"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
01.09.14 5:30 am
Mt Wellington ... looking to the South-West.
• But wait, there’s more ...
(On the first day of every month TT publishes a celebratory shot (or more) of Tasmania ...)
• TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor, Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ, crucial marriage equality fundraiser, Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers, Johnston on living in the municipality etc etc ...
01.09.14 5:15 am
It is, as usual, extremely difficult to cut through the spin and work out, in real terms, how the budget cuts affect hospital services. What is clear is that savings being made in administration do not appear, for the most part, to be going into patient services.
Fairfax. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 31
01.09.14 5:00 am
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens are fuming the Abbott government has committed Australia to weapons air drops in Iraq without consulting parliament.
MEANWHILE, asylum seekers ...
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: of Will Hodgman
01.09.14 4:45 am
Either there wasn’t a budget crisis or the government is yet to find a solution. After five months at the crash repair shop, the budget that emerged is little different to the previous model. If anything it’s worse.
Mercury. Pic: John Gay walks free (Garry Stannus pic)
01.09.14 4:30 am
THE hunt for former Gunns chairman John Gay’s illegal earnings is set to become a national test case for how the profits of crime are calculated.
01.09.14 4:15 am
Home to the largest single tract of temperate rainforest in the nation, the destined Tarkine National Park will soon become an economic natural goldmine for Tasmania’s northwest.
Mercury. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: Sept 1.
01.09.14 4:10 am
HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard - A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) - to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.
• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard ...
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
01.09.14 4:00 am
The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here
The Bob Brown Foundation
01.09.14 3:50 am
The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 3rd annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.
Stephen McMahon, Friend of Charlie Fearnley
01.09.14 3:45 am
Ed: Tasmanian Times again presents the basic details of a dispute involving a former Flinders Island fisherman/farmer, Paul ‘Charlie’ Fearnley and Queensland primary industry officials and a property where Charlie’s cattle have been agisted. Charlie says he has been in a desperate fight to rescue and save his beloved cattle. TT cannot verify the details of the dispute ... but one thing is certain and stark: In the Abbottland that Australia has become it is the most vulnerable who suffer, the least able who go under ... in this case, apparently, Charlie’s cows ...
My name is Stephen McMahon and I am writing on behalf of Paul (Charlie) Fearnley in regards to his herd of cattle in QLD.
01.09.14 3:27 am
When people ask me what’s my hometown I always say without hesitation, Strahan.
01.09.14 3:15 am
The Australian Government gives Indonesia, and East Timor and other international aid bodies, Billions of Australian Tax Payer Dollars every year… Our same Government withholds ALL the monies derived through the Exclusive Economic Zone of Norfolk Island from that Island’s Government, past and present.
Bill Rowlings OAM CEO, Civil Liberties Australia http://www.cla.asn.au/ Pic*
01.09.14 3:00 am
New ASIO spy laws are not designed to combat jihadists: they are so ASIO and its “affiliates”can legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November.
Matthew Holloway. Pic: of Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Pub: Sept 1
01.09.14 2:45 am
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, activist and feminist visiting Australia as a guest speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to be held in Sydney. She has stated ...
01.09.14 2:30 am
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?  This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.
The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am
Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga
Alderman Jeff Briscoe, HCC, Media Release, Picture: of the Organ Pipes
31.08.14 8:42 am
... before any consideration of rezoning of the Natural Zone … The HCC will now provide a submission to reject the amendment as the Trust has not demonstrated the proposed amendment furthers the vision, principles and objectives of the Management Plan, and the purposes for which Wellington Park was set aside. Whilst the Chairman of the Trust has indicated that the rezoning is not for the controversial Cable Car, every one knows why this amendment has come forward.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Tom Ellison* Pic: of Peter Gutwein in Parliament, with Will Hodgman, left, and Rene Hidding, right. Pub: Aug 28
30.08.14 7:30 am
Nobody doubts why the Hodgman Government won so convincingly in March – it was viewed as a better economic manager than its predecessor. Its primary mandate could be likened to that of the administrator of a failed company – tasked with keeping the place afloat and making some tough decisions. Like restructuring, cutting staff, increasing efficiencies and removing the dead wood accumulated over the course of 16 years. This Budget goes some way towards achieving that.
• TT Media HERE for all the responses - from Labor to Greens, unions to conservationists .... • And, use the TT NEWS dropdown menu (top nav bar) for MSM reports
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania. Pub: Aug 29
30.08.14 7:00 am
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania offers the following comments on the impact of the Government’s climate policies on Tasmania: “The reckless climate policies of the Abbott Government such as repealing the price on carbon will have dire consequences for Tasmania as was clear in yesterday’s state budget. “Hydro Tasmania is the leading producer of clean energy in Australia, generating approximately half of all the country’s renewable energy, and Abbott’s climate sceptic policies have just smashed it. “Hydro has been providing a river of gold to state government coffers. Abbott has made these rivers of gold run dry.
ABC. Pic: Daniel Haley. Pub: Aug 27
28.08.14 7:30 am
The Tasmanian Government is on the cusp of repealing the historic forestry peace deal after the Legislative Council voted in favour of the broad plan to overturn the deal.
WHAT CONSERVATIONISTS SAY ...
• TT Media HERE for the range of viewpoints, including Kim Booth’s MR revealing that taxpayers are continuing to subsidise Forestry Tasmania, and Nick McKim’s MR revealing that the anti-protest laws have been sent to an Upper House committee ... Legislative Councillors explicitly outlined that they were ignoring a swag of personal messages received in the past week from Tasmanians opposed to new forestry legislation which scuttles promised ‘peace deal’ reserves and also opens hundreds of existing protected areas for logging. The Premier has also received and ignored over 1500 letters of concern sent to him since Friday over the opening of 1.5 million hectares for logging. A dire situation for conservation has arisen after amendments of the Legislative Council were adopted that aim to ensure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is achieved by Forestry Tasmania despite the abandonment of environmental commitments and a new assault on forests. “The government has gone much further than tearing up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and has shamefully maintained their intention to open protected reserves of many years’ standing to environmentally destructive logging for specialty timbers, despite an outpouring of community concern,” said Tasmanian Conservation Trust Director Peter McGlone.
• Paul Harriss goes all King Canute-ish and ‘turns back the Green tide’ (for the first time in Tasmania’s history), Vanessa Goodwin reports on shunting the Workplace Protection from Protesters Bill to committee, and there’s learner drivers, hearts, and Eric Abetz ‘s backdown. PLUS Christine Milne saying the Tasmanian Brand is trashed. All in TT Media HERE
• Anne, in Comments: Apparently Ivan Dean (who couldn’t wait to vote according to Harriss and Hodgman’s dictates) reckoned 90 per cent of the emails he received were from people urging him not to repeal the bill. Ivan, however, chose to disregard everything that was said by all these concerned members of the community - and people he was elected to represent - on the arrogant assumption he’s better informed. The arrogance (and ignorance) of these MLCs is appalling.
Bob Hawkins. Pic: of HVC Mayor - and MLC - Robert Armstrong. First pub: Aug 26
27.08.14 6:58 am
Huon Valley guessing games Claytonesque seems the best fit for Mayor Robert Armstrong, MLC these days. Huon Valley Council’s sometime mayor, for the second time in a row, wasn’t there for his council’s monthly public meeting (Wednesday, August 20). Last time, he was visiting his new grandson in Melbourne. This time, he was away in Hobart playing law-maker in the Legislative Council and delivering his maiden speech — neither of which activity can be deemed unreasonable.
Thanks for the very nice pictures.