06.03.14 4:25 am
Tasmania, summer, 2014: Wilderness is still being lost ... Just take a look!
• Peter McGlone, Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc: Government research shows that a Two Capes Track would be a better business investment ... ‘Clearly the Liberals are supporting the Three Capes Track because they think a bigger track will win more votes but in doing so they are abandoning sound business principles because research shows that a shorter less costly Two Tracks will generate at least as much income. ‘The most recent economic analysis of the likely income generated by the Three Capes Track (by Syneca Consulting in 2012 and released following the 2013 state budget estimates hearings) shows that it is likely that the half track, or Two Capes, will generate as much income as the full track but it will cost much less to construct and maintain.
• Luke Martin, in Comments: What complete and utter rubbish. The huts on Three Capes will look nothing like this, as anyone who has been briefed on the plans by Parks & Wildlife will attest. The perimeter areas around the huts are absolutely not being cleared as this picture fabricates. The bushfire protection zone around the huts requires understory and overhanging limbs up to 2 metres in height to be removed. Everything else stays including all the large trees, and therefore the canopy around the huts.
06.03.14 3:30 am
Is it possible to understand the Russian bear, without looking into history and in the past we can find the claws of present actions by the Russian state.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson (Pic)
06.03.14 3:00 am
The old parties have voted down the Greens’ bill to give landholders the right to say no to coal and gas, in the Senate today, confirming the Greens are the only party standing up for farmers against the big mining companies.
A Rational Fear
05.03.14 7:28 am
Tony Abbott gave a speech to the Australian Forest Products Association that was a little light on facts. Understandable since the coalition have shut down many of their independent science and fact finding bodies. So here at A Rational Fear we made some phone calls and found some facts and decided to pump up his speech with them.
Nick McKim MP Greens Leader
05.03.14 5:20 am
The Tasmanian Greens today launched their election campaign with three major policy initiatives. Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim spoke at the launch about the tremendous momentum enjoyed by the campaign. The Greens are remain upbeat about the possibility of winning a second seat in Denison. Mr McKim spoke about how Tasmanian is on the cusp of something remarkable and how the Greens are the only party offering Tasmanians leadership and a positive, future-focussed vision for the future of their great State.
Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. Pic: Peter Whish-Wilson
05.03.14 5:17 am
... in Trade Agreements Today Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson introduced the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 into the Senate. The purpose of the Bill is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions.
Garry Stannus, Dr David Strong and Dr James Markos
05.03.14 5:15 am
Last week (Thursday 27 Feb) we went to another Launceston Tailrace Centre meeting. (Sigh! And grin! And gee, there have been many such meetings, there and at other venues!) We heard GEOFF COUSINS (Businessman, environmentalist and author) and PEG PUTT, (Former leader of the Tasmanian Greens, CEO Markets for Change) address the meeting about the Pulp Mill and the past and recent business and legislative endeavors to take one corpse, stand it on its feet and make it walk, as if alive. The Zombie pulp mill.
• Dr David Strong and Dr James Markos, Doctors for the Environment Australia: New evidence of the risks of air pollution puts an expiry date on the previous health assessment of a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley. Download the supporting evidence ...
Climate Control News. Joint report with the Bureau of Meteorology
05.03.14 4:45 am
A definitive report on observed changes in long term trends in Australia’s climate has been released today (Tues) by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.
05.03.14 4:35 am
Labor and the Greens will team up to establish a Senate inquiry into recent deadly violence at the Manus Island immigration detention centre.
Angela Marsh, Southern Beaches Conservation Society Dump the Toxic Dump MR.
05.03.14 4:30 am
Despite both the Labor and Liberal party being asked on several occasions, from mid February, to provide a candidate for the Waste of Tasmania Debate no candidate was available for the 90-minute debate.
Tom Allard, SMH. Pic: of George Brandis
05.03.14 2:12 am
Australia has been ordered to cease spying on East Timor and its legal advisers, in a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice relating to a bitter dispute between the two countries over $40 billion of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.
Isla MacGregor and David Obendorf - Tasmanians for Transparency
04.03.14 6:00 am
Yesterday Tasmanians for Transparency released results of our candidate survey on our 12 Point Plan for Honest Government in Tasmania ( TT here ). 13 candidates responded to the online survey questions all of whom supported the establishment of an Independent Anti Corruption Commission and stronger whistleblower protection laws in Tasmania.
Cathy Alexander, Crikey Deputy Editor. Pic: of Jan Davis
04.03.14 5:55 am
As Tasmania gears up for a state election on March 15, here is Crikey’s list of the 20 most powerful people behind the scenes in the apple isle.
Kellie Jay. Pic: Bob Brown
04.03.14 5:50 am
Emma Lee, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Tom Baxter, George Harris
Australian Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome MR
04.03.14 5:45 am
Candidates pledges to make marriage equality key to who forms next Tasmanian Government Advocates have welcomed a pledge from independent Denison candidate, Hans Willink, to make marriage equality a key to who forms the next State Government if he is in the balance of power after the election.
Brad Markham, ABC, via David Obendorf
04.03.14 5:30 am
Brad Markham: Tasmania’s low polling Labor Government has made its pitch for another 4 years in office. After 16 years in Government in Tasmania Labor is facing an uphill battle to cling to power ...
Toby Rowallan Spokesperson Future Transport Tasmania http://www.futuretransporttas.org
04.03.14 4:56 am
Time that the idea of more roads was consigned to dustbin of history Community-based public transport advocacy group, Future Transport Tasmania (FTT), today said that the idea of a CBD bypass through the western suburbs should be consigned to the dustbin of history. FTT said that the proposal was unaffordable and would only cater for approximately 15% of the traffic coming from Kingston, Sandy Bay and South Hobart. The cost of such a bypass would easily exceed one billion dollars and could even be more than twice that. FTT condemned transport economist Bob Cotgrove (who spoke at yesterday’s RACT Transport Forum) for deliberately confusing the transport issues facing Hobart. FTT pointed out that it is the Brooker Highway and then the Tasman Bridge which have significantly more congestion, not the Southern Outlet and Sandy Bay.
Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson
04.03.14 4:30 am
LYONS Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson has today called on local businesses to support one of Australia’s biggest ever trade missions to China next month.
Matchbox Works founder, Donovan John Szypura. ABC
03.03.14 3:00 am
• Matchbox Works: New boost for Tasmanian job seekers An exciting and innovative new program is empowering Tasmanian job seekers struggling to find work in an increasingly competitive market. Based on the principles of a successful Swiss program, Matchbox Works is bringing cutting edge concepts to Tasmanians by challenging and revitalising the standard job application process. Job seekers today face many challenges, and employers make fast decisions about who will and will not make it to a job interview. So what is it that will catch a potential employer’s attention? This is precisely what Matchbox Works capitalises on.
• ABC: The Youth Unemployment Train Wreck A national welfare group has declared Tasmania’s youth unemployment is at the levels of some of the “train wreck” economies in Europe.
Chair of Hobart City Council Finance and Audit Committee’s and Denison Candidate Philip Cocker MR
03.03.14 2:55 am
Chair of Hobart City Council Finance and Audit Committee’s and Denison Candidate Philip Cocker has described the Gutwein election budget as a fairytale of epic proportions and should be called tales of the Faraway tree.
Max Atkinson. Pic: of Julie Bishop
03.03.14 2:45 am
( Drawing together threads from papers on party unity, conscience votes and Edmund Burke’s theory of political duty. )
03.03.14 2:25 am
Huon Valley Guessing Games When you see a quarter-page ad in the Cygnet & Channel Classifieds (February 20) predicting a “bright future ahead for Cygnet Medical Services (CMS)”, you sense that Huon Valley Council (HVC) is in high-spin mode — and that its medical centre is in danger of spinning out of control.
03.03.14 2:20 am
Tasmanian Police have expressed extreme concern at rival biker gangs setting up in the capital. A spokesperson said it was a worst-case-scenario with the rival Cannondaleros and BMX Banditos both staking territory in South Hobart.
Article and photos by Claire Gilmour Shakespeare Hills, Rocky Cape, Tasmania
03.03.14 2:18 am
... In the meantime the forests burn …
John Hawkins, Chudleigh
03.03.14 2:15 am
David Obendorf Tasmanians for Transparency
03.03.14 2:00 am
None of the incumbent MPs standing for re-election in the March state election responded to Tasmanians for Transparency’s candidate survey on a 12 Point Plan for Honest Government in Tasmania.
Rob Walls, 42 Degrees South
03.03.14 1:34 am
West Hobart, February 2014.
David Mason, The Age
03.03.14 1:15 am
There’s a lot to admire about Australia, especially if you’re a visiting American, says David Mason.
Huffington Post. Pic: of Edward Snowden
03.03.14 12:45 am
TED, NPR and The Huffington Post are teaming up to explore the state of privacy today.
European Women's Lobby, via Isla MacGregor
03.03.14 12:36 am
[Brussels, 26 February 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the vote of the European Parliament today which recognises that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights, and is an obstacle to equality between women and men. The resolution has been adopted with a strong majority (343 for, 139 against, 105 abstentions).