"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

First Day ... December

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Isla MacGregor
01.12.15 4:32 am

Time for reconciliation between the impacts on people and the environment from mining on the West Coast of Tasmania … towards a transition to healing for a sustainable community and environmental rehabilitation. A new Time for an Ethic of Care.

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Is what has now become a failed equalisation scheme, to be the Coalition’s legacy?

Peter Brohier
01.12.15 4:02 am

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The Howard Coalition gained Government on core promises that Bass Strait was to be part of the National Highway. Also, to give Tasmanians transport equality to build their state and much much more. In nearly 20 years the Coalition’s well thought out equalisation plan and scheme, covering the movement of people and vehicles in both directions, has been all but demolished.

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$7.5 million ... for a done (FSC) deal ... ?

John Hawkins, Chudleigh
01.12.15 3:51 am

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Forestry Tasmania was gifted some $7.5 million under the now scrapped Tasmanian Forest Agreement to obtain FSC accreditation.

• Ted Mead in Comments: … FSC or no FSC the FT ship is sinking. The only thing that keeps it afloat is the Liberal $ taxpayer funded liferafts. Time for it to be scuttled!

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Turnbull goes to Paris climate talks with ‘a policy that does not exist’

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: September 21. Pic: ABC of Malcolm Turnbull
30.11.15 4:45 am

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The UN Climate Change Summit circus in Paris will have to start tomorrow without Tony Abbott - not that he was going anyway. Not that it needs another clown. He got one Captain’s call right. His successor would also stay at home if he could. He should.

Michelle Grattan, The Conversation: Martin Parkinson has last laugh over Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin

• John Biggs in Comments: How did the crafty Turnbull let himself be manipulated into this position? He has lost all credibility and not only on climate change. In order to get some cred with his psychopathic right wing, he retained two of the worst ministers: this lying arrogant hypocritical and dangerous Hunt, and the sadistic boofhead Dutton who thinks like the dumbest cop on the beat. By the time Turnbull gets around to his real strategy—to win the next election and then start behaving sensibly as no doubt he would like to—it will be too late. He is too far along the road to self-destruction, either as a credible politician, or as a decent human being.

AFR via MSN: ‘Australia headed for recession’: Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister

SMH via MSN: Tony Abbott says he would have died happy on the morning he was removed as PM

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Thousands Rally in Hobart for Climate Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader Media Release. All pictures: Rob Walls, http://thisworkinglife.wordpress.com. First pub: Nov29
30.11.15 4:30 am

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Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week’s Climate Summit in Paris.

• Chris Harries in Comments: It was a lovely day and lots of great company but those speeches went on for too long. They guy from Bonorong Park is a gem. No airs and graces, just says what need to be said. Of late it’s become a tradition to not allow politicians to speak at these rallies. Not having high profile names makes it hard to promote the event well, but at least we hear from a wider sector of the community. Would have been good to have at least one speaker who has the ability to rouse up a lot of passionate energy, like Richard Flanagan or Bob Brown can. But thanks to the hard working organisers all over the world who have worked to organise this worldwide display of solidarity and hope.

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The Fight about Western Might Being Right ...

Dr Lissa Johnson, New Matilda. Pic*
30.11.15 3:45 am

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New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson explains the rationale behind why violence by the West is okay, and violence against the West is an assault on freedom-loving ‘ingroups’.

• Chris in Comments: Clear and concise congratulations on the clarity.

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Ted’s Bio-Blitz ...

Ted Mead
30.11.15 3:30 am

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Veterans of the Tarkine Last week approximately 100 scientists and enthusiasts took part in the Tarkine’s festival of science Bio-Blitz organised by the Bob Brown Foundation. Their mission was to discover and document the natural biodiversity in the fields of ecology, taxonomy, botany and biology in one of the last wild enclaves in Tasmania.

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‘Building plan threatens heritage-listed trees’

J. Davidson
30.11.15 3:30 am

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Our two Heritage-listed highly significant sequoia trees are over 120 years old on our Heritage-listed property.

• Andrew Ricketts in Comments: Yes absolutely. Must say I agree entirely with post #2, Hawkins, who in essence seems to be suggesting this is an irrationally tree hating place. However to consider it only curious would surely be an understating the immense pathos of the situation. I recall the mature heritage tree, an Abies cephalonica (Greek fir), at Westbury some years ago, the only mature specimen in Tasmania but was killed for a small subdivision. Council ordained that seed could be taken and new ones grown. Abies cephalonica is on the IUCN Red List. A Heritage expert wrote to the Council and did not even get a reply. Others and myself tried to stop its removal but failed. Tasmania is poorly educated and backward but this fact does not gain sufficient press or indeed remedial action. Regarding the current situation there may be a number of remedies but the article has little information about what could be a complex matter. We do not even know where the trees are, which Council approved the DA, whether the fence is on boundary, with which body are the trees listed, etc etc. The owner of the sequoias needs advice urgently.

• J. Davidson in Comments: The sequoias are located on our Heritage listed property within Scenic Protection Zone in Launceston very visible on the Launceston Easterly skyline, near St Georges Square.They are within Launceston City Council jurisdiction ( who accepted an incomplete DA.)The most northerly sequoia abuts our boundary fence and extends a few centimetres into the land where the proposed development is taking place.

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Former Gunns boss John Gay should not have to pay back money made from insider trading, lawyers say

ABC Pic: Garry Stannus
30.11.15 3:26 am

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Former Gunns boss John Gay should not have to pay any money in his proceeds of crime case because he did not make a profit, his lawyers argue.

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Documentary maker David Bradbury is in the Dole-drums

David Bradbury, SMH. ABC pic of David Bradbury
30.11.15 3:23 am

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I drove my Mercedes to the Centrelink office recently to register for the dole.

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Malcolm ...

Bob Lubout*
30.11.15 3:15 am

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Politicians maybe are wrongfully blamed for perceived Machiavellian behaviour … The recent change of leader within the Liberal Party however, resulted in a marked gain in the polls for Malcolm Turnbull as preferred Prime Minister.

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Mal Brough and Mr Ashby ...

Des. Pic of Mal Brough: ABC
30.11.15 3:08 am

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If your readers are wondering about the issues behind the AFP search warrants, served on several of the main players in the Ashbygate Affair,  then a link from Margo Kingston’s web page The Tweeted Times to a blog run by Vince O’Grady will reveal what is at stake.

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COP21: For a just, transformative & gender-responsive climate agreement

European Women's Lobby via Isla MacGregor
30.11.15 3:00 am

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[Brussels, 24 November 2015] Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that the world faces, and affects us all. However, men and women affect and are affected by environmental and climate change in different ways; they also contribute to climate justice through diverse strategies. In all countries, women and women’s organisations play an important role, which has been recognised by the work programme on gender initiated at COP 20 in 2014 in Lima. Women are half of the world’s population: it is obvious that the planet won’t be saved without women’s leadership and full participation.

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What the leaders say about Marriage Equality ...

Rodney Croome, Australian Marriage Equality
30.11.15 2:45 am

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Will Hodgman, Jeremy Rockliff, Cassy O’Connor ...

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Beer Travel: Bushwalking with Beer

Bert Spinks, The Crafty Pint. Pic*
30.11.15 2:00 am

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Having returned to his home in Tasmania after touring the outer reaches of Northern Europe, whence he experienced beer in the Scottish Isles, Iceland and Copenhagen, wandering storyteller Bert Spinks has been out bushwalking. Here, he ponders the whys and wherefores of doing it with beer …

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Tassie Pine - Episode 39: A Gem of an Offer

Tassie Pine
30.11.15 1:45 am

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This week in the final episode of the first season of Tassie Pine, Tassie struggles to make a decision on whether or not to sell Radio 7UC to Gem Magnet ...

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Mekong: Troubled Waters ...

John Vidal, The Guardian
30.11.15 12:38 am

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The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities

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One dead in log-truck smash ...

Examiner. First published November 27
29.11.15 8:31 am

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A MAN died in a crash between a car and a truck on Birralee Road in the state’s North on Thursday.

• John Hawkins in Comments: The Highway of Death: The Frankford Highway is littered with the crash sites of dead people. Some are remembered by crosses or flowers on the side of the road, all killed by these enormous Log Trucks as they head for the Batman Bridge at 110 kms plus an hour on a small narrow road that twists and turns from Westbury to Exeter. Heavy Log Trucks should be banned on this stretch for it has become the Tasmanian shortcut to the Pearly Gates. How many Tasmanians have Log Trucks killed or injured on this so-called Highway this year? I believe the number to be at least 5 with a month to go.

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: #5 Barry no one is saying it is the fault of the truck driver. The problem is that the road matters. Birallee road is a narrow, winding road with lots of crests and gullies. Sight lines are often obscured by trees and rises. So if a person who is driving onto the road or entering from a side road is not very very careful it is easy to get into trouble when another vehicle is doing 100 klm along the road. Of course if it is a car they may be able to swerve or brake to avoid an accident but when it is a fully loaded truck (especially a B double) they have trouble stopping and definitely cannot swerve. There are far too many people who drive cars in Tasmania who are lazy and cut corners, where I live it is a constant danger on the Lake Highway. I always drive way over on the left on blind corners, too many times I have come face to face with a (mainly 4wd) vehicle straddling the centre lines. I think that some roads need much lower speed limits for large vehicles, that way people who may not be taking enough care or who cannot see what is coming may have more chance. The difference between driving at 100 klm and 80klm is not very much in time on a trip. Even on a dead straight highway a 100 kilometre journey will only be 15 minutes longer. On a windy road much the difference will be much less.

• Artemesia in Comments: Linda (10) You have the wrong end of the stick here … the point is that these vehicular behemoths are being driven at a very fast pace on very inappropriate roads. Anyone who has ever used the Birralee Road will know that it should never have been approved to carry the kind of heavy transport vehicles that it does. Meet one of those on one the tight corners on that road and you have literally nowhere to go. It’s not really the truck drivers at fault - they simply can’t negotiate such a big vehicle on a road like that without encroaching onto the other lane. “Cowboy drivers” are to be found behind any wheel.

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Review of Integrity Commission Act 2009

Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General Media Release. Pic*
29.11.15 8:00 am

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The Honourable William Cox AC, RFD, ED has been appointed by the Governor to undertake the independent five-year review of the Integrity Commission Act 2009.

• Paul Smyth in Comments: Didn’t Vanessa Goodwin once work as Clerk Assisting for Chief Justice Cox when he worked in that role? How can he then be considered impartial in this review role?

• Kev Rothery in Comments: If Justice Cox’s appointment has been endorsed by the Joint Standing Committee on Integrity then there appears to be little hope that anything of substance will emerge from his review. This is likely to be a window dressing exercise, and thus a complete waste of public money.

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Japan’s decision to recommence whaling is caused by Australian government weakness

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release
28.11.15 8:01 am

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Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Australian Government to immediately condemn Japan for their decision to recommence whaling in the Southern Ocean this Summer. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “No Australian Government in a generation has been so silent and so passive in providing supposed opposition to whaling.

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VDL sale: Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng revealed as buyer

Jane Ryan, ABC. Pic: From VDL via ABC
27.11.15 4:02 am

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The proposed buyer of Tasmanian dairy giant Van Diemen’s Land Company (VDL) is Moon Lake Investments, an Australian company set up specifically for the purchase by Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng.

• Don Knowler in Comments: Interesting that originally VDL refused to name the bidder, or state which country they were from, because it was “commercial in confidence”. as if the Tasmanian people had no right to know.

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PS re lets hand it back ..... lets ask for $7.5 M to be returned and while we are at lets hand back some forest that was…

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