"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

The Way we Were ... When Tasmanian Trees were Trees ...

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John Hawkins* Chudleigh. Pic*
28.05.17 6:45 am

One of the defining features of the 1862 London International Exhibition was the Tasmanian Timber Trophy designed by George Whiting to display Tasmanian native woods for ship building, railway sleepers and public buildings and as specimen cabinet woods for their beauty of colour and markings ideal for use in ornamental furniture …

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The Logs Pile High as History Repeats Itself ...

Ted Mead* Pic: Ted's pic of logs at Burnie wharf
28.05.17 6:30 am

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… Our lamebrain government then obviously didn’t commit to a contract so it just continued to cut forests and pile the logs up on spec. These stacked so-called sawlogs, then dried out and split, and Tasmania procured yet another self-inflicted forestry lemon. Surprisingly the state wasn’t willing to pay the dubious importers enough to take them away at that moment! Meanwhile hardwood logs are beginning to pile up at Burnie again. This time in a compound near the Emu River.  They are definitely not graded sawlogs as some have bends in them like a snake with a bellyache, so they must be ‘residues’ as Paul Harriss described them …

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Is it true: The Rosemary Armitage saga ... ?

The Hag*. Pic*
28.05.17 6:00 am

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And, off the back of a truck comes this wondrous intelligence ... is it true ... ?

• Download The Environment Association’s submission on Guy Barnett’s Bill and ...

• John Hawkins in Comments: … You (Guy Barnett) and your party have backed yourselves into a political corner with the attempt to roll back World Heritage Listing of the Western Tiers and now this attempt to scrap the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and keep the money. Both were and are bad policy, dreamt up to trick the simple and get you and your party into government. The Tasmanian Forest Industry will not get FSC if this legislation is passed by the Legislative Council. …

• Andrew Ricketts in Comments: As a result of this excellent TT article, I have now been informed by a private correspondent that: “It was sad to note Armitage voted for (the) Forestry (Unlocking the Forests) Bill yesterday despite saying she would not at the forum during the election (campaign).” I had not attended the forum and had no knowledge of it or the public commitments which the ostensibly Honourable Armitage made. However it is deeply concerning that people standing for public office are seemingly blithely prepared to engage in such untrustworthy behaviour.

• Rosemary Armitage MLC has had a week to deny this speculative ‘story’ ... she has not responded ...

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The DarkMofo/Nitsch Debate ...

Scott MacInnes* Pic: Pisanello’s masterpiece The Vision of St Eustace
27.05.17 5:45 am

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SATURDAY May 27 ...

Animal Liberation Tasmania: Concerns for public safety has led to the cancellation of 150.Action/a>

ABC: Dark Mofo cancels, reissues tickets for ‘bloody’ Nitsch performance due to fear of protest plot

[These comments are taken from an extended private email correspondence with a friend who has a background in legal and moral philosophy. I have been a little reluctant to publish them here because I fear the legal summary may be a bit dry and the philosophical argument a bit dense for some readers. However, I have decided to defer to the judgment of the editor and readers in this regard …

• David Walsh in Comments: … I do have a strong position - I’m a long term vegetarian because I prefer to minimise my taking of sentient life, but I’m conflicted in this case because I see an opportunity to beef up debate about the morality of meat, but at the cost of a sentient being (an end-justifies-means) argument - a system of resolution that I despise, as I attempted to make clear in my blog post ... HERE

• Scott MacInnes in Comments: Dear David ...

The Conversation: Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

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Do we really wish to be known as Phallus City ... ?

Dr Ian Broinowski* Pic: the Fragrance group planned hotel, and below, to scale
25.05.17 5:30 am

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As a keen observer of human-nature I have often found it puzzling people’s tendency to destroy the very thing they purport to desire the most. Some buy ‘Bush Blocks’ as their ideal for living with nature and then promptly bulldoze every tree in sight, build an enormous house and plant a manicured lawn. Then spend the rest of their days developing haemorrhoids from their ride-on lawn mower, obliterating nature sounds with loud audio and killing wildlife …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Richard Flanagan: ‘They do not allow the construction of high rise buildings in their cities’ historic heart ... ‘

Fragrance Davey Street Media Launch ...

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Scathing audit report confirms Tassal breaking state laws

Laura Kelly* Media Release Pic*
25.05.17 5:25 am

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TUESDAY, May 23 ...

Environment Tasmania: Tassal’s second dead zone in Macquarie Harbour

SPF Tasmania Calls on the Premier to Act Now

• Richard Kopf in Comments: #37 I can’t comment on algae blooms in rivers but I do know that Chile has a location that is a mirror of the East Coast, specifically Okehampton Bay.
It is the island of Chiloe. Same latitude, same water temperature, same vegetation and once had a thriving salmon farming and seafood industry. Then one day it was all gone. Wiped out by a massive Red Tide, a harmful algal bloom or HAB. Climate change and increased nitrate load created by salmon farming, the likely culprits. A window into Tasmania’s future? Google Chiloe , Chile, Salmon farming. There is much to read.

ABC: Macquarie Harbour: Scientific report on Tassal salmon leases identifies second decline

Tasmania’s peak environment group is calling on the Tasmania Government to take immediate action to force Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour operations to comply with state laws, after an independent audit report found the company will likely lose their industry certification for operating in breach of Tasmanian regulations … It is astounding that Tassal looks set to lose their sustainability certification for breaking state laws, but the Tasmanian EPA still refuses to take any compliance action against Tassal’s ongoing breaches …

Rosalie Woodruff: ASC Condemns Macquarie Harbour Salmon Farming Practices

Environment Tasmania: Tassal tests faeces trap without EPA approval

• Helen Waine in Comments: Geoffrey you have our support. You are providing so much excellent and well-researched information which you back up, it is fully exposing the incompetence and unwillingness of our bureaucrats and others to do their duty …

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Top 10 Tips for flying with a baby

Emma Lovell*
24.05.17 5:45 am

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Family travel expert shares her tips for a smooth, stress free holiday with bub Family travel expert and inventor of award winning product CoziGo, Emma Lovell, shares her top 10 tips for flying with a baby

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‘Spectacular fail for patients and staff is outrageous ...’

Dr Frank Nicklason* Pic: Philip Northeast, Flickr
24.05.17 5:30 am

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… That this situation has been allowed to fail patients and staff so spectacularly is outrageous. I support the sentiments expressed in the AMA press release. …

Sign the petition to Health Minister Michael Ferguson: Save the Royal ... Save a Life ...

WEDNESDAY May 24 ...

Andrew Wilkie: Wilkie to call for Commonwealth intervention in Tassie Health ...

John Ramsay: RHH mortality claims

Andrew Wilkie: Federal Government disappoints on Tassie Health crisis

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Tasmanian government bike trail fears ...

Dr Christine Adams-Hosking* Pic*
23.05.17 6:00 am

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I am writing in response to your article published on 16.05.17, here. As a Landscape Ecologist with many years’ experience investigating the cumulative impacts of human activities on fragile ecosystems, I must express my serious concerns about this recent decision of the Tasmanian Government …

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Ice addicts ... and the mainland ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
22.05.17 5:05 am

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Ice addicts have no choice but to go to mainland Australia for treatment … despite Tasmania’s ideal isolation as a solution to addiction. The organisation Liftstraightup has been trying to raise awareness of ice addiction for some time …

• Meanwhile, questions for the Libs ...

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NATION: Mar a Lago Hillbillies ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*) Cartoon*: Martyn Turner, used with permission
22.05.17 5:00 am

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“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.” Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal - for Donald Trump.

New Yorker: A turning point for Trump

New York Times: The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum

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The wooden skyscrapers that could help to cool the planet ...

Chris Harries* Pic: The UTAS building, by Michael Harries
21.05.17 5:30 am

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Recently the Climate Tasmania group ( http://www.climatetasmania.org/ ) was asked to comment on the massively high carbon footprint of recently built UTAS building in Melville Street, being mostly built out of concrete and steel …

• Andrew Denman in Comments: Thanks for the article Chris. The construction material embodied energy argument alone should win the day but the added advantage of lower energy use throughout the life of the building is a real winner with timber construction …

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A Human Rights Act for Tasmania ...

Eva Cripps* Pic*
21.05.17 5:10 am

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… With these questions firmly at the forefront of people’s minds, it is the perfect time to talk about “human rights”. Education is a human right. Housing is a human right. Medical care is a human right. Employment is a human right …

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AMA Tasmania declares no confidence in Tasmanian Health Service senior management

Dr Stuart Day* Media Release
20.05.17 5:59 am

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AMA Tasmania President Dr Stuart Day says AMA Tasmania has no confidence in the Tasmanian Health Service senior management as led by its CEO, Dr David Alcorn. “Unfortunately, the THS under its current CEO and centralised senior management is plagued by governance dysfunction, deteriorating patient safety indicators, worsening hospital overcrowding and a toxic bureaucratic culture that is placing the welfare of patients and staff at risk,” said Dr Day …

Michael Ferguson: Response to AMA Tasmania President

• Dr Frank Nicklason in Comments: Just so that people can better imagine what is going on in the Royal Emergency Department here is the situation this Sunday evening …

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Tasmanian Planning Policies Legislation – Minister Gutwein’s next power grab

Peter McGlone* Media Release. Pic: Flickr
19.05.17 5:50 am

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The TCT said today that the Draft Tasmanian Planning Polices Bill 2017, recently released for public comment, proposes to provide the Minister for Planning Minister Peter Gutwein with almost total power over the drafting, making and amending of planning policies. The public comment period on the Draft Bill closed on Monday 15 May 2017 …

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The wondrous history of the Saracen Foundry ...

John Hawkins* Pic*
19.05.17 5:35 am

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Further to the gate enquiry ( here ) …

• Two surviving Saracen Foundry Glasgow cast iron masterpieces in Launceston ... see MJF comment #2 for further details ...

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NATION: Dodgy bastards’ budget of lies ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*) Pic: of Scott Morrison ...
19.05.17 5:30 am

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“Rather than justice for all, we are evolving into a system of justice for those who can afford it. We have banks that are not only too big to fail, but too big to be held accountable.” Joseph E. Stiglitz

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Feedback on the exposure draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment ...

Andrew Ricketts, Convenor, The Environment Association (TEA) Inc
18.05.17 5:15 am

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The Manager, Planning Policy Unit, Office of Strategic Legislation and Policy, Department of Justice, GPO Box 825, Hobart TAS 7001. Dear XXX, Please find our representation (download below) on the exposure draft version of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies) Bill 2017.

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Tasmanian farmers join chorus for climate action on and off farm

Brett Hall* Farmers for Climate Action Media Release
16.05.17 6:15 am

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Farmers from around Australia have committed to cutting pollution from their operations, and will be inviting peers and political representatives to do the same …

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Rebates freeze hits GP bulk-billing rates again

Martyn Goddard* Media Release
16.05.17 6:10 am

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Bulk-billing consultations in Tasmanian general practice have fallen again in official figures just released …

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The Way we Were ... When Tasmanian Trees were Trees ...

Media Releases
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New ward at Repat Hospital

Labor’s Healthy Communities Commission will reduce inequality

TasCOSS: Healthy balance needed to change inequities

India cancels plans for huge coal power stations as solar energy prices hit record low

Fragrance Group Skyscrapers On the Nose

Anthony Foster, long-time advocate for child sex abuse victims, dies aged 64

Three strikes and you’re out for Bec White and Scott Bacon. More beds ...

Concerns for public safety has led to the cancellation of 150.Action

Olympian to fly University of Tasmania flag as State forges female sporting history

Tasmania sinks to the bottom on tobacco control- “Dirty Ashtray” awards

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus

The Saturday Briefing

Indigenous leaders call for representative body and treaties process after Uluru convention

Bacon’s credibility takes another hit, while White goes into hiding

Government committed to West Coast Wilderness Railway

State Budget a Wasted Energy Opportunity

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Ferguson’s Band-aid Budget Won’t Prevent RHH Crisis

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

Key projects a result of strong advocacy

100 statements in support of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Budget



The Smith Street Band recruit original director to recreate classic AC/DC video 



Fire ... ! 



Tasting Tasmania ... 



Carnarvon and Red Bluff - Motorcycle Adventure Australia Ep 29 

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Print, Paper and a Nostalgic Toybox 



Home sharing ... 



Peeler Billets from Tasmanian Native Forests as supplied to Ta Ann at a loss by FT being peeled in their Smithton factory.…

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