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The sad story of St James, Montagu Bay ...

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Peter Fleming* Pic: St James, Montague Bay
16.08.18 5:30 am

… This put St James in a very healthy financial position, also one of the long-term church members had passed away and left a generous bequest to the church. All up, using the reserve bank’s calculation tables, in today`s values the money was in the area of $100,000. Unfortunately for St James the financial position at St Aidans was rather bad and without the consent of any of the committee or indeed the treasurer, somehow the money was removed from the control of St James and has effectively disappeared. Since then St James has been the poor cousin of St Aidans with the entire collection going to St Aidans and very little being returned despite parishioner numbers steadily increasing …

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Jobs for the boyzzzzzzzzzz ... ?

The Hag* Pic: of Matthew Groom from his then website ...
16.08.18 5:20 am

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The Hag has some news to report ... it seems former Minister for Energy Matthew Groom - who quit the government before the election and oversaw the disastrous and very costly Basslink failure which led to the importation of some 40 diesel generators - has a five-year sojourn on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ...

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Anna Reynolds, Independent for Mayor ... not Green ... ?

The Hag*. Pic: of Anna, right, at her launch ...
16.08.18 5:15 am

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So, why is Anna Reynolds running as Independent for Mayor ... rather than a Green?

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Letter to Eric Abetz on UTAS properties ...

Scott Heares* Pic: of Rufus Black
16.08.18 5:09 am

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Hi Mr Abetz* ... I’m sure you will have plenty to say about this, how dare Ms Willsmore ignore a request by your esteemed colleague the Attorney-General Ms Archer. I also have some more bad news for you concerning Mr Bingham* the Integrity Commissioner, he told me he didn’t have the power to investigate the extraordinary prices, involving $15 million, paid by UTas for CBD properties …

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Is NZ No Longer a Trout Fisher’s Paradise?

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16.08.18 5:00 am

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New Zealand’s world famous trout fishery is at the crossroads. The warning comes from a noted American fly fisherman Howard West, just turned 71, who has made regular visits to New Zealand to fish its crystal clear streams and catch big trout. But now he says the Kiwi trout fishery is at a dangerously critical stage …

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Reflections on a Queensland senator’s recent remarks …

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15.08.18 1:02 pm

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I find Fraser Anning’s comments re banning Muslims from Australia, and the implied intolerance driving them, most distasteful.  But even more so, I find his ignorance frightening …

Senator Whish-Wilson calls on Bob Katter to expel Anning from his party

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The sounds of the Silent Majority ...

Rex Beamish*
15.08.18 5:45 am

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The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka …

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Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ...

John Hawkins*
15.08.18 5:30 am

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Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 ... ?

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The cable car ...

Andrew James*
14.08.18 12:45 pm

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Satire by Andrew James

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The Cable Car (2)

The Hag*
14.08.18 12:30 pm

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The Hag doesn’t like the cable car. It would immensely spoil what remains of the ambience of Hobbit, she says ...

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Reefgate or reefport?

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14.08.18 6:15 am

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Reefgate should be Malcolm Turnbull’s Watergate, but probably won’t be …

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‘Get glyphosate off our globe’

Bob Phelps, Gene Ethics News Media Release
14.08.18 6:00 am

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A California jury has awarded school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial that his exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused Mr Johnson’s cancer. The Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too,” says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps …

Anthony Amis: Friends of the Earth reaction to Glysophate court case Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnson’s regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict …

CropLife: Current reporting and commentary on glysophate

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‘Woodchip fan-girl gets real’

The Hag*
14.08.18 5:53 am

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As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the ‘main bar’ at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days …

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Gingivitis – Boiling the Gum in Tasmania

John Hawkins* Pic*
14.08.18 5:45 am

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I have started to notice on my property here at Bentley in northern Tasmania a large number of dead trees having the sap running out of the trunks like blood from a wound and then turning the bark ginger in colour …

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Women call for review to sex discrimination laws

Bronwyn Williams*
14.08.18 5:15 am

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Women Speak Tasmania is calling for uniform changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws …

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Geelong Star & Basslink ...

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13.08.18 8:55 am

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An inconvenient truth Part Three The balance of probability ... ?

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NATION: Turnbull’s leadership a sham. Seeks to evade GBRF scandal, climate change with NEG

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13.08.18 7:36 am

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“Our efforts to deal with climate change have been betrayed by a lack of leadership, a political cowardice, the like of which I have never seen” — Malcolm Turnbull 2010

Crikey Worm: Turnbull under siege

Guardian: Great Barrier Reef Foundation not aware of ‘due diligence’ for $444m grant Foundation’s managing director appears to contradict Frydenberg’s assurance that ‘extensive due diligence’ took place …

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EXCLUSIVE: The case of the missing Beach judgment: NAB vs Lawrence

Tess Lawrence*
13.08.18 7:15 am

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The National Australia Bank fights dirty. So does its lawyers …

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‘Future of the East Coast’

East Coast Alliance Media Release
13.08.18 7:07 am

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1.10pm sharp to 2pm Tuesday 21 August 2018: Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street

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‘Swift parrot the loser with Tassal’s east coast gill disease dam ...’

Vica Bayley, Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society Media Release. Pic: Eric Wohler
13.08.18 7:00 am

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A proposed dam that would suppy fresh water to treat gill disease in Tassal’s controversial Okehamption Bay fish farm will destroy critical habitat for the swift parrot, acknowledged by the proponent and experts as a ‘significant impact’ under federal law …

Vica Bayley: Spotlight on Hodgman Government over swift parrot habitat loss ... includes where you can watch a LIVESTREAM ...

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‘Michael Ferguson referred for Code of Conduct investigation’

Rebecca White MP, Labor Leader Ella Haddad MP, Shadow Attorney General Media Release. Pic*
13.08.18 6:45 am

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Labor will formally request Premier Hodgman stage a Ministerial Code of Conduct investigation into Health Minister Michael Ferguson over his role in the Cricket Australia scandal …

Crikey: Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking has pro-life history Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been fighting against abortion in the Apple Isle for years.

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