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Not the corporate miner we want ...

Isla MacGregor
20.04.15 3:35 am

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From Ta Ann to Vedanta and Copper Mines of Tasmania (or Vedanta) ... During the forestry debate in Tasmania, environmental organisations and the Greens have exposed appalling corruption allegations and human rights abuses in Sarawak by Malaysian timber company Ta Ann Holdings.

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‘Wooley, you are selfish ... you just want to keep the place to yourself ...’

Charles Wooley
20.04.15 3:30 am

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… “Wooley,” Simon says, “You are like so many Tasmanians. You are selfish and you just want to keep the place to yourself.” Simon is right. I am a fully subscribed member of the Tasmanian Regress Association. I like my patch the way it is. More particularly I like it the way it was. I like yesterday. I like my roads winding and un-crowded. I like my bridges un-passably narrow and quaint and my gardens deep, lush and slightly neglected. I like my Capital City sleepy and serene, quite unlike everyone else’s capitals.

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What comes after sorry?

Sienna Merope*
20.04.15 3:23 am

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‘For the indignity and degradation … inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry … this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again’
– Kevin Rudd, February 2008

‘It is not the job of the taxpayer to subsidise lifestyle choices’
– Tony Abbott, March 2015

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Lost wolves in sheep’s clothing ...

Urban Wronski http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: April 20. Pic: of Tony Abbott
20.04.15 3:20 am

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“It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards.”
- Tony Abbott 2011

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Reviewed! Germaine at MONA ... it began well ...

Bronwyn Williams. Pic: of Germaine Greer
20.04.15 3:20 am

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‘The only star you need to follow is your own’
- Germaine Greer, 16 April 2015, MONA, Hobart.

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Family learns fate of WWI Belgian boy smuggled out of country and adopted by Tasmanian soldier

ABC. Pic: Albert Dussart and George Leahy
20.04.15 3:15 am

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A Tasmanian family has finally discovered the fate of a Belgian boy Australian soldiers smuggled out of the horror of WWI-ravaged Belgium, to a new life on a farm near Hobart.

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Black War: The incompetent in pursuit of the intangible ...

Tim Thorne
20.04.15 3:10 am

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Launch Speech, John Tully, Robbed of Every Blessing  I would like to introduce this book to you by sharing some ideas that grew out of a couple of its most striking phrases.

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The State Government’s under-funding of health ...

Martyn Goddard, Health policy analyst. Pub: April 20
20.04.15 3:00 am

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Tasmanian government health funding would have to increase by at least $500 million to bring this state’s services up to the standard of other states.
This amount includes extra money to be given to Tasmania in 2014-15 in this year’s GST distribution in recognition of the higher health needs of our older, sicker, poorer population.

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A Blast from the Past in the Tarkine Karst

Ted Mead. Pic*
20.04.15 3:00 am

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… It was once probably magnificent natural country with many unexplored sinkhole glades of giant tree-ferns and secluded pools. It would seem that most likely in the past the entire forest-harvesting region was only surveyed from the seat of a bulldozer, and what karst formations were lost is unknown. This is yet another example of Tasmania’s archaic and inexorable Forestry practices through the entrenched clearfell and burn ideology. …

Nowhere else in the world does such ignorance prevail. Even within Abetz/Harris crony land of Sarawak, the magnificent limestone country there is fully protected within the Mulu World Heritage Area.
This says a lot about the myopic mentality behind the well-greased wheels of Forestry Tas. A notable mention should go to our enlightened politicians in this state who continue to condone the senseless trashing our forest heritage at a below cost price.

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Spot the Similarities

Lynn Giddings. Pic: Yacht at the centre ... The Four Winds
20.04.15 2:50 am

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Recently, I read a biography of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton online. I think it was written in relation to her book, Through My Eyes, The Autobiography of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. Most Australians, who were adults in 1980, remember the name and the case of the disappearance of Baby Azaria.  Many people born after 1980 also know of Lindy Chamberlain because her case is now legal history. The Copyright of this article is: 2015 Rick Creighton - Lindy’s husband. I am relying on the information that caught my eye as I read the biography. Direct quotations are in italics.

Court of Criminal Appeals decision. Read for yourself, here

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Why does it cost more to ship to Melbourne ... than from Melbourne to UK?

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic*
20.04.15 2:45 am

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By Air, Land & Sea ... I ask this of our Brain Dead Pollies whom I am sure will never reply: Why does it cost more to ship to Melbourne than from Melbourne to Felixstowe, the port for London?

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From Paraguay to Gallipoli

The Old Bear
20.04.15 2:35 am

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This is one of the most unusual soldier stories from Gallipoli, yet nonetheless poignant, and, in its ending, tragic.

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Losing my religion for equality

Jimmy Carter
20.04.15 1:57 am

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Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

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Where does the law stand on immunisation?

Stan
20.04.15 1:45 am

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With all the discussion over immunisation that is currently on the Australian agenda and the announcement that the Federal Government is considering putting forth a law to exclude certain parental benefits from those parents that don’t immunise their children. I was wondering about the legal implications of a vaccinated child contracting a communicable disease from a child who is not vaccinated.

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Tassie Pine ... Episode 7 - Lambie’s Party Splits North Motton

Tassie Pine
20.04.15 1:25 am

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https://youtu.be/ayoVx4naHJk

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The Way We Were ...

vintage everyday ... bring back nostalgia and memories (via Nicola Goc)
20.04.15 1:11 am

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Rare and Unseen Color Photographs of America’s Hippie Communes from the 1970s

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White Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet

Photo: NASA
19.04.15 8:41 am

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The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Using several telescopes researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star – the dense core of a star like the Sun that has run out of nuclear fuel – may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close.

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Tasmanians rally against Super Trawlers. Rec Fishers political party. Weekend rally details. The Ban

ABC, Senator Helen Polley, Labor Senator for Tasmania Media Release Pic* Pub: April 9
18.04.15 7:00 am

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Tasmanians will rally against the arrival of the Geelong Star next week in the latest effort to have the Abbott Government hear their concerns about supertrawlers. “Tasmanians are opposed to the supertrawlers fishing in Tasmanian waters and have made their views known to Tasmanian Liberal Senators and Members, but still there has been no sign these concerns have been heard by the likes of Richard Colbeck and Eric Abetz,” Tasmanian Senator Helen Polley said. “I have been contacted extensively over the last week from those concerned including those that work in the local fishing industry and recreational fishers concerned about the impact of the supertrawlers on Tasmania’s fish stocks and fishing industries,” Senator Polley said.

Peter Whish-Wilson: Sea Shepherd’s Operation Icefish succeeded where the Australian Government failed

Andrew Wilkie: community rallies to stop super trawler

ABC: Australian Recreational Fishers Party planned in Tasmania to oppose to super trawlers Tasmania’s recreational fishers are launching a political party to lobby against the use of super trawlers in Australian waters. The proposed party, to be known as Australian Recreational Fishers Party, plans to register in the coming months and may field Senate candidates at the next election. It is another step in the campaign against factory trawlers after SeaFish Tasmania’s ship, Geelong Star, was permitted to fish 16,500 tonnes of pelagic fish in Australian waters. Opposition is building to the plan to use the 95-metre ship despite it being smaller than the 140-metre super trawler, Abel Tasman, which was banned by the Federal Government. Recreational fishers and conservationists are still concerned about the impact of Geelong Star’s fishing quota on local stocks. Spokesman for the proposed party Kevin Harkins said his group would be looking to garner support at anti-trawler protests in Tasmania this weekend. “It’s not a threat, we will be doing it,” he said.

• Geelong Star Focus of National Super Trawler Day of Action ... all the details on where to have your say ...

Richard Colbeck: Government enforces ban on supertrawlers

Mike Stevens, Nobby Clark, John Edwards, Rebecca Hubbard: National Recreational Fishing Group Fails to Represent Fishers

• Super Trawler Actions Spread Across Australia ... Factory freezer trawler, the Geelong Star, is currently fishing in Australian waters, despite persistent broad and deep opposition from across the country. Conservationists, recreational fishers, tourism organisations and communities across the country are outraged that the Australian Government has ignored their concerns and welcomed this factory trawler into our waters.

• Kim Booth: Say Yes to Local Fisheries & No to Factory Freezer Super Trawlers ...  … “Last month the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, raised concerns with the Commonwealth about the proposed commercial fishing operations of the Geelong Star, and called for a precautionary approach to be adopted.” “The science is not in to justify the plundering of this fishery.” “Serious concerns remain about localised depletion of fish stock, and the consequences for other marine species further up the food chain, including Southern Bluefin tuna, seals and dolphins.” “Even Federal Braddon MP Brett Whiteley has recently had to admit concerns including that the catch limits did not go far enough to protect against local depletion, and over the lack of egg studies on all target fish species, should be taken seriously.” “Now Premier Hodgman and his team need to step up and also tell Canberra that the Geelong Star is not welcome, and that the small pelagic fishery is off limits to factory freezer supertrawlers.” “If Victoria has the guts to stand up for the fishery, for the health of our shared marine environment as well as for their local economies reliant upon recreational and local fishing businesses, so should Tasmania.” “I congratulate the organisers of today’s Perth 200 strong rally, which is only the start of the community campaign against the Geelong Star.  The Greens will continue to stand alongside the community in support of local fisheries free of factory freezer supertrawlers,” Mr Booth said.

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Andrew Nikolic ... and Anzac Day ...

Shane Rickerby, Tasmania. Pic* Pub: April 16
17.04.15 7:00 am

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Email sent to DVA.gov yesterday regarding Mr Nikolic and his ANZAC day newsletter Good morning, Could you please advise me if it is appropriate for my local member Andrew Nikolic, Federal Member for Bass, to be utilising the wording ANZAC and associated images in a commemorative newsletter that also has contact details and images of himself throughout (Download below) ...

Peter Burdon, The Conversation: Government inquiry takes aim at green charities that ‘get political’

• Shane, in Comments: Barry thank you for your comment. I’m not offended by the content. Rather I’m concerned about the intent of Mr Nikolic. The newsletter contains important information about ANZAC day. However was the appropriate permission gained in this instance? Is Mr Nikolic using ANZAC day to promote his position? I think these are reasonable questions to ask.

John Hawkins’ Satire: Your Country Needs You ...

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The Far-Right threat to Federation ...

Martyn Goddard, Analyst. Pub: April 16. Pic*
17.04.15 6:30 am

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How WA can fix its own GST problem Western Australia’s far-right Treasurer is demanding fundamental changes to the system which uses the distribution of the GST to iron out the differences between rich and poor states. The debate out of the West is immensely dangerous ‒ because Mr Mike Nahan, Premier Colin Barnett and Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann might just get their way. At the last federal election, the West was Abbott heartland. They embraced him with fervour and delivered him the votes to make him Prime Minister. But now, polls show the opposite. According to the latest Newspoll analysis, the federal Liberal vote in Western Australia is at its lowest ebb in 14 years. And if an election was held now, Colin Barnett’s Liberal government would lose to Labor 52% to 48%. Barnett himself trails Labor’s Mark McGowan 38% to 44% as preferred premier. That seems to be largely what the current stoush is about …

• Phil B, in comments: There is nothing far right about the WA Government. They are actually mere populists, as shown by their refusal to let markets (which they already distort through a lack of competition) to set the price consumers pay for electricity. If there hadn’t been a huge subsidy running for years, WA’s State debt would be lower and the budget would look a lot better without the $500m pa subsidy.

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Why the future depends on restoring democracy ...

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne. Island Magazine essay. Pic* Pub: April 15
17.04.15 6:15 am

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… Recently, I opened an art exhibition in Hobart called Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent. Pete Hay, academic and poet, had contributed an essay in which he argued that democracy is fleeing from us and the future of democratic institutions lies outside the system. Democracy, he said, will be refashioned from within the realms of dissent, if it is to be rescued at all. He is right. It is over to all of us. Change always comes from the periphery, not the centre, and the same is the case in politics. …

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Jobs: Tassie’s recovery halts ...

Martyn Goddard, Analyst. Pub: April 16. ABC Pic of Premier Will Hodgman
17.04.15 6:00 am

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The recovery in Tasmania’s employment figures, after slowing in recent months, came to a halt in February.

Peter Gutwein: Employment figures

Scott Bacon: Jobs steady but participation heading in wrong direction

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Forestry Tasmania logging threatens extinction for species ... and for FSC certification

Jenny Weber, Peg Pugg, Peter McGlone, Christine Milne Media Releases Pub: April 16. Pic: of a swift parrot
17.04.15 5:45 am

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Forestry Tasmania is approaching environment groups individually and trying to get them to endorse an ‘acceptable’ percentage of logging of Swift Parrot habitat when it is unequivocal that all logging of Swift Parrot breeding habitat must cease immediately. We believe this is related to an attempt to persuade their FSC auditors that conservation concerns have been addressed and allayed, when this is simply not the case. Forestry Tasmania’s application for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is in trouble due to a significant number of major non-conformances with the FSC standard, especially in relation to failure to protect high conservation values.

• Christine Milne: Loggers put parrot on swift path to extinction ...

Richard Colbeck, Paul Harriss: Comments invited on implementation of Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement Public comments must be received by the Tasmanian Department of State Growth by 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015. For more information on the Tasmanian RFA review, including the implementation report and how to make a submission, visit the Tasmanian Department of State Growth website stategrowth.tas.gov.au/forestry/rfa.

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Kelly ... the mystery of Dan ... and Ned

Paula Xiberras
17.04.15 4:30 am

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Is this the end of a very bad dream?

John Hawkins, Bentley, Chudleigh
16.04.15 4:18 am

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From today’s Financial Review: Is this the end of a very bad dream?

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All that Tassie has lost ...

Martin Buzacott, The Australian. Pic: of mezzaosoprano Elizabeth Lewis
16.04.15 4:15 am

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Brisbane Baroque: Hardheads seen to weep Halfway through the nine-day Brisbane Baroque festival, it has become a blood sport as triumphant performances from unheralded artists have left half-hearted purveyors of the usual schtick licking their wounds and rescuing their dignity. Bruiser-in-chief on day four was Brisbane-trained, Melbourne-based mezzosoprano Elizabeth Lewis, who from the moment she glided onstage as Queen of Carthage in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas was every inch the regal presence, commanding all she surveyed. In this semi-staged production with Erin Helyard and the Orchestra of the Antipodes once again outstanding, not even the characteristic kleptomania of the Brisbane City Hall’s rotunda — stealing one note from every three intended for the audience — could distract from a cast that rose to the challenge of having a genuine newborn star such as Lewis among them.

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Fullers, 5.30pm today: Discover the Spirit of Tasmania ... launched!

Shannon Davey* http://discoverthespiritoftasmania.ic1m.com.au/
16.04.15 4:00 am

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Book Launch by Peter Patmore (former Labor Attorney-General) ...

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Mission Creep ...

Guardian
15.04.15 5:45 am

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Defence minister Kevin Andrews fails to name Isis leader troops sent to fight The defence minister, Kevin Andrews, was unable to name the head of Islamic State, just hours after committing Australian troops to a two-year training mission to help Iraqi forces defeat the extremist group.

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Told you so, TasWater and Dr Roscoe Taylor

Isla MacGregor. Pub: April 13
15.04.15 5:30 am

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Isla MacGregor has campaigned for years for clean and healthy drinking water in Tasmania. Her archive is HERE  All I can say is, ‘I told you so’ to TasWater and the very recently retired Director of Public Health, Dr Roscoe Taylor, now that the first Reverse Osmosis Filtration System has been installed on the reticulated water supply tank at Winnaleah in the state’s north east.

• Dr John R Wilson, in Comments: Isla MacGregor deserves a medal. In a state that prides itself as “clean, green and clever”, you’d think we would have had safe drinking water in our regional communities long before this. The slowness of our Public Health authorities (and past Governments) to act on heavy metals contamination of Tasmania’s town water supplies (lead, cadmium and arsenic) points to a history of gross neglect and unacceptable incompetence. If less of the budget was spent of propping up an expensive disease-driven hospital system ‘secondary care’ and diverted towards improving basic services and infrastructure in all of our communities to help to ensure illness prevention instead (primary health care), we would all be much better served. In the meantime, put in your own tank ...

• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: Thanks John - but tanks are another matter for some old houses such as in Pioneer which might have Lead based paint on their rooves or in mining towns like Rosebery where toxic metal dust is washed from rooves into tanks. Former Director of Health Dr Roscoe Taylor and Deputy Director of Health Dr Chrissie Pickin also gave this extraordinary contradictory advice on drinking water from rainwater tanks in Rosebery ... There will be a meeting at Pioneer from 5.30-8 on 21st April with guests Paul Harvey and Prof Mark Taylor who will be releasing results of research soon to be published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research .

• Alison Bleaney, in Comments: Lead levels ‘worst in Australia’ By JAMES BRADY April 13, 2015. “Macquarie Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences PhD student Paul Harvey said he was ‘‘disgusted’’ by the lack of speed at which the state was dealing with its contamination issues. ‘‘It’s the worst I’ve seen in Australia for years,’’ Mr Harvey said, ‘‘in terms of years of exposure, the response to an incident, in regards to exposure thresholds and the concentrations of lead in water I detected.’’” Examiner here

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The axing of Pesticide Monitoring in Waterways

Anthony Amis - Pesticides and Water Spokesperson Friends of the Earth Australia. Pub: April 13
15.04.15 5:15 am

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In October 2014 the new Hodgman Liberal Government axed the unique decade long pesticide testing program conducted by the DPIPWE (Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment). This means that Tasmania will now fall back to 2004 when no routine monitoring of pesticides in waterways was conducted in the State, except for irregular monitoring by drinking water authorities. Just who does this new scenario serve best?

New York Times: Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, European Group Says

• John Dudley, in Comments: I am one of Dr John Wilson’s friends living in the Rubicon catchment and I am most certainly interested in the cessation of testing.  My business was wiped out by off target 24D drift, I tried very hard to have the surface water that drained into the nearby Rubicon tested by the Ag dept to no avail.  The ag officer who did the testing revealed to me that he thought that a boss in Hobart was fiddling the figures to make it appear that the problem was smaller than it was.

Argentine independent scientists support WHO on glyphosate cancer link While the rest of the world takes on board the WHO’s verdict and moves forward, the UK Science Media Centre is in denial. Claire Robinson reports ...

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