"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
ABC. First published Dec 6
08.12.13 5:24 am
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died.
Jeff Hansen, Australian Director, Sea Shepherd Australia. Pic: of Minke Whale, like 'Spot'
08.12.13 3:52 am
Japan sets its sights on Australian Minke whales like “Spot” The Japanese Whale Poaching Fleet has left Japan, setting sail for the Australian Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. The factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru left Innoshima port today and the refueling vessel, the Sun Laurel, left a couple of days prior. The harpoon ships no longer have their AIS (Automatic Identification System) on and appears are underway as well.
Australin Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome MR
07.12.13 4:32 am
Tasmanian equality activists have congratulated Australia’s first same-sex married couples who tied the knot today under the ACT’s marriage equality law, saying it highlights the opportunity Tasmania missed to become the first place in Australia to allow same-sex marriages.
Scruffy Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published December 3
06.12.13 4:00 am
I am a very important dog or so my Master tells me.
• Scruffy’s Facebook profile
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: If Scruffy runs I will vote at the elections otherwise I won’t bother. I know Scruffy and she is an honest dog, no bones about it. She can be relied upon totally to do what she says and to be true to herself. Go Scruffy.
• Jack, in Comments: Will Scruffy be giving a press conference? Some questions the press gallery would like to put to him: If he wins a seat in parliament will he be tempted to sniff the arses of all the members? What is his policy on gay marriage and the humping of legs? Is he vaccinated against the usual parliamentary diseases; distemper and foot-in-mouth disease? Will Scruffy represent the interests of blue ribbon poodles as well as working dogs? Has he ever eaten from a pork barrel? He holds his tail proudly, but does he risk it wagging him? Is he trained as a (bull) scat detection dog?
Katherine Wilson* First published December 2
06.12.13 3:45 am
Tasmania is currently reviewing its ban on genetically modified (GM) crops. If other states’ experiences are anything to go by, Tasmania will be facing underhand industry tactics.
Michael Atkin, 7.30. First published December 3
06.12.13 3:29 am
Two Australian millionaires will transform a key Tasmanian woodchip mill into a major tourist attraction, in a blow to the State Government and the forestry industry.
• Bob Brown: “the Abetz view of Tasmania as a quarry and woodpile is not only last century, it is directly responsible for worsening Tasmania’s poorer economic performance and higher unemployment rate ...
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Bloody hell the mill has been closed now for years, how is that going to affect the industry in any way. Woodchipping on mass is dead, otherwise Gunns would still be running Tasmania. Gunns closed the mill because it was unviable, why would a ship travel the extra distance to Triabunna anyway when truck drivers get paid a pittance to take the logs from the southern forests all the way to Bell Bay. What a joke, the real story is more likely that the mill was old, rusting and in need of far too much maintenance to keep it going. The board and management of Gunns have shown themselves to be inept businessmen who relied on taxpayer handouts and a puppet government to survive. Good Riddance. Glad to hear another nasty chapter of the book is closed and hopefully Mr Woods and Ms Cameron will do very nicely with such a lovely site.
• Ben Quin, Triabunna, in Comments: It remains a hopeless position for the old Tasmanian forestry industry. If its leaders believe that economic viability remains rooted in the dream of a revived export woodchip mill at Triabunna, then it is an industry that should rightly be put to bed and lights out. No more stories from that book, thanks. The next chapter is the one about how Gunns was good for Triabunna and all its navvies.We should get enthusiastically behind Woods’ proposal. Triabunna will thrive with a new agenda.
06.12.13 3:27 am
It’s nearing that time of year when Christmas decorations are all over town, the end-of-year celebrations have begun and the Summer issue of Island Magazine is being launched!
Come along to Rosny Barn where the amazing guys at TacoTaco will be selling their delicious foodstuffs. We’ll also have Pagan Cider on sale to quench your thirst – as well as a few more to be announced shortly! Go HERE:
06.12.13 3:25 am
Greens Leader Nick McKimnt has indicated it is willing to help any potential investor in a Tamar Valley pulp mill. State Opposition leader Will Hodgman met the Prime Minister and senior government ministers in Canberra this week and says they are prepared to consider assistance to develop the mill.
• John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: A new forest way? There are occasional sightings of the pulp mill ghost. Korda Mentha says there is considerable interest in the pulp mill. They said that about Gunns’ sawmills which we now discover was sold to New Forests for $21 million plus stock? Recently Leg Co member Ivanasarus Dean urged fellow members to vote for a motion affirming support for the pulp mill and State Opposition leader Will Hodgman reportedly met the Prime Minister and senior government ministers in Canberra this week and says they are prepared to consider assistance to develop the mill. That sounds like an expression of disinterest, implicitly confirmed by Mr Hodgman when he refused to speculate about what kind of help the Government might offer.
06.12.13 3:23 am
Holden has made the decision to pull out of Australia as early as 2016, according to senior Government ministers.
06.12.13 3:23 am
Labor and the Greens have cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Government’s border protection policy after an asylum seeker boat made it to Christmas Island undetected.
Michael Safi, The Global Mail, via People Before Pokies. First published December 4
06.12.13 3:22 am
The Abbott government is set to strip landmark gaming reforms meant to combat Australia’s world-leading gambling problem.
Mercury. ABC. First published December 4. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie
06.12.13 3:20 am
PALMER United Party Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie has hit back at a senior colleague’s label of “Boganland”, describing herself as a champion of the underdogs who live in the real world.
• Labor and Liberals slump in latest Tasmanian poll as Greens’ support surges
• Tasmanian Palmer party candidate Marti Zucco quits over dispute with Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie
• Tim Morris: Growth signs in Tasmanian economy
Jan Davis' Tasmanian Country Column today. Pic: of Joe Hockey
06.12.13 3:00 am
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s decision to veto the $3.4 billion US takeover of GrainCorp placed him and the new government in a no-win situation, particularly given the Nationals’ opposition to the deal.
Kay Seltitzas, Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania MR First published December 2
05.12.13 3:15 am
Experts back new health investigations at Tasmanian lead mining town The Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania (THMTT) has welcomed recent statements made by Professor Ray Kearney from The University of Sydney Medical School in support of the need for new public and environmental health investigations in Rosebery.
• Isla MacGregor: Wightman and O’Byrne must act to give EPA teeth Isla MacGregor said ‘Alex Schaap’s comments are just not good enough coming from the head of Tasmania’s so-called independent environmental watchdog. Apparently he has no intention of regulating an appropriate standard for lead emissions, and better protecting the health of mining town residents’.
• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: Post ABC7.30, will Brian Wightman call Alex Schaap into his office to please explain? Will there be yet another jump in NPI emissions data as a result of the first reporting of the first full year’s emissions data being delivered to the EPA? Will the EPA allow MMG Rosbery mine to keep on emitting levels of pollutants based on guidelines they can meet as opposed to guidleines to minimise public health impacts of Rosebery residents? Why is it left to the Tasmanian public to voluntarily and without any resources whatsoever, do the job that should be done by an independent EPA?
Peter Lloyd, ABC. Pic: of Alexander Downer
05.12.13 3:00 am
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended an ASIO raid on the offices of a lawyer in the East Timor spying case, saying it was done in the national interest.
Dr Robert Moles* Pic: The yacht at the centre: Four Winds. First published Demcember 2
04.12.13 4:00 am
The Sue Neill-Fraser case Overview The criminal appeal system in Tasmania is in breach of international human rights obligations - and has been so for over 30 years. Most people would think that if that were so, someone would have noticed it and done something about it. Also, if it transpired that a major criminal conviction (the case of Sue Neill-Fraser) was contrary to reason, common-sense and the law, one might think that it would be quickly sent back to the courts for review. Neither of those things has happened yet. To understand why, we need to place the case into a broader context.
Dr Robert Moles* First published December 2
04.12.13 3:55 am
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Angela Marsh, Southern Beaches Conservation Society Dump the Toxic Dump MR.
04.12.13 3:00 am
The Southern Beaches Conservation Society (SBCS) is deeply concerned about an application received by Sorell Council from Southern Waste Solutions (SWS) to develop a waste remediation facility at the Copping Landfill Site.
Picture: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/ SMH
03.12.13 4:00 am
We don’t need no educashun. We don’t need no Gonski. Nuffink wrong with literacy here in Channel Court, Kingston.
03.12.13 3:28 am
• Secret 5-Eyes document shows surveillance partners discussing what information they can pool about their citizens • DSD indicated it could provide material without some privacy restraints imposed by other countries such as Canada • Medical, legal or religious information ‘not automatically limited’ • Concern that intelligence agency could be ‘operating outside its legal mandate’
Cassy O'Connor Minister for Community Development.Pic*
02.12.13 4:20 am
The Minister for Community Development, Cassy O’Connor, today congratulated the Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support network (TASS) ( who won the Tasmanian Times Tasmanian of the Year Award ) for winning a Tasmanian Human Rights Award 2013 in recognition of their outstanding work in advocating the human rights of people seeking asylum in Tasmania.
#9 For those of us with even longer political memories we can remember Marti (Mr Political Flexibility) Zucco chumming…