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NATION: Tony and coal, ‘A contradiction to all available evidence ...’

Dr Kingsley Faulkner AM, Chair Doctors for the Environment Australia. Wikipedia pic of Tony Abbott
20.10.14 4:45 am

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In response to Prime Minister Abbott’s recent comment ( SMH here ) that “coal is good for humanity”, a group of health experts has sent him a damning open letter (below)  describing his statement “as a contradiction to all available evidence.”

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STATE: Fracking poses risks to agriculture, tourism, Tasmania’s reputation ...

Carly Rusden*. Pic*
20.10.14 4:41 am

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… The license covers some of Tasmania’s most productive farmland, as well as a vast network of water tables.  Fracking poses risks to agriculture, Tasmania’s tourism industry, Tasmania’s reputation as a clean and green place, as well as the health of all living organisms by contamination of water and air. Renewable technologies such as wind and solar should be exploited before we continue to extract non renewable resources, further damaging our planet and destroying our right to safe drinking water and clean air.  …

Gillian Blair, Letter to Editor: Gasfield’s hidden agenda ...

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The Flan-Man Triumphs

Lindsay Tuffin. Pub: Oct 15
20.10.14 4:31 am

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Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan has just been announced as the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize ...

• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top Nav Bar) for more on the Flanagan triumph, for The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

ABC: Richard Flanagan, prominent Tasmanian author, wins Man Booker Prize ...

Guardian: Man Booker prize: Richard Flanagan wins with ‘timeless depiction of war’ Australian novelist picks up award for story of prisoners and captors on Burma railway in The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Christine Milne: Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

Pete Hay, Mercury: Liberating the spirit of our island: Richard Flanagan takes Tasmania out into the world…  By the time Flanagan came along, the negative shadow of the generation of the 1960s had all but expunged any sense that Tasmania’s unfolding story was one that could engage the creative imagination. Flanagan changed all that. The island, he insisted, is saturated with mythical portent. He made it legitimate to stay put; to take Tasmania for one’s creative canvas. And he, personally, took Tasmania to the world. His legacy is, I think, beyond calculation. Almost incredibly, this is the man for whom former premier Paul Lennon decreed there to be “no place” in the “new Tasmania”. The trouble with the ex-premier’s call is that it is not he but Flanagan who defines the “new Tasmania”. Nevertheless, this episode cut Flanagan to the bone — not Lennon’s attack as such, because Flanagan is as fierce as he is eloquent when it comes to the island’s muddling and spiteful politics, and he had already called out Lennon for worse than he received. If you dish it out, you have to take it when it is served back. No, what cut Flanagan was the perceived lack of outrage on the part of the Tasmanian arts community, and its literary practitioners in particular. There was no flood of indignant letters to the press, and Flanagan felt isolated, abandoned …

Will Hodgman: Richard Flanagan Wins Man Booker

Nick McKim: Congratulations Richard Flanagan

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Congratulations Richard, so well deserved!

7.30 Report: Watch the Flan-Man interviewed by Leigh Sales ... as his mates party at the Hope and Anchor

Bob Ellis: ‘The World Just Is’: Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North

• Gerard Henderson executive director of The Sydney Institute: Sorry, Mike, Nazism was a secular movement — unlike today’s Islamic State

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STATE: The possibility of Eden

Astrid Miller, Earth as Teacher, http://www.ecoevolutionaries.com
20.10.14 4:30 am

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I want to live in a State of possibility, awe and wonder, and that could be Tasmania. Graeme Wood is offering us a most powerful symbol of regeneration with his $50 million dollar plan for an Eden style project at Triabunna, a re-generation of our generation.

EARLIER ON TASMANIAN TIMES ...

How great cities deal with woodchips ...

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Fishery Consultation Another Tick-Box In The Super Trawler Story

Rebecca Hubbard, Nobby Clark Media Release
20.10.14 4:15 am

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The AFMA organised stakeholder consultation on the Small Pelagic Fishery last Friday was clearly designed as a media platform for the Australian Government to say that they had undertaken consultation with stakeholders. Conservation and recreational fishing groups remain concerned that these box-ticking exercises could be a signal that super trawlers are being considered for introduction into our waters. The groups remain united in the campaign to stop super trawlers being introduced into Australian waters and concerned with the low level of data available on the fishery’s movements and how to avoid localised depletion.

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A Statement from the Maslin Family ...

via DFAT
20.10.14 3:50 am

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The Maslin family, who lost loved ones on MH17, have asked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to issue the following statement on their behalf ...

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times, MH370 ...

Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

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Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

BERNARD KEANE Crikey politics editor
20.10.14 3:47 am

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Tasmanian Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic certainly has a distinguished career: an impressive senior military service record in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as stints as a military academic and as a senior bureaucrat in Defence. All that helps explain why he was appointed to the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

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More on the nesting Peregrine Falcons ... (2)

Nick Mooney Wildlife Biologist.
20.10.14 3:45 am

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Female leaves to accept food from male off for food

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (34)

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20.10.14 3:30 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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Antarctica: Opportunity for global leadership and lasting legacy

Dae Levine, AOA Communications Director. Pic: John Weller
20.10.14 3:15 am

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AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica “Opportunity for global leadership and lasting legacy”

• Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency The Honourable Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM, will today open the thirty-third meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) ...

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Is the taxpayer entitled to any level of basic health protection ... ?

Richard Barton, Tasmania
20.10.14 3:00 am

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In the Mercury of 19/10/14 it stated that there were “fears for rural nursing” then proceeded to discuss the loss of rural facilities, doctors, nurses and management positions.

Mercury: Hunt for new Tasman Peninsula GP allays fears

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The Probe is closed

Lindsay Tuffin
20.10.14 2:45 am

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The Probe thread has been closed. Tasmanian Times exists to seek truth and be fair to all. Readers are reminded of Our Code of Conduct ( Here ).

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Newcombe on winning

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20.10.14 2:30 am

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Background: John Newcombe, now 70, was 31 when he stood still for an interview by a person he didn’t know. I am amazed now, as I was in 1975, at how generous he was with his time and his insights. I don’t remember exactly Cliff Richey’s joke about the one-armed tennis player, but it was ribald. 

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A memory of John Arlott ...

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20.10.14 2:16 am

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A memory of English cricket commentator John Arlott, who always had a glass of red wine beside him as he worked ...

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Robert Armstrong’s adieu

Bob Hawkins. Pic: of HVC Mayor - and MLC - Robert Armstrong's election poster. First pub: Oct 17
17.10.14 3:50 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s Knocker Hawkins, the man who helped put Robert Armstrong into parliament. I had no idea I had that much clout. But that’s the way it is, according to the man himself, Huon Valley Council’s about-to-depart Mayor Armstrong. 

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How Great Cities Deal With Woodchips

Karl Stevens
17.10.14 3:15 am

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The ABC wrap here

TT Media here, for the polly opinion ...

• Pilko, in Comments: I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading this little gem by Damon Thomas. Veterans of the Pulp Mill campaign will remember Damon Thomas in his role as TCCI chief - one of the loudest voices & most enthusiastic lobbyists for John Gay’s Tamar Valley Pulp Mill.

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Pesticide monitoring in Tasmanian waterways cancelled

Dr Alison Bleaney, Tasmanian Public & Environmental Health Network (TPEHN). Pic* Pub: Oct 15
17.10.14 3:00 am

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Confirmation of the cessation of any routine pesticide monitoring in any waterways in Tasmania ( including all drinking and ground waters) was given by DPIPWE this week (Stuart Bowman). The announcement coincided with substantial funding cuts in the recent State budget. With regard to pesticide monitoring in waterways, Tasmania now reverts to where it was in 2004 prior to the helicopter crash in the upper catchment of the George River where the highly hazardous insecticide alpha-cypermethrin was being aerial-sprayed onto eucalypt plantations. Shortly after and following a very heavy rainfall, 90% of intertidal oyster along with other insects and aquatic life died in Georges Bay. At that time Tasmania undertook no pesticide monitoring of any waters. Forestry Tasmania is about to increase its plantation workings and has just applied to the Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) body for permission (a derogation) to aerially spray alpha-cypermethrin in eucalypt plantations. FSC does not ‘normally’ allow alpha-cypermethrin to be used as it is a highly hazardous pesticide. 

• Andrei Nikulinsky, in Comments: Are we honestly being told that while there is money to sponsor a different state’s football team, to subsidise one of Australia’s richest retail company’s buildings, to puff up the gambling industry and even continue to throw good money after bad by paying to send woodchips overseas like it was waste… ...that there is no money to test our water supply?

• Download Clive Stott ( http:www.cleanairtas.com ) Submission ...

ABC Rural: Forestry downturn reduces routine pesticide and chemical testing of Tasmanian waterways

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STATE: Planning ... what the Libs plan for you ...

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer. Address to Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Pic: Andrew Ricketts. Pub: Oct 14
17.10.14 2:45 am

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Thank you for taking the time to be here this morning.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

• Andrew Ricketts, in Comments: Very soon the Government will introduce a new LAND USE PLANNING AND APPROVALS AMENDMENT (STREAMLINING OF PROCESS) BILL 2014 into Parliament. Sitting days are: 28th, 29th, 30th October. It is a surprise that The Bill will come on in October with no proper exposure of a draft. It does not seem to be on any official website or otherwise available for the public. The Liberal approach - To only consult with the privileged few.

• Andrew Ricketts: The Government is amending a second piece of legislation at the same time ... Download docs ...

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Lake Pedder project wins big at national awards

Nolan Giles, Account Manager @ Lindy Johnson
17.10.14 2:40 am

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A unique animation produced to showcase a potential fix for the restoration of Tasmania’s Lake Pedder has been awarded a major prize at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards.

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HAWTHORN: It’s a con. A fraud

Tom Ellison* Pub: Oct 13
17.10.14 2:30 am

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It’s a con.  A fraud, which if it involved a private company would see shareholders revolt and Directors thrown out.  There’s no accountability from those involved.  Contradictions, spurious financial projections and grandiose claims, which when combined, would make anybody concerned about basic standards of governance shudder. But this is Tasmania, and football appears untouchable. For years, politicians at local, state and federal level have enthused about the value of Tasmania’s sponsorship of the Hawthorn Football Club, and whether due to political cowardice, ignorance or a combination, have refused to face up to the facts.

But the most damning number in the RepuCom report is 2.6.  That’s the percentage of those surveyed indicating they were likely to come to Tasmania to attend an AFL match.  Even Tasmania’s weather was seen as a bigger attraction by respondents. Those trends are consistent with Tourism Tasmania’s annual visitor survey, a comprehensive analysis of demographics which provides useful insights into visitors, their motivations and spending patterns.

What’s missing is the truth, and the answers to some basic questions.  Like what are the actual demographics of those attending AFL games in Tasmania?  Why does Launceston City Council underwrite Aurora Stadium losses of nearly $2 million each year if the sponsorship deal is such a winner?  Is political support for football now so entrenched that to release the real numbers would be too damaging?

• AJWW, in Comments: Not just a con and a fraud Tom - its also manifestly unjust that a traditional football State should be denied its own team in the AFL for any reason, let alone the spurious argument that it is unaffordable. Having a team in the national competition would have a unifying affect, bolster State pride and contribute significant social, as well as economic benefits. For example, it would provide our young talent with a pathway that avoids always having to move interstate if they are to realize their sporting dreams. Strong legislators would cast aside the “cringe factor” and the agendas of vested interests, and push hard for a stand-alone team knowing we would be playing to one of our great strengths in a sustainable, growth industry. Saul Eslake has challenged the received wisdom (from Kennet, Demetriou, Bacon et al) that a State team would not be financially viable.In the meantime, we continue to prop-up a previously unviable Melbourne-based club. What a travesty!Tony.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

TT, Sept 2006, James Boyce: Hawthorn: what Lennon signs away

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Anna Reynolds: My ideas for Hobart’s future

Anna Reynolds, Candidate for Alderman, Hobart City Council
16.10.14 8:01 am

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Hobart is changing. I feel a buzz of optimism. And not just here – people around the world are talking about the beautiful, historic, creative and down-to-earth city we call home. But with change comes challenges, which need the response of clever and forward-thinking leadership.

Eva Ruzicka: So why should some decisions be made behind Closed doors?

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Suzy Cooper: What I stand for ...

Suzy Cooper, http://suzycooper.com.au/ Pic: of Suzy Cooper
15.10.14 4:25 am

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While thinking about today’s Live Blogging [ Mercury website: 12.30pm – http://www.themercury.com.au/ ] I started dreading the predictable questions about Myer and Macquarie Point and the Battery Point Walkway. Does talking about these things really tell us anything about a person who will represent the community? Are these things distractions from other important things we could be doing right now?

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An open invitation to corruption ...

Pat Synge, Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release. Pub: Oct 15
15.10.14 4:23 am

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LOCAL GOVERMENT REGULATIONS REVIEW As many Tas Times readers know F&D is concerned about the lack of transparency and accountability surrounding donations and donation disclosure at all levels of government. We consider the current situation in Tasmania to be an open invitation to corruption. It is currently legal for anyone to donate any amount of money to a candidate for local government with absolutely no disclosure requirements and no cap on candidate spending except during a short period just prior to the poll. Many local government candidates agree with us and have chosen to disclose their funding on our website: http://www.FundingandDisclosure.org.au

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NATION: Shirtfronting Vladimir

Tony Wright National affairs editor of The Age. Satire: Leunig, leunig.com.au , used with permission. Pub: Oct 14
15.10.14 4:22 am

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It is possible something has been lost in translation ...

ABC: Jacqui Lambie says Vladimir Putin has ‘great values’, labels Tony Abbott’s ‘shirtfront’ comment ‘immature’

SMH: Coal is ‘good for humanity’, says Tony Abbott at mine opening

Mark Kenny, SMH: Coal comfort for Tony Abbott

SMH: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’: Joe Hockey denies Australia is dirtiest greenhouse gas emitter in OECD

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey,  Pravda.Ru: Open Letter to Tony ‘Shirt-Front’ Abbott So, Australian Prime Minister wants to shirt-front Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, does he? It is difficult to find a more blatant example of childishness, incompetence for the position, criminal intent, downright nastiness and an indication of a disturbed mind crying out for therapy. Don’t the Australian people deserve better?

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey,  Pravda.Ru: Tony Abbott: The chip on Australia’s shoulder

• Kim Peart, in Comments: The loss of face and national pride has led to war at times, so we had better man-up our 1880s coastal defences, built to protect DownUnder from the Russians. Which nation allowed passenger flights to fly through their air space and over a conflict zone where planes were being shot down? Ukraine was being paid for those flights, so did Australian citizens die for profit?

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STATE: The Inquiry is plunging Triabunna back into a state of grief. UPDATE ...

Tom & Jane Teniswood Wind Song Bed & Breakfast, PO Box 96, Triabunna, Tasmania. Pics: Paul Tapp. Pub: Oct 11
15.10.14 4:21 am

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Most of you will be aware of the Government Inquiry into the Spring Bay Mill and Government discussion re acquiring the site to continue wood chipping etc. An interim report is to be handed down on Tuesday. Tom & I have sent in late submissions to the Inquiry as we were dismayed at the negativity in most submissions and the fact the Inquiry is plunging Triabunna back into a state of grief and destroying the sense of optimism Graeme Wood personally has given to the town by the commitment he has already shown to Triabunna. 

This is a critical moment in Tasmania’s history. Are we to move forward embracing change and a developer with vision,  or sink back into the past?

ABC: Low-income families to bear brunt of Libs’ Budget cuts, says modelling

• ABC: Brett Whiteley tells Simplot workers to accept pay offer and “be thankful”

Christine Milne: The Libs’ last-century thinking

Kim Booth: Liberals sink to new low with Hare-Clark attack

Scott Jordan, Jenny Weber, Adam Thompson: Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining

ABC: Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman vows to avoid ‘exciting headlines’ The first Liberal Tasmanian government in 16 years will not be thrilling and will not generate exciting headlines, Premier Will Hodgman says. Mr Hodgman, delivering his first state council speech as Premier, received a long standing ovation as he walked to the podium to deliver his speech. “What an exciting time it is to be a Liberal,” Mr Hodgman said. “Isn’t it fantastic to be here together for the first time after our election victory in March of this year?” “It’s a special time to celebrate and to reflect on how far we’ve come,” he said.

TUESDAY, October 14 ...

Mercury: Parliamentary report against State Government compulsory acquisition of Triabunna chip mill site AN INTERIM Parliamentary report has found the State Government should not compulsorily acquire the former Triabunna mill site. The House of assembly Standing Committee on Community Development tabled an interim report this morning. The report recommends: THE State Government strongly welcome the Spring Bay Mill tourism proposal being spruiked by developer Graeme Wood. IT is preferable not to compulsorily acquire all or part of the former Triabunna mill site, but rather to investigate the location and viability of a new export facility in the region. etc, etc ...

Philip Cocker: No woodchip exports for Hobart

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

Read the report for yourself, HERE

Luke Martin: Tourism industry welcomes interim Triabunna Report

Kim Booth: Hodgman Must Rule out Interference in Foresty Sector

• Garry Stannus, in Comments: This interim report is an outrage against the principles which underpin our parliament, and thus, our democracy.  Here we have a report that accepts (prejudical) hearsay as fact, declines to speak to Graeme Wood, the co-owner of the Spring Bay site and from its cowards’ castle issues a defamatory report, (a ‘tissue of lies’ if ever there was one) which slanders Graeme Wood.  This is the work of Guy Barnett, aided and abetted by Roger Jaensch and Mark Shelton, who – though not a member - was able to make his way onto this committee to assist in the farce that we have just seen occur.  We have witnessed the spectacle of a malevolent chairman – Guy Barnett – who announced before the hearings had ended (indeed it was apparently just on the second day of the hearings) that the accused were guilty as charged.  He hadn’t even then heard from Bryan Green, who was one of the responsible Ministers, at the time.  Guy Barnett’s behaviour, as Chair, when Bryan Green gave evidence, was maladroit and inexcusable.  This parody of an inquiry has been called a witch-hunt.  It was that and more.  Read the transcripts (you will find them at http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/ctee/House/HAComDev.htm and while doing so, attend to Barnett’s disgraceful performance during the Public Hearing on Monday 22 September – Bryan Green.) It was a show trial. But what a farce! 

Bertrand Cadart: Interim Report Triabunna Mill Inquiry The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has been working closely with the developer Mr Graeme Wood since he first commenced plans to develop the site and we whole heartedly welcome the recommendation that the State Government likewise begins to help facilitate the proposed tourism development.” Spring Bay Mill will be rejuvenated into a tourism hub and multi-purpose destination to unlock greater tourism potential in the area, providing employment, education and cultural benefits to the region. The Spring Bay Mill is in an ideal location on the headland of Spring Bay at Triabunna.  It is surrounded by rural grazing land, with spectacular views of Maria Island, Orford and Triabunna.  I believe the Spring Bay Mill development will be the catalyst for a complete transformation of the Spring Bay area over the next 5-10 years into a prime tourism and marine recreational hub for visitors and locals.  The East Coast has the potential to become Tasmania’s tourism mecca and the Spring Bay Mill is completely in line with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s vision for the area. It has been clear before and throughout this inquiry that as a whole the community is very much in favour of the development ...

Peg Putt, Jenny Weber: Bizarre Plan for Woodchip Export out of Tasmania’s Southern Forests

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Even more macho than Vladimir Putin

Madelaine Merrimee, French Correspondent* Satire: Leunig, leunig.com.au , used with permission
15.10.14 3:45 am

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I must write to you to advise you of the stories to date that are floating around Europe about Australia’s new Prime Minister, a certain Mr Abbott. He seems extremely keen to become involved in war. Rumour has it he was urging everybody to invade Russia and start world war three, now of course he is very keen to join with the Americans in bombing the latest lot of terrorists in the Middle East. He seems even more macho than Vladimir Putin. Rumour has it that he spends most of his time in Australia running around in a mankini. Because everybody knows that they are over-compensating for their inadequacies. It is so sad what men with small dicks will do to hide their inadequacies.

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Unfettered Salmon Expansion Risks Boom to Bust

Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Coordinator, Environment Tasmania Media Release
15.10.14 3:06 am

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STATE: The Gift Register: When is a donation not a gift?

Eva Ruzicka, Eva Ruzicka's blog.
14.10.14 4:30 am

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From time to time an elected person gets an unsolicited gift from grateful elector or from a business, religious or community group.  And asking around, the most common gifts include a bunch of flowers, bottles of wine or boxes of chocolates, cakes, sometimes items of religious significance and such like, usually given at Christmas or after opening an event or as part of it or presiding over the AGM.

Suzy Cooper: I’ve attended two candidates’ forums over this past week and, considering that I had two minutes to speak in the first one and ten in the second, I decided to speak on the same topic at each: ‘People say that the under 35s don’t vote because they don’t care. I think they care passionately about their world, but they don’t know what they can do.’

Scott Jordan: Minerals Council’s fast-track plan disingenuous.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

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STATE: Time for peace with foreshore residents

Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Chair Parks HCC. Media Release. Pic: A model of the proposed walkway Pub: Oct 14
14.10.14 3:59 am

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Alderman Jeff Briscoe said following the historic win last night at the Hobart City Council meeting in approving the Battery Point Walkway Stage 1, it was time to make peace with the foreshore residents.

Suzy Cooper: I’ve attended two candidates’ forums over this past week and, considering that I had two minutes to speak in the first one and ten in the second, I decided to speak on the same topic at each: ‘People say that the under 35s don’t vote because they don’t care. I think they care passionately about their world, but they don’t know what they can do.’

Scott Jordan: Minerals Council’s fast-track plan disingenuous.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

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What winning the Man Booker prize would mean to Tassie’s Richard Flanagan

Jason Steger Literary Editor, The Age. Pub: Oct 13
14.10.14 3:45 am

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If Richard Flanagan could have picked a year in which to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, this would have been a pretty good one.

The Australian: Overview of the Shortlist

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