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VDL sale: Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng revealed as buyer

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Jane Ryan, ABC. Pic: From VDL via ABC
27.11.15 4:02 am

The proposed buyer of Tasmanian dairy giant Van Diemen’s Land Company (VDL) is Moon Lake Investments, an Australian company set up specifically for the purchase by Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng.

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TODAY: Registered Clubs Association of NSW suing Andrew Wilkie

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release. ABC Pic: of Andrew Wilkie. First pub: Nov 25
27.11.15 3:15 am

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The Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales is suing Andrew Wilkie for defamation in relation to his comments on the ABC about Peter Garrett being offered money by someone in the poker machine industry.

• James Boyce in Comments: First it was the Gunns 20. Now it is the Pokies 2. We must stand together. Hang in there Andrew. They are but thugs. James Boyce on pokies ... on Tasmanian Times, HERE

• Karl Stevens in Comments: I’m sure the Registered Clubs Assoc of NSW are terrified of what was revealed in the ‘Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation’ doco. Who would have known pokies exploit vulnerabilities in the human brain concerning ‘anticipation of reward’? This was dynamite information because anybody can exploit these vulnerabilities at any time for their own benefit and let’s face it, the good are not running the Earth … yet?

JAMES BOYCE EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

FRIDAY, November 27 ...

•  Wilkie in court today ...

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Mt Lyell re-opening likely within two to three years

Martyn Goddard, Analyst. First published November 25
26.11.15 5:45 am

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The Tasmanian government is now sure that the Mt Lyell copper mine at Queenstown will not, as previously feared, be closed down and flooded. And the prospects for a re-opening within two to three years have substantially improved.

But if you look at the long-term picture for copper, with urbanisation, the use of electricity ‒ particularly renewable energy ‒ you still see the demand growing there. Renewable energy generation consumes much more copper than coal-fired power stations. Wind turbines contain two tonnes for every megawatt of output.

• Pilko in Comments: Marty Goddard talks up a Labor & Liberal pet industry & guess what? The character assassinations from the usual Lib/Lab lackeys aren’t forthcoming this week? Where is the Lukester? I’ve scoured social media & there is zip, nada, zilch, not a bad word to be said about Martyn.

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Senate fails to reinstate night-fishing ban on super trawler Geelong Star by a vote

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release
26.11.15 5:30 am

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(Last) evening the Senate failed to disallow regulations that had lifted a ban on night fishing by the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star by a single vote. A tied vote, 31 for and 31 against, means the disallowance motion to reinstate the night-fishing ban was unsuccessful. The Geelong Star courted controversy earlier in the year when it caught and killed 9 dolphins.

• ABC Radio is reporting the death of two more dolphins/seals? overnight ... ABC: Geelong Star factory trawler: Deaths of two more seals revealed in Senate

Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania, Jon Bryan, Tasmanian Conservation Trust . Tooni Mahto, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Nobby Clark, Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club: 15,000 Emails in 24 hours - Rec Fishers Urge Senate to Ban Geelong Star Night Fishing

Andrew Wilkie: A statement on the super-trawler … They’ve already gutted fisheries elsewhere in the world and it beggars belief that the Australian Government is delighted to have one of the awful things in our waters. The Geelong Star should be banned immediately and sent packing. If it’s to remain in Australia, perhaps it could be turned into a monument to bad politicians making bad decisions.

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Researchers suspect fox evidence fabrication, Tasmania Government opts not to investigate

25.11.15 3:00 am

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An independent scientific report using the Tasmanian Environment Department’s own data has suggested evidence of foxes may have been fabricated. The group behind the report wants the findings investigated but the Government is refusing to take any action.

• Transcripts of ABC Fox Reports ...

• David Obendorf in Comments: … With respect this is hardly just “a scientific disagreement” as Minister Rockliff would assert. The senior management of DPIPWE have chosen not to disagree with our analysis or to contest the basic findings of this report to Government. If they had done so, the independent scientists group would, of course, have taken any formal inputs from them into consideration … The greater concern in this unfortunate wastage are the Invasive Animal CRC and DPIPWE staff who claimed in 2013 that “foxes are now widespread in Tasmania” based on such bogus data set. Tasmania deserves a full inquiry into this sordid mess and should go back to falsification of dead fox material also used as empirical evidence from 2001 to 2006.

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‘World’s Best Practice’ ... ? Rebuff Libs, say Weber, Putt, McKim ...

Ted Mead*. First published November 16. Pics*
25.11.15 2:30 am

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Forestry Tasmania has long professed a catch-cry of ‘World’s Best Logging Practice’, but outside the insular walls of its offices there is a different reality.  Images of logging practises in Tasmania have been imprinted deeply into our minds. Scenes of utter destruction like the Hiroshima-blackened landscapes, the smoke-filled mushroom clouds that billow and waft into our urban environment, and the once endless procession of log trucks parading our highways en-route to the insatiable jaws of the woodchip mills.

Essentially Tasmania’s forest industry over the past several decades created an Armageddon upon our natural environment, yet in this 21st century Forestry Tas shows no sign that it wishes to repent. Its quest for FSC is not aimed at redemption. It is merely pursuance for a licence to blindly continue in its myopic ideology.

• Paul Tapp in Comments: Within my dream/There lives a scream/Which fills me so with fear/I feel its breath upon me/The beast is drawing near/It’s breath is hot and fetid/And it vomits in the seas/The beast has dogs/Which carry logs/The monster feeds on trees … I visited the Tarkine and also took photographs of soaring, silent trees and wondered how anybody could cut them down, disturb the peace of ancient forests and the mysteries within. But they do, without conscience, for at the end of the day, it is merely a tree and it is a practical way to put bread on the table, when jobs are scarce and global economics can put them on unemployment lines at any time.

• Pete Godrey in Comments: Well put Ted, thanks for maintaining the rage. The picture of Triabunna woodchip mill is pertinent, after Gunns closed the mill there were 30,000 tonnes of woodchips left unsold. The new owners had to move them to rehabilitate the site to meet EPA requirements. So 30 thousand tonnes of our forests were destroyed and left to rot, that is around 3000 truck loads of logs cut, carted, chipped and left to rot. And the best bit is we paid massive subsidies to the companies to do it. Rage is the only response. This ongoing conversion of rainforest to eucalypt forest must never be sanctioned by FSC or any other organisation that claims to be environmentally responsible.

Tasmania’s first BioBlitz in the Tarkine!

Cassy O’Connor: Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

Cassy O’Connor: FSC Looking Like a Mirage Under Harriss

Vica Bayley: Government plans to sell plantations threatens FSC and PEFC certification

Paul Harriss: Increased protection for critically endangered Swift Parrot on Bruny Island

Peg Putt: Cautious welcome to Bruny Island logging moratorium

Vica Bayley: Action on Bruny swift parrot habitat welcome but needs to be more widespread

Jenny Weber: Swift Parrot survival depends on permanent protection of forests on Bruny Island and across Tasmania

Rosalie Woodruff: Swift Parrot Logging Moratorium

Paul Harriss: Hardship program to assist forest contractors devastated by Labor-Green policies … The Government has reallocated $1 million in Commonwealth funds, which remain unspent from previous compensation schemes for a limited hardship relief program. Today, I am pleased to announce details of the hardship program are now available and applications open …

Sarawak Report: Environmentalists Want Answers From Adenan As Peatland Clearing By KTS Continues

MONDAY, November 23 ...

Matthew Groom: Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area … The technical advisers will spend the week in Tasmania assessing the state of conservation of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and will provide advice on the finalisation of the draft Management Plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area …

TUESDAY, November 24 ...

ABC: Private forestry company Forico wins environmental tick for woodchip exports

Jenny Weber, Peg Putt: World Heritage Reps urged to rebuff Tasmanian Government on rainforest logging ... … “The rainforest ‘special species’ logging trial in the southern forests coupe EP048C had demonstrated the range and scale of disturbance associated with such logging. Any attempt to log in the World Heritage property will be significantly detrimental to the maintenance of Outstanding Universal Values,” Ms Weber said …

Nick McKim: Time for Hodgman and Turnbull to Accept Umpire’s Call on World Heritage Logging … “The Liberals’ bloody mindedness over logging the TWWHA is already damaging the tourism industry, with Lonely Planet ( TT HERE ) issuing warnings to see these precious areas before they are compromised.” …

ABC: Specialty timber industry wins Tasmanian Government support, despite doubts over logging in UN-listed areas

• Claire Gilmour in Comments: A gumtree ad on 4 Nov 2015. “I am a 23 year old male currently seeking work. I currently work in forestry planting, pruning and fertilizing trees but the warm weather caused the dirt to dry out to much and we have been laid off untill further notice… I live in wynyard and have my motorcycle license.” Until further notice eh!? What say ye FT and Government? So Forestry and their business partners are laying off more people … so the Tas government fly on in with more Fed money to gift …

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STATE: Erich’s triumph ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published November 23
24.11.15 4:30 am

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The Examiner, the organ of the Right Wing of the Liberal Party in Tasmania has spent the past month - for some completely unknown reason - promoting our Erich Abetz as the Number 1 candidate on the Tasmanian Liberal Party Senate ticket.

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• Jack Lumber in Comments: … It is with regret that I admit that Mr Abetz has achieved what we all thought was an impossibility ... a consensus. Throughout the state a “WTF” was heard in every room ( with the exception of the dazed and confused state Liberal Party room )

• John Hawkins in Comments: … We must ensure that the Liberals do not get 2 quotas, in the next election. With this in mind Scruffy will be standing against Abetz for a seat in the Senate. “If you are going to vote for a dog ... vote for a real one”. Vote Scruffy …

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NATION: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s Super Mal!

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: October 23. Pic: ABC of Malcolm Turnbull
23.11.15 4:45 am

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No but look out below!  It’s Super Mal, the man of tomorrow. Faster than a speeding spill ballot, the supersonic ‘small l Liberal’ super hero and man of Chinese steel rockets into the stratosphere, unlike the plummeting spot price for iron ore and other commodities we, poor sods, have yoked our futures to, courtesy of the myopia of his post-modern political class and its minders.

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MARIA ISLAND: ‘We want to unleash its full potential’

Leo Schofield
23.11.15 4:30 am

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“Maria Island is one of Tasmania’s great untapped tourism opportunities. We want to unleash its full potential.” Thus spake Matthew Groom in an article in the Mercury on Saturday November 21. ( Read Matthew Groom’s Media Release here )

• Leo Schofield in Comments: … it’s words like ‘unleash’ that scare the living daylights out of me. Keep Maria as it is. No need to see it as another Port Arthur. The resort and marina suggestions were for the Triabunna mill site. How long is it since Graeme Wood bought this site and revealed his terrific plans. Then came Gormless Guy and his expensive and pointless inquiry into what was a done deal. Read the transcript of some of the sessions of said inquiry. Feydeau could not have done better …

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Report Dispels Myth of Cheap Tassie Rent

Pattie Chugg, Shelter Tas EO Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter EO Media Release
23.11.15 4:25 am

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The release of Australia’s first Rental Affordability Index (RAI) has been welcomed by Tasmania’s peak body for affordable housing and homelessness, Shelter Tas.

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Tassie left off the (mushroom) Map ...

Leo Schofield
23.11.15 4:20 am

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Found this curious mushroom among some I bought at the supermarket this week. It looks remarkably like a map of Australia but once again they’ve overlooked Tassie …

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A response to Lissa Johnson ...

Shane Humpherys*
23.11.15 4:15 am

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A response to Lissa Johnson: Spot the Extremist It is undoubtedly true that the US-led invasion of Iraq under George W Bush, Blair & Howard et al. was a duplicitous piece of foreign policy that has had far reaching consequences which are still reverberating today.

Mercury: Being stuck on barricade may have saved Emma Parkinson’s life

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How and why ISIS emerged ...

John Martinkus, The Saturday Paper. Pic*
23.11.15 4:00 am

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John Martinkus: ‘What my captors wanted to know’ When armed insurgents kidnapped John Martinkus in Iraq, they interrogated him on building a propaganda machine. A decade later, they became Daesh.

Martin Flanagan, The Age, via MSN: Paris attacks: Why I’m with Waleed Aly, not Andrew Bolt

Watch the viral Waleed Aly video ...

How to solve the Syrian crisis – the view from around the world

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: To have been in your position in a war zone and to know that what you were hearing in the media and from the government was total bullshit would be very hard. Thankyou for writing your story and giving those who can think a chance to understand what was happening and what is still happening with our sanitised reports of what is going on in the world. Sorry that you and many others have had such horrid experiences, we live on a planet surrounded by angry, violent madmen ... and some very beautiful people too.

• Peter Bright in Comments: Pete Godfrey at #4 perceptively refers to media and government bullshit and indeed I’ve become increasingly suspicious about everything these distorting, deceiving, misleading and lying institutions tell us. One of their greater sins is to conceal the truth by omission. Our citizens are not thinking, and far worse than this, they don’t want to. Worst of all is that many just can’t.

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A tale of two towns (2): Burnie

Greg Cure
23.11.15 3:45 am

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Time passes. Listen. Time passes. (Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood)

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

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What is it?

23.11.15 3:30 am

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This pic was taken by someone touring the Huon Valley at Judbury recently.

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The Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto and Change the World

Truthstream Media By HumansAreFree, Via Zen Gardner
23.11.15 3:15 am

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If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways.

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Population is the World’s Number One Problem, says Kiwi Conservationist

Tony Orman*
23.11.15 3:00 am

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The world is facing a “people population explosion” problem says a New Zealand conservation advocate.

• Chris Harries in Comments: … I would like to see a constructive, comprehensive and realistic set of population policies that spells out the issue and details such things as appropriate reforms of taxation and welfare law and mandates on family size and education and how to deal with the practical problem of the ageing of our society and compassion for displaced peoples in the world. Nobody ever seems to produce one. Without such a consolidated position the issue will remain as a populist mantra.

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Kiwi ‘Hunter-Conservationists’ Slam DOC Poison Plan

Tony Orman* Pic*
23.11.15 2:45 am

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A New Zealand national hunter’s organisation has rejected a call by the Department of Conservation (DOC) for more 1080 aerial drops.

• Richard Prosser: Challenge To Prove Safety Of 1080 In Waterways ...

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A Cry from the Heart – Morwell residents done and dusted

Morwell residents, via Clive Stott http://www.cleanairtas.com
23.11.15 2:15 am

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We are concerned about the dust load contamination in our Morwell houses which can find its way into our lungs and illness this can cause to our families. They cleaned the footpaths and all we got was a bucket to clean our houses.

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Climate Change solution by 2020!

Robert Vincin, Emission Trading Association Australia Ltd PO Box 804 Drummoyne 1417 NSW Australia
23.11.15 2:10 am

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For 21 years, up to 196 World Governments’ Members of the Party (MOP) Kyoto Protocol Conference of the Parties (COP) met to exchange data on climate change (1) and impact.

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The Invitation – An Introduction to A Letter to an Unknown Artist

Jane Rankin-Reid. Pic: of Jane Rankin-Reid
23.11.15 2:00 am

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The freedom to question a foreign democracy’s responses to its political and social challenges is essentially a test of the integrity of its equality. Discomforting yes but collateral empathy can never be controlled; the ache of concern for Kashmir’s unrelenting struggle for peace and compassionate justice is widely felt.

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