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Labor’s Latest Work of Fiction

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
01.10.14 7:44 pm

The only thing Labor got right today is that they managed to count the number of days since Tasmanians kicked them out of office.

Their ridiculous work of fiction is typical of an Opposition which is failing to deliver anything for Tasmanians.

Labor has failed every test of an Opposition. They’ve failed to produce an alternative budget and they failed to do their homework on ours.

Labor has no policies and no platform and Tasmanians expect more of their State Opposition than a flimsy, fanciful brochure as we’ve seen today.

In our first 200 days of Government, we have done more for Tasmania than Labor did in 16 years.

We’ve created 3,400 jobs, the unemployment rate has dropped and the participation rate has gone up.

Retail trade, building approvals and construction work are all up and visitor numbers are at record levels.

State Final Demand and Business confidence continue to grow and employment conditions are the strongest in the nation.

The Liberal Government is getting on with the job we were elected to do – we are fixing the mess, growing the economy and creating jobs.

Labor has done nothing for Tasmanians and are more focussed on whinging and sulking over their election loss than being a credible Opposition.


Labor: 200 days of Liberal Government ... an assessment

Greens: Liberal Regime’s first 200 days marked by ideology and revenge


Economy Continues to Grow under the Liberal Government

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
01.10.14 7:34 pm

Today’s figures from the ABS shows retail trade continues to grow under a majority Liberal Government.

Retail trade increased by 0.3 per cent in August 2014 compared to the previous month, which is higher than the national increase of 0.2 per cent.

Retail trade is 7.7 per cent higher compared to the same time one year earlier and has increased by 1.2 per cent since the election of a majority Liberal Government in March.

The Liberal Government will continue to support this key industry through measures such as our jobs creation package, payroll tax rebate and cutting red and green tape.

Today’s figures are the latest in a string of positive economic trends for Tasmania which shows our Plan is working.

The unemployment rate is down, the participation rate is up and 3,400 jobs have been created since March, while business confidence has climbed.

We are delivering our long-term Plan for Tasmania and growing the economy to create jobs.


Launch of Seniors Week 2014

Guy Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
01.10.14 7:31 pm

An all generations event to mark Seniors Week 2014 was launched today.

With the theme ‘It’s on for Young and Old – A Day on the Green’ the all ages event was organised by COTA Tasmania to highlight Seniors week later this month.

Generations of families were invited to participate in the planned range of activities and entertainment. This event marked the launch of Senior’s Week which will be held between October 13-19.

The Seniors Week theme ‘Discover. Imagine. Together’ captures the essence of what Seniors Week is all about.

Seniors Week is an annual event for promoting healthy ageing through physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.

There will be more than 380 events occurring across Tasmania during Seniors Week, providing opportunities to be creative and find new hobbies, increase knowledge and pass on skills, have fun and make new friends.

The Liberal Government funds COTA Tasmania to coordinate Seniors Week and acknowledges the commitment COTA makes to ensuring Seniors Week is as varied, accessible and enjoyable as possible for all.

The Seniors Week Program is available from a range of outlets across the State including Service Tasmania shops, LINCs, local government offices and also on COTA Tasmania’s website at

The Liberal Government is proud to support Tasmanian’s senior citizens.


International Day of Older Persons

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
01.10.14 7:30 pm

The Liberal Government is highlighting the important role older Tasmanians play to mark International Day of Older Persons.

Now in its 24th year, today’s theme is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting A Society for All.”

People aged 65 and over constitute Australia’s fastest growing age group, with older Tasmanians projected to represent 20 per cent of the State’s population by 2020.
The Liberal Government recognises older Tasmanians contribute to Tasmania’s economy and community in a variety of ways.

That’s why we’ve invested an additional $450,000 in protecting and supporting older Tasmanians as part of our Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy.

This funding will ensure the continuation of the Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy Helpline service, the ‘Elder Abuse is Not Okay’ community awareness campaign and peer education.

The International Day of Older Persons is a reminder for all Tasmanians to celebrate the contributions and achievements of older Tasmanians and acknowledge the challenges they face.

The Liberal Government will continue to support older Tasmanians and raise public awareness of elder abuse prevention.


30 Jobs In 30 Days Campaign

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
01.10.14 6:41 pm

The Liberal Government is committed to creating jobs and I was pleased today to launch Whitelion’s 30 Jobs in 30 Days Campaign.

This initiative is about getting young Tasmanians into jobs and in the past five years Whitelion has placed 200 young people in jobs, with another 50 young people placed into post-school training.

Whitelion links business, government and the community to provide mentoring and employment programs to build a brighter future for young Tasmanians.

The Liberal Government is supporting this important work by providing $300,000 for a three year program to tackle our high youth unemployment rate.

Whitelion will also contribute $60,000 towards the Youth Employment Program, which aims to help 200 at-risk young people become job ready, find employment or re-engage in vocational education and training.

Whitelion will help these young people develop positive goals around education, training and employment. They will receive assistance and training in life skills such as building self-esteem and managing money.

The Government is proud to support this vital work and we would urge all businesses to consider if they can get involved to help deliver a better future for young Tasmanians.


Liberal Regime’s first 200 days marked by ideology and revenge

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader
01.10.14 6:39 pm

The first 200 days of the Hodgman regime has been marked by ideology, revenge and zero statesmanship Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“Behaving like bovver boys and bullies is no substitute for good governance and the Hodgman regime has now trashed both our international reputation, our brand and our democracy; damage that will have profound effects on our economy in the long term” said Mr Booth.

“The first act of revenge was the thankfully unsuccessful attempt to unwind, and then log, our internationally famous World Heritage extension.”

“The second act of revenge was to destroy any value in the native forest sector by tearing up the TFA.”

“The third act of revenge was to try and ban protests, now thankfully stalled in the Upper House.”

“The fourth act of revenge was to attempt to destroy the Industrial Commission under the guise of a ‘wage Freeze’.”

“Legislation coming includes interfering in the judiciary by removing sentencing options and now, incredibly, seeking to abolish the Integrity Commission; the very body set up to deal with corruption – which typically emerges under majority governments.”

“So arrogant and power drunk has the Liberal regime become, that they are even talking about seizing private property at Triabunna, an act of revenge normally reserved for tin pot dictators of totalitarian regimes.”

“What sort of appalling message is Hodgman sending to investors?  Come here and if we don’t like your politics we will seize your assets and shut you down?”

“An arrogant, revengeful and ideologically driven government are the first words that spring to people’s lips when talking about the Hodgman regime.”

“Big on talk, big on revenge and ideology, but very, very small on acting on the real challenges that face the State” Mr Booth said.


Labor: 200 Days of Liberal Government ... An assessment

Labor Media
01.10.14 2:46 pm


Download: 200_Days_of_Liberal_government.pdf


Tasmanians losing trust in the incompetent Liberal Government

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader
01.10.14 2:44 pm

Its first six months in office has highlighted the Liberal Government’s incompetence and willingness to put its political self-interest above all else, according to Labor Leader Bryan Green.

“Will Hodgman is governing on the run as he struggles to keep faith with Tasmanian voters,” Mr Green said.

“The first 200 days of Liberal Government have been riddled with mistakes, back flips, broken promises and inaction.

“People are really worrying about this government because its incompetence is becoming clearer by the day and Tasmanians are losing faith and trust in Mr Hodgman.

“The crux of problems with their budget is that the Liberals made big spending promises during the election they knew were unaffordable.

“Mr Hodgman is so obsessed with being the Premier for ‘good news’ that he’s completely taken his eye off the main game.

“Tasmanians took the Liberals on trust and that has rapidly been eroded.

“Will Hodgman told Tasmanians he had all the answers but so far has failed to deliver beyond establishing reviews, working groups, discussion papers, and committees.

“The Liberals are taking a smoke and mirrors approach to government and Labor will continue striving to hold them to account.”


Helping the world’s hungry could be as simple as raising the food prices

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis
01.10.14 2:42 pm

Sometimes the solution to a problem is something that sounds so out there, so intrinsically counterintuitive, that it is immediately dismissed. However, perhaps we all need to open our minds a little and think outside the square.

That’s certainly the case with respect to approaches to feeding the world’s hungry.

Andrew MacMillan served for some years as an agricultural economist with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO of the United Nations. He argues that the doctrine that food prices should be kept as low as possible to end hunger is wrong.

Most governments prefer to keep food prices “affordable” for their people, he says. Many subsidise their farmers’ incomes to let them make a decent living while they sell their output for little more than it costs them to produce it. Countries justify these measures and relatively low taxes on foods as means of preventing poor people from suffering from hunger.

When international food prices rose sharply from 2007-08 onwards, the United Nations braced themselves for a big jump in hunger, predicting a record 1.02 billion hungry in 2009. Food riots took place in the cities of many developing countries. But as time went by, revised estimates showed a steady fall in the number of hungry in spite of the jump in prices.

In practice, policies that keep consumer food prices low, especially when combined with further downward pressure on prices from supermarkets as they compete for customers, may raise the incidence of hunger and malnutrition in the medium- to long-term.

This is mainly because over 70% of the 842 million people now suffering from chronic hunger live in rural areas. Food production is usually the dominant economic activity. Two factors determine the health of such rural economies – the volume of farm output and the farm-gate prices of the main products. Even if production remains steady, falling prices have a disastrous effect, putting downward pressure on wages, cutting employment opportunities and discouraging new investment on farms and in rural infrastructure and services.

When food prices fell in real terms over more than 20 years up to 2007-08, farming became less and less attractive and rural-urban migration accelerated in many developing countries. Even in industrialised countries, farm labourers and people working in the food industry, whether in processing, retailing or fast-food restaurants are amongst the lowest income earners.

On this basis, MacMillan argues that a deliberate rise in consumer food prices, passed back up the value chain in line with fair trade principles, would offer one of the best means of cutting the incidence of hunger by creating greater rural economic prosperity. And he’s not alone:  Derek Headey of the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that, contrary to expectations, the recent food price rises have significantly reduced poverty and inequality in the long run.

Most consumers in industrialised and emerging economies typically spend less than 20% of their disposable income on food. In Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, that figure is around 10%. They could easily absorb a substantial rise in food costs – even if that might result in loud complaints. Rising prices will also discourage food over-consumption, cutting future health costs from the overweight and obesity epidemic now affecting more than 1.5 billion people.

Higher food prices will also reduce the 20-30% of food wasted in industrial countries at household level. This will take pressures off natural resources while making a win-win cut in the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change processes – once in growing the discarded food, and then in disposing of it in landfills.

Rather than continue to effectively subsidise all consumers and indirectly perpetuate rural poverty, it seems better to promote higher food prices. However, until the economic benefits start to show up in hunger reduction, policies must ensure that all poor families can eat adequately by providing them with income supplements, indexed to local food prices.

Sceptics will claim that social protection on this scale is unaffordable. But this not so.

MacMillan has calculated how much extra food is needed to close the hunger gap globally. The average food gap between what chronically hungry people are now eating and the hunger threshold is around 300 kcals per person per day. This is equivalent to about 75g of wheat or rice, or roughly 30kg of grain per year. Closing the calorie gap for 1 billion people would need no more than 30 million tons of grain per year – well below 2% of global cereal output.

Even if you triple that amount and diversify the diet, that’s not a huge amount. It would still cost less than about 10% of the OECD countries’ farm subsidies which were estimated to cost US$415 billion in 2012.

This is an argument that merits further consideration. It certainly puts clear question marks around the current strategies of the major supermarkets here in continually attempting to drive prices ‘down, down, down’.


This Saturday, a special visitor is coming to town ...

Liila Hass
01.10.14 12:54 pm


This Saturday, a special visitor is coming to town.  Originally a medical doctor, but now a yogic monk, Dada Devashuddhananda runs a multi-therapy clinic in one of the poorest corners of the world.

The clinic, known as Abha Seva Sadan, serves villagers in Jharkhand (formerly Bihar) in eastern India, where the literacy rate is as low as 30 percent. 

Malnutrition, malaria, TB, gastroenteritis and other treatable diseases are rampant and maternal childbirth rates are high.  Doctors in these areas, often inadequately trained, can fail to catch early warning signs of disease or complications, and the local hospital is too far and too unaffordable for the villagers. 

“I started the clinic because I saw a need in the area, and it’s been all go ever since,” states Dada, who has now been in the area for over 10 years.

‘Though we make a big difference, and we in particular are proud of our acupuncture clinic and work with cerebral palsy, there is still a long way to go.”

Every year, Dada leaves India and travels overseas, educating people about the need for service in the area, and fundraising to support his efforts in Jharkhand.

“Last year, we raised over $2000 in Hobart, and we are hoping to do the same this year,” he said.  The money raised supports equipment, vital medical supplies and educational projects, some of which are conducted through outreach to the villages.

At the dinner this Saturday, Dada will discuss the projects run by the clinic, as well as talk about the work with volunteers, from countries such as the US, the UK, the European Union and Australia. 

Clinic volunteers help run hygiene and rehydration training as well as work with the centre’s medical and phyio specialists.

Saturday, October 4th,
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Common Room,
12 Saunders Crescent,
South Hobart
Bookings Essential:
0417 232 221
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To find out more or book a seat for this gourmet vegetarian evening, contact Liila on 0417 232 221 or via email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URL for the clinic:

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Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
01.10.14 12:52 pm


Marriage equality advocates have called on supporters to phone federal MPs in the wake of reports today that a key marriage equality bill will be delayed.

Liberal Democrat Senator, David Leyonhjelm, has told the Australian newspaper that he will temporarily delay the introduction of his Freedom to Marry bill, due this week, because of advice from the major parties.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, urged supporters of the reform to make the most of the delay to lobby their local MPs.

“I urge all supporters to   make the most of the delay by phoning the offices of their local MPs and Senators urging them to support marriage equality.”

“In particular, we must urge Coalition members to support a conscience vote on the issue once Senator Leyonhjelm’s bill is introduced.”

Senator Leyonhjelm told the Australian newspaper,

“Both sides of politics have suggested to me that timing this week is not optimum at the ¬moment and if I want to win, rather than just do something symbolic, I need to wait.”

The Australian Parliament is currently debating budget and security legislation.

Supporters of marriage equality can find contact details for their federal representatives here:


Tasmanian fruit and veg industry looks to bright future

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck
01.10.14 12:30 pm

Positive opportunities for future growth and innovation have been identified in the final report of the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce that aims to more than double the state’s output by 2020.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today released the Taskforce’s final report which was developed by expert industry representatives.

Minister Joyce said the Taskforce identified a potential for market growth supported by the recent expansion of irrigation in Tasmania and increased on-farm research and development implementation.

“The Taskforce has proposed a vision for a more prosperous Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industry. The report outlines opportunities for Tasmania to be an innovative, profitable and sustainable supplier of fruit and vegetables to the world, with annual sales of $750 million by 2020,” Minister Joyce said.

Recommendations of the report include establishing a Tasmanian Horticulture Market Growth Project and a market growth facilitator to provide leadership in identifying and exploiting market opportunities for the state’s fruit and vegetable industries.

Minister Joyce said the Taskforce was a positive process which brought together a range of industry experts including exporters, growers and processors to identify a way forward for the industry.

“The Taskforce report indicates to me that the future success of the industry is firmly in the hands of industry,” Minister Joyce said.

Senator Colbeck commended the Taskforce members for their excellent work in identifying real and achievable opportunities to expand the industry in Tasmania and to provide a better return at the farm gate.

“I’d like to thank the Taskforce members for their dedication and commitment, in particular the Taskforce Chair, Dr Michele Allan,” he said.
“The taskforce was a key election commitment for Tasmania and this report will feed into the ‘Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council’ and also complement and contribute to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.”

“The Taskforce has identified key opportunities to market Tasmanian produce to mainland and overseas markets that would put more money in the pockets of Tasmanian growers.”

Tasmanian growers produced more than $349 million worth of fruit, nuts and vegetables in 2012–13. This is a major industry for Tasmania, employing 2500 people, and we want to see it continue to grow stronger.

Taskforce Chair Dr Michele Allan said that the report fulfils a key election commitment made to the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable sector by the Australian Government.

“I would like to thank the Taskforce members, Senator Colbeck and Minister Joyce for working together to achieve this outcome. I believe the Taskforce recommendations will change horticulture in Tasmania,” Dr Allan said.

Tasmanian farmer Andrew Craigie said it was a privilege to be a member of the Taskforce and to work with other industry members to address a range of issues.

“It is great to have a Minister for Agriculture and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture who are genuinely interested about the future of the industry,” he said. 

Taskforce member Lucy Gregg, of Reid Fruits, said the appointment of a market growth facilitator would greatly assist in converting potential fruit and vegetable exports to actual sales.

“With the recent decline of the Australian dollar the opportunities for export are the best they have been for many years,” she said.

“Whilst we acknowledge there are barriers in relation to exporting produce they are not insurmountable, but potentially the biggest barrier is the cultural and mental barrier to commit to export. We need to empower growers to embrace export opportunities.”

The report will now be provided to the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Council for its information.

A copy of the report is available will be available at this address:


Spring thaw begins after new Antarctic sea ice maximum

David Reilly, Public Affairs Manager, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)
01.10.14 9:26 am

Antarctic sea ice cover is in retreat, after peaking at an all-time maximum recorded extent of 20,139,000 square kilometres on September 20.

Dr Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart said 2014 was the third consecutive year of record sea ice extent in the Antarctic.

“The annual spring thaw has begun, marking the third consecutive year that Antarctic sea ice extent has peaked at a recorded maximum,” Dr Lieser said.

“These changes might appear paradoxical given that the world has warmed in recent decades, but not when we consider some of the other factors driving the formation of Antarctic sea ice.”

“The saltiness of the water, the level of snowfall and the motion of the winds, waves and ocean currents all play a critical role.”

“Wind is a very important factor in sea ice formation, and weather records show that parts of the Antarctic have become windier in recent decades as part of climate change.”

“We also know that the surface water around the Antarctic is becoming less salty, which means that the water can freeze at a higher temperature.”

“While this is happening, the main Antarctic ice sheet over the land has been continuing to shrink rapidly, releasing an additional 100 gigatonnes of fresh water into the ocean each year.”

“The annual advance and retreat of Antarctic sea ice is one of the most critical components in the global climate system, which is why it is very important to understand these processes.”

“As we look to the future, we can be certain that any long-term changes in Antarctic sea ice will have far reaching and complex impacts on our own climate.”

* Comprehensive Antarctic sea ice extent data is compiled and updated daily by Dr Phil Reid (CAWCR/BOM)  HERE:


Jonathan Holmes to present Petition of 57,515 to ABC Board

Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends National spokesperson
01.10.14 9:20 am

THIS Wed 1 Oct at ABC Ultimo rear entrance 9.30–10.30am

Jonathan Holmes will join ABC Friends’ protest and present his petition opposing ABC cuts to the ABC Board meeting this morning.

Holmes’ petition launched on GetUp’s petition facility had 57,515 signatures this morning and continues to grow:

The protest, which has been organised by ABC Friends and is supported by ABC staff unions, will take place:
9.30–10.3am at the rear entrance of ABC Ultimo.

“ABC Friends does not accept the claims of Communications Minister Turnbull that the public broadcaster can be cut without affecting programming,” said Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends National spokesperson.

“The ABC does a marvellous job. However, ABC audiences have observed a loss in the extent and quality in important areas of ABC programming over many years as its funding has declined.

“ABC Friends and supporters will protest today to oppose the ABC Board cutting important programs and services. The Board is responsible to ensure the national broadcaster thrives. It must not let the Government gag the ABC”, said Glenys Stradijot.

ABC Friends action at the ABC is supported by The Community and Public Sector Union and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.


Michael Higgins: Letter to the Editor (in this week’s Huon News)

Michael Higgins
01.10.14 8:27 am

My decision to nominate for Huon Valley Council stems from my work in the Huon Valley community and my belief that the solutions to the problems we face can be driven through cooperation and partnerships.

Arriving in the mid 1970’s from Northern England I was greeted by a snow capped Mt Wellington/Kunanyi, and the distinctly Australian attitude of ‘a fair go for all’. I’ve made the Huon Valley my home for 25 years and am grateful for all the opportunities that Tasmania has afforded me.

I have established a number of businesses in the Valley, including the multi-award winning Huon Bush Retreats, which has been my home for the past eleven years.

I have over 20 years of experience achieving outcomes through collaboration and partnerships. This has been through several private enterprises, community groups, as a general and executive member of several NGO’s, as the chair of the local tourism association and in my role as a director of the regional tourism body. I am currently the manager of Geeveston Community Centre.

My preferred model for achieving outcomes is collective impact - where individuals, non-government organisations, government and business, work together in pursuit of a common agenda. By seeing others around us as colleagues, rather than competitors and by working together, we can all benefit from what the Huon Valley has to offer. I strongly support environmentally and socially beneficial programs, regardless of the political allegiance of those involved. I am particularly encouraged to see awareness of the importance of sustainable development appearing in the conversations of most of my fellow candidates.

I believe that for the broader community to benefit we should be encouraging the development of a large number of smaller enterprises that feed into the local economy. Local food production is a great place to start. Global markets have changed since our economy was first established and other parts of the world are now more competitive at supplying cheap raw resources. From mass fruit and wood fibre exports at low price/high volume, we are moving to high value/lower volume specialties.

With our resilient population and abundant land and water we are perfectly positioned to take on this challenge.

Most people, and most council, have realised that times have changed and are actively seeking new opportunities. With easy access and the rural and natural values that are clearly evident here, the Huon Valley can now seize the opportunity to build on its reputation for high quality food, wine and eco-tourism. This new mix can increase employment.

If elected, I will encourage council to work with the community to find this new place in the world. I am already connected with multiple levels of community and government and will be able to “hit the ground running”.


Lessons from Tasmania’s mining industry for all workplaces

Lucinda Bray, Font
01.10.14 8:15 am

WorkSafe Tasmania Month, 29 September – 31 October 2014

The mining industry has the fifth highest fatality rate in the Australia, and Tasmania is no stranger to
mining tragedies, with the Beaconsfield mining disaster gathering media attention world-wide.

In response to a public plea for safer working standards across Australia, the new Work Health and Safety
laws could see Tasmanian corporations fined up to $3million for work related serious injuries and

With the new legislation, corporations are being urged to educate their officers and workers and
innovate work health and safety practices.

Lessons from the mining industry for all workplaces is a free information session to be held as a part of
WorkSafe Tasmania Month. The session is aiming to educate and encourage people across all workplaces
to learn from the insight of these eminent speakers so they can revisit and update their work health and
safety practices in light of the lessons that can be shared from the fatal incidents in Tasmania’s mines.

Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) Branch Chair, Ken Nolan, said the free information session would
feature a panel of experts with insight from Tasmania’s mining fatalities who understand what the new
laws required to avoid such terrible loss.

“This is the first time in Tasmania that we have someone from the judiciary providing insight into the new
laws,” Mr Nolan said.

“Panel members, Principal Mining Inspector Andrew Tunstall, Professor Michael Quinlan and Tasmanian
Coroner Rod Chandler, have intimate knowledge about the mining industry and will provide their insight
to the lessons from these tragedies for all workplaces in the context of the new laws, and most
importantly, how to avoid work health and safety breaches.”

Professor Quinlan, from the University of NSW (UNSW), was a key figure in the Beaconsfield Mine and
Pike River Inquiries and will provide a preview to his about to be released book Ten Pathways to Death
and Disaster: Learning from fatal incidents in mines and other high hazard workplaces.



Launch: Wild Island and opening of Dombrovskis: A Wild Vision Friday 10 October, 6pm

Rob Blakers, For Wild Island Tasmania
01.10.14 7:23 am

Morning mist, Rock Island Bend 1981 © Liz Dombrovskis

You are invited to the launch of Wild Island and the opening of Dombrovskis: A Wild Vision Friday 10 October, 6pm until 8pm

Wild Island is a new hub that will bring nature and wildness to the city, and take the people of the city to wild places. It combines a dynamic gallery, interpretative space, nature-based tours and an array of locally sourced and ethical products.

Fittingly, our inaugural exhibition showcases the work of Australia’s pre-eminent wilderness photographer, Peter Dombrovskis.

Featuring painstakingly digitally remastered images and using cutting-edge print technology, Peter’s work is presented as never before.

Also sharing the gallery on opening night is a group exhibition by selected photographers and artists.

We are located at the much loved and celebrated former home of The Wilderness Society Shop, 8 / 33 Salamanca Place Hobart. To find out more go to and follow us on facebook.

Speakers: Bob Brown & Chris Bell Come and celebrate with us!


Huon Valley Escapes: Accommodation, Activities, Car Hire

Michael Higgins
01.10.14 7:00 am

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- Bruny Island: Several accommodation choices ( ) and the Bruny Island Cruise ( )

- Far South: The Kermandie ( ) near Geeveston, Buttongrass Retreat ( ), Ida Bay Railway ( ) and Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs ( ) near Dover

- Hobart:      The Old Woolstore ( ),  Corindas Cottages ( ),  2 on 2 ( ) Mona ( ) and Bonorong Wildlife Park ( )

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Bryan Green About-Face on Pay Freeze

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
30.09.14 6:37 pm

After months of campaigning against the pay freeze, Bryan Green has now admitted he does actually in fact support it.

Labor have spoken out publicly against the pay freeze legislation on 29 separate instances but yesterday the Opposition Leader told ABC Local Radio:

“People might want to run the argument that Labor has been opposed to the pay cuts. We’ve never said that. What we’ve said is that we’re opposed to the process that the Treasurer and the Liberal Government undertook to get to this point. “

Yet in Hansard on September 17 Lyons Labor MHA Rebecca White said:

“One of the savings strategies we all know is the wage cut, a bill that we may be debating later tonight, but I would like to put on the record again the Labor Party’s firm opposition to any such measure.”

Either Labor supported the pay freeze all along and were too cowardly to break ranks with the unions or they’ve finally admitted that the pay freeze was the right way forward.

The Liberal Government was clear that if the bill did not pass another 500 of the embedded Labor-Green job cuts would have to occur.

Bryan Green knew this but chose to score political points instead of saving jobs.

The Liberal Government was voted in to fix the budget mess and that is what we are doing.

Our first priority is to the Tasmanian people and the future of this state – and that means governing decisively especially when it comes to fixing the budget mess.


Liberals want to effectively abolish Integrity Commission

Nick McKim MP | Greens Justice spokesperson
30.09.14 5:41 pm

Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP indicated today that if the government’s submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Integrity is acted on, it would mean the effective abolition of Tasmanian’s key integrity authority.

“The government is sending an appalling message to the Tasmanian public service that it is simply not interested in public sector integrity” said Mr McKim.

“The government has got its majority and now wants to remove the powers of one of the key organisations that can hold it to account” Mr McKim said.

“Exactly what has got Premier Hodgman so worried that he wants to abolish Tasmania’s key integrity authority? What does he have to hide?” asked Mr McKim.

”The Liberals spent years campaigning for an Integrity Commission after finally catching up with Greens’ policy, and the only thing that has changed is that they have now been voted into government” said Mr McKim.

“We risk a return to the bad old days in Tasmania, where concerns of corruption and misconduct at the highest levels were swept under the carpet and dealt with behind closed doors” said Mr McKim.


What have the Liberals got to hide?

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader
30.09.14 5:27 pm

Labor Leader Bryan Green today condemned the State Liberal Governments attack on Tasmania’s Integrity Commission.

“Any Government that seeks to diminish the powers of a body like the Integrity Commission is potentially corrupt,” Mr Green said.

“The obvious question is, what have the Liberals in Tasmania got to hide?

“People are very worried about this Government and Tasmanians are already losing faith and trust in them.

“No one was more vocal in support of the Integrity Commission than the Liberals.”

At the time the commission was established Will Hodgman told Tasmania’s Parliament:

“The Commission must have its own investigative powers. We felt from the outset that it was an absolutely essential characteristic of a body such as this that for it to have real validity and effect it should have investigative powers.”

“The establishment of the Integrity Commission in Tasmania had the support of all political parties, so what has changed for the Liberals,” Mr Green said.



30.09.14 5:24 pm

Today Labor called on Senator Eric Abetz and the Abbott Government to reverse its decision to remove the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport.

“As the Government removes the last AFP officers from Hobart International Airport this month, Hobart will be left as the only capital city not to have the full-time protection of the Australian Federal Police at its airport,” said Labor Senator for Tasmania, Lisa Singh.

“The removal of Australian Federal Police Officers treats Tasmania as a second rate state and undermines airport security.

“The AFP is an invaluable deterrent for crime. At a time of heightened national security their presence is needed more than ever.

“We know that the AFP presence provided a deterrent to crime at Hobart Airport. The Abbott government is playing politics with the safety of Tasmania and that simply isn’t good enough. 

“Thousands of locals and tourists pass through Hobart Airport every day. Cutting security makes these people more vulnerable and has a direct effect on Tasmania’s reputation as a safe place.

In Budget Estimates in May, AFP Commissioner Tony Negus confirmed the AFP would have preferred to stay at Hobart Airport and admitted that “without the 27 full-time officers, there will be a different delivery of that security”.

“Clearly Eric Abetz does not regard Hobart worthy of the same level of safety and security as every other capital city,” said Senator Singh.

“By removing almost 27 jobs from Tasmania the Abbott Government is compromising the security of Tasmanians and that of the almost 1 million visitors we have each year on which our tourism industry depends.”


Tasmanian ABC Board Member Urged to protect local services. Protest at ABC Board meeting

President of the FABC Tas Margaret Reynolds. Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends National spokesperson
30.09.14 4:56 pm

Tasmanian ABC Board Member Jane Bennett must speak out to protect local news and current affairs television.

At an executive meeting of Friends of the ABC today it was revealed that ABC management will ask Board members meeting in Sydney on Wednesday to agree to cut back on local television news and current affairs programs including Stateline.

President of the FABC Tas Margaret Reynolds said there was no mandate for the Board to accept such a recommendation which was contrary to the ABC Charter

She said the ABC had already abandoned local television production but it was essential that local news and current affairs remain viable.

It is most regrettable that the ABC is under government pressure to reduce spending ,but management can better prioritise their expenditure rather than attack the fundamental services of a national broadcaster.

• Protest at ABC Board Meeting:

THIS Wed 1 Oct at ABC Ultimo rear entrance 9.30–10.30am

The ABC Board is coming under intense pressure from ABC supporters not to cut crucial ABC current affairs programs. ABC Friends and supporters will rally outside the ABC Board meeting in Sydney tomorrow, at which it is widely expected the future of Lateline and Friday night’s state-based 7.30 will be on the agenda.

The protest will take place at 9.30am and be addressed by longtime ABC journalist, Quentin Dempster. It has been organised by ABC Friends and is supported by ABC staff unions.

“The ABC is under heavy pressure from the Government to make cuts,” said Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends National spokesperson. “However, the community will not accept ABC current affairs being cut.

“News and current affairs are the lifeblood of our democracy. They are a core responsibility of the national broadcaster. Lateline provides a crucial service to the nation. State-based 7.30 is relied upon around the country for insight and scrutiny of important state and local affairs. Radio National’s specialist programs are an invaluable resource.

“ABC Friends already has 10,664 ‘likes’ on its Facebook page opposing cuts to ABC current affairs. An online petition launched on GetUp yesterday has reached 37,600 signatures on last check.

“The ABC Board has the strong support of the community to fight funding cuts. The Board has a responsibility to ensure the ABC is not gagged”, said Glenys Stradijot.


Bass Strait remains the biggest break on Tasmania’s economic development ...

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison
30.09.14 4:53 pm

... and the easiest to fix.

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has asked the Prime Minister the following question today:

“The cost of Bass Strait remains the biggest break on Tasmania’s economic development and the easiest to fix.

“Although the current subsidies help, and must be retained in full, they are insufficient and full of gaps.

“Will you commit to effective subsidies applying to all people, vehicles and freight going both North and South, including all Tasmanian exports bound for international markets?”

You can watch the proceedings live here:


Nearly $28 million for roads in Lyons in next five years

FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson
30.09.14 4:33 pm

FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson has welcomed delivery of the Federal Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery program which will see nearly $28 million spent on roads in Lyons over the next five years.

Mr Hutchinson said that Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss would be writing to councils in Lyons advising them of their full allocations for the 2015-2015 to 2018-2019 Roads to Recovery program.

``This is great news for local councils, residents and businesses,’’ Mr Hutchinson said.

``These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community.’’

Mr Hutchinson said that the Government was doubling Roads to Recovery payments to councils next year (2015-2016) to $700 million which will be a tremendous windfall for much-needed local road works.

Local councils in Lyons will be receiving the first of their funding allocations for the next five years in November.

Roads to Recovery funding for the next five years to councils in Lyons includes:
• Break O’Day, $2,646,098 ($441,016 this financial year).
• Brighton Council, $956,322 ($159,387 this financial year).
• Central Highlands Council, $2,384,796 ($397,466 this financial year).
• Derwent Valley Council, $1,443,498 ($240,583 this financial year).
• Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, $1,572,283 ($262,047 this financial year).
• Kentish Council, $2,034,200 ($339,033 this financial year).
• Latrobe Council, $1,331,802 ($221,967 this financial year).
• Meander Valley Council, $3,903,599 ($650,600 this financial year).
• Northern Midlands Council, $4,022,294 ($670,382 this financial year).
• Sorell Council, $1,713,238 ($285,540 this financial year).
• Southern Midlands Council, $2,633,528 ($438,921 this financial year).
• Tasman Council, $854,248 ($142,375 this financial year).
• West Tamar Council, $2,187,050 ($364,508 this financial year).

The Roads to Recovery program enables councils to prioritise roads funding to invest in the infrastructure which keeps our drivers safe and strengthens economic growth, Mr Hutchinson said.

``Local councils can lodge their applications in October to allow payments under the new Roads to Recovery program to be made in November,’’ he said.


I want to give disabled people a voice on Kingborough Council

Dale Reardon
30.09.14 11:26 am

I am standing for election to the Kingborough Council.

As detailed on my election website:

I am legally blind with a guide dog and want to give disabled people a voice on the Council.  I was the first blind lawyer in Tasmania and could be the first blind Councillor – I don’t know of any others but stand to be corrected.

I am available to discuss any issues with local residents.


Excellence in Tasmania’s creative and academic endeavours to be honoured ...

Lucinda Bray, Font
30.09.14 11:11 am


... in memory of Dr Erica Bell

Such was the impact the late Dr Erica Bell had on Tasmania’s medical and literary world, her
husband has established a Foundation in her name to celebrate excellence in Tasmanian literature
and medical research.

The Erica Bell Foundation was unveiled today, comprising of Tasmania’s largest annual cash prizes of
$10,000 to be awarded to the winners of the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the
Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award.

Erica Bell Foundation founder and Erica’s husband, Dr Bastian Seidel, said the Foundation was
established to celebrate excellence in literature and medical research in Tasmania and to honour the
outstanding achievements of Erica Bell, by awarding annual cash prizes to an emerging novelist and
an emerging medical researcher.

“The two awards represent the highest annual awards of their kind in Tasmania, with each winner
receiving $10,000, each runner-up receiving $1,000, and the second runners-up receiving $500,” Dr
Seidel said.

“I wanted to create the Erica Bell Foundation to both honour and recognise excellence in the two
disciplines in which Erica was both passionate about, and excelled in – that being academia and

“Erica published over 100 academic research papers and five books during her 10 years at the
University of Tasmania, as well as publishing two historical novels.

“Her first novel, The Voyage of the Shuckenoor, was launched at the 2008 Melbourne Writers
Festival, while her second novel Enzam and the Just Prince was published just one week before her
sudden passing in July 2014.

“Erica also worked at the cutting edge of medical research and was deeply committed to her
academic work and the state of Tasmania. She was working as an Associate Professor at the Wicking
Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania at the time of her passing,
aged 52.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received in establishing the Foundation so soon
after Erica’s passing.

“We have been successful in attracting a highly competent and dedicated governance board and an
incredible list of high profile Tasmanians to sit on the judging panels to select the best and brightest.

“Importantly, the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award is supported in-kind by the
University of Tasmania (Faculty of Health), while the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award is
supported in-kind by The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.”

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Director Chris Gallagher said she was thrilled to support the Erica Bell
Foundation in announcing this new annual unpublished manuscript award for Tasmanian writers.

“The Writers’ Centre will oversee the judging process, awarding the prize to the most promising
work and the one which will benefit most from this opportunity,’ Ms Gallagher said.

“I am also pleased to announce the judges for the 2014 Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award,
Tasmanian writers Lian Tanner and Rohan Wilson.

“The journey to creating an inspiring novel can be so very challenging. It requires you to be very
tenacious, have time, space and inspiration and just the right kind of support. Tasmania offers many
of these things and now there is extra incentive and assistance.

“Just as Hannah Kent benefited from the national unpublished manuscript award for Burial Rites, a
Tasmanian writer has access to the same opportunity. We have many talented writers and this
award will really make a difference.

“I would encourage Tasmania’s writers to be bold and ambitious….we look forward to receiving your

Applications for the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the Erica Bell Foundation
Literature Award open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2014.

For more information about the Erica Bell Foundation or to submit your application please visit or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The inaugural winners of the Erica Bell Foundation awards will be announced at ceremony on to be
held on Hobart on Friday, 5 December 2014.

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Integrity Commission

Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General
29.09.14 7:41 pm

It is appropriate the Parliament reviews the functions, powers and operations of the Integrity Commission which has been operating since October 2010.

Since its inception, concerns have been raised about the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the Integrity Commission. In our submission we make recommendations which will ensure the commission:

• Remains focussed on educating public officials about misconduct prevention and changing their behaviour, where appropriate;
• Achieves its legislative objectives efficiently and effectively;
• Operates openly, transparently and fairly; and
• Promotes modern public sector practices assisting public authorities carrying out their duties in respect to dealing with misconduct and maladministration.

I will be happy to appear before the parliamentary committee to discuss the matters of policy canvassed in the submission.


NRM Community Awards Presentation

Sarah Courtney, Liberal Member for Bass
29.09.14 7:40 pm

The Liberal Government is proud to support the NRM Community Awards Presentation and I congratulate NRM North and Landcare Tasmania on this initiative.

We recognise the vital role played by Landcare, Coastcare and other community groups, and the essential support Landcare Tasmania and the regional NRM organisations provide these groups, allowing them to get on and do what they do best.

For this reason the Liberal Government has, despite the difficult Budget position, maintained funding to the three regional NRM organisations, and maintained funding to Landcare Tasmania for both its administration and the Landcare Assistance Program.

This funding will support directly and indirectly the work that volunteer groups do, by supporting on-ground works as well as contributing to administrative costs.

The Liberal Government remains committed to supporting community groups around Tasmania.