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Lloyd’s ‘brewing storm’ is in his own teacup ...

Bob Brown, The Bob Brown Foundation
17.07.16 11:26 am

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The Australian’s ‘Environment editor’ Graham Lloyd, fresh from his recent tirades against Australian scientists’ claims that the Great Barrier Reef is being damaged by climate change, has ( Friday ) written about that fraction of Tasmania’s World Heritage value forests which has been protected. Here are a few notes on Lloyd’s article …

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‘It wasn’t a forced we need to go, rather a heartfelt other-worldly plea ... ’

Lindsay Tuffin*. First published July 15. All Pictures: Amanda Sully
17.07.16 5:29 am

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Promenade des Anglais, Bastille Day 2016 ... From Amanda Sully’s Facebook page: ‘Long live Liberty, Equality & Fraternity’ … Hobart’s Amanda Sully was in Nice at the time of this appalling attack which has left so many dead. They were on the boulevard when son Elliott, 13, sensed they should leave. They did. Partner Geoff Law was climbing in the Alps ... Her mum was in Milan. • Amanda says ... (on Facebook) ...

SMH: Nice attack: Up to 80 dead as truck ploughs into crowd

Guardian: Bastille Day truck attack: French president denounces ‘monstrous’ killing of 80 people – live updates

MEANWHILE ... Perhaps (and life is complex and the perpetrator seems to have been an unhinged violent nutter) it all began with George W, Tony Blair and John Howard’s INVASION of Iraq ... Certainly Tassie’s Andrew Wilkie wants Australia to have its own Chilcot Inquiry ...

The Saturday Paper: Andrew Wilkie and the Chilcot inquiry … Late that year, Wilkie decided to betray his government. The more intelligence he saw, the more he realised that the strategic, legal and moral basis for invading Iraq was dubious. A pivotal moment was his preparation of a report on the possible humanitarian consequences of an invasion. This was positioned against humanitarian – and strategic – advantages. Hussein was, by any measure, a capricious and murderous thug who had committed genocide against the Kurds in northern Iraq. But to Wilkie, the calculus seemed clear: the consequences would grimly eclipse any benefit. The whole venture appeared doomed. And yet Wilkie felt none of this was slowing the path to war. 

For leaking against the government, Andrew Wilkie received death threats and lost friends. “I’d do it all again,” he tells me. “Even if I hadn’t won the argument, I’d do it again. The decision I made at the time was correct.”

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A Cry from the Heart: Suffering under government / centrelink / service providers ...

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17.07.16 5:15 am

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I been down the road you talk about Terry James ( Comment 8, HERE ), many times.

Kym Goodes, Mercury: Turnbull’s second chance … If he has learned anything from the election result, he will have a focus on the most critical players of all, the Australian people. This should be the turning point, where the new Government sees the opportunity in a policy and reform agenda that truly listens to people and shapes a system that works for everyone. In Tasmania the election campaign started with the former Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley talking about jobless people on Newstart being “off their heads” on drugs. It ended with the Coalition’s proposal to take funds out of the welfare system. Tasmanians clearly rejected what was on offer from the Coalition. They didn’t buy the promise of tax cuts for those earning over $80,000 a year, or the cut in the corporate tax rate. This is because these proposals are a million miles from where most Tasmanians live. Fifteen per cent of Tasmanians live in poverty and that rate is higher in the electorates of Bass and Braddon. If you are fortunate enough to have a job in Bass, you can expect to earn an average salary of about $45,000 a year …

• lola moth in Comments: Around ten years ago I was visiting a friend north of Sydney. Although she worked full time she was struggling with the mortgage so rented a room to a friend who was on a disability pension. On day three of my visit at 6:15am there was a knock at the door and two policemen and three Centrelink workers pushed their way into the house with a search warrant stating they believed the pensioner was in a defacto relationship with the home-owner and would be searching the house for evidence. The police were there because the pensioner had a firearms licence and they did not search the premises but stayed for four hours while the three Centrelink staff turned the place upside-down. They went through every drawer, read every personal letter, touched every photograph, piece of jewellery and underwear in that house. Nothing was left without their fingerprints spoiling otherwise cherished possessions. They went through our wallets and photographed the contents. I was so distressed I ended up in the backyard being sick. The pensioner, a lovely gentle man in his forties, sat on the kitchen floor with tears streaming down his face crying” I’m sorry, I’m so sorry” to his landlady. My friend, who had never been on a Centrelink benefit in her life, ended up on stress leave for a week. She said it was the second worst day of her life, the worst being the day her mother died. In the end Centrelink dropped their investigation due to lack of evidence. I have never forgotten that day. I can no longer work now due to ill health so I sold my home and bought the cheapest house I could find. I live on $144.00 a week that I earn in interest until I can get my super in four years time. I will never go to Centrelink to be whipped and cowed by them just because I am unable to work. I would rather live in poverty on my own terms than allow them to go through my underwear again.

• Kim Peart in Comments: … The 1950s was a decade of hope, when there was a Fair Go in Australia, when we were working with the Dutch toward the freedom of the whole island of New Guinea. Then the US told us in 1962 to sacrifice the West Papuans, like so many slaves, to buy peace with Indonesia, which I suspect is the action that changed the moral heart of the nation. It was a cruel act and it made us mean. After 1962, the Fair Go was steadily replaced by competition for wealth, in part driven by automation, leading to the present …

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It’s not dirty dairy – it’s dirty people!

Bill Benfield* Pics*
17.07.16 5:00 am

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Another in our series about New Zealand ... and its parallels to Tasmania, whether industrial farming or 1080 ... It is easy from just a simple travel map to tell where “dirty dairy” is ( TT HERE ); easier still from Google Earth. Any river with few or any towns and a vast hinterland of dairy farms will be a candidate. All the major Canterbury rivers, such as the Rakaia or the Ashley, fit the bill. But not all our waterways problems can be laid solely at the door of dirty dairy. Looking at three other river systems where other factors are at play …

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Tarkine Embellished in Winter’s Charm ...

Ted Mead* All pictures: Ted Mead
15.07.16 6:30 pm

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After a brutal year of fire and flood, the tide has gracefully turned for the Tarkine as this noble land becomes cloaked in the subtleness of winter. Snow in its pure brilliance, falls almost to sea level over the vibrant greenery of Tasmania’s grandest rainforest.

• Dr Nicole Anderson in Comments: What graceful scenes, utterly gorgeous dusted rainforest. Thank you Ted. It was lovely to witness the snowfall clad areas where they were burnt. Almost like nature now soothing the wounds.

• Kevin Kiernan in Comments: Thanks for the pics Ted. Re your comment #13,it is indeed a sad fact that there is a cohort of Tasmanians who never seem to be able to rise beyond their internalised misery to see anything without bitterness.  But don’t let it get to you Ted, though they are a bit sad.  I am reminded of an episode a couple of years ago when the Mercury published an article about a young Tasmanian …

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Mayor Coad rejects Huon Council’s Mediation Tactics

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15.07.16 6:23 pm

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Cr Peter Coad, Mayor of the Huon Valley Council, said today that he would not be taking part in what he sees as the flawed mediation process adopted by the controlling councillor voting block. Mayor Coad said: “I entered these negotiations in good faith and was hoping that an outcome would be achieved for the benefit of the Huon Valley community in general. “However, in my view, council management and certain councilllors have failed to grasp the opportunity that the Minister for Local Government, Peter Gutwein, provided in the seven directives he announced on June 15. Mayor Coad said: “I have written to the Minister advising him that I believe that Council has failed to comply with his first Ministerial Direction directing me and the General Manager to mediate …

The mayor said: “At no stage was I invited to make any recommendations to Council about the person to be appointed as mediator. Instead, I was presented with a pre-prepared list of mediators commissioned by the General Manager. “A belated attempt to cure this flaw came in the form of a two-day EOI (expression of interest) process that was entirely unsatisfactory and represented extremely poor governance …

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: … By the way, the large-type headline on the Mercury’s HVC article on Saturday (July 16), which read ‘Mayor rejects mediation’, was completely incorrect. What the article below it said was that the mayor was rejecting the mediation process being imposed on him by the Heart councillors on the recommendation of the GM. For goodness’ sake, how can two people enter into mediation if they cannot agree on who should be the mediator? All of the mayor’s very reasonable olive branches relating to mediation have been spurned by the Heart councillors.

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Boris ...

Martyn Turner, Irish Times, used with permission. First published Juy 15
15.07.16 5:00 am

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Guardian: ‘Monstrous’ and ‘a liar’ – Germany and France lead criticism of Boris Johnson Europe has reacted furiously to Boris Johnson’s appointment as the UK’s foreign secretary, with the French and German foreign ministers respectively calling him “a liar with his back to the wall” and someone whose behaviour has been “monstrous” …

Politics.co.uk: Everything you need to know about Theresa May’s Brexit nightmare in five minutes

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How technology disrupted the truth ...

Katharine Viner, Guardian. Pic*: myrealnameispete, Flickr
15.07.16 4:45 am

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Lindsay Tuffin: This is an incredibly important story ... with immense implications for a free and fair society. Please read it ... I’ve picked the most important bits ... but the whole dang thing is worth time digesting properly ... Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

• Simon Warriner in Comments: You are right, Linz. This is an important story, and an important issue. Real journalism costs real money, and if it cannot be done in the commercial realm then it needs to be funded through the collective mechanisms of government. To get that to happen we need a representative government that is, first and foremost, concerned with serving the common good. Hands up those who can see one of those anywhere close?

• Prem Saraswati in Comments: It is now too late, the proverbial horse is down the road and in the next county. This article omits the major impact of the Neo-Conservative agenda world wide and led by Uncle Rupert to misguide and dumb down the first world in the pursuit of more and more wealth domination by the elite of societies everywhere. It is then no wonder that people are turning en masse away from mainstream traditional journalism.

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Global map reveals ‘unsafe levels’ of biodiversity across 58pc of Earth’s surface

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15.07.16 4:30 am

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… Professor David Bowman of the University of Tasmania said the research is significant because it provided a global estimate and it harmonised with what conservation biologists were seeing in ecosystems. …

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Martial arts a win for Hobart woman in the battle for mental health ...

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15.07.16 4:15 am

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Twelve months ago 28 year-old Carla Johnson couldn’t get out of bed. In January 2015, the Hobart woman left her work and life in Africa, including her beloved fiancé and returned to a successful 9 to 5 job in an office in her home town of Hobart, Tasmania …

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Why does our outrage just fade away ... ?

Suzanne Cass*, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty 'toon: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission. Pic*
14.07.16 6:00 am

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… So on what level can any of this be described as being in any way acceptable in a decent, civilised country? Why does our outrage just fade away - until the next time? Why do we tolerate our government (and that includes the Opposition) having an unashamed agenda of exporting more animals to more destinations - just to kill the long-suffering survivors at the other end? …

There has never been a better time - to hold your parliamentary representatives to account …

Barnaby Joyce Satire, HERE: ‘I haven’t read the report ...’SMH: Barnaby Joyce links NSW greyhound racing ban to Labor’s live animal exports controversy ...

• Andrew in Comments: Thanks for a very thoughtful article, Suzanne. All your points are, sadly, spot on. How can any humane Australian really accept the fact that millions of sheep and cattle are taken out of their relatively normal environments, shipped in disgusting conditions (as you have shown) to the other side of the world and then subjected to slow barbarous deaths after having their throats cut. There is absolutely no justification and the farmers who supply these animals for the live export trade and the politicians who support it should be bloody well ashamed of themselves. I keep a few sheep to keep the grass down and they are friendly, amusing animals with their own personalities and I have no doubt that they suffer just as much as we would if we were subjected to the same disgusting treatment. We are a rich and prosperous country, despite the current rhetoric and can easily live without inflicting this sort of cruelty on animals. It’s a pity that the major parties do not take proactive steps to close down the live export industry and it takes graphic TV documentaries to stir up the public enough to demand action. The good news is that if enough of this media is shown, it might put enough pressure on the politicians to force them to do the right thing.

Lisa Singh on track for the Senate, says Dr Kevin Bonham, HERE … Labor’s Catryna Bilyk and Lisa Singh are likely to be re-elected to the Senate while Liberals David Bushby and Richard Colbeck and the Greens’ Nick McKim may be fighting for the final two seats.  We probably won’t know who will win for sure until all the votes are entered and “the button” is pressed … Comment, if you wish, on Dr Bonham’s website HERE. Or below (personal observations other than general comments, won’t be published ...

Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia: Sexist Michael Kroger’s put down of Cathy McGowan and Independents In a repugnant and patronising radio interview Liberal boss Michael Kroger showed why his Party has squandered what little goodwill they have left in the electorate, writes contributing IA editor-at-large Tess Lawrence.

SMH: Eric Abetz ditches young Liberal dinner as meeting descends into farce Court action could be on the cards after “disgusting” and “unconstitutional” tactics were used to derail the annual meeting of a shadowy organisation for young Liberals. About 100 delegates met in Hobart last week for a conference of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation, a peak body for dozens of campus Liberal clubs from around the country. But the love-in turned sour on the final day when some attendees attempted to enter the meeting, only to be told they had not registered in time and would be ineligible to vote for the new executive. Security guards, whom organisers claimed belonged to the University of Tasmania but were in a different uniform, blocked delegates from entering the venue. So toxic were the proceedings that Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz refused to give the keynote speech at that evening’s gala dinner, with a source describing him as “thoroughly unimpressed”. Turnbull government ministers, senators and MPs hit the phones on Friday afternoon to find out what had happened …

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NATION: Someone else to blame ...

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ . Pic: of Eric Abetz from his website. First published July 12
14.07.16 5:45 am

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It was Getup; it was Labor’s lies about Medicare. It was the super changes. It was the electorate getting it wrong. It was a week of finding someone else to blame. Liberal Party power broker, Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz is almost quick enough off the blocks to lead of the Coalition’s nation-wide chorus of denial, its political feature of the week, with his bizarre defence of his party over its election rout. For Andrew Nikolic, the 10.6 % swing which lost him the marginal Bass to Labor’s Ross Hart resulted from a “dishonest, nasty, personal campaign.” That nicely clears up any confusion about the role of his refusal to talk with any but pro-Liberal voters …

• Steve Biddulph in Comments: Brilliant, Urban, thankyou!

• Greg James in Comments: … Abetz led those Liberals into this hole and should pay for it by resigning in favor of Colbeck a more certain vote winner and leader, who has the ear of the Prime Minister.

ABC: Former SAS commander breaks silence on Tampa Former Defence Force personnel have spoken out about the Tampa and children overboard affair, accusing the Howard government of manipulating events for political purposes …

Lisa Singh on track for the Senate, says Dr Kevin Bonham, HERE … Labor’s Catryna Bilyk and Lisa Singh are likely to be re-elected to the Senate while Liberals David Bushby and Richard Colbeck and the Greens’ Nick McKim may be fighting for the final two seats.  We probably won’t know who will win for sure until all the votes are entered and “the button” is pressed … Comment, if you wish, on Dr Bonham’s website HERE. Or below (personal observations other than general comments, won’t be published ...

Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia: Sexist Michael Kroger’s put down of Cathy McGowan and Independents In a repugnant and patronising radio interview Liberal boss Michael Kroger showed why his Party has squandered what little goodwill they have left in the electorate, writes contributing IA editor-at-large Tess Lawrence.

SMH: Eric Abetz ditches young Liberal dinner as meeting descends into farce Court action could be on the cards after “disgusting” and “unconstitutional” tactics were used to derail the annual meeting of a shadowy organisation for young Liberals. About 100 delegates met in Hobart last week for a conference of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation, a peak body for dozens of campus Liberal clubs from around the country. But the love-in turned sour on the final day when some attendees attempted to enter the meeting, only to be told they had not registered in time and would be ineligible to vote for the new executive. Security guards, whom organisers claimed belonged to the University of Tasmania but were in a different uniform, blocked delegates from entering the venue. So toxic were the proceedings that Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz refused to give the keynote speech at that evening’s gala dinner, with a source describing him as “thoroughly unimpressed”. Turnbull government ministers, senators and MPs hit the phones on Friday afternoon to find out what had happened …

• Luigi in Comments: We are starting to see the new Liberal government step away from its pre-election commitment to increase taxation on superannuation earnings held by the very rich.  HERE . That was a promise that has served its purpose and is no longer needed.  It swayed many non-wealthy middle-class voters that a Liberal government would be fair. Bill Shorten cannot complain if the Libs ditch the promise.  After all, he insists that Malcolm does not have a mandate for any pre-election policies.  The Libs can start with a clean slate and look after the folk who really support them.

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CHILCOT REPORT: Crushing Iraq War verdict ...

Lindsay Tuffin*. Pic: DonkeyHotey, Flickr, First published July 7
14.07.16 5:35 am

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This time it didn’t work, despite millions worldwide marching in protest ... Forty five (or was it six) years ago I reported the marches which - by sheer people power - led eventually to the end of the Vietnam War. They were huge, even in Hobart. And I was a fringe dweller, deeply sympathetic to the cause of ending the war, but ‘objectively’ reporting from the sidelines of the march. Not so in 2002. I, along with thousands in Hobart, marched against the invasion of Iraq

Andrew Wilkie in Media HERE: … Then Prime Minister John Howard took Australia to war on the basis of a lie and stands accused of war crimes. That he has never been held to account, and that his Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is now Australian High Commissioner to London, is quite simply outrageous …

• Hans Willink in Comments: … At the time I was still a member of the Liberal Party and a member of the Army Reserve. With options to protest limited without “leaving the tent”, I chose to piss from within it. As a Branch President attending the annual Tasmanian Liberal State conference, I tabled a constitutional amendment limiting the declaration of war powers of Australian Prime Ministers. Needless to say, I was out gamed by “he who must not be named”, who placed the motion last on the agenda, thereby ensuring insufficient time for it to be debated or voted on …

Read for yourself ... The Iraq inquiry

Guardian Opinion: A country ruined, trust shattered, a reputation trashed

• Tim Thorne in Comments: Wars are great for business.  The Iraq War 2003—? has been the most profitable yet.  Such wars will continue as long as ripping children’s limbs off continues to fund Armani suits and luxury holidays. It is dangerously subversive to protest against one of the chief props of our capitalist way of life.  Without war we would be much poorer.  Of course, as we are a democratic society, those of us who choose to do so will be allowed to protest for as long as we are ineffective. But it might be worth pondering that phrase “will be allowed”.  Are you comforted or scared by the fact that there is permission being given, a situation which implies that such permission could be withdrawn at any time, and which assumes that there is a permission giver?

Independent: Iraq and the Rupert Murdoch connection: The media mogul’s network of pro-war campaigners Back in 2003, the Murdoch-owned press beat the drum for the Iraq War, but few of the key players got a mention in the Chilcot report

Bazza’s view: ‘The Iraq conflict is going swimmingly. I expect oil ...’

Tim Dunlop: Journalism, power and taking sides

• Lynne Newington in Comments: An article worthy of mention, written by Professor of International Politics Mark Beeson on The Conversation, HERE

Katharine Viner, Guardian: How technology disrupted the truth Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

• Geoff Mosley in Comments: Re the inquiry (56) concerning the closing off of the Antarctic to all military action and mineral activities the details can be found in my book ‘Saving the Antarctic Wilderness’. The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 and came into force in 1961. In 1991 the Madrid Protocol banned all mineral activity indefinitely and designated Antarctic as a ‘Natural Reserve for Peace and Science’. It entered into force in 1998. The obvious next step is for all nations to share the finest example of international cooperation for peace and conservation by having the continent included on the World Heritage List. Unfortunately, we are going through a long phase where vision is in very short supply.

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Huon Valley Guessing Games: A council with no shame

Bob Hawkins* Pic* First published July 11
14.07.16 5:30 am

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ON a field of battle, and with all’s-fair-in-war the rules, such a struggle would go down in the annals as a memorable rearguard action that defiantly resisted the inevitable: defeat. Glory words — implacable, defiant, legend, freedom, true grit, justice — would flow, and the heroes would be well sung. In the battleground that was Huonville Council Chambers last Monday evening (July 4), there was no actual blood-letting — but it was the scene of a dogged rearguard action by council’s controlling Heart of the Huon (HotH) group.

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NZ: The horror of wild animal poisoning

John Veysey* CDA, Coromandel, NZ
13.07.16 5:01 am

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NZ shares with Tasmania so much ... including Gondwana and the use of the poison 1080 ... In New Zealand, where the people had become accustomed to their forests teeming with hikers, hunters and trappers, it came as a shock when their government decided to replace hunting and trapping with an animal control policy using poison. Not just poison - where once there were traps - but blanket poisoning from the air.

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SMH pulls Neill-Fraser article, apologises to Tim Ellis ...

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12.07.16 5:33 am

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The Sydney Morning Herald has apologised to former DPP Tim Ellis SC for misrepresenting facts presented at Susan Neill-Fraser’s murder trial - nine weeks after Good Weekend magazine (GW) published the cover story ‘Waters of Doubt’ (Saturday 7 May), before pulling it several days later.

NOTE: Ben’s articles are open for general comment, but any personal comments relating to Ben must be directed to him personally (via his Twitter account @benglenhuon). Ben, of course, agrees not to post personal comments about other posters on his articles. Ben is always happy to debate the issues ... he just doesn’t want to have to debate him …

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Tasmania Police to look further into Fox Taskforce allegations

Chris Clarke, Examiner. Link first published April 23
12.07.16 5:25 am

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TASMANIA Police will conduct “further inquiries” into allegations of corruption in the former state government’s Fox Taskforce.

• Lyndall Rowley in Comments: Being fairly naive to all of the comings and goings of this fox incursion story, it seems obvious to the onlooker that something has gone terribly wrong with the processes within the system. With so much time and money spent without incontrovertible proof of foxes living (and presumably breeding and eating) in Tasmania, I’m very surprised that the feds did not seriously question the ongoing funding of this some years ago, simply on that basis alone. (I’m not entering into the actual hoax or not hoax, or any fraud or cover-up side of things). I’m going to stick my neck out and risk a flood of criticism. But if we were having a coffee and a chat, I’d like to have a conversation about these things and bounce a few ideas around. …

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MEDIA: Perfect storm facing digital news. Latest circn figs? Guardian’s great article ...

Paul Barry, Media Watch, ABC. First published June 17
12.07.16 5:20 am

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From ad blockers, to Facebook and consumers who refuse to pay. It’s the challenge facing digital news and no one’s sure what the solution is.

• JDDN in Comments: It has nothing to do with the platform of revenue, rather the quality of content that is being produced. I think you’ll find a correlation between loss of revenue and terrible click bait, biased ‘SJW’ themed journalism …

• Mike in Comments: I know it might sound like an absurd idea, but perhaps they could try telling the truth for a change? …

Mumbrella: What appears to be the latest circulation figures …  Merc (M-F) down 4.6 per cent; Merc Sat down 6.5 per cent; Suntas down 5.7 per cent ...

Katharine Viner, Guardian: How technology disrupted the truth Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism …

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A Mobile-Friendly Upgrade Report ...

Lindsay Tuffin*.
12.07.16 5:15 am

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First of all a huge thanks to the monthly supporters including JB, PJB, AD, Anon, Anon, Anon, Anon, Anon, Monthly Subs, O’Dw, N&CG, WB, among others. Thankyou Guyzzzz …

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Tonight (Mon): ABC Australian Story. Tonight (Wed), Wild Island: Collaboration for a Cause ...

Matt Newton, http://www.matthewnewton.com.au/ Pic: Matt's pic of Paul Pritchard
11.07.16 5:07 am

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Here are a few BTS images from tonights episode of Australian Story, The Longest Expedition. The way this story came about is pretty fantastic.

Tomorrow (Wed), 7pm Wild Island: Rachael Alderman, Matt Newton: Collaboration for a Cause: A presentation by Biologist Rachael Alderman and Photographer Matthew Newton, and hosted by ABC Catalyst presenter, Mark Horstman.

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Tobacco industry duplicity, legal arguments, the Legislative Council ...

Kathryn Barnsley* Pic*: Sony200boy, Flickr
11.07.16 3:35 am

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... and the tobacco free generation The Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A, has brought down its report on the Public Health Amendment (Tobaccofree Generation) Bill 2014 …

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MAN-Made Climate Change ...

Josephine Zananiri* Pic*: Tianna Spicer, Flickr
10.07.16 1:11 pm

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Well the Federal election is almost over … with very little mention of Man Made Climate Change!  Climate deniers and the right wing of the Liberal and National parties, are probably quite relieved as global warming deniers are looking rather stupid at this point in time. But what in fact does Man Made Climate actually mean.  Yes, all you blokes out there put your collective hands in the air, hang your heads and seek remorse from women and all the other species on the planet.

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Melbourne = somewhere. Hobart = nowhere. The way it always has been ...

Simon Barber
10.07.16 9:00 am

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… Why I am bothering to write this? Because an event of historical cultural significance took place on that Tuesday evening in Hobart without a single review: evidently due to a quota on the number of local cultural events to receive a write-up issued by editorial staff located in Melbourne. Melbourne = somewhere. Hobart = nowhere. The way it always has been. So, location, at least, does evidently continue to matter after all. What about quality then? Michael Kieran-Harvey is perceived in the media as a controversial figure mostly due to being extraordinarily talented but not particularly vain. Thus airs and graces, fooling around with stupid manners and dumb ego stroking, tend to be curtly dispensed with in his public dealings. He is outspoken but not mealy-mouthed. He can entertain with élan equivalent to that of the late, widely-placarded Tasmanian Errol Flynn, enjoys an equivalent standing in his own field but, of course, Tasmania – despite improving at cricket since I was a boy, MONA as well as local writer Richard Flanagan recently winning the Man Booker Prize – seems as ever before neither willing nor able to support or acknowledge world class within its midst …

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The out-of-touch elite ...

Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission
09.07.16 9:00 am

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Says it all ...

THE SATURDAY PAPER ...

How GetUp! boosted Labor … The GetUp! campaign was something unprecedented. It was by far the biggest, best-organised campaign run by an organisation not directly affiliated with a party. The organisation’s national director, Paul Oosting, quantifies the effort: “In total, our people had 40,218 phone conversations – not just calls, but conversations – with voters in marginal seats, lasting anywhere from five to 30 minutes. Total calling time was the 17,471 volunteer hours. That’s almost two years of donated time from our members.” The organisation concentrated its efforts on 12 seats: Bass, Dickson, Dawson, Macquarie, Macarthur, Deakin, Mayo, Cowper, Page, Braddon, Grey, Gilmore and, to a lesser extent, New England. In almost all cases, the swings against the government were far higher than the national average. The government lost Bass, Braddon, Macarthur, Macquarie and Mayo. …

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NATIONAL, STATE: Lesson learned ...

Hans Willink*. Pic: of Hans Willink. First published July 8
09.07.16 5:59 am

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And so the election count continues. Who will form Government may be uncertain but sadly one result is very clear, my own. I have been well and truly trounced! I can understand why I was out polled on primary votes by the Sex Party 3:1, but a more bitter pill to swallow was being beaten by Pauline Hanson’s one nation 6:1, without her having run a campaign.

• Hans Willink in Comments: … At the start of the campaign, I emailed the Editors of all the major Tasmanian newspapers outlining the stark differences in advertising budgets between well resourced (at taxpayer expense) incumbent MPs and micro-parties/independents running their campaigns on the smell of an oily rag. I suggested that they publish a broad sheet the weekend before the election that reflected the ballot paper and included short descriptions, of equal size, in the candidates own words. Such a broadsheet would be similar to council ballot papers and appreciated by senior citizens in particular. The Mercury adopted the suggestion and I thank them for it. The Examiner and Advocate, on the other hand, merely saw the suggestion as just another opportunity to exploit, publishing the guide but charging exorbitant rates ($‘000s), thereby destroying the original intent to help create a level playing field with equal sized and free candidate descriptions. Many candidates, including myself could not afford to accept their avaricious offer. Lastly, neither the Examiner or the Advocate published a single word on the candidature of my Launceston based running mate, Jin-oh Choi, the only Tasmanian candidate of Asian descent (and indeed the only Australian candidate of Korean descent) in the election. For papers supposedly committed to independence and providing equal coverage, they clearly did not do so. 

MEANWHILE ... Woodchips ...

ABC: Woodchip exports to resume from Hobart waterfront, Government promises low truck traffic Includes pic of Peter Gutwein in Hi-Viz looking meaningful ... What the Libs and Greens say, TT Media HERE

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Rodney Pople’s Creative Mind ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
08.07.16 4:53 am

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I have a confession to make. I love Rodney Pople’s amazing art. The way he takes on established authority ... whether it be politics in Tassie or the power of established religion. Or the way he remembered Port Arthur ...

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The NSW ban on greyhound racing ...

Lindsay Tuffin*. Pic: From Animals Australia's Facebook page ...
08.07.16 4:00 am

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Suzanne Cass, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty, HERE: ‘This inquiry is a foregone conclusion’, Ms Cass continued. ‘Peter West is absolutely right in calling for it to be abandoned, and for the Tasmanian government to follow the lead of NSW and we salute him for that. We urge the community to contact the Premier, demanding that he show some humanity, follow the lead of Mike Baird and ban this so-called ‘sport’ now’.

Animals Australia HERE

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Letters to my grandchildren (17)

Anton Clever*
07.07.16 12:56 pm

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Dear Chilliwops, If you hold fast to a positive attitude you can achieve a great deal in life.  Thinking positively about the challenges you face can lighten those challenges.

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Can the Liberals change on health?

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07.07.16 5:00 am

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Well, at least he said it. Three days after a dismal election result, Malcolm Turnbull, faux-contrite, finally admitted that his party’s record on health might have had something to do with the result.

Crikey: Pssst, Abetz: GetUp is not a charity, does not care what you think GetUp donation’s aren’t tax-deductible, so you’ll have to try harder, Senator.

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Is the King Island Scrubtit Tasmania’s canary in the coal mine?

Lyndall Rowley* First published July 4
06.07.16 6:30 am

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You might not know or even care about the King Island Scrubtit. I didn’t know it even existed until I came across a news article a few months ago about it being perilously close to extinction.

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