"Balance is Appeasement. Fairness is Truth."
Steve Biddulph. Pics:*. First published Wednesday May 22
23.05.13 5:30 am
The Third World War will not be fought with guns. It’s the battle for the earth, not its ownership this time, but its existence. Who would have thought that of all the shortages our profligate living would lead to, it would be the very coolness and calmness of our planet’s skies.
ABC's Zoe Edwards and Fiona Blackwood
23.05.13 5:00 am
The budget contains no new taxes and no increases in existing taxes. There are also none of the big public service job cuts of the past. Instead, the Government has decided to let the state go further into net debt as it prepares for the election.
• Tom Ellison, TT May 6: It’s no secret. Tasmania’s economy is buggered. Not to mention the wisdom on TT of John Lawrence and Jarvis Cocker
Isla MacGregor, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network MR. *Pic
23.05.13 4:17 am
The above statistics speak for themselves. There certainly is a need for a thorough public health investigation on the West Coast to help understand the causes of these health statistics and how these critical public health issues can be better addressed.
ABC political reporter Zoe Edwards. ABC pic
23.05.13 4:05 am
Mr Greenberry says he felt bullied, and if this is the way the public service operates in Tasmania, he wants nothing to do with it.
The Hon Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition, The Tasmanian Liberal Senate team. Pic: of Tony Abbott
23.05.13 2:53 am
The Discussion Paper has identified 12 possible policy measures to strengthen the Tasmanian economy that are in addition to those already announced as part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan. The release of the Coalition’s Discussion Paper: Building a Strong, Prosperous Tasmania comes on top of existing announcements to provide $400 million to get the duplication of the Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston done; a commitment to protect the Tasmanian GST share from any detrimental changes; and our commitment to scrap the carbon tax.
Download, Building a Strong, Prosperous Tasmania ...
Bob Brown, The Bob Brown Foundation MR. Pic: of Taib and dams
22.05.13 10:56 am
At least 9 more dams area proposed by the Sarawak state government of Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption after amassing a fortune of billions of dollars while in office. “Hydro Tasmania’s senior officers are addressing this conference of the world’s biggest dam builders on ‘sustainability’ while the indigenous people of Sarawak are protesting outside and while HT has 4 consultants working on these megadams which international organizations have condemned as involving gross corruption,” Brown said.
Geraldine de Burgh-Day, Sheffield. First published Monday May 20
22.05.13 5:25 am
... who do we turn to now? Years ago, the Lemonthyme area of Tasmania became known for the protests to wholesale logging. Well right now, TODAY in fact, the loggers are clear felling and trashing the Lemonthyme. Yes, it was selectively logged with bullocks years ago, and so it qualifies for clear felling now, under the agreement you signed off on.
22.05.13 5:00 am
The deal designed to end years of protest in the forests of Tasmania hamstrings green groups, barring them from future protest. It is a dangerous precedent. Now, despite the ‘peace deal’, and freshly charged with ‘compensation’, the loggers want more. Beginning on Bruny Island. But while loggers have the incentive, environmentalists have the disincentive. If locals organise a ‘substantial protest’ (one which impedes logging) over these three coupes, it will license the Legislative Council to vote down national park status for other high conservation value forests across Tasmania — from the Tarkine in the island’s northwest to the Blue Tier in the northeast and Wellington Range behind Hobart’s Mt Wellington. As an extra penalty, the minimum amount of sawlogs to be cut from native forests under the agreement could be trebled. This is greenmail.
Kim Booth MP Greens Forestry Spokesperson MR Tuesday, 21 May 2013
22.05.13 4:44 am
During Question Time today, Greens Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP called on the Forestry Minister Bryan Green MP to review the current log grading system, which had consigned countless hundreds-of-thousands of tonnes of high quality timber to the woodchipper or to whole log export. “The results so far show that reject blackwood and eucalypt logs have been yielding very high recovery rates of both select and furniture grade timber,” Mr Booth said. “One rejected blackwood log yielded a stunningly high 59% recovery rate, which is almost unheard of.” “This trial has proven, beyond doubt, that the alleged shortage of eucalypt sawlog and blackwood is nothing more than a myth driven by the woodchip industry for its own financial benefit.”
22.05.13 4:30 am
“Our resources are already at capacity and we have no ability to be able to extend our services.” Tony Reidy from TasCOSS says the State Government needs to step up.
Helen Burnet, Put People Before Pokies, Tasmania! MR
22.05.13 4:16 am
Spokesperson Helen Burnet criticised the position of members of the House who voted down reform, particularly the Liberals in the House who had effectively changed their position from 2009, when they supported a $1 bet limit per spin. … “It was extremely unsatisfactory to hear the woeful arguments put by both Labor Minister for Finance & Gaming, Scott Bacon, and Liberal Jeremy Rockliff, against the introduction of a $1 bet limit on pokies.
Karl Stevens, A Citizens Report. *Pic
22.05.13 4:00 am
Some members of Timber Workers for Forests had come up from Hobart and members of the Western Rivers Trust were present. FSC was also represented by ‘Jonno’ from Friends of the Earth who is on the FSC Australia grievance committee. I don’t believe in all this ‘behind closed doors’ rubbish that Tasmania is obsessed with so here goes:
Isla MacGregor, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network. Pic* First published Tuesday May 22
22.05.13 2:30 am
Why is it that the DHHS/EPA 2008-2010 investigations were unable to conduct any tests on atmospheric deposition in Rosebery, including isotopic testing, or publicly release any of the data provided to them by MMG on their own dust monitoring data required under their licensing agreement? How simple would that be?
22.05.13 2:15 am
Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan
21.05.13 2:53 am
The injunction will remain in effect until a final decision is made later in the year on the Federal Court challenge to the mine approval.
21.05.13 2:15 am
Tasmanian politicians have thrown their support behind a nude swim event which was cancelled when police threatened to arrest participants. The ban has since been overturned ABC Radio says ...
• Leonard Colquhoun, in Comments: Comment 13’s “a degree of gravitas is needed” should get far wider and more serious notice from all MPs. We are just so-o-o-o-o over the [kissing bubs / pratfall / bit of teariness / aw shucks / I’m just like you - really! / G’day, mate] school of voter-politician interface (to use one of those very clever expressions).
Australin Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome
21.05.13 2:00 am
Marriage equality advocates have predicted other MPs will come out in support of marriage equality in the wake of former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s change of heart on the issue.
Martyn Goddard Health policy analysis and development. Pic*: Lara Giddings, Michelle O'Byrne. *Pic ...
20.05.13 10:00 am
We know from hospital data that in the southern region alone, which includes the Royal Hobart Hospital, the number of nurses by head-count went down by 115. ‘The number of clerks and administrators actually rose marginally over the period, by 15.
MORE HEALTH ...
Suzanne Cass Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty
20.05.13 9:45 am
Will Abbott and his sycophants also want to apologise to Egypt? Bahrain? Kuwait? Pakistan? Malaysia? And all the other countries to which Australia happily sends millions of innocent, gentle animals to be so heinously abused? Tony Abbott wants to make the all-but-meaningless ESCAS ‘more exporter friendly’, if that is indeed possible. … Jacob, the Australian bull filmed at an Egyptian slaughterhouse last month, spent his last horrific many minutes of life having his eyes stabbed and his leg tendons slashed. He had been forced into an appallingly cruel slaughter box, from which, in panic, he escaped, trying to run on three legs because one was already broken. His throat had been slashed and he ran with his head almost hanging off. Jacob was a gentle, Western Australian Brahman bull, who had done nothing wrong. He spent weeks on a Third World live export ship on his way to Egypt before facing this ultimate horror annd depravity.
Kay Seltitizas, Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania MR. Pic*
20.05.13 9:30 am
Rosebery residents Kay Seltitizas, Lindsay Phillips and Marsha Stejskal are calling on Premier Lara Giddings, Greens Minister Nick McKim and Mayor Darryl Gerrity to apologise to Rosebery residents who were previously attacked and vilified over the lead poisoning investigation from 2008-2010.
20.05.13 4:30 am
Hydro Tasmania wants King Island to consider an industrial wind farm consisting of 200 x 3Mega Watt turbines. The proposed project, TasWind, would dwarf Australia’s largest wind farm by a further 50%; the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere, costing $2Billion. The EPA’s disastrously low: “Substantially Commenced” bar at the vacant Gunns Pulp Mill site, has inspired confidence amongst our corrupt Tasmanian establishment that they can steamroll this major issue by avoiding due process.
• Leigh Ewbank, Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator for Friends of the Earth, in Comments: In regards to claims made about wind farms adversely affecting property prices, the following article highlights research which shows otherwise ...
• Donald Graham, in Comments: If you are in any doubt about the health issues, go to Waterloo in SA and talk to the farmers around the wind farm. Then talk to the Mayor. Then go to Macarthur in West Victoria and talk to the farmers, and talk to the Mayor. Then download this ...
• Prof Simon Chapman, University of Sydney, in Comments: Here’s a link to my review of the history & distribution of health & noise complainants about all 52 Australian wind farms. Main findings ...
Andrew Crook, Crikey senior journalist
20.05.13 4:25 am
Wells Haslem—the firm spun out of Jackson Wells last year by its principals, former Australian press gallery reporter Ben Haslem and ex-John Howard staffer John Wells—is supporting the No TasWind Farm Group in the sleepy Bass Strait community to scuttle a planned 200-turbine, 600-megawatt facility planned by Hydro Tasmania. Cashed-up pastoralists drafted in Haslem over concerns their multimillion-dollar properties would dive in value if the project proceeds.
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: of Wayne Swan
20.05.13 4:15 am
Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has just posted an informative overview of the austerity debate in a recent article How the Case for Austerity has Crumbled .
• The Age: Gillard’s Budget boost
Isla MacGregor, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network MRs. ABC. Pic* First published*
20.05.13 4:10 am
Friday: Rosebery is now the seventh town in Tasmania with drinking water supplies contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Five of the seven towns have been impacted on by local mines, Whitemark’s and Ringarooma’s water was sourced from areas near where mining has occurred. The seven towns with drinking water supplies contaminated with lead are Whitemark, Pioneer, Ringarooma, Avoca, Royal George, Rosebery and Gormanston. Royal George’s water is also contaminated with arsenic and cadmium and Avoca with cadmium also. These poisoned water results from Rosebery cast serious doubts over the rigour and integrity of the EPA’s 2008-2009 investigation in Rosebery, an investigation which was highly criticised by the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania. The Department of Health has allowed public health to be put at risk, by failing to act upon high levels of toxic metals in seven towns’ drinking water supplies. Tasmania must now be viewed as a Third World state with over one third of Tasmanian towns failing to provide raw drinking water that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Saturday: Last year the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania also sent the laboratory results to Cradle Mountain Water and requested that they provide all households in Rosebery with a Domestic Reverse Osmosis water filtration system as these are the only filtration systems that can remove both soluble and insoluble metals from the drinking water in Rosebery. Again no reply was received from Cradle Mountain Water. It is inexcusable that Cradle Mountain Water has taken so long to determine that lead is in the drinking water supplies in Rosebery. It is totally unacceptable that Dr Roscoe Taylor has failed to protect public health and ensure the provision of safe drinking water in Rosebery and the other 6 towns in Tasmania now known to be contaminated with lead, arsenic or cadmium. The Premier Lara Giddings should stand Dr Roscoe Taylor down from his position as Chief Public Health Officer of Tasmania, said Isla MacGregor
• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: Matthew Groom on Southern Cross News last night backed TPEHN’s call for a full inquiry into unsafe drinking water in Tasmania. Matthew Groom said “I think it is absolutely critical that this is properly looked into. It is incumbent on the Government to ensure that Tasmania communities have safe and reliable drinking water. They should have confidence in the quality of their drinking water and it is incumbent on the Government to ensure that this happens.” TPEHN congratulates the Liberal Party for making a statement so promptly about this critical issue about public health of current and former Rosebery residents.
Chris Johnson National Political Correspondent SMH
20.05.13 4:00 am
The accusations follow the resignation of a highly regarded senior employee and come after Senator Milne conceded last month that September’s poll would be an uphill battle for the party, which risked losing two Senate spots.
Evan Whitton. Pic: of Evan Whitton
20.05.13 3:02 am
This is the seventh extract from Our Corrupt Legal System by legal historian Evan Whitton. The story so far: English common law began in 1166 in a culture of total corruption in the public sector, and went downhill from there. Extorting judges and their lawyer-bagmen formed a cartel. Soon after 1215, European countries adopted a truth-seeking (inquisitorial) system. In 1219, a few corrupt English judges rejected truth as the basis of justice. Since about 1350, lawyers have been the “dominant interest” in English-speaking legislatures, thus making it impossible to change to a justice system.
Kim Booth MP Greens Gaming spokesperson Sunday, 19 May 2013
20.05.13 2:58 am
“Although the Greens voted in support of the Liberals amendment in 2009 we did not have the numbers to carry it through. However, if the Liberals were to vote this week consistent with their previous track record, the power-sharing Parliament means we are in a position to make a real difference for those Tasmanian families and local businesses suffering from pokie addiction.”
Clive Stott http://www.cleanairtas.com
20.05.13 2:32 am
Patients on life-support equipment at home cannot afford to use it as prescribed by their specialists. The only solution left for these severely disadvantaged people is to turn their equipment off, or reduce its use. Neither is an acceptable option. Life support patients are already suffering greatly in other ways because of their special needs. How un-Australian is this treatment of someone spending the last of their life on life-support?
ABC. First published Monday May 20
20.05.13 2:10 am
The poll found 30 per cent could not say how they would vote if the state election was held the next day, up 10 points from the last poll in February. Support for the Liberal Party fell six points to 40 per cent, while support for the Greens fell six points to a new low of nine per cent.
• Dr Kevin Bonham: Greens hit new low, here The poll again shows the Liberals with a very high vote, but shows Labor with (marginally) its least worst result since November 2010 and the Greens with their worst result in this term of office. The very bad news for the Greens is that the 14% is likely to be an overestimate because the EMRS headline rate historically overestimates their vote. The undecided rate on the EMRS baseline measure (30%) is astonishingly high and I will check to see if it is a record. However the undecided rate comparable to the way other pollsters measure indecision is 19%.
• Lara Giddings: The EMRS Poll The Premier, Lara Giddings, today acknowleged the release of the latest EMRS poll.
• Nick McKim, Greens Leader: EMRS Poll Response “Our decisions are not driven by polls, but by strong core values that put people and the environment first,” Mr McKim said. “We don’t place a great deal of emphasis on the result of this or any other political opinion poll.”
THE FORESTS PEACE DEAL
• Rob Blakers, Mercury: Forests deal quiets chainsaws
Ben, a hint. that pink tinge you can see is not the sunrise.
It is beyond hilarious watching you deny the obvious.…