*
30.03.15 2:30 am
Resources Management Services LLC (RMS) a forestry investment manager from Alabama paid $125.5 million for land belonging to FEA and trees belonging to FEA’s MIS growers. The sale price confirms that forest assets have continued to plummet in value. The sale price is a disaster for everyone waiting for a distribution, the secured and unsecured creditors and the growers. The insolvency practitioners stand the best chance of getting paid in full ...
Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp Pic: of Garfield Barwick
30.03.15 2:15 am
Rodney Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said on 25 March: “… there are civil and criminal penalties for both cartel conduct and attempts to engage in cartel conduct.” Evan Whitton suggests that the ACCC take a look at certain legal persons.
30.03.15 2:00 am
30.03.15 1:45 am
Great speech. Shame the senate is always empty when he speaks. If only he was leading this country!
30.03.15 1:30 am
I was just having a little look around for parliamentary salaries etc and I happened upon their expenditure reports and I was flabbergasted at the variance, I wonder if the general public know what their money is actually paying for? If an accountant was looking at this in relation to the running of a business I wouldn’t doubt there would be an audit and serious questions asked! Having clicked on a few of the names on the listings (a pdf has a fuller breakdown) ... What an trove of fantasy reveals itself! Parliamentarians’ Entitlements Reporting, HERE
30.03.15 1:14 am
The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for nearly 38 million dollars to help 166-thousand people in the Pacific archipelago after the cyclone hit on March 13.
Editor. Pic: Luke Foley, left and Mike Baird by ABC
29.03.15 10:09 am
Labor’s Luke Foley squared off against popular Liberal Premier Mike Baird on Saturday in NSW. And the implications for Tony Abbott and his embattled government are ... ?
• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top nav bar) for breaking news/comment on Saturday’s poll. And don’t forget to consult the venerable Dr Kevin Bonham, here ...
• ABC: NSW election 2015: Coalition wins NSW election with reduced majority Key points at 8.10pm AEDT: •Coalition on track for 52 seats to Labor’s 31. The target is 47. •ABC election analyst Antony Green: “The government is definitely back”. •Ministers claim result is mandate for electricity privatisation. •Labor’s Carmel Tebbutt: “This election was never about us being able to take government”.
Dr Michael Powell* Professor Susan Dodds. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic MP from the Libs' website Pub: Mar 26
27.03.15 5:00 am
• Nikolic Refuses to Debate Dr Powell
• The letter from Professor Susan Dodds and Dr Michael Powell
• The Guardian, The Observer: We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals Universities have a particular responsibility to resist this kind of bullying
• Wining Pom, in Comments: ...“He may have faced the Taliban, but he hasn’t the courage to face an unarmed civilian constituent.” Well, he did have a lot of armed soldiers and planes and tanks to help him. Maybe he would be open to debate if a team of government funded lawyers were there to back him up.
• Garry Stannus, in Comments: Well, Lindsay. This article is a bit of a disappointment. You seem to have published something which flies in the face of our own TT Code. I refer to the “A short man is never short of problems.” statement in Dr Powell’s article. In general, I thought Dr Powell strayed too far from the academic freedom-of-speech issue and into attacks on the personality of Andrew Nikolic. However, in context, it was understandable, and forgiveable … that is, to describe Nikolic as a bully is reasonable, in light of the manner in which he has recently and previously sought to counter opposing points-of-view. But to resort to a reference to his shortness was quite ‘unacademic’ and also inconsistent with the TT Code. (Let it be noted, that I’ve long opposed the Code, while preferring peer evaluation as opposed to editorial intervention)
• Steve, in Comments: #8; Interesting point Garry. When I first read the quote in question, I thought the same as you. Then I re-read and decided that “short” was being used more as a generic term to cover an individual’s feelings of inadequacy rather than a specific reference to any vertical challenges Nikolic may face; hence the quotation marks. I must confess my interpretation was partially based on the supposition that Dr Powell would have more sense than to resort to physical slurs. He’s comfortably capable of running rings around Nikolic in intellectual argument. Why would he bother with school yard insults? Perhaps if Dr Powell is following this thread, he could clarify the point?
By Bill Rowlings, CEO of Civil Liberties Australia. Pub: Mar 26
27.03.15 4:00 am
The Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015, expected to become law within weeks, regulates high-tech research and development in Australia … and may drive the nation’s best researchers and academics overseas for good. If they don’t leave for their own sanity and safety, they face $400,000 fines and 10 years in jail just for sending an “inappropriate” email. Who decides “appropriate”? Big Brother, the Government. The new law is a government assault on freedom of speech and association, and entirely disproportionate to the legitimate protections it is trying to put in place. The penalty regime can literally take a researcher’s life’s work away. Some critics say the DTCA law will have a worse effect on Australia than the useless-but-dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.(1)
I would have thought that the $30K reward that was offered for information that can shed further light on this case ought…