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EXTRACT: Wilkie opposes new national security laws

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18.10.17 5:30 am

This is an extract from the chapter ‘The Fearful Country’ in ‘The First Casualty’ by Peter Greste, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. © Peter Greste
To Wilkie, Walker and Williams, there is a vital need to protect the media’s oversight role, and in particular its function as a whistle-of last-resort for public servants who are genuinely acting in the interests of the public and feel that they have nowhere else to go …

• John Biggs in Comments: … To turn wrongful incarceration into such a meaningful experience Peter conveys to us is really inspirational. Just so much to digest in this conversation. Peter should be made a national hero, as should Andrew Wilkie who Peter so generously acknowledges.

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‘Over-the-top and unnecessary ... ’

Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia Media Release
18.10.17 5:15 am

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… The laws adopted by the Tasmanian Government were over-the-top and unnecessary and sought to stifle the rights of ordinary Tasmanians to protest about things that affect them and their communities. In striking down the anti-protest laws today, the High Court has illustrated the real need for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act (THRA) …

Guy Barnett: Response to High Court

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‘Crown Casino allegations’

Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison Media Release. Pic*
18.10.17 5:00 am

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NATION: A government which cares not for health nor human rights, nor its people

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17.10.17 4:30 am

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… The government, meanwhile, brushes aside criticism of its Robo-call fiasco. It dismisses complaints made against the system as “third parties … aimed solely at scoring political points”. It’s a line it likes to apply widely to any call for accountability and thinking which informs a lot of its spin excusing its own lamentable failure in energy policy … Left right, you know the drill. Look over there! Don’t you know there’s a war on? Or one about to go on in North Korea. What could break the Turnbull government’s log-jam of indecision and ineptitude better than a military adventure? Abroad, in a scene worthy of Apocalypse Now, Julie Bishop jogs the DMZ dividing North from South Korea while urging an increasingly potty POTUS to declare war on North Korea as she dodges questions about Myanmar’s genocide … Elected unopposed, Australia waits to play its part on the UN Human Rights Council which is waiting for us to condemn the human rights atrocities in Myanmar which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop insists arise from a “security operation”. The Rohingya are to blame. Look where their insurgency has led them. What bother they’re causing Bangladesh … Refugees? Rohingya refugees? No here. Not us. 11,000 flee in one day? We “need independent, verifiable accounts” …

… “What will it take for our government to draw a line in the sand with the Myanmar military so as not be to complicit in crimes against humanity in our region?,” asks Diana Sayed, Amnesty’s crisis campaigner in Australia …

Guardian: Report on Australia’s human rights record to be scrutinised by UN committee

Independent Australia: Tony Abbott at the UK climate change deniers convention: Daring to be dumb

The Conversation: Turnbull’s ratings fall in another bad Newspoll The Coalition is trailing in its 21st consecutive Newspoll, with Labor maintaining its two-party lead of 54-46% and Malcolm Turnbull suffering a setback in his personal ratings. As parliament resumes, with the energy issue preoccupying cabinet and the government nervously waiting on the High Court’s citizenship decisions, Turnbull’s lead over Bill Shorten as better prime minister narrowed to 41-33%, a margin of eight points, compared with 11 three weeks ago (42-31%). Turnbull’s net satisfaction in the poll, published in Monday’s Australian, worsened from minus 17 points to minus 24 points. Shorten’s rating also worsened, from minus 20 to minus 22 …

Andrew Wilkie: Climate Vandals running the Federal Government … It’s plainly obvious that the Government needs to give up its ideological obsession with coal and gas. But while other countries are fostering investment in renewables, Australia is taking backwards step after backwards step …

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‘Federal Government protecting Tasmania’s remote shorebirds from the Tasmanian Government’

Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor, BirdLife Tasmania Media Release. All pics by Eric Woehler
17.10.17 4:25 am

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… “Protecting the natural shorebird values protects the cultural values present on these remote beaches – both of these have been present for thousands of generations, and deserve better than the Tasmanian Government’s callous disregard for them in preference to destructive 4WDs … “

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‘Police must investigate Glenorchy City Council wrongdoing’

Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison Media Release. Pic: of suspended GCC Mayor Kristie Johnston
17.10.17 4:22 am

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The Tasmanian Auditor-General’s report on Glenorchy City Council, tabled in Parliament today, shines a fascinating spotlight on the Council. But it raises more questions than answers …

Personal statement from Matt Stevenson

Personal statement from Kristie Johnston

Labor: Deeply concerning report into Glenorchy City Council

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European ARTlessness

Josephine Zananiri* Pic: Picasso's Weeping Woman ...
17.10.17 4:15 am

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Song and dance are synonymous with human joy, we all enjoy sketching or scribbling, we love colour and sigh with happiness with the first blossoms of spring.  So we are all capable of creating art, why then has art become a multimillion dollar industry where artists are frequently lowly paid and a large infrastructure such as galleries are incredibly wealthy?  Two reasons: capitalism and Europe.  Capitalists have their nasty hand upon the means of art production namely the output of artists and the Europeans have historically ensured the most mediocre art is most admired …

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Free books ... First in, best dressed

17.10.17 3:59 am

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Tasmanian Times has books to give away ... Katherine Boland’s Hippy Days Arabian Nights, A Memoir; Nicholas Irving’s Way of the Reaper (New York Times bestselling author of The Reaper); and two books by Tamara Moss, Lintang and the Pirate Queen. All you have to do is write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ... And Hippy Days has gone ... And Way of the Reaper is gone. That leaves Tamara Moss’ book. And there are two ...

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THIS ARVO: Fullers Bookshop, The First Casualty ...

Anyez Lindop*
17.10.17 2:20 am

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Before arriving in Cairo in December 2013, Peter Greste had spent more two decades reporting from some of the world’s volatile hotspots including Afghanistan (before and after 9/11), Kenya, Serbia, Somalia and South America. In Egypt on short-term assignment Greste and his colleagues from Al Jazeera’s English service expected no more than the usual degree of risk associated with covering a local political crisis. Until that is, they were suddenly arrested …

• 5.30pm, Tuesday, October 17: Peter will be in conversation with Tasmanian Times editor and journalist Lindsay Tuffin for a discussion of The First Casualty at Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart. Tickets are free but booking is ESSENTIAL.

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Asylum seekers: Festival of the Dead ... Halloween ...

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16.10.17 4:29 am

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Festival of the Dead, Halloween, is also the literal deadline for the Manus men still at Lombrun Refugee Processing Centre (RPC). On that date they are to be forced out of the compounds that have housed them for 4 years and into Lorengau, a village 9 kms away which is the transit centre …

Andrew Wilkie: Doctors ring alarm over Manus Island health crisis … “The situation on Manus Island is dire,” Mr Wilkie said. “On top of what we already know about the dreadful conditions in the detention centre on Manus Island, the way in which the Australian Government is managing the impending closure of the centre on 31 October is making a bad situation worse. “Of particular concern is the impending withdrawal of medical care and torture and trauma support. Already we’re seeing the improper dispensing of medications. “Foxtrot Compound has already been shut down and there is no electricity, running water or drinking water for the men who are there. And the East Lorengau transit accommodation that the Australian Government is pressuring the detainees to relocate to is unsafe and lacks basic medical facilities …

• John Biggs in Comments: Thanks very much for this Jane. I see two reasons for this shocking and irresponsible behaviour by Australian politicians of both sides. Howard sniffed out when his hold was marginal that the swinging seats were in bogan territory and to win their vote and therefore several seats that were otherwise doubtful he did his Tampa job and the children overboard lie. Not be trumped, Beasley clambered on board with Howard’s now racist policies …

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Double Trouble ...

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15.10.17 5:30 am

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When it comes to addressing the planet’s climate change issues, the world is in desperate need of inspiring leadership, techno-innovation and political impetus, but for some inexplicable reason we are experiencing some of the most retrograde theatrics by prominent loons ever.  As the earth warms up, these deluded confidantes seem to be in a constant state of denial, and continue to preach that there is no case to answer, stating life may actually be better in some ways. … Greens’ climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt called Mr Abbott “a dangerous fool who could be simply ignored were it not for his ability to dictate Malcolm Turnbull’s climate policy” …

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‘Public servants getting away with misconduct, corruption, watchdog chief Murray Kellam says’

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15.10.17 5:15 am

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It is a couple of years since Murray Kellam said this: “Tasmanian public servants are escaping prosecution for misconduct because the Tasmanian Government is complacent, according to the head of the integrity watchdog … “

Mercury: Integrity Commission says current legislation hinders its ability to sanction councillors TASMANIA’S corruption watchdog says current legislation limits its ability to properly assess rogue councillors. The Integrity Commission wants a change to the Local Government Act for code of conduct complaints against councillors, arguing too much influence remains in the hands of council general managers. Chief executive Richard Bingham told the Sunday Tasmanian a section of the Act was impacting the watchdog’s ability to run investigations. “The problem with LGA Section 28V [and associated sections] from the commission’s perspective is that we cannot act as a complainant under Section 28V, and that we cannot refer a matter so as to enliven the code of conduct panel process,” he said

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‘WBO World Welterweight Champion Holder Jeff Horn joins the fight against Bullies!’

Reuben Cunningham, Angels Hope* Media Release
13.10.17 4:48 am

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WBO World Welterweight Title Holder Jeff Horn has thrown his support behind anti Bullying organisation, Angels Hope, in their efforts against Bullies being named as Angels Hope Ambassador … “This is not the first time I have fought this battle, “said Jeff Horn, WBO World Welterweight Champion.  “When I was younger, I had a pretty rough time dealing with Bullies and luckily I had the support to give me the strength to make it through …

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What Happened to the Public Reserve along the Droughty Hills?

Kim Peart*
13.10.17 4:45 am

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After writing an article recently on my 1996 proposal for the Sky Walk trail, including a wildlife and people crossing over the South Arm Highway ( HERE ) I checked the List Map to see that reserves that I had been party to creating, were on the map …


Rosalie Woodruff: Tassal’s environmental credibility sinks again

Rosalie Woodruff: We still don’t know how much the Basslink crisis cost us

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Amnesty International’s capitulation to women’s increasing poverty and subordination to men

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13.10.17 4:30 am

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The Downfall of Amnesty International Part 2 “We need to eroticise equality. Prostitution is about buying a body, not mutual pleasure and free choice”, says Gloria Steinem ...“The end of prostitution might be a distant ideal, but it is still far better than Amnesty’s grubby collusion with misogyny.” - Julie Bindel

ABC: Police swoop on Gold Coast massage parlours suspected of offering sex

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Meeting my political match in Tokyo

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator for Tasmania
13.10.17 4:15 am

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Who would have thought that an anti-whaling, Greens surfing-Senator from Tasmania would meet a brother-in-arms in Tokyo? I have travelled to Japan to lobby politicians and speak with the Japanese people about the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean …

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Two walkouts in the name of transparency

Paul Tapp*
13.10.17 4:00 am

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Two walkouts with perhaps one to go … a gob-smacked public gallery witnesses a volley of abuse hurled by some councillors at those fellow councillors who walked out.  Such an abruption at an ordinary council meeting during questions without-notice suggests perhaps it is an extraordinary meeting … with far-reaching implications …

• Paul Tapp, YouTube: HERE

OceanFuturesSociety, YouTube: Farmed Salmon: Unhealthy and Unsustainable

Rosalie Woodruff: Tassal’s environmental credibility sinks again

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TARKINE: Why the Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement got it wrong ...

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12.10.17 4:00 am

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Without question the Independent Verification Group (IVG) undertook some great assessment work, but when it came down to advocating the protection of Tasmania’s High Conservation Value (HCV) forests the IVG was notably compromised by the resource industry’s influence …

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‘New slaughterhouse expose projected onto wall of butcher’

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12.10.17 3:50 am

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Last night, Animal Liberation Tasmania projected newly-exposed footage from Cradoc Hill Abattoir onto the butcher they supply to, Huon Valley Meat Co, while simultaneously holding a candlelight vigil …

ABC: Cradoc Hill Abattoir adopts new practices following Animal Liberation video

• Pam Ison in Comments: I know many Animal Lib protesters and every single one is vegan (including me).  They’re not hypocrites like some are accusing. They’re incredibly lovely, gentle people who care about people as well as animals and luckily the vast majority are young, so hopefully there will be better times ahead than the misery of farmed animals that most current middle-aged and old people support.

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Expect Future Storms To Intensify

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12.10.17 3:45 am

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Malcolm Turnbull, says that the LNP is doing everything possible to keep Australians safe in relation to terrorism (ABC, A.M. 4/10/’17). There are risks , but for an individual reasonably remote …

Bob Burton, Editor, CoalWire: The Latest on Coal ...

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Bill tabled to address scourge of ‘revenge porn’

Its that time again - time to Walk Together!

High Court decision embarrasses Hodgman Government on national stage

Liberals’ Jurassic era energy policy will cost Tasmania

L’ton internet service complaints soar under Turnbull’s NBN

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Banner raised in Hobart against industrial scale burning of native forest biomass ...

Response to High Court

Auditor-General’s report into procurement at the Glenorchy City Council

Tassie’s bushwalking weed warriors receive Froggatt Award

The Briefing ... energy ...

NILS Tasmania funding in doubt

Premier’s email audit excuses don’t compute

10 Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Students condemn the attack on student support by Senator Bernardi

Transport Minister Kept in the Dark Over Rail Tracks Removal

Rail ripped up and Rene has no idea

WSU Students Protest Impending Campus Closure

Advocates welcome Labor opposition to further discriminsation ...

Deeply concerning report into Glenorchy City Council

Personal Statement from Matthew Stevenson ...



Despard Gallery, 5.30pm, October 18: Julie Harris, Lines and Squares/ OPENS TONIGHT 



Hobart Bookshop: A special event for your diaries ... 



Tasting Tasmania ... 



Interactive video ... welcome to the future 

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Bett Gallery: Philip Wolfhagen 



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