"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

‘An erosion of trust. An erosion of human rights. An erosion of dignity ...’

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Kym Goodes* TasCOSS. Image: Kim Peart
27.04.17 5:30 am

Statement to Centrelink Inquiry What the Australian Government has done to Tasmanians in the last 6 months is almost incomprehensible. An erosion of trust. An erosion of human rights. An erosion of dignity. An erosion of the principles of good government decision making. Unconscionable conduct is generally understood to mean conduct which is so harsh it goes against good conscience. Conduct that is particularly harsh or oppressive. Conduct that is even more than unfair – it must be against conscience as judged against the norms of society …

Andrew Wilkie: Centrelink Robo-Debt inquiry comes to Hobart

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: … The person I was speaking to spoke well and was pleasant, but I still stated to them that I could not give out details of a personal nature by phone. I emailed Centrelink to find out if the contacts were actually their employees. I never got a response …

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No place to call home – rental affordability crisis

Meg Webb, manager of Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre Media Release
27.04.17 5:23 am

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The 2017 Rental Affordability Snapshot sounds a warning on our growing housing crisis and Anglicare Tasmania calls on both State and Federal governments for urgent action …

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National media ... please ... !

Alan Taylor*
27.04.17 5:15 am

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National media! ... please? Anzac Day is on today ... the 25th of April. It doesn’t run for the entire week beforehand. The clue is in the title ~ Anzac ‘Day’... it seems our drum-beating nationalism and jingoistic fervour has reached such a peak that it no longer fits into one day …

Kudelka, Anzac Day: Australia’s Uneasy Commemoration of War

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Gutwein denies Huon a role in LG reform process ...

Peter Coad Media Release. Pic*
27.04.17 5:00 am

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The people of the Huon Valley were being denied — by Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein — their right to play their part in local government reform, former Huon mayor Peter Coad said today …

“I believe the minister chose to take a political approach, and gave his support to those HVC councillors who were opposed to amalgamation at all costs — even if the research I called for had proved there were long-term benefits for our respective communities …”

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Gutwein should foot the Huon council inquiry bill, says former mayor

Huon Council short-shrifts former mayor’s plea to pay his legal costs ...

• gerrya in Comments: Amalgamation with Kingborough would probably place considerable constraint on the Lieberal & HoH masterplan for the Huon Valley Council area including increases in logging or other destructive extractive industries.  Few real long term jobs but probably short term profits for very few persuasive friends. It is most likely the basis for the war against you Mr Coad including denial of payment of your legal costs.  The push against accountability & transparency by Gutwein, Wilson & most probably Armstrong knows no bounds.

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Can Tasmania be turned into Australia’s peak load generator?

Chris Harries*
27.04.17 4:53 am

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… The single existing Basslink interconnector is grossly insufficient to handle these projected loads, meaning that the entire enterprise hinges absolutely on the funding of a second and possibly third Basslink interconnector at about $1billion apiece.  This cost, together with the cost of altering Tasmanian Hydro infrastructure, should not be viewed lightly. Cost would most likely be the killer … It’s probably smart political rhetoric on the part of Will Hodgman, but his main problem is that it is simply fanciful …

Energy Minister falls silent on second Basslink

ABC: Second Bass Strait power cable might be viable with Hydro upgrades, expert says

Giles Parkinson, REneweconomy: Plunging battery costs raise doubts over Tasmania’s $3 billion hydro plans

Chris Harries’ story is published in REneweconomy HERE

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Australian Values & Why we should #BringThemHere

Jane Salmon* Pic: of Peter Dutton
27.04.17 4:45 am

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Aussie values: Rightly or wrongly, I gave a detainee on Manus access to my banking card & account details a year ago. He doesn’t know what sum is held there and has never abused the privilege. His circumstances reflect those of many other refugees. What is left of his family is terribly poor …

A terrible case of deportation (tomorrow)

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Baroque is back ...

Martyn Goddard* Pic: Ray Joyce
27.04.17 4:38 am

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It’s bad news from New Zealand’s Survivors ...

Isla MacGregor, Nordic Model Australia Coalition
27.04.17 4:30 am

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Survivors from the sex trade in New Zealand are speaking out about the tragic failure of decriminalisation aimed at preventing harms to prostituted women and girls from sex buyers and pimps but here in Tasmania Young Labor and many in the Union movement don’t want to hear their voices …

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NATION: Daddy knows best, dear ...

Urban Wronski* Pic: Flickr Donkey Hotey
24.04.17 1:00 pm

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… The irony for Malcolm Turnbull is that his trumpeting of Australian values, as Michelle Grattan points out, raises serious questions about his own. Is he tapping into community fears; reaching out to ordinary Australians, widely believed to be Hanson supporters - spurned in an age of identity politics? Or is he willing, once again, to forgo his own beliefs to save his career? …

“I’m surprised you’re challenging this on the ABC,” he says. “I don’t think your heart’s in it actually, Leigh. I think you agree with me.” Daddy knows best, dear. Of course, if Turnbull were really concerned to preserve our uniquely Australian freedoms, he’d not only be practising what he preached, he’d be pushing for a bill of rights. Instead, what’s clear is that his own heart is not in it. He’s toying with populist rhetoric. It’s also a dog-whistle to those who like Peter Dutton would have us believe, against all evidence, that migrants were taking our jobs. That all our problems are caused by people from other countries who don’t know Don Bradman’s batting average …

Courtesy of the Australian, here: the latest result from Newspoll records Labor with a two-party lead of 52-48, down from 53-47 in the last poll (which was three weeks ago rather than the usual two, owing to Easter). Labor and the Greens are both down a point on the primary vote, to 35% and 9%, with the Coalition and One Nation steady on 36% and 10%. Malcolm Turnbull is up two on approval to 32% and down two on disapproval to 57%, while Bill Shorten is up one to 33% and down one to 53%. Turnbull’s lead as preferred prime minister shifts from 41-32 to 42-33 …

The Age: Of course North Korea wants nukes. We should learn to live with it Deterrence and diplomacy carry risks, but attacking or further isolating North Korea could be worse

Age: ‘I have facts you don’t’: Immigration minister Peter Dutton stands by Manus claims in fiery interview

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Take Note Malcolm, the UK Will Soon be Coal Power Free!

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24.04.17 6:23 am

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For the first time since the industrial revolution the UK has operated it power energy source for an entire day without the use of coal. Furthermore the government aims to switch off all UK coal plants by 2025.  It’s an amazing statement in that their renewable energy will be out-gunning fossil fuels in the near future. So if the Brits can do it then why can’t we … ?

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A Death In Interview Room 1

Tim Slade*
24.04.17 6:15 am

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March 13, 2017 TASMANIA ~ The trout have been quiet, and there is no tale to tell, so Leon Compton casts out for his first radio interview of the day on Tasmania’s local political hour. Miles Hampton is the Chair of TasWater.  He joins us in the studio this morning.  Miles Hampton, good morning to you …

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The wondrous (bloody) Art of Hermann Nitsch ...

David Walsh* Pic*
24.04.17 5:45 am

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… Yvette Watt, Tasmanian local and, I later found out, a ‘noted vegan crusader’, expressed her opinion on Facebook that it was not good art. For my purposes, it is good art. I believe that it has already spiked a conversation (thank you, Yvette) about the appropriateness of slaughter and Dark Mofo hasn’t even happened yet. That isn’t what the artist intends, but Mona has a history of repurposing art to serve its own psychological or political purpose. And anyway, Yvette Watt would oppose it even if she thought it was good art. She is opposed to the ritualistic killing of animals per se—on another occasion she said, ‘On an ethical basis, I don’t think any animal should have to die or suffer in the name of art’. That’s a more than reasonable position, and there is not a trace of hypocrisy about her. She opposes the slaughter of animals both directly (as an art performance), and as a side effect (for the generation of meat) …

Tasmanian Animal Rights groups call for MOFO mercy ... 

• The Old Bear in Comments: … But I also have a suggestion – to borrow from the famous bull events of Pamplona. Turn our bull loose with Messrs Nitsch and Walsh thrown in as running participants. It would be fascinating to see how they would fare (fear?) on the trot. Turn 150.Action into a different performance art. (And why stop at just Nitsch and Walsh hoofing it – seemingly supportive pollies and associated pro commentators could join in as a spectacle for the populace) …

• Yvette Watt in Comments: … It is no easy thing for me to call for an artwork to be cancelled. I am certainly not interested in accusations that this isn’t art. This is art. The point for me is that art is powerful, and artists don’t have some special moral or ethical exemptions that don’t apply to the rest of society. The power of art and the power of symbolism are at the heart of my concern. By reducing this actual, individual bull to a mere symbol we strip him of his individuality and make him stand in for some age-old human insecurities about our relationship to the ‘natural’ world. By using his body in this way we reconfirm that the value of animals lies solely in their usefulness to us humans. Artists are deemed to the epitome of creativity and to be creative means to come up with something new. Nitsch’s event is not only creatively and curatorially lazy (it’s been done to death, with pun intended) but it relies on the kind of desire to dominate nature, and a belief in our right to use the natural world in whatever way suits us that has led us to the mess we have made of this planet …

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Gutwein should foot the Huon council inquiry bill, says former mayor

Peter Coad Media Release. Pic*
23.04.17 5:35 am

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Peter Coad, mayor of Huon Valley Council until it was sacked last October, is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the council’s “debacle”. He also believes that the Tasmanian Government should foot the bill for the costs of the board of inquiry into HVC that Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein established in September 2015 …

• Duncan Mills in Comments: As a ratepayer and resident and a social ecologist, I am appalled that so many in the community think its ok to play the system to the the benefit of themselves and their own supporters …

• gerrya in Comments: Love the contradictions appearing pages 1 to 3 of today’s Huon Valley news.  Pages 1 and 2 carry the article at the head of this TT post (looks like HVN reads TT).  Page 3 carries yet another weekly pre election (?) post by Mike Wilson stating that “The community must be encouraged to be more involved in the running of their council” … 

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Huon Council short-shrifts former mayor’s plea to pay his legal costs ...

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The MH 370 Search & Track Records at Pine Gap ...

David Hawkins*. Pic: An MAS Boeing 777
23.04.17 5:00 am

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… I write in an effort to shame Greg Hood and his handlers in the Australian Government who have ordered the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to refuse to release material about the search and the tracking of the missing MH Flight 370 and have threatened two years of jail time for bureau employees who provide any such information …

Daily Beast: Scientists Press for New MH370 Search, but Expert Questions Their Findings

The Australian: Searching for the truth about MH370

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Tas Government Upstages Mona with 3 Capes Art

Ted Mead*
22.04.17 5:00 am

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If you are ever wondering why Mona receives little in government accolades or tourism industry awards then it’s because they want all that glory for themselves and their fellow cronies. Here’s how they are doing it, and I’ll let you be the judge of the art installations along the 3 Capes walk. I am all for art and creativity, but where do we draw the line on what’s tasteful or inappropriate, particularly when it comes to the natural environment … ?

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The Gates to Hell ...

John Hawkins* Chudleigh.
21.04.17 1:50 pm

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This was the view through the smoke from my house yesterday evening as the sun set …

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Why ... ?

John Hawkins* Chudleigh. Pic: of Senator Eric Abetz from his website
20.04.17 5:14 am

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On the 27 January 2006, the Tasmanian Senator, Erich Abetz, became the Federal Minister for Forests in the John Howard Liberal Government. On the 16th March 2006, some 6 weeks later, Abetz lunched with Ian Blanden,  CEO of Gunns Plantation Schemes, and discussed the Gunns Pulp mill, MIS plantations and the 12 month pre-payment rule with no sunset provision … matters vital to the future solvency of the Gunns’ business. This conversation was documented by the Chairman of Gunns Ltd John Gay in a letter to Abetz dated 29 March 2006 on Gunns Ltd company letterhead and sent to the Minister. (Document 1). Three weeks later on the 21 April 2006, Gunns gave the Liberal Party $50,000 … which was accepted …

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Age-Friendly Communities ...

Senator Helen Polley*
19.04.17 5:45 am

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Our ageing population will have a major influence on the shape of our country’s future. In the next 20-30 years, the population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase to 25 per cent of the population - a profound social shift which requires an equally profound shift in our attitudes towards getting older …

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Another Supreme Leader tries a dodgy Missile Test ...

Cartoon*: Martyn Turner, used with permission
19.04.17 5:31 am

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Wood smoke: Suck it up ...

Clive Stott* Pic*
18.04.17 5:45 am

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Every year without fail we are smoked out across Tasmania by deliberate burning … Autumn is hell for the young, the elderly and those with lung or cardiac disease and their families. Little mention is made re their smoke-induced sickness lasting until lives are shortened. It doesn’t matter if the specialized cancer agency (IRAC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) says outdoor air pollution is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths …

Dr Scott McKeown, Specialist Medical Advisor Public Health Service: Elevated levels of smoke in the North

• Lola Moth in Comments: On Tuesday my friends arrived on the ferry with their motorcycle loaded up for a two week holiday in clean, green Tasmania. By Thursday afternoon they had retreated to the coast because they had trouble breathing at my place near Deloraine. Today one of them is flying home to Sydney to get away from the pure air she was promised on the ads. Her partner can’t get back on the ferry for another week. He has had surgery for throat cancer and the hole in his throat he breathes through is running out of filters and the machine he needs to unclog his airways is working overtime. If I can keep him out of hospital he should be able to ride home otherwise he will have to fly home and send the bike by freight. Their well planned holiday has turned into a nightmare.

Emma Anglesey: Impacts of more “regeneration burns” is unacceptable If the Tasmanian Legislative Council supports the Liberal Government’s plan to open up 356,000ha of reserved forest for clear-felling and burning this week, then we will have to put up with even more “regeneration burns” and cop the unacceptable impacts they have on the climate, our environment, people’s health and our industries for many years to come …

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Health groups blame Government for hospital crisis

Martyn Goddard*. Pic: of Minister for Health Michael Ferguson from his Facebook page
18.04.17 5:40 am

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Tasmania’s top health organisations have issued an unprecedented and scathing joint statement highlighting the inadequacies of Tasmania’s the state’s public hospital system and condemning the State Government. “On almost all measures,” the statement says, “Tasmania has the least adequate and worst performing public hospital system in Australia …

Michael Ferguson: $6.4 billion record investment in Tasmania’s health system

Rebecca White: Premier can no longer ignore the extent of health crisis

Rosalie Woodruff: Joint Health Shows Need For An Emergency Winter Plan

Alisha Munney, Comment 6: is a young lawyer who doesn’t understand why Tasmanian politicians can’t see the wood for the twigs, or the gigabits for the bytes. “Maybe, with all those gigs running through the undersea cable, based on our history we should chop them up into mountains of bytes and see if we can export them to Malaysia on ships,” she says. “That would create jobs on the wharves, and rejuvenate our shipping industry…unless the Malaysians provide all the ships, of course.”

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White lies about no beds available at LGH

As Rising Seas Erode Shorelines, Tasmania Shows What Can Be Lost

Tasmanian councils need funding boost

High hopes court proceedings will end corporate cronyism in Macquarie harbour

Hotels boss hits councils’ pokies stance

Response to Mayor Downie’s TasWater claims

Manus riots and managing debt

PETITION: Save East Launceston Recreation Ground

Trump’s ‘huge tax cut for the rich’ would slash taxes for businesses and wealthy

I’m Driving: Laughing Jack to Hobart

Number of WA councils backing marriage equality jumps from two to four overnight

Street Dog Charity wins prestigious animal welfare award

Labor has no Plan, no solutions for increasing hospital demand

A terrible case of deportation (tomorrow)

Premier and Health Minister continue to turn blind eye to hospital system in crisis

Health Minister caught out over promise of new beds

Festival of Voices fires up

Walk For West Papuan Freedom and Independence!

World champion and martial arts royalty hits Hobart

Centrelink Robo-Debt inquiry comes to Hobart

Kudelka: Anzac Day: Australia’s Uneasy Commemoration of War



Despard: Bertie Blackman, Helen Hopcroft 



New Young Adult fiction novel uses football to tackle racism and responsibility 



Tasting Tasmania ... 



Spoil her package ... Give mum Moet, MONA and the movies this May 

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Despard: Bertie Blackman, Helen Hopcroft 



Home sharing ... 



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