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Solicitor-General resigns over ‘broken’ relationship with Attorney-General George Brandis

24.10.16 4:30 pm

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Resignation of the Solicitor-General

Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim
24.10.16 4:29 pm

Justin Gleeson SC has been run out of office by a government with no regard for proper process or the rule of law, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Mr Gleeson’s resignation letter makes it clear that he is sticking to his guns,” Senator McKim said.

“There was no doubt a breakdown in trust between the Solicitor-General and the Attorney-General, but this can be laid squarely at the feet of Senator Brandis.”

“His personal attacks on Mr Gleeson, his attempts to set himself up as gatekeeper to the Solicitor-General, and his habit of shopping around for politically convenient legal advice left Mr Gleeson with no other option.”

“Mr Gleeson has clearly rejected the attacks on him made by Senator Brandis, and is not walking away any of the evidence he gave to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.”

“This government has a terrible track record of politically attacking independent statutory office holders to try to silence their criticism or hound them out of office.”

“Senator Brandis still has serious questions to answer regarding his statements to the Senate and the Committee, and the way he treated Mr Gleeson.”


Hobart City Council’s $60k travel expenses since July

24.10.16 4:27 pm

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State Service Public Transport Investment Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Transport spokesperson
24.10.16 1:42 pm

Government investment in public transport is needed if we are to make routes more viable and reduce traffic.

Providing a financial incentive for public servants to use public transport will get more people on Metro buses and make the system better for everyone.

Tasmania spends the least per person on public transport of all the States and Territories.

If we’re serious about improving public transport and reducing traffic, government has to spend a bit more to get more people on buses.

Currently, Hobart’s peak hour traffic sits at one accident away from gridlock.

The Liberals don’t seem to have a real plan to fix traffic woes in our capital, other than massaging potential stoppages.  The real traffic fix is an investment in public transport.

Hobart is home to the majority of public servants.  Encouraging these commuters to catch buses instead of driving could result in hundreds fewer cars clogging up our arterial roads.

If the Liberals want a traffic fix for Hobart, and to support Tasmanian public transport, Transport Minister Hidding should investigate a public servant salary sacrifice scheme for public transport now.


$250m hotel developments to change Hobart skyline

24.10.16 1:29 pm

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Austral Reflections

James Dryburgh
24.10.16 1:23 pm

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Beaconsfield: another mine, another taxpayer hit

Michael West
24.10.16 12:30 pm

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Family Poisoned with 1080 - District Health Boards Respond

Clyde Graf
24.10.16 12:21 pm



Rural families all across New Zealand are being exposed to 1080 poison and decomposing animal carcasses through their drinking water. Councillors from Waikato Regional Council presented concerns to the Waikato District Health Board’s Medical Officers of Health, after many community members had 1080 poison bait dropped directly into the water they were drawing, without their knowledge.

The Department of Conservation, one of the Govt agencies that undertake aerial poisoning operations, failed to appropriately inform the locals.

In a video about the incidents, a family fromHawkesbay explains how they were exposed to the poison while walking through a Hawkesbay forest. When they visited the local hospital they were informed there wasn’t much that could be done, as there was no test immediately available for 1080 poisoning..

Another risk facing rural dwellers are the poisoned animal carcasses which remain toxic, and that are left in pristine forest streams until they decompose, increasing the risk of bacterial contamination to water. In the video clip, the Waikato District Health Board’s Medical Officer for Health is quoted as saying “notifications could cause unnecessary anxiety to people” if they knew 1080 poison bait was being dropped directly into their water.

So better not to inform them then?

Click the link to view the video:

District Health Boards Respond to Poisoned Families’ Concerns:



Another Weak Response from Premier Hodgman

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader
24.10.16 12:17 pm

Comments made at a rally in support of mutual respect and tolerance by Her Excellency, the Governor, Kate Warner, should have been strongly backed by the Premier ( Mercury: One National Leader attacks Tasmanian Governor Kate Warned ).

Instead, we’ve witnessed another weak response by Premier Hodgman to an issue of public importance. 

It’s as if the Premier found himself wedged between the Senatorial duo of Pauline Hanson and Eric Abetz, and his responsibility to stand by the State’s Governor, so he decided to take the soft option, again.

The Premier should have stood by the Governor in her role, and in her responsibility to promote mutual respect and tolerance in our community.  It was an opportunity for Mr Hodgman to also speak up for a tolerant, respectful society.

Community leaders have a responsibility to call out racism and bigotry, and promote an inclusive, multicultural Australia.  That is how attitudes are changed for the better.

Her Excellency, the Governor, understands this but unfortunately, Premier Hodgman and Senator Abetz, appeared to miss this point over the weekend.

It’s a bitter irony that self-described advocates of free speech like Senator Abetz are questioning the Tasmanian Governor’s right to speak up on important community matters.  Free speech, but on Senator Abetz’s terms apparently.

Senator Pauline Hanson clearly doesn’t like to have her racist views challenged by fair-minded people in positions of respect and authority.  Calling on Tasmania’s Governor to reconsider her position is simply outrageous and disrespectful.

Her Excellency did speak with ‘civility and wisdom’ at Saturday’s Walk Together rally in Hobart. 

It is both civilised and wise to speak up in support of new arrivals to Australia, and to reaffirm that Australia is a country with a proud history of welcoming refugees.


Launch of a new campaign for a marriage equality free vote in parliament

Australians for Equality (A4E) & Australian Marriage Equality (AME)
24.10.16 12:15 pm

Australians for Equality (A4E) & Australian Marriage Equality (AME) today launched ‘The Equality Campaign’, a new joint campaign for marriage equality to be achieved through a parliamentary vote so that every Australian is treated equally under the law.

“The Equality Campaign is about building on the momentum and energy generated across the nation for marriage equality and continuing to campaign for a straightforward change to be achieved by a vote in the parliament,” Co-Chair of Australians for Equality, Anna Brown said.

“This campaign is about putting the human face of the issue back in the centre of the discussion. It is based on the importance of human stories and the message to LGBTI people, their families and friends that collectively we can be the agent of change.

“Our campaign aims to make a clear break from the negative atmosphere which surrounded the plebiscite and remind people of the importance but also the beauty of the cause. We are promoting some of the greatest human values - love, respect and happiness.

“It is a campaign based on promoting conversations about why equality matters to us rather than angry politicised debates.

“We aim to set a positive confident tone as we empower LGBTI people to talk to their friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours about marriage equality.

The single most important thing that turns a person into a supporter of LGBTI equality is when they know an LGBTI person and they have a conversation about equality.

“This will be a campaign reaching out to every LGBTI person and remind them that they are the single most influential person in the space they live in.

“The campaign will show the strength and diversity of support for marriage equality. At supporters will find the tools to lobby their MPs, hold local events, and share with their communities the many reasons why marriage equality matters.

“Along with our supporters, we will continue to show how marriage equality is simply based on our shared Australian values of a fair go and respect for all and its important that these values continue to underpin the ongoing national conversation on marriage equality.

“Two-thirds of Australians as well as a majority of politicians want every Australian to be able to marry the person they love. Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians, but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many,” Ms Brown said.

Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich said, “this campaign will continue our work across the nation, bringing supporters together, holding community events and forums to change the hearts and minds of communities across Australia.
“We will also continue to call on our supporters across all political parties who support marriage equality to work together to find a pathway for a free vote in the parliament.
“Our campaign will be about reminding our MPs that fairness and equality are at the heart of Australian society. We believe our laws should reflect these values of which we are most proud. It’s time for all Australians to be treated equally under the law, with the full rights of equal citizenship.

“Marriage is about the commitment shared between two people who love each other and want a secure future together. LGBTI Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness as everyone else,” Mr Greenwich concluded.


Pauline Hanson’s visit to Norfolk Island ...

Tim Vollmer
24.10.16 10:48 am

Senator Hanson has published a video, including interviews with local Norfolk Island residents and overlay footage, covering some of the issues she uncovered on her fact-finding visit last week. It is available here:

Additionally, a full recording of her speech to a public meeting attended by nearly a quarter of the island’s perminant residents is available here:

Senator Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby took a high-quality video camera on the trip, and recorded hours of interviews, meeting with stakeholder groups, vox pops with locals, and overlays of the island’s natural resources, heritage items, and current infrastructure projects. He is able to provide this HD footage to media. I can also provide contact details for representative organisations or individuals on Norfolk Island if you wish to examine any of the issues further.

As a result of her visit, and the overwhelming concerns of the local community, Senator Hanson called for the immediate dismissal of the Australian Government’s vice-regal appointee to the island, Administrator Gary Hardgrave. She will be meeting with Territories Minister Fiona Nash in the coming weeks to provide documentation outlining the reasons for this call. She will also be seeking an independent examination into allegations taxpayer money being misused through major contracts being awarded without a tender process (and in at least one documented case, awarded to a contractor who hadn’t even submitted a tender).

Senator Hanson will also be urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to return to Norfolk Island with her to examine the issues with the Australian Goverment’s takeover first hand.

During her visit, Senator Hanson had formal meetings with more than a dozen business, tourism, political, social and cultural organisations. In addition, she met with numerous locals including primary producers and members of the fishing industry. In contrast, Territories Minister Fiona Nash has visited Norfolk Island just once since taking over the portfolio, and were there for less than a month. Local organisations were required to go through the office of Administrator Gary Hardgrave to get a meeting with her. Among those who formally requested a meeting and were either refused, or ignored, were the Norfolk Island Chamber of Commerce and the Norfolk Island Accommodation and Tourism Association.

Below are some quotes from Senator Hanson’s speech to a public meeting on the island last Thursday, outlining some of what she had uncovered, and what she will be seeking from the Federal Government.

“What I have heard is that doors have been shut in your face. You’re not getting answers. You’ve been left in the dark.

“I’ve had more meetings with people here than what Gary Hardgrave has had in the last two years, so I think I have a very good understanding of how the Norfolk Island people feel.

“I believe that you’re being shut down and you’re not being listened to. That message has to get out to the Australian Parliament and that’s the message I will be taking back.

“You have a very unique culture, a way of life. You are your own identity. You are not Australian. You are Norfolk Islanders.

“Australia has already said sorry once. We should not have to say sorry again. We have to get this right.

“I would like to see, personally, for your own self determination.

“I look around this place. This is built on your hard work, your management.

“The Australian Government has no right to come in and claim your assets and take them away.

“When I hear of the amount of money they think they are pouring in here, $136 million over the next four years, and Fiona Nash comes out and says we’ve already poured $27 million into it in her press release, well I ask, where? Is it the bureacrats they’ve sent over here? Five hundred thousand for a 250 metre piece of road with a footpath that is absolutely useless and will be washed out in a matter of a couple years? This is what we put up with in Australia. You don’t need it here.”


TasCOSS strategic plan and annual report ...

Nic McBride, TasCOSS
24.10.16 10:44 am

Here are links to TasCOSS’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 ( ) and this year’s Annual Report ( ).


Get big money out of politics

24.10.16 10:30 am

You might wish to consider supporting this one since it’s no secret the major parties benefit big time from massive donations from corporates who undoubtedly expect some kind of a reward for their generosity . . .  fast-tracked approvals on controversial developments like coal mines for example . . . .


Hydro ups ante in Basslink dispute

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk
24.10.16 7:46 am

Read more HERE


CommSec State of the States - Strength of our economy beginning to show

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
24.10.16 7:02 am

Tasmania has received its best report card in nearly five years, according to CommSec’s latest “State of the States” report.

Tasmania’s annual retail growth now leads all of the States and is just shaded by the ACT as the leading jurisdiction in the country in terms of annual growth of retail trade according to Commsec’s latest State of the States report.

According to Commsec,  “The Tasmanian economy has improved over the past quarter in relative terms. Population growth is close to the fastest annual pace seen in five years. Both home loans and home prices are lifting.”

Furthermore they said:

“fourth ranked on two indicators and fifth on three indicators”

“Annual growth on home lending is strongest in the nation at 10.3 per cent”

“Population growth is close to the fastest annual pace seen in five years”, and

“Both home loans and home prices are lifting”.

But, there is still a long way to go.

That’s why we are continuing to deliver our long term Plan so that we can support more economic growth and more jobs, for all Tasmanians.


Atrazine and Simazine represent 20% of pesticides entering waterways ...

Alison Bleaney
24.10.16 6:08 am

Over 40% of pesticides that have been detected in Australian waterways do not have guideline limits under the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, making it difficult to determine possible health impacts associated with people who are exposed to that particular pesticide. Because there is no Australian Government authority that monitors biocide use, water authorities often do not know what is being used within their water supplies and what to test for. This further complicates the issue.

Friends of the Earth is recommending that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), who publish the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, should contact every water authority across the country to get access to their water pollution data. In this way, the NHMRC can then better determine which pesticides require guidelines based on actual pesticide pollution events.

FoE is also calling on the National Environment Protection Council and the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand to urgently update ANZECC Ecological Guidelines, some of which have not been updated in almost two decades. “A mountain of scientific research on pesticides and other pollutants has been published since the ANZECC Guidelines were last produced” Mr Amis added.

FoE is also recommending bans and label changes for pesticides commonly detected in waterways, particularly the herbicides Atrazine and Simazine, which represent 20% of pesticides entering waterways.

Links ...



European study trip on the cards for Hobart aldermen

24.10.16 5:26 am

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Tasmanian Premier speaks to Governor Kate Warner after Hanson

24.10.16 5:24 am

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NET LOSS: The Storm Over Salmon Farming

Dr Christine Materia Spokesperson, Neighbours of Fish Farming
24.10.16 5:12 am


Bob Brown, Peter George, Christine Materia ...

Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF) hosted its first public event at the Woodbridge Community Hall on Saturday night October 22nd. The event was attended by over 30 people from the Huon, Channel and Bruny Island.

The film NET LOSS: The Storm Over Salmon Farming was screened followed by super and a discussion. The film examines the controversy over the salmon industry in regions from Chile to the Pacific Northwest, assessing the risks and benefits of salmon farming through interviews with marine scientists, government, the industry, first nations people, communities and local fishermen.

“Despite the film being a decade old it depicts very similar issues being experienced here in Tasmania at the present time. This includes the rapidity of the expansion of the industry, integrity issues, government support of the industry despite a lack of baseline data on current, tidal and water movement; the significant risk posed to Tasmania’s marine environment, impacts on other industries such as tourism, local commercial and recreational fishermen, and social and human health” said Dr Materia, the Spokesperson for the Group.

A young local who has lived all his life in the Channel described the changes that he has observed; the decline in wild fish, the quality of fish, the sediment that covers the bottom of the Channel and the lack of seagrass and weeds. “I remember when I was 4 or 5 we would watch thousands of mutton birds rafting on the Channel. I’m only 21 and I can’t remember the last time I saw them like that it was so long ago. Tourists don’t want to come to Tasmania and see salmon farms, they want to see clean water ways, whales, dolphins and sea birds. The mutton birds that were prolific when I was young have now disappeared and we don’t see as many dolphins”.

“NOFF recognises the salmon industry as a provider of jobs however there are major issues associated with salmon farming that are being ignored by the industry and government. We must ask what social, ecological and environmental price are we willing to pay for free reign by the industry to continue its expansion?” “This is not a clean green industry, people are realising this and wanting answers” she said.

NOFF is an incorporated association, whose principal objective is to protect the living and community environment of Tasmania, its biodiversity, its ecological systems including the waterways and marine and riverine ecosystems, and its wild and scenic resources, from impacts of or associated with the aquaculture industry.



Is Sue Neill-Fraser innocent?

Background Briefing, RN
23.10.16 8:37 am

Convicted of murdering her husband, Sue Neill Fraser says she’s innocent. Now a retrial is in the wind. But is she innocent or a calculating, manipulative liar? Damien Carrick investigates

Listen HERE


Willie wrong - again

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
23.10.16 6:39 am

The recent Right to Information regarding vacancies in the Child Safety Service provides evidence of what this Government has been stating for over two years - no frontline Child Safety Service positions have been axed, in fact we are employing more.

Comparison of the actual paid FTE of frontline CSS positions confirms the Hodgman Government is actually investing in more frontline CSS positions with 148.3FTE Child Safety Officers and Support Workers recorded compared with just 112.9FTE in 2012-13 under the former Labor-Green government.

As well, there are alreadynine additional positions for our $20.6 million Child Protection Redesign. Of these nine new positions, four Support Worker positions have already been filled.

Three Clinical Practice Consultant & Educator positions were interviewed in the week of 10 October 2016, and two Child Safety Liaison Officer positions and the Clinical Nurse Specialist role are in the process of recruitment.

In addition, there is a cycle of regular, ongoing recruitment to vacant positions.

The RTI also outlines that all positions except one that have been vacant for a period of time are administrative positions outside of Child Safety Services which are not frontline child protection or support workers.

While the HR system currently shows that these roles are incorrectly attached to CSS, in reality, the positions identified are attached to an Administration Unit outside of CSS.

As the RTI quite clearly states, this error will be corrected on the system. 

Otherwise, the vacant position (of 6 months – not the 9 months claimed by Mr Willie) in CSS is under recruitment, of which we are currently working on filling.

It should also be noted that under the previous Labor-Green Government, the Deputy Secretary position was vacant for 10 months in 2013.

We are currently recruiting for this position, which has not been vacant for 6 months as claimed incorrectly by Mr Willie.

The RTI was submitted by the Member for Elwick who clearly is not across his portfolio, as some of his questions were already answered in publicly available media statements.

With the budget back on track, the Hodgman Government is committed to ensuring that more supports are in place for our most vulnerable children and young people through our $20.6M investment in redesigning the Child Safety Service.


Child Protection positions remain vacant despite Minister’s assurance

Josh Willie MP Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability and Child Safety
23.10.16 5:50 am

Right To Information shows child protection and support worker positions remain vacant
Multiple job vacancies stretch back two years
Minister is failing to steer critical frontline service

Child Protection Minister Jacquie Petrusma’s empty promises to build Tasmania’s child protection frontline have been exposed with the release of documents showing multiple positions remain vacant.

Shadow Child Safety Minister Josh Willie said multiple positions had not been staffed for periods of longer than two years according to Right To Information documents released by Mrs Petrusma’s department late on Friday.

Mr Willie said Tasmanians could have no faith in Mrs Petrusma’s ability to steer the child protection system and were right to doubt her continued claims that the Hodgman Government would support vulnerable Tasmanian children “now and into the future, through improved structures and investment”.

“We continually hear empty, generic statements like that from the Minister yet she remains in charge of an extremely important department which remains under-resourced,” Mr Willie said.

“The fact of the matter is it’s now been revealed 10 child protection positions and five support workers positions remain vacant and many of them have been vacant for periods of one and two years, including an important Clinical Nurse Specialist position which has been vacant for the past nine months.

“Mrs Petrusma’s department which is charged with one of the most important tasks in the state – protecting our most vulnerable Tasmanians – is littered with empty desks.

“That includes the Children and Youth Services Deputy Secretary – the position the Minister said would drive her so-called reform of the department – which has been empty for the past six months.

“This leadership position is most important at a time of reform and it remains vacant. The Minister has to take responsibility for that.

“This Minister and this government ripped funding away from critical areas like this and they have done nothing to rebuild.

“Everyone understands this is one of the most difficult areas of the frontline in which to work but there is no excuse for Mrs Petrusma to have allowed so many positions to remain under resourced.”


The ubiquity of sexual harassment

Karen Middleton, The Saturday Paper
22.10.16 1:15 pm

Last Saturday, my phone started dinging with incoming messages at 8am.

It began with friends – five in the first hour – who’d read what I had written on this page about some of the unwelcome sexual attention I’d received in my adult life. They were supporting my decision to write about it. They also wanted to check that I was “okay”.

Brave was the word that kept coming up – a brave piece of writing. Honest, raw, brave.

I wasn’t certain being called “brave” was necessarily a good sign and I braced for the backlash I was sure would come from those who so enjoy dissecting my appearance and my intellect – or apparent lack thereof – from their anonymous castles on social media.

But the wave of responses was another kind entirely.

By the end of the day – indeed, the week – I’d lost count of the messages, not only from friends and family but also from colleagues, professional associates, politicians, their staff and strangers, responding to what had clearly struck a chord.

“I found your article hard to read,” a parliamentarian wrote to me. “Almost beyond comprehension that this has been your experience. Thanks for writing it.”

Read more HERE

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Letter to the Editor on Malcolm Turnbull

Len Langan
22.10.16 1:11 pm

It is a curious thing that we hobbled our Prime Minister at the recent Federal Election and then pick on him for not doing anything. We the Electorate nailed his foot to the floor. We listened to Labor’s mendacity over Medicare, believed the dubious words of an outside subversive organisation that should face prosecution for interfering in an election, and now have the naive audacity to criticise the Liberal Coalition for our collective stupidity.

We all know that The Australian Labor Party is being controlled by forces outside the Party room, that their leader - with a small “l”- is a puppet to these forces, and that collectively their shadow front bench is singularly lacking in talent.

Bill Shorten is not Prime Ministerial material and everyone knows it. He may be regarded with some deep accuracy as a political Billy the Baptist waiting on he that is to come when a higher authority decides who that should be.

The recent storm in tea-cup over the listing and importation of guns was a Labor and Trades Union Beat-up so Transparent that a child of five could see through it. It was a red-herring well past its us by date and on the nose, used it to cover up their support of union corruption and in doing so serving their masters. They who must be obeyed regardless of every aspect of public welfare.

Malcolm Turnbull and his team have not failed us we have failed ourselves. We have looked vision in the face and rejected it to wallow in the darkness of the mythical “light-on-the-hill” that was never lit.
We have endorsed the undermining of Democracy. A treasure of human society that The Labor Party hold in contempt. They clearly want to establish a neo-totalitarian bureaucracy that will enslave future generations to debt.

Perhaps we are facing the truth that a Nation gets the government it deserves!


Tas extends recognition of overseas same-sex marriages

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome
22.10.16 1:09 pm


Advocates have welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s recognition in state law of same-sex couples married in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand but say the federal Marriage Act should recognise them as married partners.

In 2010 Tasmania became the first state to recognise overseas same-sex marriages as state civil unions, but the Marriage Act prohibits their recognition as marriages in federal or state law.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said

“The state government’s initiative provides greater legal certainty for Tasmanian same-sex couples married overseas and overseas married same-sex couples holidaying in or immigrating to Tasmania.”

“The importance of this was re-inforced last year when a married same-sex partner from the UK, Marco Bulmer-Rizzi, who was on his honeymoon in South Australia, was not recognised as his husband’s next of kin after his husband’s accidental death.”

“But recognition as civil partners under state law is no subsitute for full recognition as married partners under federal law.”

“The solemn vows of life long commitment same-sex partners make in other countries should be respected by federal law but instead they count for virually nothing the moment these partners walk through Australian customs.”

“The only answer to this problem is reform the federal Marriage Act so overseas same-sex marriages are recognised for what they are, full, legal, equal marriages.”

For a news report, go to:


Lambie puts more Senate heat on Dairy Australia over conflict of interest claims

Rob Messenger for Senator Jacqui Lambie Senator for Tasmania
22.10.16 1:08 pm

Click below to view 30sec YouTube of Senator Lambie questioning Mr Akers

During Estimate Committee hearings this week, Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie raised conflict-of-interest concerns with the chair of Dairy Australia, Mr Geoff Akers, who admitted that his wife was on the board of Australia’s largest dairy manufacturer Murray Goulburn.

“Normally I wouldn’t enquire about the personal lives of any person in organisations that receive tax payer funds – however given that hundreds of Tasmanian Dairy Families are facing ruin because of the way the Australian dairy industry has been managed – I stand by my questioning of Mr Akers during Estimates Hearings.” said Senator Lambie.

“Conflict-of-Interest can also be another form of corruption, and given the dangerous mess that our Dairy industry is in – farmers right now must be given a guarantee that their representatives, running Dairy Australia are acting solely in farmers’ best interests – not the interests of other parties.” said Senator Lambie.

“Just as Mr Akers answered my questions honestly about conflict-of-interest, when the special Senate Committee on the Dairy Crisis begins its hearings – I will also expect the same honesty and I will ask the same question of every officer and employee of Dairy Australia who appears before the Senate Committee. It will be important for all Australians to establish if Dairy Australia is a truly independent body - given that tax payers contribute tens of million to its operations every year.” said Senator Lambie.

“One of my first lines of enquiry during the committee hearings will be to assure myself that the large multinational companies which dominate Australia’s Dairy Industry – do not have undue influence over Dairy Australia’s advocacy, decisions, policy and public statements made on behalf of its members. Independence and honesty in Australia’s Dairy Industry, like in politics - are essential to ensure that the best interests of the Australian people are acted on and delivered.” said Senator Lambie.


Appco: Workers launch $85m class action against marketing giant over alleged underpayment, bullying

22.10.16 1:07 pm

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Kingborough Council considers Australia Day awards shift

22.10.16 5:11 am

KINGBOROUGH Council will consider renaming its annual Australia Day Awards ceremony and moving the date from January 26.

A report prepared by council officers said January 26 may no longer be an appropriate date for the ceremony for a number of reasons “including the growing debate regarding the association of January 26 with not only the colonisation of Australia by Europeans, but with the dispossession of land and rights of Aboriginal people”.

The council will consider a recommendation to move the awards to May, to coincide with Volunteer Week …

Read more HERE


Bellerive Boardwalk: Seafarers’ Festival this Sunday

Catherine Rogers Communications and Marketing Officer Clarence City Council
21.10.16 5:19 pm

This Sunday 23 October heralds the return of the Seafarers’ Festival at Bellerive Boardwalk. 

The Seafarers’ Festival is a fun-filled day for the whole family with a focus on all things nautical. The festival includes music, activities, competitions, maritime information, a craft market and a selection of fine food. 

This year there will be plenty of new activities on offer. Pirates from Big Monkey Theatre will host Giant Battleships, based on the classic children’s game of sinking your opponent’s battleship. People can also make tentacles for the Killer Kraken Sand Sculpture, create and race your own wind-powered boat, learn the official game of the British Royal Navy, and participate in hydrodynamic experiments with the WhySci Science Unit. 

Festival Convenor, Alderman Sharyn von Bertouch, believes that while there will be plenty of activities to get involved in, the Seafarers’ Festival also delivers much more. 
“We are delighted to welcome back the newly refurbished ML Egeria for her 75th birthday,” Alderman von Bertouch said. 

“ML Egeria, the ‘Governor’s Launch’ is made of Huon Pine and Teak and is glowing after her restoration. People are invited aboard to view her in her full glory as well as four other vessels on which people can go on short runs in the harbour. 

“We are also teaming up with the Lindisfarne Sailing Club and the Bellerive Yacht Club to bring Discover Sailing Day, a chance for people to try out either the small Pacer boats similar to those used in the Rio Olympics or larger keel boats. Advanced registration is available on the Clarence Arts and Events website.” 

The Seafarers Festival has also teamed up with some of Tasmania’s best producers to provide quality food and wine throughout the day. 

Entertainment will focus on international cultures that have a rich vein of nautical history. The festival presents Songs ‘From the Sea’ featuring music by groups from five different cultures. 

With ocean races to witness, oral histories from the early days of Tasmanian fishermen and over thirty interactive stalls, the currents of intrigue run deep at the Seafarers’ Festival. 

The Seafarers’ Festival will be held on Sunday 23 October from 10.30am-4.00pm at Bellerive Boardwalk. More information is available at


From health to law, Tasmanian women recognised in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
21.10.16 5:01 pm

Finalist ... Penny McShane ...

Thursday 10 October 2016 – Healthcare, social welfare, law, and media are some of the sectors represented by 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards finalists. The 16 women are among the most brilliant business women in the state. 

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive, Media, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Pollard said that Tasmanian women are changing business, one brilliant business woman at a time. 

“Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards champion women from diverse industries, ensuring their achievements are given the recognition they deserve, and continue to raise the profile of women in business,” Ms Pollard said. 

“The 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.” 

Some of the finalists include: Jessica Norton who created Eat Safe Live Well, an information website and free app, which provide healthy recipes and advice for people with allergies and other dietary requirements. 

Emma Price created Source Kids, a free magazine dedicated to bringing relevant, reliable and upto-date information to families and carers of children with a disability. 

Through Beacon Foundation, Lynda McKay, supports young Australians who are at risk of leaving school for a lifetime of welfare dependence. Lynda’s role is to work with businesses, educators and communities to provide opportunities for young people while they are still at school

Another finalist, Kirri-lee Brazendale, formerly in the Australian Defence Force, created fitness business, Military Mumma, motivational public speaking company, Kirri Wears Pink, and also took over the reins of mud obstacle course, Raw Challenge Tasmania. 

Kimberley Martin, is a senior associate at Worrall Lawyers where she specialises in providing specialist advice and solutions in estate planning and related fields. 
Also included in the finalists is Penny McShane, who founded Evomed Pty Ltd, a business that seeks out innovative healthcare technologies to distribute in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Pakistan. 

There are six Telstra Business Women’s Awards categories in 2016: Entrepreneur, For Purpose and Social Enterprise, Public Sector and Academia, Corporate and Private, Young Business Women’s and, new in 2016, Business Woman in Asia. 

“Telstra is a passionate advocate of women in business and we are thrilled to extend the Telstra Business Women’s Awards program into Asia this year to further recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women,” Ms Pollard said.
The 16 finalists join other Tasmanian winners and finalists as Telstra Business Women’s Awards Alumni.
Winners of the 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Princes Wharf No. 1, in Hobart, on Tuesday 25 October. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016. 

For information about the Awards and to purchase tickets to the Awards Gala Dinners please call 1800 817 536 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday. 

Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are open year-round. If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate today: 

Finalists for the 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards are: 

Entrepreneur Award  Alicia Rackett, Blue Rocket Productions, Hobart Penny McShane, Evomed Pty Ltd, Hobart Kirri-lee Brazendale, Kirri-lee Enterprises Pty Ltd, Cambridge Dr Kirsten Connan, TasOGS - Tasmanian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialists, Hobart

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award   Lynda McKay, Beacon Foundation, Launceston Bernadette Black, Brave Foundation, Hobart Penny Egan, Cancer Council Tasmania, Hobart Melody Towns, Be Hers, Howrah Emma Price, Source Kids, Launceston

Public Sector and Academia Award  Penny Terry, ABC, Launceston

Corporate and Private Award  Kimberley Martin, Worrall Lawyers, Hobart Belinda Hazell, Optimum Standard, Sanford Naomi Edwards, Tasplan Super, Hobart Alicia Leis, WLF Accounting & Advisory, Hobart

Young Business Women’s Award   Renee Parry, Parry Real Estate Pty Ltd, Prospect Melody Towns, Be Hers, Howrah Kimberley Martin, Worrall Lawyers, Hobart Jessica Norton, Eat Safe Live Well, Hobart Kirri-lee Brazendale, Kirri-lee Enterprises Pty Ltd, Cambridge