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Selective Harvesting or Selective Memory

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Andrew Denman* Pic*: Denman Marine Huon Pine dinghy ...
17.09.14 6:30 am

THERE has been much comment by the environment movement in the wake of the State Government’s new forestry legislation. This commentary has been alarmist, inflammatory and most decidedly incorrect when it comes to the issue of specialty timbers and, disappointingly, is a far cry from the exalted position previously advocated for the sector by its new-found detractors over the past decade.

ABC: Greens consider major reforms amid member discontent in Tasmania

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Norfolk Island takes lead on Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome Media Release. Pic*
17.09.14 6:00 am

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Australia’s smallest territory is taking on one of the nation’s biggest issues with Norfolk Island set to allow same-sex couples to marry.


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Another climate expert retreats to Tasmania

Chris Harries. Pub: Sept 15
16.09.14 6:00 am

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Some years ago, founder of the Gaia theory, James Lovelock, predicted that Tasmania and south New Zealand will, in time, become overrun with hoards of refugees as climate change shifts from chronic to calamitous around the world.

AND, as more climate refugees arrive ...

Antarctic sea ice cover hits new recorded maximum Sea ice researcher at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) Dr Jan Lieser said new satellite data today showed the extent was continuing to increase, with a peak expected within the next fortnight. Dr Lieser said about 150 days this year have been new daily records. “It might seem surprising that the extent of sea ice around Antarctica is growing, even as the globe warms and as the massive ice sheet that covers the continent itself is shrinking,” Dr Lieser said. “This phenomenon does not in any way negate the reality of the global warming.  Rather, it is one of the many surprising and paradoxical effects of changes in the Earth’s climate over recent decades.” “To understand why this is happening, we need to keep in mind that temperature is not the only factor in the formation and distribution of sea ice.”

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... as Tas farmers welcome new forest body – and the prospect of change,  says Jan Davis, as Nick McKim says Parks are unsafe in Liberal hands, and Andrew Wilkie fears the implications of The withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport etc etc etc

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The Jeremy Ball tragedy

Christine Milne, Kim Booth, Peter Whish-Wilson, Cassy O’Connor, Nick McKim, Bob Brown, Peg Putt, Austra Maddox
16.09.14 5:55 am

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It’s with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of a valued colleague, friend and long-term Green: Jeremy Ball.

TT MEDIA HERE ... For tributes to Jeremy Ball, from Premier Will Hodgman to Helen Burnet ....

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Operation Icefish: Sea Shepherd launches new Southern Ocean campaign

Adam Burling, Sea Shepherd Australia Media Release
16.09.14 5:50 am

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Tuesday September 16th, 2014 –  Hobart, Australia. Following Sea Shepherd’s victory of saving 784 threatened, endangered and protected whales during the 2013/14 whaling season, the International Court of Justice delivered a landmark ruling declaring that the Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal.

• Mick Mcintyre, Director, Whales Alive, http://www.whalesalive.org.au Please find below Mick Macintyre’s day one (Monday Sept 15) report in note form from the International Whaling Commission meeting in Slovenia. Mick of Australian Whales Aline group has attended every IWC meeting since 1993 ...

• DAY 2
REPORT by Mick McIntyre
Director, Whales Alive ...

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Now there’s a surprise ...

Lindsay Tuffin
16.09.14 5:45 am

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In the great tradition of Tasmanian journalism (?), Examiner Editor Martin Gilmour has moved seamlessly from editorship into advisership ( Voice of North takes Hodgman role ) ... following a long line of disinterested, objective predecessors ( think Rod Scott et al ).

What Will says ...

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Abetz still in the woods, fighting a lost war

Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper. Pic: ABC, of Eric Abetz
16.09.14 3:15 am

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As Tasmania lags behind Australia, Eric Abetz is reigniting old battles.

• John Hawkins, in Comments: Erich, Facts. You renounced your German citizenship on the 9th March 2010. You cannot renounce a German citizenship you do not have. You must therefore have been a dual national sitting in the Senate illegally for more than 15 years prior to 2010. Erich please sue me if I am wrong.

• mr t, in Comments: HERE  is the link to the original ABC Fact Check article that apparently caused Mr Abetz such distress. I remember after the Fact Check was posted Senator Colbeck issued a supplementary Media Release that was then attached to the article. Further, a comment that challenged the indendence of the TFA scientific assessment was deleted. I remember this as I subsequently posted a response questioning the independence of the “Independent” Paul Harriss Legislative Council review. Of course, the independent Paul Harriss has since come out of the closet (so to speak). I still wonder who was the original poster as the ABC monitor stated he/she “has been blocked by our staff.” Obviously the offices of the honourable senators were monitoring the article at the time.

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NATION: The Terror ...

The Guardian. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Sept 13
16.09.14 2:50 am

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Terrorism alert level raised to high, but Tony Abbott says no attack is imminent Prime minister says the change should make no difference to normal activity, but people might notice more security

Paul McGeough, SMH Chief Foreign Correspondent: Fools rush in. Tony Abbott joins a war without definition

Andrew Wilkie: The withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport “The consequences of the withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport are even worse than we first feared,” Mr Wilkie said. “I have learned that the two AFP detection dogs have already gone. One detected drugs and cash, and the other detected explosives. “And I have also learned that the Hobart-based AFP officers who are being removed were in the practise of inspecting Launceston Airport on a weekly basis, visits that will obviously no longer be possible. “In other words, Hobart Airport will be the only capital city airport without a permanent AFP presence and Hobart, and Tasmania more broadly, will be left without a range of law enforcement capabilities and advice.

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Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes

Jane Johnston
16.09.14 2:30 am

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A New Zealand High Court judgment handed down on Friday will have far-reaching implications for journalists and bloggers, as courts around the world consider the rapidly changing definitions of journalism. At the centre of the judgment was the question: how do New Zealand laws define who is a journalist and what is the news media? In this case, the judge found that under Section 68 of the Evidence Act a blogger can be classed as a journalist, and a website or blog as a news medium.

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Another broken promise: NBN backflip confirmed

Andrew Connor Spokesperson, Digital Tasmania Media Release
15.09.14 3:45 am

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Launceston, TAS, 15 September 2014– Digital Tasmania today condemned the Federal Government announcement, by proxy, that the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout in Tasmania would not continue with Fibre-to-the-Premises as promised prior to the last election. Instead, NBNCo CEO Bill Morrow has overnight advised Tasmanians of the decision in lieu of any government member being willing to put their name or face to the announcement. Spokesperson Andrew Connor said: “The fact that the government needs their $3-million dollar man to break the bad news to Tasmanians demonstrates that they lack the fortitude to make this announcement which amounts to a backflip. The Communications Minister has not even visited Tasmania since the election 12 months ago”. Mr Connor continued, “Before the last election Tasmanians were promised, as clear as day, that the NBN rollout would continue as planned, with fibre to the premises for most households and businesses.  Since then every element of the government’s NBN promises have been systematically eroded and broken”.

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Over to you Mr Nikolic ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: Sept 15
15.09.14 3:00 am

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In the small town of Scottsdale the loss of more than 300 jobs in a community of 7000 is virtually the kiss of death.

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Venture Minerals takes aim at Rainforest Wonderland

Ted Mead
15.09.14 2:45 am

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Conservationists have been contesting the Venture Minerals/Mt Lindsay mine proposal for some time now, but one essential aspect lacking in the campaign has been a befitting description of the area they are attempting to protect.

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An Aurora from space

Alexander Gerst & NASA/Euorpean Space Agency.
15.09.14 2:40 am

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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station, approximately 320 kilometres above the surface.

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I was sexually assaulted ...

ABC Conversations, Sept 11
15.09.14 2:30 am

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Meg Minkley has used her daily art practice to recover from the trauma of sexual assault.

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Hans Willink: Why I favour council amalgamations

Hans Willink, Acton
15.09.14 2:20 am

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On 12 September I put out a press release announcing my intention to be an Independent candidate for Clarence Council and to run for the positions of Alderman and Deputy Mayor.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (29)

Don Knowler. Pic*
15.09.14 2:15 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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A lack of leadership ...

Miriam Scurrah* Pics*
15.09.14 2:05 am

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I love my local community, it’s full of beautiful places and beautiful people. But recently I have been frustrated with the complete lack of leadership - as I see it -  within our local government.

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The Smell From The Swell Becomes a Communal Solution

Paul Tapp
15.09.14 2:00 am

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Concomitant with the big easterly swells there are the all-pervading Tassie eastern seaboard smells … that many call the dump.

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A United States biochar advocate argues for soil health ....

ABC Rural. Pics: Frank Strie's equipment in operation
15.09.14 1:45 am

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... sustainable 3-D printing and biochar cardboard  A visiting United States advocate of biochar says closed-loop production systems can eliminate waste, improve energy efficiency and the business bottom line.

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David v Goliath

Andrew Ranson Southern Beaches Conservation Society Media Release
15.09.14 1:35 am

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Ever heard the parable of the little shepherd boy who knocked down a giant with one slingshot?

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Merit in Lambie’s Aboriginal seats, says Mansell

Michael Mansell Lawyer Media Release. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie. Pub: Sept 14
15.09.14 1:30 am

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Michael Mansell sees merit in Senator Lambie’s suggestion of Aboriginal seats in Parliament Aboriginal lawyer and community spokesman Michael Mansell says there would be widespread support for Senator Jacqui Lambert’s call for designated seats in parliament for Aboriginals.

Jacqui Lambie on Australian Story HERE where you can read a transcript

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