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The questions around a Vice Principal ...

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20.11.14 4:00 am

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Did the late Vice Principal of Taroona High School, Kenneth (Ken) Haines, sexually abuse the troubled boys that he took under his wing while working at the school?

• Richard Atkinson, in Comments: Just note that the url in the article is an ‘unofficial’ link to a lawyers’ website. The official Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse link is: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/share-your-story

ABC: Child sex abuse inquiry: Ex-headmaster admits failing to question staff, pupils over paedophilia claims

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ABC, SBS: Another Broken Promise

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Pub: Nov 18
20.11.14 3:50 am

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The announcement that the Federal Government intends to cut a further $50m from the ABC represents another broken promise and is clearly not in the public interest.

Crikey: Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidentsBS yesterday told almost all the staff employed by Dateline that it would not need their services next year, as the multicultural broadcaster continues its radical shake-up of the program. Almost all the program’s video journalists were yesterday told their current ...

ABC Friends: Phone a Coalition politician day – happening today for the ABC

Fairfax: Christopher Pyne’s ABC petition attracts ‘protest’ signatures On the same day the government announced a 5 per cent cut to the ABC over five years, Mr Pyne launched a petition on change.org to protect the ABC’s Adelaide production unit. The petition quickly gathered signatures from detractors who used the “reasons for signing section” to savage Mr Pyne for what they saw as a NIME (Not In My Electorate) approach.

Tony Wright, The Age: Tony Abbott, the ABC and SBS: when election promises become lies

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Decimating Tasmanian Solar ...

John Thirgood, http://www.saveoursolartas.org Pic: Bob Burton
20.11.14 3:30 am

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The Tasmanian Government should stop ignoring the embedded rooftop solar energy installations. Anecdotal evidence from within the industry reveals that the reduction of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) by 78%  has decimated the local Tasmanian solar industry by more than 85% and diminished the annual GST revenue to the State by from some $4 Million dollars to near $400,000 instead.

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NATION, STATE: Self-harm, suicide rates soar. Jacquie junked. Ackland’s spray at Morrison

Guardian
19.11.14 4:44 am

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Report card finds patchy progress at best on narrowing the gap with non-Indigenous Australians

Guardian: Jacquie junked ... FOFA foiled

Richard Ackland, Guardian: Scott Morrison thumbs his nose at Indonesia, and sets back the only humane solution for refugees

What Dr Kevin Bonham says on The Lambie/PUP Split If you want to comment on Dr Bonham’s analysis, comment on his website ...

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‘Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’

Chris Sharples, November 2014 Pub: Nov 17
18.11.14 4:15 am

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Why Not Evidence-Based Politics? … Thus inequality tends to increase resulting in an increasingly dysfunctional society until the point is reached where a major shock occurs which forces a fundamental re-adjustment to a more equal society.  In my opinion the French Revolution was one such shock, World War II was another, and climate change (with all its associated social chaos) will be the next.  This trend towards more unequal societies with increasing social dysfunction has been most marked in the USA since the 1970s, and now we have the horror of an Australian government, supported and directed by powerful elites such as the fossil fuel industry and the Murdoch media, which seems to be deliberately trying to force us further down this path in Australia. …

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The Customer is Always Right ...

Karl Stevens Satire. ABC. Pub: Nov 17
18.11.14 3:45 am

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Mercury: City lockdown: Excitement and security builds for Chinese President’s visit

Allan Witt: Tasmanian design at its best ...

TT Media HERE for the parties’ spin

Peter McGlone: Warning to Chinese investors: investing in Van Diemen’s Land dairy company may result in destruction of Tasmanian devil habitat

ABC HERE: While the Tahune Air Walk and Cataract Gorge did not made it onto the president’s five-hour itinerary, he will get to meet three Tasmanian devil joeys.

• What Christine Milne says about the President Xi visit: Xi_Tas_visit.MP3

• Leyon Parker, in Comments: Like a bunch of New Guinea natives after WW2 we look to the sky for a Chinese cargo plane dropping yuan into our empty pockets. Makes a change I guess from expecting the planes to reach us from Canberra.

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This is our humble abode ...

A Tasmanian Citizen. Pub: Nov 17
18.11.14 3:30 am

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This is our humble abode.  A little cottage and garden surrounds slowly taking shape since 1984 in what once was an unmaintained cow paddock.  Since this photo was taken there’s been a lot of work done on landscaping etc.  It looks better but so what!  No matter what we do to beautify and improve our home, this place has now become unviable as an abode.  We can no longer live here in safety nor without a constant feeling of trepidation each summer. I don’t want my real name and my house to be linked together in the public sphere.  I don’t feel protected at all from the malevolence of people in government or the industry that supports this monstrous invasion of our human right to basic security.

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Rust Belt 2.0 - What will the China-Australia deal mean for Australian jobs?

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. Pic: of Andrew Robb Pub: Nov 17
18.11.14 3:20 am

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The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the today’s announcement about a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Jan Davis: Major benefits for the dairy industry “We can see major benefits for the dairy industry, for fruit and horticulture and for wine,” she said. “That’s a two-way opportunity. China is already the biggest market for our produce.

TT Media HERE for the parties’ spin

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Reviewed! Burlesk As You Like It!

Amber Wilson. Pub: Nov 17
18.11.14 3:15 am

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It’s appropriate that as I take my seat ahead of this saucy teasefest that is Australian burlesque at its best, a red feather gently sashays its way from above and into my lap. An escapee, no doubt, from a feather boa gracing the neck of some sex kitten about to tantalise audiences with her womanly wonders. I’ve always preferred the implied to the contrived, which is why I’m not necessarily the hugest fan of art forms like pole dancing and strip tease – but I’ve always admired the burlesque performers for their ability to revive a seemingly extinguished art form and for their celebration of the female body in all its forms. But as I settle into the performance, I soon learn that burlesque is about so much more than that, from what would seem an unlikely source – a bloke.

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The Monster Ants

© Niels Hav – Translated by Heather Spears
17.11.14 3:55 am

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I have the feeling that we small
monster ants are alone at home
on this mystical planet.

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Barack Obama’s Brisbane address: 10 memorable quotes

ABC
17.11.14 3:00 am

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An invite-only crowd packed the University of Queensland to hear the president speak about gender, climate change and world politics. Here are 10 memorable quotes from his speech.

Andrew Probyn, West Australian: Barnett backs Obama’s climate plans

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Wilderness and Development ... Having your cake and eating it too!

Ted Mead
17.11.14 2:45 am

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Looks like an early Christmas for Wilderness Exploiters Expressions of Interest Closes November 23rd. PWS & TITC Freebee Tender Box. Entrepreneur Gift Request Open Slather.

Satire: How Wilderness and Woodchips can co-exist

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Reducing the rights of Tasmanian citizens

Andrew Ricketts Convenor, The Environment Association (TEA) Inc. Pic: Andrew Ricketts
17.11.14 2:40 am

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The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Streamlining of Process) Bill 2014 (Bill No 36 of 2014) … This Bill is a set of pragmatic ambit claim style amendments that increase the powers of the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC), decrease the ability and powers of local government and significantly reduce the rights of the citizens of Tasmania. …

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The Consequences of fox baits

via Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist.
17.11.14 2:30 am

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One in ten fox baits [Compound 1080 poison] disappeared in Tasmania – statewide; one in 5 baits went missing in NW Tasmania. DPIPWE figures show over 160,000 baits were buried across Tasmania to ‘eradicate’ what was claimed to be a widespread but elusive fox population.

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The Light ... and The Dark

Anna Heyward The Australian November 15, 2014
17.11.14 2:15 am

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Is evil a separate reality ... or do human beings’ narcissistic personality disorders mean the Light can be dominated by the Dark ... ?

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Don’t forget your fracking submission

Anne
17.11.14 2:00 am

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Further to last weekend’s debate on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – held in Launceston as part of the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival - a reminder to put in your submission before Friday’s 5th December deadline about whether the process should be reintroduced into Tasmania.

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Keep Kingborough Family Day Care in the community

Eva Cripps Freelance writer, parent
17.11.14 1:45 am

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All organisations conduct regular budget and program reviews; this is a prudent business practice, regardless of status as private, not-for-profit, community or government. However a poorly communicated, non-transparent and seemingly unjustified review can cause far more damage in the community, especially when those most affected by the decision are not consulted. In October 2014, just before the local council elections, carers/educators and families were advised that the Council had committed to only support the Kingborough Family Day Care (KFDC) scheme until the end of the financial year. The Council indicated the scheme may change from 2015, as it would be seeking expressions of interest from private or not-for-profit organisations to take over family day care in the region. … The Council continues to protest that the review is not financially motivated; however it is manifestly clear that budgetary considerations are foremost in the decision to review the program. There are no other justifications. The KFDC scheme is the winner of the 2013 Family Day Care Australia Service State Awards, Tasmanian Coordination Unit of the Year, and is a proven expert in child care programs. This cannot be claimed by any other southern provider. Privatisation of the scheme will almost certainly result in a downgrade and consequently, a reduction in the quality of services.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (38)

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17.11.14 1:30 am

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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

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My Pagan Youth Within The Walls Of Christianity

Mandy Jackson-Beverly
17.11.14 1:15 am

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us have heard someone say the phrase, “I’m not exactly religious. I’m more, kind of, you know, like… spiritual.” I’ve muttered it myself upon more than one occasion—until it became obvious that I was mimicking others like an inebriated parrot. The phrase had lost its form, and the more I thought about the words I realized that I had no idea what the hell they meant. For now, I sidestep religious questions on the grounds that I’m a work in progress.

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Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

Stephen Mayne, Crikey
17.11.14 1:00 am

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The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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Kerry Packer at the Queen’s Club

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17.11.14 12:46 am

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Written 3 July 1984 Evan Whitton Background: Kerry Packer (1937-2005) was of course a criminal. That was confirmed by the Costigan Royal Commission in 1984, the year that this sketch was published. Phillip Adams recently revealed that he observed NSW Premier Neville Wran (1926-2014) bribing Packer in 1979, and that Packer paid him back handsomely.

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Can it get more ridiculous?

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16.11.14 5:00 am

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The failed deal by Ron O’Connor and the Aprin Group to borrow $6 million from the State government to finance the purchase of the Triabunna woodchip mill was based on an extraordinary agreement negotiated by Bob Gordon between Forestry Tasmania (FT) and Aprin whereby FT effectively proposed to underwrite the loan by providing a guaranteed level of revenues.

Ted Mead Satire: How Tourism and Woodchips can co-exist

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NATION: Abbott’s ‘nothing but bush’ lashed. MH17: Ukrainian fighter implicated ...

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16.11.14 4:45 am

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of effectively declaring Australia “terra nullius” before British settlement, after remarking that Sydney was “nothing but bush” prior to the arrival of the First Fleet.

Guardian: G20: US at odds with Australia as it pledges billions to climate change fund ... G20 exclusive: Barack Obama to promise as much as $3bn to the Green Climate Fund which was attacked by Tony Abbott

ABC: Putin slams G20 member countries for imposing sanctions before landing in Brisbane for summit

COURIER MAIL: Russian media releases satellite image claiming to show MH17 shot down by Ukrainian fighter jet

TASMANIAN TIMES, August 4 ...

Sic Semper Tyrannis: the MH17 shootdown

GlobalResearch: Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”

TT, Sept 2, Bart Wisse ...

The propaganda war on Russia continues unabated ...

Independent Australia: British bulldog Tony: Australia’s white supremacist Prime Minister ... Australia’s possible dual British citizen PM Tony Abbott today described Australia as “nothing but bush” before the arrival of the First Fleet. First Nations’ representative Natalie Cromb responds.

Global Research: Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17. It was Not a ‘Buk’ Surface to Air Missile

Bill Gammage, The Conversation: The biggest estate on earth: how Aborigines made Australia

Paul Keating’s Redfern Address

ABC Open: The ancient art of the Dampier Archipelago

• Leonard Colquhoun, in Comments: Two other stories about a Ukrainian shoot-down of MH17: ~  http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/russian-tv-airs-clearly-fake-image-to-claim-ukraine-shot-dow ~  this story in the UKN ‘Telegraph’: “Russian pictures of MH17 being shot by Ukrainian jet ‘fake’”. Remember that the USSR was the pioneer in pictorial manipulation, with old photographs of ‘nonpersons’ being primitively photo-shopped into silver birches or sets of steps.

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STATE: Tasmania showcased to some of the world’s top foodies

Emma Hope, Mercury
15.11.14 4:15 am

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THE godfather of Tasmanian whisky Bill Lark was thrilled to catch up with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal last night at the Restaurant Australia Invite The World To Dinner gala event.

Mercury: Tassal gets world-first recognition for sustainably managed fish farms

Mercury: Tasmania gets ready to host world key investors

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China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact

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13.11.14 5:30 am

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Barack Obama aims for reduction of a quarter or more by 2025, while Xi Jinping sets goal for emissions to fall after 2030

EARLIER today (Wed): Renewable energy target thrown into confusion as negotiations collapse

EARLIER this week: Guardian: World governments failing earth’s ecosystems

THURSDAY ...

Lenore Taylor, Guardian: US-China emissions deal puts extreme pressure on Australia to do more. To match the scale of cuts announced by US, Australia would have to reduce emissions by about 30% on 2000 levels by 2025

Guardian: US-China climate deal boosts global talks but Republicans vow to resist. Includes links to Guardian analysis

• Kim Peart, in Comments: When has an Australian Prime Minister been more out of touch with the real world?

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Jacqui Lambie is ‘a drama queen’ focused on power, says Clive Palmer

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13.11.14 5:15 am

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Palmer Unity party leader announces dumping from the party of Lambie’s chief of staff, Rob Messenger

• Mike Bolan, in Comments: Jacqui Lambie has rightly stated that her boss is the people of Tasmania, not Clive Palmer; Interesting that Leigh Sales couldn’t see the force of that argument in her interview! Jacqui, like all of us, has her limitations but in taking a stand on principle, she is doing something that very few of the party politicians are ever going to do. How we can imagine that control of our lives, tax monies, and policies to a few unelected party officials, is entirely beyond my comprehension. Calling the result a democracy is several bridges too far. I support Jacqui in her right to stand up for her beliefs and for the people of Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Water Monitoring – another casualty of State Budget cuts

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13.11.14 5:00 am

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With regard to pesticide monitoring in waterways, Tasmania has now reverted to where it was in 2004 prior to the crash of a helicopter containing a number of hazardous chemicals used to spray forestry plantations in the upper catchment of the George River. DPIPWE is simply not applying water quality objectives in any catchments with regard to pesticides found in Tasmania’s waterways.

Kim Booth: Pesticide Contamination Testing & Reporting Regime Shut Down by Liberals

• Download summary of pesticide detections ...

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Philae probe makes historic landing on comet

Guardian
13.11.14 4:30 am

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Rosetta mission’s safe landing gives scientists their first chance to ride a comet and study close up what happens as it gets closer to the sun

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Who’s knocking on Tasmania’s aldermanic doors?

Bob Burton. Shutterstock image. Pub: Nov 10
12.11.14 5:30 am

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With the local government election results now finalised, Tasmania’s 263 councillors are confronting the dilemma on how to handle requests from developers seeking to press the case for their pet projects in behind-the-scenes meetings.

• Ben Lohberger, in Comments: Some cases of apparent corruption in local government are far more obvious than others, the North Melbourne Football Club sponsorship deal being one such example. I still can’t believe that Hobart City Council aldermen thought it was okay to receive $25,000 worth of *personal* benefits from the NMFC, after granting that same NMFC $250,000pa of *ratepayers* money, and while they were considering an extension of that sponsorship to $300,000pa. Most people could accept that aldermen receiving a ticket to the NMFC games might be okay - after all, they do need to assess the event somehow, and attending personally is a not a bad way to do so. But the flood of benefits from NMFC to aldermen has far exceeded what could reasonably be expected and, to rub salt into the wound, the HCC’s gifts register openly states that the benefits given to aldermen were “provided by the NMFC as part of the City of Hobart’s funding agreement”. So the contract that gifted NMFC $250,000pa also stipulated that NMFC provide personal benefits back to the aldermen who approved the contract. The whole thing stinks to high heaven, and I’ll be very interested to see how the Integrity Commission deals with this issue. 

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STATE: The State Treasurer urges unions to drop strike and accept government pay freeze offer

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12.11.14 5:15 am

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Tasmania’s Treasurer is labelling unions “selfish” for deciding to walk off the job in an action that will inconvenience parents, school children and people on hospital waiting lists.

Peter Whish-Wilson: Timbercorp and the MIS Senate Inquiry: this is just the beginning

Cassy O’Connor: Questions for State Growth Minister Over Cable Car Cable car proponent, Adrian Bold, is living proof that any would-be developer in Tasmania with a half-baked idea can expect to receive tangible, taxpayer-funded assistance from Liberal State and Federal governments, Greens’ Member for Denison, Cassy O’Connor MP said today. … “What’s going on?  Is this a case of special help for mates? It is well known that Mr Bold and State Growth Minister, Matthew Groom, are friends.  Has Mr Groom enabled special support for his friend’s divisive proposal?” “To date, while Mr Bold has done a lot of talking, no development application, no business case and no firm proposal have been put before any planning authority or the people.  Why is a government agency oiling the wheels for this particular proposal?”

Peter Gutwein: Unions refuse to save their members’ jobs It is over. Following the receipt of correspondence from the unions this afternoon, the pay freeze proposal is now officially off the table. The loss of an additional 460 jobs lies at the feet of the unions.

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