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A lack of leadership ...

Miriam Scurrah* Pics*
15.09.14 2:05 am

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I love my local community, it’s full of beautiful places and beautiful people. But recently I have been frustrated with the complete lack of leadership - as I see it -  within our local government.

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The Smell From The Swell Becomes a Communal Solution

Paul Tapp
15.09.14 2:00 am

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Concomitant with the big easterly swells there are the all-pervading Tassie eastern seaboard smells … that many call the dump.

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A United States biochar advocate argues for soil health ....

ABC Rural. Pics: Frank Strie's equipment in operation
15.09.14 1:45 am

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... sustainable 3-D printing and biochar cardboard  A visiting United States advocate of biochar says closed-loop production systems can eliminate waste, improve energy efficiency and the business bottom line.

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David v Goliath

Andrew Ranson Southern Beaches Conservation Society Media Release
15.09.14 1:35 am

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Ever heard the parable of the little shepherd boy who knocked down a giant with one slingshot?

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Merit in Lambie’s Aboriginal seats, says Mansell

Michael Mansell Lawyer Media Release. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie. Pub: Sept 14
15.09.14 1:30 am

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Michael Mansell sees merit in Senator Lambie’s suggestion of Aboriginal seats in Parliament Aboriginal lawyer and community spokesman Michael Mansell says there would be widespread support for Senator Jacqui Lambert’s call for designated seats in parliament for Aboriginals.

Jacqui Lambie on Australian Story HERE where you can read a transcript

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Live animal export is unethical ...

Suzanne Cass Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty Live Export Shame http://www.stoptac.org http://www.liveexportshame.com
15.09.14 1:10 am

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Former live export veterinarian and ship’s captain Dr Peter Kerkenezov writes ...

Download to read (warning ... contains graphic images) ...

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Commercial Asylum Seekers

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
15.09.14 1:00 am

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For my American audience, this question may seem a somewhat arcane and remote antipodean dustup.  Your boder problems are more difficult and larger than ours because you have a long and very porous southern land frontier.  And the politics are different in many ways.  But there are enough similarities for many of the arguments to sound familiar to you.  And you will not be surprised to hear that they are as vexacious here as I know they are stateside.  You will note that this critique is aimed at a left wing readership; right at them.  Read on…

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Oram attempts to fang Pontiff

Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 Pic*
15.09.14 12:45 am

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Background. This appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 December 1986. When John-Paul II (1920-2005) became Pope in 1978, Jim Oram (1936-96), of the Sydney Daily Mirror, produced an instant book on the Pontiff’s life. Apart from everything else, Rupert Murdoch is mean; Oram got no royalties. He got legal advice: 1. He would win if he sued; 2. Did he want to stay at the Mirror? Oram did not sue. Covering up a crime is a crime itself, perversion of justice. The Pope covered-up crimes of sex abuse of children, but is now officially Saint John-Paul II.   

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From south of the border . . .

The Old Bear. Pub: Sept 15
15.09.14 12:30 am

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The Old Bear (risking retribution from his equally aged mate Billy MacTold) writes ...

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The internet can deliver better journalism, not just clickbait

Kellie Riordan, University of Oxford
14.09.14 9:14 am

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Tony Fitzgerald on the parlous state of Queensland and the Courier Mail

Tony Fitzgerald. Pub: Sept 12
14.09.14 6:00 am

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In his introductory comments at the 2014 Griffith University Tony Fitzgerald Lecture, Tony Fitzgerald - the former Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland - singled out News Limited’s Queensland tabloid newspaper, the Courier Mail for special criticism. Fitzgerald dubbed the Murdoch-owned paper The Craven Mail “because all bullies are cowards.” In introductory comments for the lecture, which was presented at the State Library of Queensland last Wednesday, Fitzgerald stated that “I’d prefer to disregard the abuse but I don’t want my silence to encourage bullies like The Craven or discourage others, especially young people, from speaking out against powerful vested interests. The Craven’s strident partisanship provides a useful reminder to any who might be interested that any possibility of effective democracy will be lost if we allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by reactionary self-interested politicians and media riff-raff.”

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Reviewed (Twice)! Hamlet Heads or Tails ...

Amber Wilson, Bronwyn Williams
14.09.14 5:45 am

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Read Amber’s review HERE

Read Bronwyn’s review HERE

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Hydatids found in Tasmanian dogs

Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist. DPIWE graphic. Pub: Sept 11
12.09.14 7:00 am

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A real shock for DPIPWE - this work was done in a mainland University at least two years ago ... A recent publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal is indicating that the hydatid parasite has been detected in Tasmania by a faecal test [i.e. faeces from dogs are E. granulosus coproantigen-positive].

• David Obendorf, in Comments: On the 23 August 2014 this story appeared in the Examiner. No increase in hydatids: top vet - by Jodie Stephens TASMANIA’S chief veterinary officer Rod Andrewartha has downplayed concerns potentially lethal hydatid infections have increased in the state.

• Download the Jenkins paper with a Tasmanian map of the location sites of the hydatid-positive test results:
Jenkins_et_al_E_gran_in_dogs_AVJ_2014.pdf

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and the Premier announces the China Mission with a whole lot of Tassie businesses in tow, Kim Booth asks, Why all the secrecy over Forestry Tasmania’s Letter of Comfort, and Terry Polglase says a Dispute has been lodged in Industrial Commission over axing of Pathway Planners, and Cheering on The Cleaner in the Cox Plate etc, etc, etc ...

AND ...

... there’s an Industrial Commission Hearing, Tasmania’s Threat Level, and the axing of Pathway Planners ...

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‘Real-Time’ acid on local, state, federal pollies

Pat Synge Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release http://www.fundinganddisclosure.org.au Pic:Bob Burton. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 6:30 am

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‘Real Time’ Political Funding Disclosure and Internet Democracy  For the first time in Australia candidates in elections at all levels of government and in all states will have the opportunity to in disclose in ‘real-time’ all donations and gifts they have received in the last 24 months.

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... and it’s blow for blow as the pollies carve it up ... from Labor’s claim that teacher assistants will be paid an extra $11 a week for medical help (and the government response) to Green claims Ta Ann customers have been misled and 1080 is to be used again by forestry, forestry handouts and the protest bill. Meanwhile the government appoints the parole board and reviews education etc etc etc

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The Sue Neill-Fraser Trial Transcript ...

Barbara Etter. http://www.betterconsult.com.au/ Pic: Four Winds. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 6:00 am

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• Download and Read for Yourself ...

HERE

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Richard Flanagan shortlisted for the Man Booker prize

Jason Steger, Literary Editor, The Age. Pub: Sept 10
12.09.14 5:30 am

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Australian (Tasmanian) writer Richard Flanagan is one step closer to winning the best-known prize for English language novels after being shortlisted on Tuesday for the Man Booker prize.

Mercury: Richard Flanagan short-listed for Man Booker Prize Arts patron Leo Schofield described Flanagan as Australia’s most important literary figure since Patrick White, who was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1973. “We have no other literary figures of that stature in Australia,” Mr Schofield said. “I admire a great many local writers but he’s at another level. “I think he’s very close to being a genius,” he said. He said Flanagan’s work had been translated into close to 30 languages and he was highly regarded around the world, yet had sacrificed a level of fame by choosing to remain in Hobart.

TT MEDIA HERE ...  as greengrocer Scott Jordan highlights Minister Paul Harriss and the Tasmanian Government’s continued backing of economic lemons in mining and logging (and the UN Human Rights Office calls for withdrawal of Mr Harriss’ anti-protest bill], Vanessa Goodwin drafts Right to Appeal Legislation, and New Alternatives to Suspended Sentences etc, etc, etc ...

• James Crotty, in Comments: Go you good thing Flan the Man. When he wins and eventually becomes the next Patrick White, a luminary amongst authors and the subject of authorship, the press, academic and otherwise will pour over his life, upbringing and humble cottages such as the Town Hall in which he composed his works. Academics will flock to Tasmania to re-invigorate their careers from peripheral contact with the muse that succoured the great.

• peter adams, in Comments: James #1. Your comment is as lyrical a read as is “Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Well, almost. My guess is that if Richard moved to America as suggested by Bacon, he would win the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Fox Stared Down ...

Simon de Little. Pub: Sept 8
12.09.14 5:15 am

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Simon de Little: The latest peer-reviewed paper released by the Tasmanian Fox Review Panel examines the notoriously problematic 1080-baiting program. To my mind, this is the area that galvanised the most potent criticism of the FEP from the general public and the analysis conducted by Marks et al demonstrates that such widespread condemnation was indeed, well founded.

• Clive A. Marks, Ivo Edwards, David Obendorf, Filipe Pereira and Graham P. Hall: Did ‘precautionary’ 1080 baiting have a realistic potential to eradicate Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Tasmania without in situ monitoring data?

• Jack Jolly, in Comments: It occurs to me that something very positive has come out of this already. Without playing down the obviously incredible effort and personal cost that has worn by individuals active in this issue (I can only echo Dr Bleaney’s words), it seems that the process of public debate and engagement using the Tasmanian Times has been a powerful model of citizen engagement with turbocharged balls. The Tasmanian MSM failed as the independent devil’s advocate needed to keep DPIPWE honest. That is troubling for Tassie democracy. Yet the slack was well and truly picked up by TT and engaged citizens who refused to be idle cynics and passive spectators of a failed process and compliant media.  ... I suspect that this is just the beginning. Incompetent government oversight and spin is no longer an alternative to substance. In the case of the fox farrago I think it really pissed a lot of people off. But I’d also like to pay tribute to Dr Obendorf and Mr Rist for a tenacious effort. It may not have been pretty at times, but is participation in the democratic process supposed to be?

• David Obendorf, in Comments: [This story featured prominently in all ABC radio News bulletins that morning and yet the ABC did not link it to any online story through their webpages. As I had missed the earlier more detailed news bulletin on this item [see above] I emailed the ABC journalist who had contacted me to tell me that the ABC would be reporting on the publication of our science review paper. I suggested to her that the matter was of significant public interest to all Tasmanians and perhaps warranted at least some referral to a text version online at ABC Local News and perhaps the link to the review paper itself. I have received no reply. This transciption above was provided to me from an audio file obtained through the Parliamentary Library in Hobart.

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Plan to change criminal appeals law

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Pic: of Vanessa Goodwin. Pub: Sept 9
12.09.14 5:00 am

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Statement regarding a new criminal appeal process I welcome the revelation today that the Tasmanian Government intends to legislate an appeal provision for when there is fresh and compelling evidence, or evidence of a tainted conviction ( Mercury: Tasmanian Attorney-General announces plan to change criminal appeals law ).

Barbara Etter: The Not So “Golden Hour” in the Sue Neill-Fraser Case - Get it Wrong Early and the Community Pays the Price

Vanessa Goodwin: Government to Draft Right to Appeal Legislation As the prosecution have had the right to seek a retrial on the basis of fresh and compelling evidence or evidence of a tainted outcome since 2008, we believe it is fair that a convicted person be afforded the same opportunity.

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Former Royal Hobart Hospital boss Jane Holden sues Government to clear her name

Mercury
12.09.14 4:32 am

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FORMER Royal Hobart Hospital chief executive Jane Holden is suing the State Government in a bid to clear her name.

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Reviewed! Tell Tails

Amber Wilson
10.09.14 5:00 am

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Reviewed in TT ARTS HERE

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Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

BBC. Pic*
10.09.14 4:40 am

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One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada’s prime minister says.

Guy Barnett: Sir John Franklin’s shipwreck

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Heritage Value of the Ross Bridge and its Carved Art

Kim Peart.
10.09.14 4:23 am

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The Ross Bridge was completed in 1836, after years of delay and came to include carvings along all of the six arches by the convict stonemason, Daniel Herbert. Such carvings were not normally included on the stone bridges of that era and it is quite a mystery as to how they came to be there. By rights, they should not exist. As a consequence of this mystery, the Ross Bridge is unique in the World, as the only bridge to have such carvings. This bridge is the third oldest in Australia, with the oldest being in Richmond to the south. The bridge is on the national heritage registry, but, should it be given World heritage listing as well?

If anyone would like to participate in this adventure, I am happy to hear from folk while in Ross and also at a meeting at: 2pm Sunday 21 September, Ross reading Room, Ross Library, next to the Ross Wool Centre, Within sight of the cannon

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In Search of Wisdom

Scott MacInnes
09.09.14 2:05 pm

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The getting and begetting of wisdom - so revered in the past as a practical and spiritual necessity for both individuals and societies - seems to be sadly out of fashion in our present age. The very idea that we should seek, love and promote wisdom is likely to be met with incredulity or derision, to be dismissed as yet another form of stuffy intellectual or moral pretentiousness. Perhaps it is a case of: Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise!

TT MEDIA HERE for every Polly and other opinion ... from the ‘rank hypocrisy’ of Matthew Groom, to cannabis, to Uni events ... to the latest Libs’ New Alternatives to Suspended Sentences, the Tourism Board, the Cost of Supporting Ministers and Parliamentary Office Holders, and Paul Harriss’ Sustainable Future for Forestry Tasmania etc etc

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Hobart events will help Tasmanians develop their own energy projects

Jack Gilding, Executive Officer Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. Media Release
09.09.14 2:02 pm

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Communities wanting to take control of their energy production and invest in renewable energy projects will receive a boost this month as the Tasmanian Community Renewable Energy Roadshow visits Hobart on Wednesday 10 September.

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The Influence of China on Global and Australian Housing Markets

Peter Willans. Pub: Sept 8
09.09.14 5:00 am

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Abstract: This Working Paper attempts to explain the recent phenomenon of foreign investment into Australian property markets, with a focus on China.

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Real Time political funding disclosure & Internet Democracy

Pat Synge, Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release Pub: Sept 6
09.09.14 4:30 am

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An article by Bob Burton, recently published on Tasmanian Times, prompted Geoff Capper and Pat Synge to form a new ‘not for profit’ organisation:  Funding & Disclosure (Inc). ( Will voters find out who is funding local government election campaigns? )

TT MEDIA HERE ... ... as Alderman Jeff Briscoe announces his bid to be Deputy Lord Mayor ... and as IPAN says: No New War in Iraq; the Tasmanian training awards, tourism, New Commissioner for Children, Tenders Called for School Maintenance, Threatened Species Day, the ageing, Groundswell Activists Stage a Threatened Species Banquet. the Solis Golf Course etc, etc ...

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Will Hodgman fails to justify big salaries of high flying advisors

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader Media Release
09.09.14 4:20 am

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Premier Will Hodgman was today accused of shocking double standards by appointing his personal staff on huge wages while cutting the pay of Tasmanian public servants. Mr Hodgman’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff are both paid more than the equivalent positions in the office of the President of the United States.

And will Hodgman replies: In the 2013-14 financial year, the former Labor Green government spent $14.053 million on the following expenses ...Under the Liberal Government this cost has been cut by $1.3 million, to $12.741 million.

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NATION: Peta, Peta ...

Guardian, ABC. Pub: Sept 9
09.09.14 4:15 am

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Guardian: Peta Credlin dragged into Icac controversy over carbon tax emails Tony Abbott’s chief of staff welcomed approach from Liberal party donor who stood to benefit from tax repeal

ABC: Jacqui Lambie’s Indigenous heritage claims surprise members of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community

ABC FactCheck: Will 50pc of Australians die before they can access their superannuation? The claim: Clive Palmer says it is a “statistical fact” that over 50 per cent of Australians will be dead by the time they get access to their super. The verdict: More than 89 per cent of people are expected live beyond the age of 65 years, when everyone can access their super. Mr Palmer is wrong.

ABC: New UN human rights chief criticises Australia’s asylum seeker policy, Scott Morrison rejects allegations

Fairfax: Manus detention unsuitable for women - and men

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Witch-Hunter Barnett uncovers a Phoenix ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Guy Barnett. Pub: Sept 8
08.09.14 6:15 am

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The efforts of the Witch Hunter Guy Barnett are seeing a new and important Phoenix rise from the ashes of Triabunna ...

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Has Politics Failed Us?: No, but there’s a lack of authenticity, passion and leadership

Andrew Wilkie MP Independent Member for Denison. Tasmanian Times lecture, Oct 6.
08.09.14 6:00 am

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On this, the first year of the Abbott Government, Tasmanian Times re-publishes the prescient words of Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie. These observations - made by Wilkie at a Tasmanian Times lecture in the Town Hall, Hobart - were first published on October 6, 2011; particularly relevant are his observations of national politics ...

Corrected transcript • There is a chronic lack of leadership in this state, a chronic lack of leadership. I do believe that Lara Giddings is a good human being. I do believe David Bartlett is a good human being. But neither are the sort of dynamic, inspiring leaders that we need right now. There is a real shortfall of confidence and enthusiasm in this state. We need the sort of leadership figures to come through that pick us up and drag us along for the ride, that inspire us. We’d best not go through all of the Members of the assembly and council one by one but I think it would be fair to say that there are precious few inspiring leadership figures amongst the whole lot of them; there are a small number but there aren’t a lot of them. I think in a healthy functioning democracy just about the whole lot of them should be that inspiring figure that can pick this state up, change it in the way it needs to be changed for the future and take us into that future in a confident and prosperous and sustainable way.

•  Instead we have this confrontational dynamic which jars with the power sharing and which is fundamentally at odds with what the public needs right now. We need people to just settle it down. I have to be pretty careful saying this, we need Kevin Rudd and his Bex and a little lie down. But I’m not advocating that Kevin Rudd return.

• Watch the Simon de Little video HERE

• ... and the Q&A session: HERE

YESTERDAY, TODAY: Fairfax ...

Aussies feel tasered by Abbott year, says Xenophon

Former Liberal leaders weigh up PM’s hits and misses

I’m glad I chose Labor: Rob Oakeshott

Liberalism is alive and it’s killing us. Why post-Liberalism is the answer

SENATOR CATRYNA BILYK on Tasmanian Times:

Tasmanians are the biggest losers ...

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