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FRIDAY March 18 ...

Mercury: Hydro water assets badly managed and heads need to roll. TT MARCH 13: What can you expect from from a Hydro Board with five business/finance backgrounds and a single, solitary engineer ... ?

• Simon Warriner in Comments: re 33, about bloody time someone in parliament started talking about the board of hydro tas and resignations in the same conversation. As for Bryan Green, he is just as culpable as Matthew Groom. And they are as culpable as the slew of other members of both parties who have pimped the Friedmanite nonsense about monetising, corporatising, and ultimately, privitaising public assets and the goods that they provide over the last few decades. We need a new approach to managing our public affairs that puts the common good first and the wants of a greedy bunch of neo-liberal oligarchic greed merchants a very distant last. An approach that does not include the failed model of party politics that has brought us this unmitigated cluster fuck.

• Luigi in Comments: I mention this not in criticism of the Hydro.  I think they have to conserve the water in Trevallyn Dam.  I mention it because the story is the first peep we’ve heard from Nikolic about The Crisis.  “Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said he had put a proposal to the State Government for regular water releases from the Trevallyn Dam to assist silt raking when water storages permit.” Put a proposal to the State Government? For water releases? When water storages permit?  That’s it?  No mention of doing a bloody thing in Canberra to express our plight and seek support for additional generation capacity or for wind farms.  Zip.  Nothing.  What planet is he on? And it’s not just him.  Here’s an old story about the “Three Amigos”.  “Three Amigos are Tassie’s united force.”  Remember them? HERE Where are they now?  Have Nikolic, Whiteley and Hutchinson ridden off into the sunset?  Are they holed up in some deserted hideaway somewwhere? Or are they lost?  Keep calling, Sirs.  We’ll find you. When The Crisis is over.

THURSDAY March 17 ...

Basslink’s website woes ...

WEDNESDAY March 16 ...

Examiner: Premier in hot water over ‘slit wrists’ slur PREMIER Will Hodgman has been forced to apologise to Opposition Leader Bryan Green after telling him to ‘‘slit his wrists’‘. … The comment comes just four days after the government launched a suicide prevention strategy.

• Luke Crowley in Comments, Entura staff prove critical in protecting Tasmania’s Electricity Industry: Hydro staff critical to protecting Tasmania’s electricity security are still slated to be transferred to a company controlled by the Chinese government, compromising the State’s electricity supply and finances. Entura is currently Hydro Tasmania’s only profitable arm and are on target for a profit of $1.5 to 2 million dollars back to Tasmania for the 2015-16 financial year, In addition Hydro’s Entura staff are playing a key role in solving the State’s electricity crisis. Luke Crowley, State Director of Professionals Australia said “Hydro and the government are looking to sell off the one profitable arm of Hydro, just like they wanted to sell off the gas fire power station despite it now being a saviour of the state during our energy crisis”. “It’s just pure ideology blinding longer term financial wisdom”. Mr Crowley identified a number of project Entura staff were actively involved in, which were key to securing Tasmania’s electrical supply …

• Peter in Comments: Matthew Groom, our Man with a Plan ... Energy Minister Matthew Groom unmoved on dam levels’ predicted low point …

• Pilko in Comments: Have a listen to Dr Ronlyn Duncan who 10yrs ago completed a PHD at UTAS studying Hyrdo’s Impact Assessment of Basslink. Dr Duncan immersed herself in Basslink’s assessment. Her experience of Basslink’s “planning & assessment” sounds eerily familiar. Think Pulp Mill. Think Pokies. Think Meander Dam etc etc etc HERE

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*Pics: Spin ... Minister Ferguson’s message on January 27 ... and his message on Saturday ...

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Pic: The $100,000 a day cable layer Ile de Re

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Momentum Energy’s explanation of Basslink ...

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*Pic: This incredibly stark photo illustrates Hydro’s problem ... Taken March 5 by Isla MacGregor of Lake Burbury. Part of the flooded Crotty settlement is now exposed and water levels are down to just over 6 metres ... and the forecasts for rain are not rosy ...

TUESDAY March 15 ...

Minister Michael Ferguson has revealed the Liberal Government secretly migrated its own Internet services off the Basslink cable shortly before it was cut.

The secret migration came less than six weeks after the same Minister assured the public “that my advice is that data and voice traffic currently carried on the Basslink fibre will not be lost during repairs to Basslink”.

The government obviously knew the Basslink cut would affect Internet services.

Why didn’t they warn the public? 

*Ben Lohberger has worked in media and politics in Tasmania for the past 15 years. He lives in the Huon Valley, and is a longtime contributor to TasmanianTimes.

Nick Clark, Mercury: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on state internet case

• Richard Kopf in Comments: Ref #2. I rang Internode one day before the cut and asked what they had in place once the cable was cut. I was told by the technician that there was no advisory issued about that matter. Either Internode Management had their collective heads in the sand or they genuinely did not know themselves.

Michael Satire: Laurel and Hardy must go ...

THE BASSLINK SAGA on Tasmanian Times ...

Basslink’s wrong cut ... ?

What can you expect from a Hydro Board with five business/finance backgrounds and a single, solitary engineer ... ?

Nero fiddled, Basslink fried, includes an embedded WIDGET showing Tassie’s energy use of Hydro, Wind, Gas, Solar, Liquid Fuel ...

John Lawrence’s Basslink under water

Basslink Update

Garry Stannus’ Tasmania’s Energy Crisis

Bad News Trainwreck for Good News Matthew

Bad News Trainwreck for Good News Will

Chris Harries’ Basslink: A short summary of risks

Hydro, Basslink: Is it true?

Read for yourself: Liberal energy promises ... and solar reality ...