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‘Bruny Island community groups front Storm Bay Fish Farm expansion hearings ...’

Gerard Castles, Bruny Sustainable Aquaculture Media Release. Pic*
11.05.18 5:10 am

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’... to demand a moratorium on expansion of finfish farming in waters around Bruny Island including Story Bay’ … Spokesperson Mr Gerard Castles said, “We are NOT trying to stop fish farms. We want a truly sustainable approach to finfish farming in the Bruny bioregion. We are calling for a moratorium until such time as finfish farming is considered in relation to all other uses and users of resources in the waters surrounding Bruny Island and across Storm Bay.” …

ABC: Tasman Peninsula residents want their concerns over fish farm expansion addressed

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Saul Eslake’s ‘vision’ for Tasmania in 2050

Saul Eslake* via The Australia Institute via Leonard Colquhoun* Pic: of Saul Eslake, WTF50
10.05.18 3:45 pm

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“I was approached recently by the Australia Institute to posit my ideas for my island home taking a serious and long-term view: 32 years ahead to 2050. I was asked not just to think of a generational goal, but what assets Tasmania has that would help us achieve it. I realised how little time one spends thinking long-term, but how essential it is …

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NATION: Neither budget mania nor Macron mania divert the Coalition’s war on the poor

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*) Toon: New Matilda
10.05.18 6:30 am

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… Our class warriors have many powerful advocates in the ruling elite. Backbencher, Julia Banks who owns five investment properties tells ABC Melbourne that she could live on $40 a day. Banks receives $285 a night in MP travel allowance just to get to Canberra is more than a week’s Newstart. But she just knows she’d thrive on $40 …

… Our Treasurer needs a copy of The Economist which argues that Britain is overdue for a tax rise. Included also is news, to ScoMo, not only of a sugar tax -  but a proposed levy to redress global warming, a great big new tax on everything as fearless, fatuous anti-carbon taxer, IPA shill and coal-lobby lackey Tony Abbott might put it. In April Britain will introduce a “sugar tax”, which should raise some £500m a year. A “climate-change levy”, a tax on energy use by businesses, already exists. Doubling all environmental taxes would raise perhaps £14bn. It would also make Britain greener. Morrison’s nonsense is more than wilful disinformation and ignorance …

Ross Gittins, Fairfax: Budget 2018: This budget is too good to be true

Fairfax: Budget 2018: Turnbull government hits ABC with $84m funding freeze

Guardian: Federal budget 2018: Scott Morrison delivers his Australian budget speech – politics live

ABC: Budget 2018: Scott Morrison gives tax system a shake-up in pre-election plan aimed at low-income earners

ABC: Budget 2018: Follow live as we unpack Treasurer Scott Morrison’s third federal budget

MSNNews: Comment: Budget 2018 contains political opportunity, and a ticking time bomb

Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS: Nothing in the Budget for Tasmanians for the biggest challenge we are currently facing

Paul Oosting, GetUp: Three decades of Trickle-Down economics ...

Will Hodgman, Premier: 2018 Federal Budget

National Union of Students: Liberal’s Australia worse than Trump’s America

ABC: Katy Gallagher found ineligible to serve in Federal Parliament

Also, FEDERALLY ...

Poll Bludger: Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor Labor maintains its existing lead in the latest Essential poll, despite improving perceptions on the outlook for the economy

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Budget 2018: ‘Nice for some ... but a good Budget ...’

Guardian: Federal budget and dual citizenship: Rebekha Sharkie and Justine Keay quit after high court ruling – politics live

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Cable car: Richard Flanagan’s speech in full ...

Richard Flanagan* Pics*: Rob Walls, Ted Mead
10.05.18 6:00 am

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Cable car: ‘All for a mess of pottage ...’

… We see our soul being sold for a mess of pottage and there is no end to the shame and the sadness that we must endure in order to have more and more tourists. And you have to ask: why is this government more interested in building a cable car for tourists than it is in building homes for homeless Tasmanians … ?

… Tourism must enhance our world, not destroy it; tourism must respect our values, not trash them; tourism must respect what is sacred, and not profane it. The cable car battle is the moment when Tasmanians can say enough is enough. Tourism should serve us, not we serve tourism …

… The alternative is handing the mountain over to a company that registered the word kunanyi as a web domain name for their cable car project. What gives them the right to take a Palawa word and seek to exploit it for their own commercial gain? They didn’t ask the people whose word this is, the Palawa people, whose language it is, whose mountain it has been for forty thousand years, if they could they make commercial use of it. They just took it. And that’s what they want to do with the mountain. Take it. Take it, and make money out of it …

Mercury: Richard Flanagan to headline anti-Mt Wellington cable car rally

ABC: Thousands turn out to cable car protest (Supplied: Rob Blakers)

Luke Martin: Tourism Industry Council Tasmania response to Mt Wellington Cable Car protest ...

Bob Brown Foundation: 5000 at Hobart cable car protest

ABC: Hobart Lord Mayor douses idea to hold elector poll on cable car proposal

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A simple question ...

Poppy Lopatniuk* Pic: of Vanessa Goodwin, from the Libs' website
10.05.18 5:30 am

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I emailed a simple question to the Premier on 11 March ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/article/was-vanessa-goodwins-cancer-caused-by-wentworth-park-howrah-/ ) as to why there had been no mention that the death of Vanessa Goodwin from brain cancer had not been allied to the epidemic of brain cancer at Wentworth Park …

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Trump withdraws from the Iran deal ...

Cartoon: Martyn Turner* used with permission
09.05.18 6:30 am

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*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

news.com.au: Trump pulls US out of Iran nuclear deal in major blow for allies

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Budget 2018: ‘Nice for some ... but a good Budget ...

Andrew Wilkie* Media Release. Pic*
08.05.18 7:00 am

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... would be more than some election sweeteners ... The Federal Budget is a mixed bag. It’s good to see a better deal for Tasmania, such as the funding finally being forthcoming for the new Bridgewater Bridge which will better connect Denison to the rest of the State. The second $60m instalment for the freight rail revitalisation project is also welcome, as is the $400m Tasmanian roads package …

Guardian: Federal budget 2018: Scott Morrison delivers his Australian budget speech – politics live

ABC: Budget 2018: Scott Morrison gives tax system a shake-up in pre-election plan aimed at low-income earners

ABC: Budget 2018: Follow live as we unpack Treasurer Scott Morrison’s third federal budget

MSNNews: Comment: Budget 2018 contains political opportunity, and a ticking time bomb

Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS: Nothing in the Budget for Tasmanians for the biggest challenge we are currently facing

Paul Oosting, GetUp: Three decades of Trickle-Down economics ...

Will Hodgman, Premier: 2018 Federal Budget

National Union of Students: Liberal’s Australia worse than Trump’s America

Also, FEDERALLY ...

Poll Bludger: Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor Labor maintains its existing lead in the latest Essential poll, despite improving perceptions on the outlook for the economy

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After Afrîn: the Ottoman dreaming of Sultan Erdoğan

John Tully* Pic: TASS
07.05.18 4:50 am

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… Sadly, almost all of the world’s governments turned a blind eye to the aggression. Some of them directly or indirectly aided the Turkish aggressor …

Guardian: ‘I’ll continue writing the truth’: the editor taking on Erdoğan Şener Leven has made his tiny Turkish Cypriot newspaper an enemy of Turkey’s president. Şener Levent is on a mission. He has survived being set on by mob and two gun attacks and has had a dead dog left at his door, but none has not stopped the editor taking Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to task.With evident pride, he says his Turkish Cypriot newspaper, Afrika, is the only Turkish-language daily to denounce Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. “I’ll continue writing the truth,” insisted Levent, who narrowly escaped being lynched in January when a mob of ultranationalists, incited by Erdoğan, attacked the publication’s premises in the Turkish-run north of Cyprus. “The Turkish army went into Syria and the Kurdish enclave of Afrin to commit a massacre and occupy the country, just as they did here …”

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Jetstar – Budget or Buggered ?

John Hawkins*
07.05.18 4:00 am

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I had just returned from Melbourne on Jetstar because it had the only seat available into Tassie that allowed me to make an 8am appointment the next morning …

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The Mercury ... and energy

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07.05.18 3:45 am

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The Mercury - which bills itself as the Voice of Tasmania - seems to have left its tongue somewhere in NSW or Queensland …

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The Talented Mr Michael Ferguson: Onward Christian Soldiers

Dr Michael Powell* Pic: of Michael Ferguson from his Facebook page
07.05.18 3:40 am

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… It is no exaggeration to describe hospital health in Tasmania as in crisis. On taking office the Hodgman government savaged hospital funding, as did the Abbott government, only to announce major restored funding in the recent election. This form of political fiscal pantomime plays havoc with long-term planning and staffing and telegraphs uncertainty around the professions. And the community …

Examiner: Housing Minister says colleagues will not benefit from new housing scheme New Housing Minister Roger Jaensch says the Deputy Premier and Health Minister, who both own Airbnb properties, will not benefit from a $13,000 scheme for landlords to encourage them to rent their properties to low income earners. In Parliament on Wednesday Mr Jaensch was questioned by Labor leader Rebecca White as to whether Mr Rockliff and Mr Ferguson would be eligible for the scheme, and whether they had declared a conflict of interest when it was being discussed …

Examiner: OPINION: Déjà vu, as female MPs forge a new path forward

ABC: Liberal backbencher Julia Banks challenged to live on Youth Allowance payments after ‘insulting’ comments Could you live on $40 a day? Liberal backbencher Julia Banks says she could, and now she is being challenged to do exactly that by someone doing it for real …

Andrew Wilkie: The Proof’s in ... Tasmanian government incapable of safeguarding animal welfare The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss the Tasmanian Government’s pattern of incompetence or disregard when it comes to animal welfare, as evidenced by there now being at least four unresolved instances of animal cruelty …

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‘Cuts to Federal Environmental staff will see the extinction of Tasmanian species’

Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor, BirdLife Tasmania Media Release. Pics*
06.05.18 1:09 pm

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… “The staff cuts will ensure that even these weakened, token goals will not be achieved”. “Australia already has one of the highest rates of extinction, and these funding cuts, together with the token national biodiversity conservation goals over the next decade or so will see more of Australia’s Endangered species disappear forever from the face of the planet” …

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‘Campaign Against the Cable Car Reaches Dizzying New Heights’

Spokesperson for the climbing group, Simon Bischoff Media Release. Pics*
06.05.18 6:14 am

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Today a group of local climbers will establish a suspended camp on the Organ Pipes of kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, 1100 metres above sea level, on the planned route of the cable car to protest the proposed development …

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Residents Opposed to the Cable Car and Respect The Mountain This Sunday 6th May at 11am, thousands of residents from the greater Hobart region are expected to gather at the Cascade Gardens in South Hobart to protest the proposed cable car development. … Organisers of the ‘Mountain MayDay’ are calling on the Minister to cancel the authority granted to the Cable Car Company, and are calling on locals to contact their local members, get informed about the development, and come along to the May Day to show their support. Speeches will start at 11am and will include a Welcome to Country from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, speeches from Bob Brown, Andrew Wilkie MP, Anna Reynolds and esteemed author and Man Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Cable Car: Cable Car: Silence of the Lambs ... The Libs ...

‘Mountain MayDay Sunday 6th May @11am, Cascade Gardens’

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Climate Change - Teller told us so!

Ted Mead* Pic*
06.05.18 6:00 am

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In 1959 Hungarian born Physicist Edward Teller made a surprisingly overt speech at the ‘Energy and Man’ symposium for the centennial of the American oil industry.  Teller’s words came with a notable warning that the ongoing burning of fossil fuels will pose inherent dangers for all life on earth if it is continued unabated. But did anyone take note? …

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Will the Honourable Snivelling Grub ...

Toon: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission
06.05.18 5:35 am

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First Day ... May ...

Ted Mead*
06.05.18 4:50 am

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Tarkine Fungi: Now is the moment to get amidst it all! Celebrate the first day of May with wondrous piccies by Ted Mead* …

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Budget 2018: Coalition touts $24.5bn infrastructure spend as pre-election sweetener

Guardian. Pic: pf Scott Morrison from his website
06.05.18 4:45 am

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Treasurer also flags modest personal income tax cuts and return to surplus one year early

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Sue Hickey: ‘You are in the Liberal Party, not the Labor Party’

Charles Wooley* Pic: of Sue Hickey from the Libs' website
05.05.18 6:50 am

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Will Hodgman’s look of shock in Parliament was stark proof that he had forgotten LBJ’s salty aphorism about potential enemies; that it is better to have them, “inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.” …

Jim Playsted: Sue Hickey: Nothing to fear from these women ... … Far from being cast as a ‘rogue rebel’ as characterised in today’s Mercury - only those with poorly conceived proposals or mischievous intent have anything to fear from Speaker Hickey …

Examiner: ‘In politics nothing happens by accident’

Advocate: Tasmanian politicians cannot fill out disclosure forms properly

Advocate: New Speaker Sue Hickey is using former senior public servant Mervin Reed for advice

Advocate: ‘Stay true’: Former Speaker Page’s advice for new Speaker Hickey

Examiner: OPINION: Déjà vu, as female MPs forge a new path forward

Andrew Wilkie: The Proof’s in ... Tasmanian government incapable of safeguarding animal welfare The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss the Tasmanian Government’s pattern of incompetence or disregard when it comes to animal welfare, as evidenced by there now being at least four unresolved instances of animal cruelty …

David O’Byrne: Whodunnit: Could the most out of touch Liberal please stand up? A quote from an article by respected journalist Charles Wooley sums up the Liberals’ attitude towards the housing crisis and homelessness in Tasmania. The article details concerns raised in Cabinet about the growing number of homeless people seeking refuge at the Hobart Showgrounds, which led to a “snaky retort” from a “hostile female Cabinet Minister” who said: “You are in the Liberal Party, not the Labor Party.” …

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The Homeless: Thoughts from Parliament Lawns ...

Carol Rea* Pics*
05.05.18 6:45 am

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Homeless. Words have images attached to them. This image for many Tasmanian’s is probably that of an individual - someone a bit dishevelled, perhaps a bit grimy, needing a meal, in the vernacular ‘down on their luck’, usually someone you walk past a bit faster when you are on holiday on the mainland. Homeless people are experienced when you see ‘them’  sitting on the pavement in Melbourne or Sydney with a cup in front of them asking for small change, or in the most ‘in your face’ situation setting up a camp bed on George St on your way to the Opera House (how dare they). Whatever, it seems like a big city issue …

ABC: Homeless campers evicted from Hobart Parliament House lawns

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Teen Challenge Tasmania’s #NotEvenOnce® … Not ever!

Brian Hillman*, Meander. Pic: of Teen Challenge celebrating the handover ...
04.05.18 6:46 am

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While fighting the flawed process which shoe-horned fundamentalist Christian organization Teen Challenge Tasmania (TCT) into the closed primary school in Meander, MARRA (Meander Area Residents and Ratepayers Association) has also investigated TCT’s operations. A lot has been discovered and the newest investigation raises doubts over the validity of TCT’s #NotEvenOnce® drug education program.  This program is being marketed aggressively and was delivered to 15 high schools in Tasmania in 2017.  Wild claims of success are now being touted …

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Mr Trump and the Nobel Prize ...

Cartoon: Martyn Turner* used with permission
04.05.18 6:30 am

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Cable Car: Silence of the Lambs ... The Libs ...

Lou-anne Barker. ABC screenshots. Satire: Andrew James
03.05.18 5:49 am

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Transcription - extract from meeting between Old Farm Road residents and Mount Wellington Cable Car reps at Duke Hotel, 26 April 2018 ... Phil: So, the government just, hasn’t told you exactly why, they just didn’t want too much noise? JF (Jude Franks): No, they didn’t, they saw no purpose whilst we were going through the process. AB (Adrian Bold): Which was annoying because it would have helped us. JF: It would have helped them as well, quite frankly and we’ve said this to them openly, because if they, if the local, if everyone in Tasmania had understood the process I think they’d feel a lot more comfortable that the scrutiny had been extraordinary.  AB: Yeah, well we’ve been put through the ringer essentially and in feedback we’d say every project in Tasmania should go through the process we had to go through ... Phil: It doesn’t really bear scrutiny. It’s very difficult for a group like us to believe you when you say this. AB: This is why we’re annoyed with the government that they didn’t say it. JF: They should, they need to tell, that’s their story. Phil: I’m afraid this government has done that over and over again, tried to do things behind closed doors …

• Media Release re cable car and Old Farm Road residents - 28 April 2018: The Tasmanian public have been shut out of the community consultation phase that the Mount Wellington Cable Way Company (MWCC) claim to have undertaken. Two public meetings with South Hobart residents have been cancelled in recent years.  Several weeks ago, residents of Old Farm Road received a postcard from MWCC asking us to meet with them as ‘valued neighbours’ to discuss the ‘construction phase’ of the project. Residents felt manipulated into thinking that construction was inevitable, despite the lack of a development application. On Thursday April 26th, Old Farm Road residents met with the MWCC. In response to residents expressing their concern about the lack of community consultation to date, MWCC representatives stated that the State Government had asked the company to ‘keep [their] media activity on this quiet … They didn’t want the debate to be happening in media.’ Regarding meeting with the South Hobart community in particular, MWCC stated ‘ … we’ve had great interest in it and we wanted to do it last year and the Government was saying just hold.’ This is supported by the attached excerpt from the transcript. … ‘For us as residents, this advice is very concerning. It suggests that the State Government is undemocratically promoting the interests of a private developer above those of the community at large. It is alarming if the Government was requesting Ms Franks and Mr Bold to explicitly exclude the public from this conversation about the future of Mount Wellington/kunanyi. We call on the Government to clarify their position’, Lou-anne Barker from the Old Farm Road residents’ group stated …

Les Crawford: Letter to the Editor on ... openness and transparency

Animal Justice Party: Animal Justice Party calls for transparency and accountability with investigations

ABC today (Tuesday): Hobart cable car proponents told to ‘keep quiet’ ahead of fast-track status approval

Peter Gutwein: Mount Wellington cable car works

ABC: Mount Wellington cable car project derailed as company instructed to halt preliminary works

Campaign Against the Cable Car Reaches Dizzying New Heights Today a group of local climbers will establish a suspended camp on the Organ Pipes of kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, 1100 metres above sea level, on the planned route of the cable car to protest the proposed development. The group will be sleeping suspended on the 100 vertical metre cliff face to send a clear message to the community and to the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company …

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‘Mountain MayDay Sunday 6th May @11am, Cascade Gardens’

Respect The Mountain Media Release
03.05.18 5:40 am

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Writer Richard Flanagan will join former Greens Leader Bob Brown and Denison MP Andrew Wilkie as well as reps of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in defying The Cable Car Company who have said that ‘public opposition is virtually non existent’ …

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Briscoe’s bold move: Elector poll

Peter Gutwein: Mount Wellington cable car works

ABC: Mount Wellington cable car project derailed as company instructed to halt preliminary works

Campaign Against the Cable Car Reaches Dizzying New Heights Today a group of local climbers will establish a suspended camp on the Organ Pipes of kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, 1100 metres above sea level, on the planned route of the cable car to protest the proposed development. The group will be sleeping suspended on the 100 vertical metre cliff face to send a clear message to the community and to the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company …

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Why I am standing for Hobart ...

Richard Griggs* Pic: of Richard Griggs from the Civil Liberties' website
03.05.18 5:30 am

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On Sunday 11 March I announced my candidacy as an Independent for the Legislative Council Seat of Hobart. Hobart is a great place to live. Nestled between the mountain and the river, we have much to be thankful for. However, we face our fair share of challenges and to best address these we need hardworking Independent Members of Parliament with new ideas and new energy to scrutinise government and hold political parties to account. One issue that is in drastic need of immediate action is the housing crisis forcing local families to live in tents •

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Kiwi Ex-1080 poison Worker Condemns 1080 Poison

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03.05.18 5:15 am

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A pest worker who worked for a New Zealand local council Environment Waikato for two years, has damned 1080 poison as cruel and destructive of bird life …

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Anglican Church Liabilities - Redress Scheme

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02.05.18 6:00 am

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The announcement by the Anglican Church in Tasmania that it intends to sell off 45% of its property portfolio should be cause for concern in the wider Tasmanian community. Whilst the Church is to be commended for admitting to its involvement in widespread sexual abuse by its priests and other church officials over such a long period, its motivation for selling off churches, halls and cemeteries/graveyards needs closer inspection …

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Letter to the Editor on Mayoral Legal Expenses Fund

Peter Coad, former Mayor, Huon Valley Council. Pic: of Peter Coad when standing for Huon Valley Council
02.05.18 5:36 am

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I would like to sincerely thank all residents and ratepayers who contributed to the Mayoral Legal Expenses Fund. In particular, I would like to pay a special thanks to the trustees of the Fund.  The trustees have now provided to me an important financial contribution towards meeting the legal costs of the Mayor in fulfilling his role and functions …

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‘Hobart former lord mayor Sue Hickey swoops on Speaker role, blindsiding Liberal colleagues’

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02.05.18 5:35 am

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Former Hobart lord mayor Sue Hickey is Tasmania’s new Speaker after a shock move which stunned her Liberal colleagues saw her elected with Labor and Green support ahead of former minister Rene Hidding …

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‘Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on historical sexual offence charge’

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02.05.18 5:10 am

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Cardinal George Pell has been committed to stand trial on a historical sexual offence charge …

Fairfax: Cardinal George Pell committed to stand trial on two historical sexual assault charges

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‘Agreement reached on TasWater’

Premier Will Hodgman, TasWater, David O'Byrne. Pic: Tim Slade
01.05.18 5:40 am

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Today an historic agreement has been reached between the State Government, the Local Government Owners Chief representative and TasWater to improve water and sewerage services in Tasmania …

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