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Cry, my beautiful country: Barnaby’s shameful legacy to the lifeblood of Australia

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Lyndall Rowley* Pics: Flickr
24.11.17 4:40 am

This. Is. Serious. Part of our great and beautiful country is being plundered and crying out for help, but hardly anyone is stopping to listen, let alone act accordingly …

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Yesterday took the biscuit ...

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24.11.17 4:30 am

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I have been glued to mainstream and social media on the Manus issue as an advocate for 3 years.  And I’ve met a few refugees along the way. But yesterday took the biscuit. The sight of Aussies swallowing dishonest propaganda whole has shaken me. We’re in deep trouble if we think that Peter Dutton (Immigration Minister) and Julie Bishop (Foreign Minister) can lie straight in bed at night, let alone display any sensitivity to the facts of 4 years of offshore detention …

Richard Flanagan: Behrouz Boochani exposed Australia’s evil on Manus. The shame will outlive us all We are now known as the inventors of a vile form of repression. Instead of thanking the refugee reporter for alerting us to what was happening to our country, we enabled his imprisonment

Manus Island police uselong metal poles to beat refugees

• More chaos ...

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Sweltering summers – the face of things to come ...

Ted Mead*
24.11.17 4:00 am

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Bored of the tedious cool winters in Tasmania? Thinking about packing up and migrating north?  Well beware!  New climate predictions are claiming that cities like Melbourne and Sydney will soon be experiencing 50 degree Celsius temperatures, and that the scorching summers, which occurred in 2015, will just be average by 2025 …

ATA: Australia can be 100% renewable by 2030

ATA discussion paper: 100% Renewable grid by 2030

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Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ...

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24.11.17 3:40 am

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… Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators – the Invasive Animals CRC – were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate …

… Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth …

• Jack Jolly in Comments: … Deception is the way this is done. That’s how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. He’s given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require … If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isn’t that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences …

• David Obendorf in Comments: … Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity …

• Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

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‘Community Health underfunded by $84 million’

Martyn Goddard, Independent policy analyst Media Release. Pic: Flickr
24.11.17 3:35 am

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The Tasmanian government spent $84 million less on out-of-hospital health care in 2015-16 than other states, a new analysis has found. … When this is taken into account, the total underspend amounts to $84 million, or $162.45 for every Tasmanian. This means the government needs to spend almost double its current amount in this area if the people of this state are to get the same level and quality of services enjoyed by other Australians …

Labor: Review of waiting lists urgently needed as Tasmanians battle for basic health care

Rosalie Woodruff: Ferguson Responsible for Health Failures, Must Release Deloitte Report

Rebecca White: Health Minister can’t hide health system report

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Push for expanded protection of Tarkine to become a poll issue ...

ABC, Mercury, Advocate. All Pics: Matt Newton, http://www.matthewnewton.com.au/
24.11.17 3:15 am

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Take your pick of MSM ...

phil Parsons in Comments: Besides it being right to protect such a large area of rainforest, the southern cool temperate type, a study by the Cradle Coast Authority showed enormous economic benefit from a Tarkine National Park. The old parties have both tried the old failures to get the Tarkine to benefit the North West, forestry and mining. Neither are big employers …

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Talking Turkey ...

Cartoon*: Martyn Turner, used with permission
24.11.17 3:00 am

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*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

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‘Reminiscent of a tin-pot dictatorship ... ’

Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison Media Release. Pic: Caricature of PM Turnbull
22.11.17 3:30 am

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A STATEMENT FROM ANDREW WILKIE REGARDING THE CANCELLATION OF PARLIAMENT The Government’s decision to cancel parliament is scandalous and reminiscent of a tin-pot dictatorship …

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The mess we’re now in: The leaked TASSAL document ...

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22.11.17 3:00 am

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Speech to the Senate on the salmon industry on November 14 … So my question to the state government, who are spruiking a job-rich salmon industry as a basis for a social licence for the Okehampton Bay project, is: are you aware of a plan to cut jobs and use technology? Are you aware if it has been accepted by the Tassal board? Are the 40 jobs stated by the Tassal CEO in his public statements net of the 20 jobs to be lost as forecast in this document, or is it only likely to be 20 jobs at Okehampton Bay — half the figure publicly stated by stakeholders? …

• John Biggs in Comments: … Not surprisingly perhaps this completely backs up Christine Milne’s claims ( TT HERE ) that corporate donations and like with Gunns, corporate mates and to hell with the public interest. Christine’s claims that the Greens are the only party that put public interest first. That message is so obvious yet so deliberately avoided and distorted by the major parties and some minor ones, and the press. This so easily may be taken further to systemic levels: that is, that the Westminster system and its reliance on two party government and opposition is so easily open to corruption. A multi-party and power-sharing system is so much less open to corruption because the voting keeps shifting issue by issue. While we are unfortunately a long way from that, one easy step of major importance would be to ban corporate donations both local and foreign to political parties …

• Geoffrey Swan in Comments: … despite all our efforts (and yours at the 2015 Senate Inquiry) Huon Aquaculture continues to this day, now 10 plus years on, to discharge 26 million litres every day of the year of fish poo, fish sewage, fish effluent, fish shit ... into the once-pristine Russell River in Lonnavale. This company is showing no interest in protecting this river …

Jeremy Rockliff, Elise Archer: Tassal shift to oceanic farming welcomed

Rosalie Woodruff: Tassal’s “Off-Shore” Spin Tassal’s so-called “commitment to Tasmania” in moving their operations apparently “off-shore” is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and the current court hearings. What they are proposing is just to move from several tiny and environmentally damaged sites in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Rivers, as they consolidate and intensify operations at Long Bay near Port Arthur. The Long Bay lease is 45m from the shore in a relatively shallow and unflushed bay. Despite an implicit apology in Tassal’s statement about the environmental harm they caused in Macquarie Harbour, the company might “accept the lessons learned”, but clearly haven’t learnt from them …

Labor: Labor welcomes Tassal’s off-shore move

• Wining Pom in Comments: … #4 ... ‘For Christs sake, what do the Greens and their supporters want’. Sustainability.

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Forestry Tasmania’s demise in detail: Billion Dollar Loss

John Lawrence*, Tasfintalk, http://tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/ Pic*
22.11.17 2:45 am

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Forestry Tasmania’s slide from its peak in 2004 has seen it lose $1 billion …

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: “There’s no evidence the newly branded STT is any more sustainable (or profitable) than its predecessor FT”. That final sentence by John Lawrence is all we need to know. As usual we Tasmanians have been lied to, conned and ripped off. It’s time to shut down the public native forest industry once and for all.

• John Hawkins in Comments: Dear John, On these most excellent and detailed figures Barnett is proven to be an incompetent, lying pollie whose tenure in office should be immediately terminated.

• John Lawrence in Comments: Stu (#6) ... What you’re saying is quite correct. There is no doubt that downstream industries do add value to harvested timber. Industries are always keen to advertise how much value they add, but one always need to approach such claims with caution. Take poker machine operators for instance. They claim to contribute x dollars to the Tas economy, but most of the money spent on poker machines simply is a diversion from other areas. Spending would have occurred in those other areas with probably even better employment and flow-over effects for the economy …

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Celebrating diversity ...

Tammy Milne. Pic: of Jordan Steele-John, Tammy Milne
21.11.17 4:45 am

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In Hobart this week was the Greens national conference with delegates and members from all over the country coming together to work on policy, ideas and celebrate 25 years of the Australian Greens. Among the participants was most recent Western Australian Senator, 23 year-old, Jordan Steele-John and Tammy Milne, alderman of the Devonport City Council - both users of wheelchairs and strong advocates for the rights of people living with disability …

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Geoffrey Dyer’s genius ...

Steven Joyce*
19.11.17 3:15 am

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GEOFF DYER Recent paintings 15 November - 10 December 2017 Arguably Tasmania’s most prominent landscape painter, Geoff Dyer became nationally known after winning the 2003 Archibald Prize with his powerful portrait of Tasmanian environmentalist, writer and friend, Richard Flanagan (who did the poignant launch speech) …

• “What a Geoff Dyer day, wild, hot, thunderous, torrential and overwhelming”

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‘Norfolk Island heading for disaster ...’

Dr Chris Nobbs* Media Release
19.11.17 2:50 am

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A report released today claims the Norfolk Island economy is in crisis and heading for disaster …

Invasive Species Council: Australia must rescue Norfolk Island wildlife from dangerous invaders

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The 1821 Macquarie Bicentenary ...

Kim Peart* Pic*
19.11.17 2:44 am

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This suggestion for a bicentenary event also includes the proposal for an Australian Convict Trail …

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‘5000 Tasmanian households go without meals each year ...’

Kym Goodes, TasCOSS CEO Media Release. Pic: ABC, from Two Tasmania's
18.11.17 5:06 am

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Energy costs are one of the most significant strains on a household budget …

Guy Barnett: Special Energy Bonus extended

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EXTRACT: The ignoble end ...

Christine Milne. Pic: of Christine Milne, by Karen Brown
18.11.17 5:00 am

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EXTRACT from An Activist Life, Christine Milne. Extract notes from Chapter 5 pages 321-22, © UQP 2017 … Clearly Premier Field had not told some of his front bench of the plan because when the No Confidence motion was successfully moved, they clearly thought the government had just fallen. The Minister for Forests David Llewellyn walked straight out of the parliament and into talks with the forest industry to get Resource Security back on track …

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The Quest for Security: Is it rational? has it actually made us safer? At what cost?

Saul Eslake*
16.11.17 4:23 am

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Download address to the Royal Society of Tasmania, by Saul Eslake, Independent Economist, and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Tasmania, Government House, Hobart, 14th November 2017 … 

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Funding cuts to Scarlet Alliance: Michael Keenan gets it right ...

Isla MacGregor* Pic: of Rosalie Woodruff
16.11.17 4:18 am

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... Rosalie Woodruff gets it wrong I can only congratulate Justice Minister Michael Keenan for not allocating funding to the Scarlet Alliance in the 2017/18 round of funding to NGOs for combating sex trafficking and slavery in Australia …

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Jail Time and Debt Recovery using the powers vested in Senator Ryan, then Special Minister of State

John Hawkins* Pic: Scott Ryan from the parliamentary website
16.11.17 4:15 am

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It appears from the statements issued by a Senator Scott Ryan, then Special Minister of State, and Antony Green, the ABC guru on election matters, and Senator George Brandis, the Attorney-General, that they all consider those who fail the dual nationality test are liable to repay their salary and entitlements. This is hardly surprising since that is the law … !

ABC: Citizenship saga: Why disqualified MPs and senators won’t have to repay their salaries … But how is it fair when taxpayers are forced to repay welfare debts all the time? That is a fair point. With eight MPs ensnared in the crisis, and possibly more to come, the government could in theory claim back millions of dollars in salaries …

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The latest on coal ...

Bob Burton, CoalWire, https://endcoal.org/category/coalwire/ Pic*
15.11.17 5:28 am

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CoalWire is a weekly news bulletin which summarises the most significant developments affecting the global coal industry and highlights the efforts of groups around the world working on coal-related issues. CoalWire is published by CoalSwarm.

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Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% YES, 38.4% no – live

Guardian. Pic: Nic McBride, Flickr. Cartoon: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ , used with permission
15.11.17 5:26 am

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Andrew Wilkie: Community says YES to same-sex marriage “While the LGBTI community should never have been subjected to this costly and divisive postal vote in the first place, I’m delighted that a yes vote has been returned,” Mr Wilkie said. “This is a win for those who’ve worked tirelessly to end the discrimination in the Marriage Act. It’s also a win for the thousands of same-sex couples who just want to have the same rights as everyone else. “But the fight isn’t over. Malcolm Turnbull must reject the disgusting bill being circulated by some conservative members of the Liberal Party, which would entrench new forms of discrimination and bigotry in Australian law …

Rodney Croome: Love wins the day as Tasmanians and Australians vote for equality

TT Media here for the range of reactions

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