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Australia: The only Anglosphere nation without marriage equality ...

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Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome Media Release
24.05.15 6:18 am

“If traditionally-conservative Catholic Ireland can endorse marriage equality, Australia’s political leaders have no more excuses for dragging the chain.”
- Rodney Croome

Rodney Croome: Call on Abbott to back Coalition marriage equality free vote

YESTERDAY on Tasmanian Times ...

Richard Griggs, Terry Polglase, Deidre Murray: Religious freedom does not extend to excluding children ...

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We need you ... Thankyou!x

The Editors. Pub: May 18
24.05.15 5:00 am

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SUNDAY, May 24: Six days after our appeal ... and immense thanks are due to Anon, Anon, Anon, Karl, Luuk, John, John, TGC, Bronwen, Leon, Anon, Estelle, Michael, Richard, Anon, Ian, Anon, Casey, Peter, Onya, Anon ... and the monthly contributors who include, Anon, Anon, Service, In The Loop. Thankyou!x

MONDAY, May 18: Tasmanian Times (TT) needs you. TT believes that the democratic purpose of the media is best served when information is freely available to citizens. While many other news websites opt to put their articles behind subscription screens or barrage readers with annoying pop-up banner ads, TT has swum against the tide.

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Nick Davies, a journalist who investigated his own

David McKnight, Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW Australia. Pic* Pub: May 22
23.05.15 5:30 am

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When journalists justify what they do, they invariably say: “We hold governments to account. We act in the public interest.” It justifies the most noble investigative journalism. It is a sacred catechism taught in journalism schools. But the same public interest arguments are also trotted out by the types of journalists who hacked mobile phones to produce sex scandals for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World. All of this makes The Guardian’s Nick Davies a very unusual journalist. Davies did what few other journalists do. He undertook investigative journalism on journalists themselves. For this, says Davies, the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, jailed for hacking, called him a “traitor”.

• John Powell, in Comments: Listened to his interview with Richard Fidler on ABC Conservations - HERE - during the week. Amazing commentary on the corruption and manipulation of the Rupert Murdoch media empire. Now clearly evident in the manipulation of the Abbott Government and the MSM representation of the untruths therein enunciated. Shame to all involved.

• Mike Ward, in Comments: I note David McKnight did not declare himself as the author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power - probably my favourite Murdoch hatchet job, not to mention a sobering and disturbing read in its own right.

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Religious freedom does not extend to excluding children ...

Richard Griggs, Deidre Murray, Terry Polglase. Pic* Pub: May 23
23.05.15 5:29 am

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Religious freedom is a fundamental civil liberty but it does not extend to excluding children from enrolling at publicly funded schools because of their religion ...

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Brian Greig OAM (Former Senator): Tasmania introduces “religious freedom” legislation, just days after Indiana scraps it

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Fish deaths leave questions about Macqaurie Harbour oxygen levels unanswered

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. Dr David Obendorf. ABC Rural. Pic*
22.05.15 5:28 am

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… The Greens and environmentalists have warned for years that the rapid growth of the salmon industry in Macquarie Harbour was potentially a ticking time bomb due to deteriorating oxygen levels. “This is not about the stocking rates of any one company; this is about the cumulative load of farmed salmon in the Macquarie Harbour system. Concerns have been raised that there is only so much excess nutrient load a semi-closed system like Macquarie Harbour can tolerate. —

ABC Rural: Petuna says up to 85,000 fish killed in Tasmanian West Coast storm event a ‘one-off’ Tasmanian company Petuna rejects claims that the loss of hundreds of tonnes of salmon in a West Coast storm event calls into question fish farming expansion plans in the region. …


via Veterinary Pathologist Dr David Obendorf ...

• DC Reid, in Comments: In BC Canada, we are trying to move the government to get fish farms out of our pristine ocean. I suggest you do the same. There is an election in six months and the federal Conservatives that do not support wild BC salmon are going to be voted out. I have summarized 15,000 pages of science on fish farm issues. By all means, take a look: http://www.fishfarmnews.blogspot.com Don’t call for more science or more boards. Fish farm companies loves the call for science, etc. as it gives them another decade in the ocean before, well, calling for more science. Etc. Tell you government you want them out and on land, or they can go back to Norway.

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Dear Mrs Petrusma: This decision is short-sighted

Benedict Bartl Solicitor, on behalf of 10 signatories* Pic: of Jacquie Petrusma
22.05.15 5:25 am

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Dear Mrs Petrusma (Human Resources Minister), Re: Salvation Army Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program We are writing to express our concern at the decision to cut funding to the Salvation Army’s Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program (‘the REO Program’). In our opinion, the decision is short-sighted as the failure to provide ongoing funding will result in increased cost and reduced community safety.

Jacquie Petrusma: Scaremongering on ex-offenders misinformed

• Steve Biddulph, in Comments: As the very qualified list of signatories demonstrates, this is a terribly misjudged decision by Ms Petrusma and her department.  It costs almost half a million dollars a year to incarcerate a prisoner in Australia.  And the human suffering - for prisoners and their families - of reoffending and reconviction, is very great too. The research is clear that its in the early weeks and months of leaving prison that a person is vulnerable to returning to crime through lack of ways to make a meaningful alternative path in life. These services were devised and developed for a good reason, and have proven effect.  That’s not something you throw away.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: … Poor effort Ms Petrusma. Not much of a Christian response to the victims of crimes or to the prisoners.

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Bitter Cadbury chocolate

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release
22.05.15 5:15 am

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“Cadbury’s announcement today that it is sacking 80 staff is a terrible blow to the greater Hobart community. This is 20 per cent of the chocolate factory’s staff, many of whom live in the Glenorchy City area which already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state,” Mr Wilkie said.

Bryan Green: Cadbury jobs a painful blow

• Jack Lumber, in Comments: An absolute disgrace ... BTW, FFS even I am embarrassed by the continuation of funding to the forest industry vis a $3.5M grant for “excellence and innovation ” .... please they know what to do and it will all be frittered in overheads ...

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NATION: Is Andrew Nikolic a double-dipping rorter ...?

Dr Michael Powell*. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: May 18
22.05.15 4:45 am

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Vilification of that order is extreme yet it is the language applied by government to young mums accessing both workplace and government paid parental leave. Such payments were legal and intended in legislation and less inequitable than Mr Abbott’s preferred scheme, yet it is now loaded with condemnation. So what has Mr Nikolic done to justify any vilification? As a member of parliament he receives a very handsome salary but in addition he is entitled to a very generous army pension, something you would kill for. A full time salary plus a pension while still working?

Guardian: Johnny Depp’s dogs parodied in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Canine Calamity – WATCH the video HERE

• Karl Stevens, in Comments: Peter Henning. The Liberal ‘two-tiered system of entitlement’ goes beyond anything I had imagined. This week we saw Prime Minister Abbott supporting two multinational mining giants against Australian miner Andrew Forrest. The two big miners both use Singapore to avoid paying billions of dollars of tax in Australia. No wonder Fortesque Minerals cannot compete with them but they have PM Abbott on side because they are bigger. I really find it hard to believe Abbott even represents Australia. His number one cheer leader Andrew Nikolic popped-up in Braddon this week opening a sausage factory. Maybe he has a reciprocal arrangement with fellow ‘Amigo’ Brett Whiteley? Nikolic is your quintessential Gemini in my view. Except he is in some kind of dark realm inhabited by the ghosts of 19th century white supremacy.

• Peter Henning, in Comments: Your comments are closely related to the free trade agenda of the neo-libs of course.  If they can get the same kind of free trade arrangements which the US got with South American dictatorships some years ago, they can trash national legislation applying to public health and the environment. The current free-trade agreements being negotiated by Australia - eg the Trans-Pacific - will give transnational corporations the power to sue those who protest against any environmental destruction they inflict on places where they operate. This is a major reason why the Abbott government supports such agreements, because they override national and state jurisdictions re protection of the health and welfare of the public and the environment.  The Abbott government is committed to undermining and unwinding the federal legislative framework currently in place which recognises the public interest is best served by imposing standards of conduct on capitalists. Free trade arrangements which give corporations legal power to override national legislation are just fantastic for governments like Abbott’s. It’s nirvana. The bold Duke Prince Philip’s knighthood is a mere bit of icing on the forelock compared to the incomparable glory of gifting Australia’s political autonomy to the highest bidders in the globalised free market.

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International Museum Day ... and TMAG was CLOSED!

The Hag. Pub: May 20
22.05.15 4:30 am

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Unbelievable. Monday May 18 was International Museum Day ( Read all about it HERE ). Guess what? The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was closed!  Is this Hicksville?

BUT it seems the elite have special opening powers ...

• Jane Rankin-Reid, in Comments: The recent auditor’s report on TMAG’s performance indicates the dangerous extent of Labor’s poor ministering of the institution over the last decade or so. With $5 million+ missing from TMAG’s coffers and the selective debasement of the institutions collecting and exhibiting integrity among other problems, it’s clear the previous government continually turned a blind eye to major issues affecting our state’s museum and art gallery. I’m not in favor of the early closing or for shutting TMAG one day a week, but at least Minister Goodwin has gone after an experienced real world museum professional in appointing ex director of the Royal Museum of Ontario Janet Carding to run TMAG. This is the first professional museum directorship for the institution in over a decade. Let’s hope TMAG can begin to reach its incredible potential at last.

• Paul Taranto, in Comments: Dear Hag,  I have found other locations that also qualify as “Hicksville”. .London - Museum of London, Paris. - Musee d’Orsay, Florence - Uffizi Gallery, Athens - New Acropolis Museum and Byzantine Museum, Los Angeles - The Getty, Barcelona - Museum di Picasso, Museau d’Historia, Munich - BMW Museum, Prague - City of Prague Museum, Dvorak Museum….... All closed on Monday!

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Kim Booth to Step Down from Parliament

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. ABC pic of Kim Booth in Parliament. Pub: May 20
21.05.15 7:30 am

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Greens Leader Kim Booth MP has today announced he is resigning from the State Parliament, and as leader of the Tasmanian Greens effective immediately, citing both family reasons and the need for Party renewal.

Christine Milne: Congratulations Kim Booth on terrific parliamentary career

Peter Whish-Wilson: A true and tireless champion of the environment and integrity

Cassy O’Connor, Nick McKim: Kim Booth’s resignation

Bryan Green: Kim Booth’s resignation

Vica Bayley: Kim Booth – TWS tribute on retirement

Will Hodgman: Resignation of Kim Booth

Jenny Weber: Bob Brown praises Kim Booth’s political career

• Garry Stannus, in Comments: I wish I had his courage and his clarity.  He never won any election easily, such is the disposition of the ever-present anti-green forces here in this state, and here in the north, in Launceston and so on.  He fought the pulp mill, just as did so many others of us.  He carried a huge weight on our behalf, and on behalf of our coming generations, on behalf of the environment – the world in which we live.  I wish him well in his political retirement and I know that very, very many throughout the state will be of the same mind.  These blokes and women don’t plan to end up as leaders and that sort of stuff.

• Anthony John, in Comments: #4 : Well put Garry - most people who knew Kim at all would agree with your sentiments. It was interesting that he was labelled a “warrior” in this mornings Ex Editorial. He was this, and much more :I was always impressed by his courage, conviction and commitment. Had we more representatives of his calibre in the Parliament, the political class would not now be held in such low regard; and the state of our State would be much improved. He was an outstanding servant of the people, in every way.History will treat him kindly.

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Greens say Australia should take Rohingyan refugees

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Media Release
21.05.15 7:00 am

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Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it’s time for Australia to step up and help huge numbers of people fleeing persecution in our region.

MEANWHILE ... Tony says NO ...

ABC: South-East Asian migrant crisis: PM Tony Abbott rules out resettling Rohingyas in Australia

BUT ... poverty-struck Gambia says ...

Guardian: South-east Asia migrant crisis: Gambia offers to resettle all Rohingya refugees The impoverished west African nations says it is its ‘sacred duty’ to help fellow Muslims and will set them up in refugee camps

• Tim Thorne, in Comments: Charity begins at home.  My home is planet Earth.  These people are being persecuted and degraded inside my home.  The least I can do is try to persuade those who represent me to offer charity to them. What we should all be doing, in whichever rooms of our home we live, is attempting to stop the violence, the discrimination and the practice of slavery which have created this horrendous situation. And by the way, Richard (#6) nobody “earns” aid.  That is why it’s called “aid”.  Income one earns is something altogether different.

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STATE: UTAS students risk arrest for fossil free divestment

Carly Rusden, Tom Crawford, Fossil Free UTAS Media Release
21.05.15 6:45 am

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As many as ten students from the University of Tasmania have occupied the office of the Vice Chancellor, refusing to leave until UTAS cooperates with their requests for the university to send an official representative to a Divestment Q & A organised by Fossil Free UTAS.

Local Residents Mobilise to Action against CommBank

Aged Care fears

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Tasmania’s environmental laws leave plenty of room for improvement

Jess Feehely. EDO Tasmania Media Release
21.05.15 6:30 am

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A new EDO Tasmania report, Lifting the Standards:  Opportunities to Improve Tasmania’s Environmental Laws, finds that Tasmania’s laws do not meet national best practice standards, but are strong in several areas.

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STATE: Dark Mofo artist Leon Ewing suggests high school students use drugs to expand creativity

20.05.15 4:24 am

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High school students should be given drugs to fuel their creativity, an artist appearing at Hobart’s Dark Mofo festival says.

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Hobart woman’s shooting death prompts ‘Rise for Olga’ anti-domestic violence campaign

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Off-road motorists’ continued use of Tarkine tracks makes farce of ban

Michael Atkin, Gregor Salmon, ABC. Pub: May 19
20.05.15 4:00 am

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Off-road motorists are taking down protective fences to ride roughshod over Aboriginal middens, Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson says.

Bryan Green: Opening Arthur Pieman tracks another Liberal broken promise

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times (a small selection ...)

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NATION: RET a shocking betrayal by the old parties ...

Andrew Wilkie, Peter Whish-Wilson Media Releases. Pic: Bob Burton Pub: May 18
20.05.15 3:45 am

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• Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie: The deal announced today to lower the Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours, to fully exempt trade-exposed industries from the target, and presumably to include the burning of forest waste, is a shocking betrayal by the Liberal, National and Labor parties.

• Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: “While the two old parties are giving themselves a pat on the back after looking after their dirty industry backers, we have global warming and a parliament that won’t act in the best interest of future generations.

Lambie welcomes RET deal and vows to fight to keep wood waste part of the Scheme

Matthew Groom: RET deal

John Francis, in Comments, HEREJust remember, Jacqui, that the woodchip industry began in Tasmania as a means of making money from the waste left on the forest floor after logging operations.  Then we ended up with a woodchip-driven industry and look where that got us ...

The Age: BHP Billiton reveals billions in ‘related-party’ deals with Singapore, Guernsey

Kim Booth: Forest Furnaces in RET Will Lock in Logging, Public Subsidies The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in onging public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today. “Including the burning of timber waste generated by industrial scale logging of our native forests into the RET will lock in an unviable logging business model and lock in ongoing public subsidies to prop it up,” Mr Booth said.

Bryan Green: Backing the benefits of biomass

Richard Colbeck: Support biomass, you know it makes climate sense

ABC: Tasmania better off under carbon tax than renewable energy target, analyst says

Paul Harriss: Green’s biomass weasal words

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Astor Grill, 6pm, Friday June 12: Dr Richard Denniss, Australia Institute

Dr Alexis Wadsley Vice President, Tasmanian Branch Economic Society. Pic* Pub: May 20
20.05.15 3:30 am

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“Any economist could tell you, a two-course meal at the Astor with selected beverages included for $70 is a great deal, throw in the Executive Director of the Australia Institute as a dinner speaker and you have a deal that is almost too good to be true*.

Dr Denniss will be speaking at the dinner on the recent Australian Government’s Intergenerational Report (remember the ads with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in the polka dot shirt?), its relevance for Tasmania, including federal financing arrangements.

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Meet The Tasmanian Comic Book Artist Taking The United States By Storm From His Bedroom

Andy Hazel, Junkee
19.05.15 4:15 am

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In a nondescript building on the outskirts of Washington DC a man stands nervously on a low stage, illuminated by intermittent camera flashes and dull fluorescent lights. A lustrous russet wig, a billowing cream wedding dress and rows of fake pearl bracelets offset his strong jaw and broad shoulders. He reaches into his stuffed brassiere, pulls out a piece of paper and unfolds it before fixing his gaze on a small pile of graphic novels sitting on a stool.

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STATE: John West would turn in his grave ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of John West*
19.05.15 4:00 am

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The Sunday Examiner (17th May) published a Hate Letter aimed at Senator Milne and written by one Jim Campbell from Ulverstone.

Examiner: Forico sees big future  EMERGING timber giant Forico says there are huge growth prospects in plantation wood that will boost the entire state’s economy. The Launceston-based company is quietly confident that it can achieve a stringent green environmental tick for its products, helping it reach more markets in northern Asia. Forico chief executive Bryan Hayes said for the first time in several years there was activity coming back into the industry, with the company looking to expand throughout the North. The company will be audited in July for its bid to receive Forest Stewardship Council certification for forest management.

• Luigi Brown, in Comments: The Examiner has sold its building and moved into rented space in Cimitiere Street.  It has marked the event by by publishing a 40 page pictorial supplement - “Moving With The Times”.  It reads like the obituary you’d write for yourself. I wonder how long the lease is on the new premises?

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Tassie couple’s NZ ceremony fulfills their dream to marry ...

Jay Bennie, GayNZ.com Daily News. Pub: May 19
19.05.15 3:30 am

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Aroha. (Maori)
1.          (verb) to love, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.
2.          (noun) affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy.

• Rodney Croome’s Media Release ...

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Federal Treasurer needs to explain ice comments

Rebecca White MP Shadow Health Minister Media Release
19.05.15 3:00 am

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Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today called on Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey to explain his comments about ice abuse in Tasmania.

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The Horror, The Horror of Ice ...

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