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Hodgman Liberals Back Football Over Public Services

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader Media Release
01.08.15 5:30 am

The Liberals in government are prioritising football over providing essential public services to Tasmanians.After crying poor as an excuse to slash funding to public health and education they are pouring almost $20 million taxpayer dollars into a wealthy football club (Hawthorn).

ABC: New $20 million deal locks Hawthorn into playing matches in Tasmania for another five years The Tasmanian Government has struck a new deal with the Hawthorn Football Club, locking state taxpayers into a five-year $20 million contract. Premier Will Hodgman is announcing the deal at a dinner in Hawthorn tonight. The deal secures four fixture matches and one pre-season game at York Park in Launceston each season, between 2017 and 2021. The Government has agreed to pay the team $3.8 million in 2017, and the amount will be adjusted in line with the Consumer Price Index each year until 2021. The Premier said it was a good deal for the state …

EDITOR: Of course ... Footy and Forestry ( Peter Gutwein: Forestry Tasmania and *New Matilda: Flying In The Face Of Scientific Advice, Tasmanian Government Abandons Swift Parrot ) are far more important than poncy Baroque Opera for which Liberal petty cash managed an offer of $300,000 this year ( Martyn Goddard: After a big win for Brisbane, Baroque looks at China ) ... Footy is a real man’s game, isn’t it Will? Thousands pour in every Saturday to watch Hawthorn, don’t they Will ... ? ( Tom Ellison, Hawthorn: It’s a con. A fraud )

• Karl Stevens in Comments: Hodgman is paying close to $1 million a game for a suburb of another state to play ‘footbrawl’ in his state? At least Little Willy has redefined ‘rational thought’ for the benefit of the rest of us.

• Ben Cannon, Melbourne, in Comments: Their home ground is in Melbourne, their new headquarters and training ground will be closer to St Kilda, and their main sponsor is Tasmania. What was their name again?

To concur with obvious points, an Australian football league without teams from Tasmania, the NT and the ACT is sort of a joke. Most other sports manage it. Surely a Tasmanian team would be an excellent opportunity for plastering all manner of gbe propaganda onto. They could be called the forestry Tasmania 1080 devils or the tas(mineral)water smoked salmons. Or the whatever the hell that new spirit of Tasmania is maybe it doubles as an international cargo trawling biomass powered submarine.

Will Hodgman: Tasmania, Hawks strike new five-year deal

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: Bread and circuses for the masses. Worked in ancient Rome, and obviously works just as well in 21st century Tasmania.

Sarah Courtney: Dawkins must stand up to O’Connor on Hawks deal

Cassy O’Connor: Questions to Answer over AFL Sponsorship Deal The Premier needs to explain to Tasmanians whether he sought advice from the tourism industry on the best brand marketing spend to promote Tasmania in light of the $20 million Hawthorn sponsorship deal. It is now clear that almost half the $20million deal is the sponsorship component, which effectively pays to have the word ‘Tasmania’ printed on a footy jumper. Without question, the Tourism Industry Council and its statewide members could have come up with a more effective, creative way to promote the state for almost $10 million over five years. Did the Liberal Government ask Hawthorn negotiators whether the team would still play at Aurora stadium - generating economic activity in Launceston - without the hefty sponsorship fee? Or did it, in its cynical desire to shore up votes in Bass, simply roll over at the negotiating table and give Hawthorn everything they asked for? On behalf of Tasmanian taxpayers and those who’ve lost their jobs or been denied services under this government, we will be asking these questions when Parliament resumes later this month.

• Chris in Comments: Goal posts to be sauced from Forestry Tasmania (fair shake of the bottle) and paid for by Tasnetworks, in voices (pun intended) will be objected to by the pensioners who will wear extra pullover to keep warm and pull the wool within over their eyes.

Paul Harriss:Public submissions on PNFEP review

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First Day of the Month Salute ...

Isla MacGregor
01.08.15 5:00 am

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Arthur River coast

Eroded coastal siltstone at Arthur River

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Tony Abbott, 2012: The Speaker is the guardian of parliamentary standards ...

Tony Abbott Archive. First published: July 31
01.08.15 4:30 am

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… The Speaker is the guardian of parliamentary standards. The Speakership is one of the most important offices in the Parliament. The Speaker is there to uphold the integrity of the Parliament and now we have very, very serious allegations against the incumbent Speaker, allegations of sexual harassment and allegations of potentially criminal misuse of entitlements. These are very serious allegations indeed. Yes, the Speaker is entitled to the presumption of innocence but he does have quite a lot of explaining to do.

It’s also very important that the Prime Minister act to ensure the integrity of the Parliament. The Speaker is only in that office because the Prime Minister used her numbers late last year to install him. The Prime Minister, to uphold the integrity of the Parliament, needs now to require the Speaker to step down until these matters are resolved.  It’s also incumbent upon the Australian Federal Police to swiftly investigate the potentially criminal allegations that have been made against the Speaker. 

I can’t underestimate the seriousness of this … Well this does go to the integrity not just of the Parliament but of the Prime Minister and of the Government …

Guardian: Bronwyn Bishop expenses row: historic claims reveal another 15 trips With the Speaker under increasing pressure to stand aside, further claims reveal that as a committee chair she claimed travel benefits even when the committee was not conducting hearings

• mr t in Comments: I realise our PM is assiduously avoiding the media in this week where a true leader would stand tall but refreshing to know a relevant media statement can be drawn from 2012. It must be another cost saving measure by the PM and his office.

Sunshine Coast Daily, 13th Aug 2006 8:00 AM: Politicians gather for Slipper wedding … A WHOS who of politicians attended Member for Fisher Peter Slippers wedding to his girlfriend of three years, Buderims Inge-Jane Hall in Brisbane yesterday. More than 200 guests, including federal treasurer Peter Costello, MP Bronwyn Bishop, MP Kevin Rudd and local councillor and liberal state candidate for Kawana Steve Dickson, attended the traditional Anglican wedding at All Saints Anglican Church. …

Laurie Oakes, Daily Telegraph: House must be in order

Andrew Wilkie: A statement on Bronwyn Bishop’s latest travel outrages The latest revelations about Bronwyn Bishop going to Nowra and Young are surely the final straw. Tripping all over Australia for political fundraisers and who knows what else at taxpayers’ expense is patently wrong. The Member for Mackellar is undoubtedly a serial abuser of parliamentary travel arrangements and entirely unfit to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She must step down immediately from the position and repay every cent. Just as quickly the investigation into Bronwyn Bishop’s travel claims must be taken up by the Australian Federal Police.

Alan Ramsey, SMH: In a week when Parliament’s Bronwyn Bishop is the only political idiocy going on in national political life, or so it seems, to re-visit “the Tony Joyce Incident” and its political bastardries all those years ago is more than worthwhile.

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Vale Dr Louise Crossley

Christine Milne, Bob Brown Media Release
01.08.15 4:24 am

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Christine Milne and Bob Brown are saddened to announce the passing yesterday of Dr Louise Crossley. Christine Milne said, “Louise Crossley led a remarkable life full of high achievement driven by her curiosity, exploration and passion for the natural world and the people around her. “She was a leader, a great traveller, and a person who made things happen, from her days at the Powerhouse Museum to the Commission for the Future, to the Antarctic Division, and more recently her work to help establish the Australian and Global Greens. “She loved the Antarctic and was a pioneer as Station Leader at Mawson Base in 1991, only the second woman in Australia to lead a base.

Vica Bayley: Farewell Louise Crossley

Dr Kevin Bonham in Comments: As many will be aware I only very rarely post here any more, but various factual errors in #1 must be corrected.  There was no Senate election in 1991.  Dr Crossley was actually the Greens’ lead Senate candidate for Tasmania in 1998, which wasn’t the Black River bomb year.  Although the Greens’ electoral stocks in the state were at a very low ebb at that time making her task extremely difficult, a totally baffling decision by One Nation to preference the Greens resulted in a close contest with Crossley eventually missing out to Harradine and Labor by just a few thousand votes; the outcome was unclear for many days. The Black River bomb hoax actually happened in 1993 …

• Chris Harries in Comments: Kevin, here’s a little bit of inside information that may take some of the bafflement out of your clarifying post. In the 1998 election (if that date is correct) I was charged by the Greens with undertaking preference negotiations – a task that I absolutely abhorred, being fundamentally opposed to the above-the-line system. In that capacity I had gone in to witness the electoral commission’s draw on the Senate ballot slip composition.  … A little bit of add-on to Louise Crossley’s candidature. Subsequent to her election campaign she had a community leadership profile on a number of issues but for some unknown reason the Mercury seemed to have it in for her, pejoratively labelling her – during the subsequent three years – simply as a ‘failed’ candidate. Owing to Louise’s legendary good nature and political awareness she took this without bitterness. She was not only an incredibly mature and thoughtful person, she had a thick skin to boot.

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No better time than now for Robb to walk away from secret TPP deal

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. PicL of Andrew Robb
01.08.15 4:00 am

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The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the failure of Trade Minister Andrew Robb to reach an agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Booing Adam Goodes – racism is in the stitching of the AFL

Keith Parry Lecturer in Sport Management at University of Western Sydney, The Conversation. Pic* First pub: July 30
01.08.15 3:45 am

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Adam Goodes was again booed by Australian football fans at the weekend. While some misguided commentators have written this behaviour off as not being racially motivated, others are convinced that such abuse is a result of the Sydney Swans player’s outspoken views on Aboriginal issues.

Stan Grant, Guardian: Stan Grant: I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it … Here’s what I can do. I can tell you what it is like for us. I can tell you what Adam must be feeling, because I’ve felt it. Because every Indigenous person I know has felt it. It may not be what you want to hear. Australians are proud of their tolerance yet can be perplexed when challenged on race, their response often defensive. I may be overly sensitive. I may see insult where none is intended. Maybe my position of relative success and privilege today should have healed deep scars of racism and the pain of growing up Indigenous in Australia. The same could be said of Adam. And perhaps that is right. But this is how Australia makes us feel. Estranged in the land of our ancestors, marooned by the tides of history on the fringes of one of the richest and demonstrably most peaceful, secure and cohesive nations on earth. The “wealth for toil” we praise in our anthem has remained out of our reach. Our position at the bottom of every socio-economic indicator tragically belies the Australian economic miracle …

• T Keane in Comments: Look we Australians like our blacks tame, so when somebody like Adam Goodes gets a bit uppity then, well, we need to put him back in his place don’t we? No matter how many contortions people try (‘I’m not racist but ...’) this is the underlying subtext.  The indefensible cannot be defended. It’s shameful. Shame on the AFL, shame on those white male media spokesmen, shame on Australia.

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Mt Lyell: At last ... the charges ...

Isla MacGregor
31.07.15 6:26 am

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It has taken four months for the DPP to finally lay charges against Mt Lyell mine owner Vedanta (Vedanta’s Copper Mines of Tasmania) over the tragic deaths of two workers Alistair Lucas and Craig Gleeson who died in December 2013.

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Neighbours of Fish Farming group forms to take community concerns to industry

De Arne Webb – Convenor, Neighbours of Fish Farming Media Release
31.07.15 5:00 am

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Seventy members of the Huon, Channel and Bruny Island community attended a meeting in Cygnet tonight (Thursday). The meeting formed a group, Neighbours of Fish Farming, to promote and protect the interests of the Huon catchment, Channel and Bruny Island communities affected by fish farming.

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Factory Trawler Cries Poor at Dolphin Protection Measures

Rebecca Hubbard, Jon Bryan, Nobby Clark Media Release
30.07.15 1:37 pm

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The Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association has started crying poor about management measures to protect dolphins and seals from being killed in their enormous nets, after saying they would happily play by the rules. The Stop the Trawler Alliance is concerned that the factory trawler operators are now going to push for their economic interest to be put ahead of the interests of our environment.

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Tasmanian Government killing off last 2000 Swift Parrots

Vica Bayley, Warrick Jordan, The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. http://www.wilderness.org.au Media Release. First pub: July 29
30.07.15 6:00 am

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• Tasmania Government ignores scientific advice on logging impacts, withdraws from recovery efforts. • Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt refuses to act. • ANU scientists say parrot’s endangered status should be increased to critically endangered

Peg Putt: Logging the World Heritage Area for ‘Speciality Species’ won’t appeal to market

Bryan Green: Supporting Tasmania’s special timbers sector

Jenny Weber: Protecting rainforests from logging is overdue in Tasmania

Paul Harriss: Labor backflip on forestry overdue, but welcome

Vica Bayley: Tasmanian ALP snubs its nose at national party platform to join Liberals on World Heritage logging

Andrew Denman: Special Timbers Sector Welcomes Bipartisanship

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: This is no great surprise from Bryan Green/State Labor. Wedging the community/Greens and crony capitalism are two fundamental aspects of the Tasmanian political system. The (public native forest-dependent) special timbers industry is just another example of Tasmanian crony capitalism. So of course BG was going to support WHA logging. Tasmania - Your Centrelink State!

MEANWHILE ... other little creatures under threat ...

The Advocate: Death of penguins under investigation

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Nick McKim announced as the new Greens Senator for Tasmania

Nick McKim, Christine Milne, Richard Di Natale Media Release. Pic: of Nick McKim
30.07.15 5:40 am

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The Australian Greens are pleased to announce that former Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim has been elected by a ballot of members to become the next Greens Senator for Tasmania. Mr McKim will fill a casual vacancy in the Senate, created by the resignation of Christine Milne.

Peter Whish-Wilson: Statement on pre-selection of Nick McKim for impending Senate vacancy

Paul Harriss: Time for McKim to tell the truth

Dr Rosalie Woodruff, Greens candidate for the seat of Franklin at the 2014 state election, has confirmed that she will inform the Tasmanian Electoral Commission of her willingness to nominate for the recount on Nick McKim’s seat

• Chris Harries in Comments: The Greens are an essential part of modern politics at this juncture in history when civilisation is so threatened by its non sustainability. Many are cynical about politics for good reason, and Greens have to cop more than most cynicism, but they are part of the furniture. Interesting sequence of re-elections now happening. Kim Booth replaced by Launceston Council Green, who is then replaced by another green on countback. Christine Milne, replaced by Rosalie Woodruff who then vacates Huon Council and will then be replaced by another colleague on countback. Three state Green MPs now all female.

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Palmer and Wilkie to move no confidence motion in Speaker

Clive Palmer, Andrew Wilkie Joint Media Release. Image* First pub: July 29
30.07.15 5:30 am

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Clive Palmer, the federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, said he would lodge a motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the House of Representatives when parliament resumed unless the Member for Mackellar resigns from the position. “My hope is that Mrs Bishop will do the honourable thing and resign,’’ Mr Palmer said. The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, said he would join with Mr Palmer and second the no confidence motion. “Bronwyn Bishop is not a fit person to occupy the highest position in the House of Representatives,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

• Chris in Comments: Nice try, but the Speaker will just rule the motion to be out of order, and expel the miscreants ...

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Groom must end uncertainty on Tariff 41. Petition ...

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader Media Release First published July 28
30.07.15 4:40 am

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One of the Government’s own energy senior energy advisers is warning power bills could go up by as much as a $1000 annually if Tariff 41 is scrapped.

John Thirgood: Power Pricing system under attack ... We lose ...

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: … By getting rid of Tarriff 41 ( hot water and heating) it will force people to use the more expensive Tarriff 31 (light and power) rate which is generally about twice the price. People who are aged or infirm who need heaters on to stay warm in the day will be most affected. The elephant in the room is the need to make more money to continue to prop up Forestry Tasmania, otherwise where will Tas Networks find $40 million a year to give them.

• Estelle Ross in Comments: Householders with recently installed solar panels have already received a drop in the price for the power they produce; now Matthew Groom is considering abolishing Tariff 41 which will cause considerable hardship to those on low incomes. It begs the question why $30 million of Hydro’s profit was transferred to the mismanaged and totally incompetent Forestry Tasmania which has been a drain on the public purse for years. If they want to lower the burden of peak usage why not do as they did in New Zealand; power companies there had the capacity to switch off water heaters until the peak had passed.

• Garry Stannus in Comments: I heard the Minister being interviewed by Leon Compton yesterday.  Matthew Groom twice dodged the question that Compton put to him ... which was that taking $30m from Hydro and giving it to Forestry must mean that consumers are paying more for their electricity than they should be.  Surely the inescapable conclusion to be drawn is that we electricity consumers are being used as cash cows for FT.

• Shaun in Comments: In response to Pete Godfrey, there most certainly is an off-peak tariff in Tasmania indeed there are two, Tariffs 61 and 62, both of which are available to household and business users …

Bryan Green: Tasmanians to have their say on Tariff 41 (Petition)

• Chris Harries in Comments: All this is mainly to do with the popularity of the heat pump. I can’t fault Shaun’s logic but this is what it looks and feels like from a citizen’s perspective: Heat pump technology offered Tasmanians an efficient form of heating - three times more efficient than other forms of electrical heating. Adding to that efficiency gain, heating appliances that are hard wired into the household electrical system are offered Tariff 41, similar in price to hot water tariff. This rendered heat pump energy approximately 5 times cheaper than that provided by plug in electrical heaters, and, more importantly, heat pump energy became cheaper than energy provided by wood fired combustion stoves and any other form of heating (bar passive solar). Consequently, tens of thousands of households forked out three or four thousand dollars to install their heat pump and everyone was happy in the Land of Nod. Aurora had a captured market, Tasmanian households had the benefit of a reasonable cheap and very convenient form of electrical heating. Many switched to heating their whole homes, not just their main living area. Now… what happens if that tariff 41 is abolished. The shift to heat pumps would not go into reverse, because too much is invested in them. That market for power sales is now what they call ‘captive’ …

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After a big win for Brisbane, Baroque looks at China

Martyn Goddard*. First published: 28 July
29.07.15 5:30 am

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A production of a Handel opera, originally destined for Hobart’s Theatre Royal as part of the cancelled Hobart Baroque festival, has swept the board at the national Helpmann awards for performing arts. The Helpmanns are the Australian equivalent of America’s Tony (correction pointed out by Comment 3 below)  awards. The opera, Faramondo, had its season transferred to Brisbane when the festival moved to Queensland, having failed to gain sufficient financial support from the Tasmanian Premier. The production won five of the six opera categories: best opera; best direction (Paul Curran); best female performer (Jennifer Rivera); best female supporting role (Anna Devin); and best male supporting role (Christopher Lowrey). John Kotzas, chief executive of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre which now hosts the festival, described founders and co-producers Leo Schofield and Jarrod Carland as ‘artistic visionaries’.

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Ed Sheeran, Chet Faker Helpmann Awards

• Leo Schofield in Comments: Ian M, Let’s be quite clear on the sequence of events. Buoyed by the overwhelming success of Hobart Baroque Mark II, Jarrod Carland and I met with the Premier and Adam Sproule of Tourism. Martyn Goddard was also present. We presented a fully professional three year business plan, emphasising the long-term prospects for the event (since compellingly demonstrated!) and emphasised that if the Premier wanted to have a world-class event, he would need to make a decent initial investment. We pointed out that Ten Days on the Island received two million dollars annually and was able to afford a professional staff and posh city premises, whereas we worked pro-bono, initially from our homes and subsequently, in proper premises provided by philanthropists Penny Clive and Bruce Neill. We were kept dangling for six months waiting a response from the Premier, during which time we lobbied widely to ensure the festival continued in Hobart. Eventually we received a curt, inelegant note from Premier Hodgman advising that we would have ‘the same as last year’, which as we subsequently explained, represented a cut of 25 per cent, as Hodgman or his advisers had cunningly folded the Federal Government grant into the overall figure and reduced his government cash contribution from $400k to $300k …

• Martin Goddard in Comments: In answer to Comment 7: It’s interesting to see so much work going in to try to discredit me, taking assorted and unrelated quotes quite out of context. The issue of funding has been dealt with in detail by Leo Schofield … The quote of mine that you choose was from a radio interview given a few hours after the government made its counter-claim based on unbelievable figures. I finally found out that these were drawn from a simple and invalid comparison of budget estimates from various states, all of which are calculated differently and which are not comparable. I didn’t believe the government’s claims then and still don’t.

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Are Australians the worst drivers in the world?

Wendy McWilliams WMC Public Relations Media Release
29.07.15 5:10 am

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New global website names and shames bad drivers

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Doing justice to Tasmania’s role in the national marriage equality debate

Rodney Croome, National Director, Australian Marriage Equality, 2015 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. First pub: July 28
29.07.15 5:00 am

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… I’ve seen this all before. Whenever the national media took a dislike to the conservative policies of Brian Harradine it emphasised his status as a Tasmanian independent. Ricky Ponting was always “a great Australian” when he scored centuries and “a Tasmanian” when he was out for a duck.  Brant Webb and Todd Russell were “Aussie heroes” when they emerged from their subterranean captivity and “inarticulate Tasmanian miners” when they mumbled on Oprah. Whatever continental Australians don’t like about themselves they project on to Tasmania. By blaming Tasmania they think they exonerate themselves of all their sins. 

There is rightfully a growing sense of national shame about Australia failing again and again to achieve marriage equality while New Zealand, Uruguay, Ireland and Alabama streak ahead of us. The reasons for this are complex. They have to do with the powerful religious caucuses in both major parties that are based almost entirely in Sydney and Melbourne, in the social conservatism of the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne and in the homophobia at the heart of Australian national identity reaching back to the anti-transportation movement. But this is too difficult for some continentals to acknowledge. It’s also too close to home to the media elites of Sydney and Melbourne. It’s much easier and more convenient to find a scapegoat. As ever, that scapegoat is Tasmania. …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Door-to-door community-led campaign of Taroona finds 71 per cent support for marriage equality

Rodney Croome: Plebiscite would delay marriage equality. Australians want reform dealt with now

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Eric Abetz is Rodney Croome’s best friend

Martyn Goddard* ABC pic of Eric Abetz. First published July 27
29.07.15 4:55 am

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When Eric Abetz went on AM to rail about the moral iniquities of same-sex marriage, it must have seemed like a good idea. At the time. He suggested that Australia should follow the example of various Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and China (but not Thailand) on the issue, rather than places like the United States, Ireland, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. His tone suggested he thought he was being terribly cunning.

Door to door community-led campaign of Taroona finds 71 per cent support for marriage equality

• Leo Schofield in Comments: This comment appeared recently on Facebook, posted by Richard Cobden SC, an eminent lawyer and former president of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: “Were Tasmania represented in the Commonwealth Parliament by the same ratio of politicians to people as NSW, it would have 3.5 members of the House and about 0.8 of a senator. Instead it has 5 of the former and 12 (12!) of the latter. No wonder we are plagued with an antediluvian bozo like Eric Abetz, who, spurred on by that special sort of loathing that devout Christians reserve for other people’s happiness, seems to have been driven by the prospect of gay marriage either to be saying our society should be more like Asia’s, or that we should have an Anschluss with Austria. Eric has not said which of the Asian countries’ mores, as they apply to marriage and sex, we should adopt. The multiple wives of some parts of Malaysia? The polyandry of Tibet? The Japanese and their age of consent of 13?  The concubines of China? The arranged marriages of India? Female subjugation in sympathy with Islam? I await his further guidance.”

• Mike Moore, Hervey Bay: It frightens me that if 74 Liberal members of Federal Parliament and a dozen or so Country Liberal people were to fall under a bus, or buses, Eric could potentially become Prime Minister. After all, John Gorton made the move from the Senate to the house to become PM.

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Lambie disappointed by loss of Burnie International Tennis Classic ...

Senator Jacqui Lambie Media Release and Letter to the Editor. Pic: Jacqui Lambie's new letterhead ...
29.07.15 4:48 am

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... and the Liberal’s greed and silence I was bitterly disappointed Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley had nothing to say about the potential loss of an event that is the beating heart of the North-West Coast economy.

Jacqui Lambie: Burnie International Tennis Classic worth a fight for funds Finally, after reading his public comments, I’m struggling to understand exactly what kind of support Mr Whiteley has given to the Burnie International Challenger. Has he written a letter or made a phone call – or has he been caught out making excuses for his laziness again?

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Dirty Money and Dirty Deals

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release. First published July 28
29.07.15 4:45 am

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Pollies caught in bed with Pokies barons ... The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has called for stricter political donation disclosure laws after more revelations of dirty pokies money flowing to the major parties. At a Tasmanian level, he will call on Premier Will Hodgman to commit to ending Federal Hotels’ exclusive right to operate pokies in Tasmania at the earliest possible date of 30 June 2018. Mr Wilkie said the revelation that the pokies industry gave at least $75,000 to support the re-election of Liberals’ Kevin Andrews - the chief architect of his party’s industry-approved pokies policy - highlighted the urgent need for political donation disclosure reform.

… Mr Wilkie said in light of this week’s revelation that the pokies industry gave $75,000 to a body to support the re-election of Liberals’ Kevin Andrews as he was drafting the party’s pokies policy, the Tasmanian Liberal Party must reveal any gambling donations it has accepted as it considers any new licence in Tasmania.

• John Hawkins in Comments: Andrew. Please add to your list of political donations the $50,000 given to the Liberal Party by Gunns Ltd three weeks after the Tasmanian Senator Erich Abetz was made Minister of Forests in the then Howard government. This munificent gesture was presumably made with the aim of protecting the Gunns nitens and bluegum MIS scam. The result - investors lost millions of dollars as Abetz led the charge on behalf of the industry to protect and promote their industry, an industry totally reliant on what has proved to be a scam …

• mr t in Comments: A good explanation of the (mainly) Liberal Party’s use of loopholes in yesterday’s Fairfax media. There is a $13k indexed limit. A donor can make a $12,999 donation to each state on 30 June and 1 July without any disclosure. Monies can also be paid to a myriad of LP fronts like Hockey’s North Sydney Club or Andrew’s AHA donation. Let the judiciary or AFP draft the legislation for this and travel allowances. I reckon we might just get compliance or a few more beads of perspiration at least.

• Chris in Comments: … Let’s look at the donation books!

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Down in the Huon, who would like their money back?

Bob Hawkins. Pics* First published July 27
29.07.15 4:44 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games All’s quiet on the Waterloo Bay battlefront. The Surges Point shoreline remains untouched. Little sign of industrial activity other than the to-ing and fro-ing from Port Huon of Huon Aquaculture’s 75-metre Ronja Huon well-boat. Upriver at Huonville, barely a squeak out of Huon Valley Council (HVC), where one might imagine management is still smarting over its failure to persuade the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) that council — “acting as a planning authority” — nor the commission has jurisdiction to hear marine engineer Dennis Bewsher’s applications to develop a bulk-loading and barge facility at Surges Point.

• Ben Lohberger in Comments: … It’s quite gobsmacking that the peak planning body in Tasmania could remove a current jurisdictional arrangement, and then fail to arrange (or order) any alternative, effectively leaving the entire planning process in limbo for on-water structures in the Huon. The TPC’s decision to waste everyone’s time and effort by continuing the ultimately unnecessary hearings process, instead of first sorting out jurisdiction, also deserves scrutiny. The Protect Waterloo Bay group in particular has every right to be annoyed. Their fundraising campaign (to pay for legal advice for the TPC hearings) started in late February, two weeks after the TPC announced that it would not prioritise the jurisdiction issue.

• Treeger in Comments: Those determined to liquidate nature in Tasmania may have been given an early heads up by the negotiators in Canberra, rendering the TPC’s decision unimportant, because an alternative solution had been found to the southern forest wood excess IE- Burn it all.

• Trish Kyne in Comments: … As part of the PWB group, I would like to know the exact costings related to this fiasco, and what services the residents of the Valley have missed out on to pay these bills. As part of the PWB fundraisers, I know we have paid our bills. I also know that this was not all about environmental issues though that was a large consideration. We had 5 councillors voting for an application in the face of unprecedented community backlash, on an application that had no business plan, no contracts, no cargo and no markets. Why?

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Tasmania’s healthcare leaders unite to drive change

Craig Quarmby* and Greg Peterson*
29.07.15 4:42 am

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A program bringing together leaders to transform the healthcare system has just commenced, explain Craig Quarmby* and Greg Peterson*

Media UTAS: State’s top health leaders committed to better patient outcomes

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