02.12.13 2:45 am
Beyond Zero Emissions
02.12.13 2:30 am
Beyond Zero Emissions is developing a detailed, costed blueprint for the transition to a completely decarbonised Australian economy within a decade. The Zero Carbon Australia Project (ZCA2020) will consist of 6 transition plans covering the 6 sectors of energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and coal exports.
Learn more here: http://bze.org.au/zero-carbon-australia-2020
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Travellers’ Good Buys for the week beginning December 2.
David Ellis, email@example.com
02.12.13 12:13 am
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a dingo is helping to save an endangered Australian bush bird through the sale of her unique “artworks.”
Picture: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
01.12.13 12:16 am
On the first day of every month TT features a uniquely Tasmanian pic. Today, December 1, 2013 ... it’s looking up to the mountain, by Rob Walls ... If you have potential candidates whack ‘em at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Booth MP Greens Forestry Spokesperson MR. First published November 27
29.11.13 5:30 am
The Tasmanian Greens today condemned the latest Liberal Party proposal to “de-risk” the failed Tamar Valley Pulp Mill project using taxpayers’ money.
MEANWHILE, It’s the Economy, Stupid ...
29.11.13 5:00 am
Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell, who was among 30 people arrested over a protest against Arctic oil drilling, has been granted bail by a Russian court.
Miriam Moriarty. Pic* First published November 25
29.11.13 3:30 am
A friend who is a wildlife expert once told me the story of how, while driving in the North West of the state, he saw a car swerve across to the opposite side of the road to deliberately hit an echidna. Why would someone do that? I asked, shocked. To prove that they can, he said.
Satirical Picture: of Tony Abbott, ... as Labor storms to poll lead over Coalition, SMH here
The Subversive Voter. First published November 25
29.11.13 1:45 am
1. What progress is being made by Forestry Tasmania in pursuit of Forest Stewardship Council Certification – upon which any positive conservation outcome from the tortured Tasmanian Forests Agreement process is dependent? Details, please, and in layman’s language.
• Tasmanian Times is writing to the leader of each of our three major political parties asking them a list of pertinent questions as we lead into the State Elections early next year. We want to know what questions you would like to ask Lara Giddings, Will Hodgman and Nick McKim before we write. Please post your most important questions in the comments section below (no more than three each please). Thank you, the Eds.
TFGA CEO Jan Davis' Tasmanian Country column today
29.11.13 12:52 am
Regular readers will know that I have an obsession with the increasing reach of the regulatory bureaucracy in this state. Calm down – I’m not about to start another rant about the nanny state or red tape.
James Gavel* First published November 25
29.11.13 12:40 am
To The Editor of Tasmanian Times. I have been in constant contact with Korda Mentha - the Receiver/Managers of Gunns Ltd bankrupt assets - over the past 8 months; I have a considerable number of clients who have asked me to look into purchasing numerous blocks of land owned by Gunns covering a substantial acreage. They wish to buy back the farm and remove the trees. I initially made telephone contact with a Korda Mentha representative (Xxx Xxx) who advised me to send an email listing of the proposed land title numbers and also enclose offer price and any other conditions. I did this promptly and received no reply.
29.11.13 12:30 am
The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia’s highest journalism honour.
Katherine Wilson* First published November 25
29.11.13 12:00 am
In late October, as Tasmania began reviewing its ban on genetically modified (GM) food crops, a group of 97 scientists signed a joint statement that warned: “The claimed consensus on GM organism safety does not exist.”
27.11.13 1:30 am
Some of us have a problem with the likely effect of 1080 Foxoff baiting on eastern quolls.
Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne MR. Pic: of Cockle Creek. First published November 26
27.11.13 1:15 am
The Tasmanian and federal governments must boost infrastructure funding to national parks if we are to make the most out of our natural assets, Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.
Mercury. Pic: from the brickworks days
27.11.13 12:22 am
THE real estate industry has welcomed a proposal for the biggest residential subdivision in Hobart since the 1970s on prime land in New Town.
Andrew L. Urban Editor & Publisher http://www.pursuedemocracy.com
27.11.13 12:11 am
In this 2 minute video you can see & hear leading lawyers Chester Porter QC and Stuart Tipple (both of the famous Chamberlain case with its appalling parallels) expressing their grave and well-informed concerns that the murder conviction of Hobart woman Sue Neill-Fraser is profoundly, clearly unsafe.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison MR
26.11.13 3:14 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, today highlighted a problem where customers have had their copper wire service disconnected, only to be left in limbo for weeks and months because NBN Co has not made the connection to fibre.
Malaysian Embassies Worldwide Receive Message: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Violations at Murum Dam Must End Sarawak, Malaysia: Today, Malaysian Ambassadors in 15 countries* are receiving a letter signed by over 30 organizations representing national, regional and international civil society groups that calls for good faith negotiations with the 1,500 Penan Indigenous people who are being displaced to make way for the Murum Dam in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.
All pictures: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
25.11.13 3:50 am
Yesterday’s free concert at MONA with the Southern Gospel Choir led by Andrew Legge ( http://www.southerngospelchoir.com.au. There’s American gospel singer, Khristian Dentley; then there’s the passionate vocal coach Maria Lurighi ... and lots of immensely appreciative fans ...
• Rob Walls’ high school students’ photojournalism workshop exhibition opens next Monday (Dec 2) 6pm in a pop-up gallery in Channel Court, Kingston.
Nick Mooney, Wildlife Biologist
25.11.13 3:45 am
25.11.13 3:30 am
At the heart of liberal thinking is a deep commitment to freedom, and the idea that we are responsible for the choices we make in life - the individual and society are better off when we are free to choose our path, and take responsibility for the success or failure. At its best it recognises the natural constraints on choice - lack of access to education and jobs due to prejudice, illness, disability, lack of funds, the wrong parents and other accidents of fate; hence the free tertiary education of the Menzies era.
25.11.13 3:15 am
Jack, in Comments on last week’s TT post: Turning politicians into corporate servants ... by Dr Peter Willans I think the point about the USA being highly regulated is debatable. If the Fed ‘regulates’ the banks and financial institutes, yet share jobs and people between these institutions, there is little evidence of true independence and a capacity to regulate. I think this was the irony that proves the point that many (including yourself Davies) are making. Regulation is not regulation by name only and certainly not when infected by cronyism. The financial system annexed the regulators and government who were totally ineffective and ultimately complicit. It is a good example of how crony capitalism will prevail because the system has been changed and manipulated to allow such self interest to seem normal.
Edited by Pat Synge, boatstasmania.com.au, from an original article by Jim Birkemeier
25.11.13 3:00 am
Spring Green Timber Growers is a small family farm business in SW Wisconsin, USA that sells their annual timber harvest as high value finished wood products. They have created a successful business model that could be successfully replicated here in Tasmania. Six years ago they opened a retail store in the local community to better connect the surrounding forest resources to the economy. They grow and harvest trees on their 200 acre property and manufacture wood products available to meet the needs in the local area, as well as exporting high value finished wood products around the world, everyday.
25.11.13 2:45 am
This is the 28th extract from Our Corrupt Legal System, by Evan Whitton (@EvanWhitton1) available free at netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
Presented by David Obendorf
25.11.13 2:30 am
Two fox reviews bookend Tasmania’s decade-long war on foxes – Dr Jack Kinnear’s March 2003 report [never publicly released] and Mr Max Kitchell’s March 2013 report [released only after political pressure in September 2013].
25.11.13 2:15 am
Good evening and welcome again to The Last Villa, winner of the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmania) Award for Heritage Architecture. Tonight I wish to reprise and recalibrate a couple of speeches I made around that time ... in 2009: (Warning: contains pomes)
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison MR
25.11.13 2:00 am
The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission figures putting poker machine revenue at its lowest level in five years is very good news.
• Greg James, in Comments: In short I look forward to the bankruptcy of this industry. I look forward to the change, the renewed evolution of Tasmania that appeared to stop with the creation of this industry. I look forward to Glenorchy, Sorell and Devonport starting to resurrect their economies and creating local employment, where the money stays in their towns and pays rates and taxes and the addicted and lonely pensioners that the Casinos now depend on are freed to spend their money elsewhere locally.
Finally for those who believe in majority government, at every occasion possible, Will Hodgman and his ‘Liberals’ voted with the ALP for every piece of legislation that Federal Hotels wanted to proceed or stopped. The unity of these parties was unwavering and sycophantic, as they collected the political donations year after year.
25.11.13 12:44 am
Travellers’ Good Buys for week beginning November 25