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Teen Challenge: a revelation

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Brian Hillman*, Meander. Pic: Signing the deal
21.02.17 4:29 am

Teen Challenge Tasmania’s defence of their funding application to State Government - revealed after nearly a year under wraps - rings hollow. The irony is that until now, there was at least some grudging respect for the evangelistic organisation because of their claims that they were self-reliant for funding.  That respect has been demolished …

Teen Challenge Tasmania Director Tanya Cavanagh: Teen Challenge reaffirms funding plans

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NATION: Turnbull follows Trump’s lead in politics of personal abuse and campaign of lies

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*) Pic: Donkey Hotey, Flickr.
20.02.17 5:30 am

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… The PHON preference deal is unlikely to shore up a WA Liberal rout. It may even cost Liberal votes. The PM’s main aim is to woo Pauline. Never in our political history has a PM so completely abandoned what he stood for prior to taking office. Malcolm Turnbull sheds his earlier progressive political identity as if it were a trendy leather jacket …

Peta Credlin attacks the scare campaign. She helpfully confesses on Sky the claim was groundless: “It wasn’t a carbon tax, as you know … but we made it a carbon tax. We made it a fight about the hip pocket and not about the environment. That was brutal retail politics …”

Guy Rundle, Crikey: Trump’s most infamous presser ... so far

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The Great Coal Skulduggery ...

Ted Mead* Cartoon: Leunig, used with permission, http://www.leunig.com.au/
19.02.17 5:30 am

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Coal, Coal, Coal, that’s the elated squeal from the federal Liberals at the moment!  It’s almost as intense as the hallowing eureka cry for gold back in the 1850s when everyone lived for the dream of finding an Eldorado. These are dangerous times for the future of our planet as more coal mining means more of the same C02 output. This is exactly what the world’s climate doesn’t need! …

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‘Extraordinary and unprecedented ...’ ET’s damning report ...

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson* Pic: Rod Cuthbert, Flickr
19.02.17 5:15 am

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… This is extraordinary, and it is unprecedented—that a public company is actually launching legal action; for a government not doing its job; for a government not regulating the industry. How many companies go to the extent of asking for more regulation, let alone launching a legal proceedings against both the state and federal government for not doing their jobs? As I understand it, this is unprecedented; it has never happened in Tasmanian Supreme Court history before. So while that is novel, what is actually behind this, unfortunately, is a sad Tasmanian story. It is a story of history repeating itself—a story of cronyism and of governments getting too close to business and not doing their jobs of providing the checks and balances that are needed to protect the environment, communities and, ultimately, the future of workers and the reputation and brand of my state in Tasmania …

The forestry industry went down this road. My road to parliament was all about watching: a powerful CEO of a large corporation getting his way in Tasmania; the Tasmanian Premier and ministers being summoned at his beck and call; the government allowing a company to write its own legislation for a pulp mill. This has been very well documented. I recommend people read Professor Quentin Beresford’s book, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd. And it is not just forestry; it is happened in other industries in the past—for example, around the power of hydro—and in mining in areas like the north-west of the Tarkine …

The question is: why? Why is the salmon industry, a successful industry in Tasmania that employs a lot of Tasmanians, now in open conflict and open warfare? The answer is simple: a government is not doing its job …

TT Media and Media Releases here, for all the perspectives on salmon farming in Okehampton ...

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One for the Men: On Prostitution and Thankfulness

Simone Watson* Pic: of Simone Watson
19.02.17 5:05 am

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“Oh you’re different though. You’re not one of those feminists who hate men …”

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Blindsided ...

Christopher Nagle* http://www.writing.com/ Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission*
19.02.17 4:00 am

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Humanist ‘Wets’ are very quick to identify the environmental unsustainabilities of corporate capitalism, but when it comes to their own sacred cows, like migration/asylum/refugee policy, they are as completely blindsided as those they presume to criticize …

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Neighbours of Fish Farming ... and the Le Tour de Cygnet ...

Peter George*
17.02.17 5:15 am

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With plans underway to establish more fish farms off the coast of Bruny Island and further offshore in Storm Bay, Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF) will hold a film session at Dennes Point on Sunday morning, March 19, for residents interested in a deeper understanding of the potential effect of salmon farms on people and the environment …

• New and improved for 2017: Le Tour de Cygnet Sunday, April 9, 2017 - Cygnet & area

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Trumpetism ... an age-old belief system

Dr Buck Emberg* Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission*
16.02.17 5:29 am

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Immediately, The Problem became clear.  Donald Trump is really no different than any fundamentalist believer who told the world for centuries, “Unless you agree with me you are going to Hell!” …

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Jacqui Lambie: Invective and white noise ...

Phil Patterson* Pic: of Jacqui Lambie, Kate Ausburn, Flickr
15.02.17 5:49 am

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… Well, it’s worth noting (to begin with), that these two comments are characteristic of a large amount of the ill-informed and unsophisticated prejudice passing as expressions of concern about Sharia law in Australia. And they make no substantive contribution to the national discussion regarding Muslims in Australia; they do little more than flood the interwebs with invective and white noise …

Fairfax: Sharia 101: a user’s guide for Jacqui Lambie

Fairfax: Yassmin Abdel-Magied says Jacqui Lambie Sharia law comments ‘the last straw’

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I might yet vote for the Liberals ...

John Hawkins*, Chudleigh. Pic*
14.02.17 5:00 am

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On 29 November 2016 the Liberal Government released documentation for a draft bill to prevent the shifting of profits out of Australia to countries with a tax rate of less than 24%. This bill when implemented will allow the ATO to impose a penalty rate of 40% on shifted profits …

Save Mutual Valley: It seems FT have come to the conclusion that they are never going to get FSC certification

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Federal Hotels’ 1993 submission to extend pokies to the ‘Burbs. Federal’s own Social Study report

Lindsay Tuffin* First published February 9
14.02.17 4:50 am

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Fascinating. A look into the way business is done in Tasmania ... and a warning from The Mercury. Mind you this was 1993 ...

Read for yourself ... Federal Group’s Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here

Anglicare: Ex-Victorian MP urges Tasmania to lead the nation on pokies reform

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NATION: Malcolm in a flat spin amid a volley of cheap shots ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Pic*: Takver, Flickr
14.02.17 4:45 am

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“He has no respect for the taxpayer any more than he has respect for the members of the Australian Workers’ Union, he betrayed again and again. He sold them out. He sold them out …”

At least, finally, some of the Coalition has stopped pretending it is only a litlle bit pregnant to Peabody Energy. Indeed, the Turnbull government’s recent embrace of coal-fired power shows it has “abandoned all pretense of taking global warming seriously”, Climate Change Authority member Clive Hamilton explains as he resigns from the agency. Professor Hamilton, who teaches ethics at Charles Sturt University, fires a parting shot. He says it is perverse to be advocating coal when 2016 was the hottest year in history …

Fairfax: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers were told wind not to blame for South Australia blackout Turnbull government statements blaming last year’s South Australian blackout on its high renewable energy target ignored confidential public service advice stating that it was not the cause, according to emails obtained under freedom-of-information rules. With a febrile debate over renewable energy versus coal-fired generation suddenly raging in Canberra, the revelation is set to undermine the Coalition’s energy messaging and shatter confidence in its call for investment certainty through sober debate and bipartisan policy solutions … 

Guardian: Bernardi bets on wave of destruction but future of rightwing populism is in Trump’s hands

Crikey: The climate denialist right now has the sweetest victory of all

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‘Forestry Tasmania: Illegal roading in the Tarkine’

Lindsay Tuffin* First published February 10
14.02.17 4:35 am

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Jenny Weber of the Bob Brown Foundation and Scott Jordan of Save the Tarkine have released a Media Release charging that Forestry Tasmania has carried out illegal roading in a Wedge-Tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone in the Tarkine ...

Watch ... on the Save The Tarkine Facebook page

Andrea Dawkins: Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment Today’s news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.  All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken …

Brown: Tasmanian Premier should uphold all laws of this state ... Environmentalist Bob Brown has responded to comments by Tasmania’s Premier and Forestry Tasmania regarding logging operations in Tasmania’s Tarkine. “The Premier should be upholding all the laws of this state, including forest practice laws,” Bob Brown said. “The Forest Practices Authority, as the policing authority on logging, shouldn’t be secretly licensing its mates to breach its own published prohibitions. Who from the FPA inspected the nest in November and why did he/she not make their findings public?” Bob Brown said. “It doesn’t pass the pub test,” Bob Brown said …

New Forestry Tasmania report reveals Government legislation threatens FSC A report released late Friday by Forestry Tasmania (FT) reveals that the Tasmanian Government’s plan to start logging in 357,000 hectares of protected old growth and rainforest reserves will derail attempts to secure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of logging operations on public land. The report has highlighted that a critical assessment of environmental values needed to secure FT’s FSC certification will be made invalid and need to be ‘reviewed and revised’ if the Government proceeds with its reckless decision to strip protection from important forest areas that are currently part of the ‘Tasmanian Reserve Estate’ …

Cassy O’Connor: Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Cassy O’Connor: Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Save Mutual Valley: It seems FT have come to the conclusion that they are never going to get FSC certification


Conservationists call for halt to proposed logging in Tarkine Old-growth forests


Conservationists launch Tarkine canopy vigil in threatened forests

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The Human Microwave – Will We Get One?

Ted Mead* Pic*
13.02.17 4:15 am

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With more Forestry protests on the horizon, the Tasmanian Liberal government must be getting desperate to control dissidents, and now that their 2014 anti-protest protection law seems to have become impotent, the solution to keep those pesky Greenies under control may not be too far away …

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Creating a Future Beyond Homelessness ...

Kim Peart*
13.02.17 3:13 am

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An opinion article in the Examiner claimed that “everyone can help to resolve homelessness” ...

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Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s very secret business ...

Rosalie Woodruff*. Pic: Kris McCracken, Flickr. Fish farms in Birchs Bay. First published: December 22
10.02.17 5:00 am

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FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ...

ABC: Former executives voice concerns about sustainability of Tasmania’s $700m salmon industry

… The motion followed a leaked TasWater document that heavily objected to the financial viability of building the proposed dam in the upper catchment of the Prosser River. TasWater highlighted the impact on long-term water needs for Orford and Triabunna, townships who were on water restrictions last summer, and raised the risk of future litigation because of flawed user-pays measurement methodology. This appears to be the next in the long line of convenient government arrangements for Tassal’s stake in Okehampton Bay. The Marine Farming Review Panel has yet to present its findings on the review of the 20 year old Okehampton Bay lease for intensive salmon farming by Tassal. It’s not due until February 2017 …

ABC: Dam needed by Tassal’s Okehampton Bay proposal wins council approval, sparking calls for inquiry

Rosalie Woodruff: Tassal Dam at Taxpayers’ Expense and Ratepayers’ Risk ...

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Environment Tasmania: Glamorgan Spring Bay Council votes to pass Tassal’s plans ...

TasWater: TasWater –protecting water supplies for Orford and Triabunna

Environment Tasmania: Tassal’s dam strong-arming ...

Jeremy Rockliff: Strong support for salmon farming welcomed

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Seafish Tasmania, Cocaine, Trawlers and a fine Stink ...

John Hawkins* Chudleigh. Pic: of Eric Abetz from his website. First pub: Jan 16
10.02.17 4:45 am

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Eric Abetz was the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation in the Howard Government from 27 January 2006 to 3 December 2007. One could safely say that on all the available evidence Abetz was a disaster in this portfolio - think Managed Investment Schemes, tax scams protected and promoted by Abetz against the advice of the Tax Department leading to the eventual bankruptcy of Great Southern, Gunns, Wilmot, FEA and the loss of billions by both the ATO and investors.

ABC: Salmon farming giant Tassal to be probed over witness pulling out of aquaculture inquiry

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The grotesque failure of MIS plantations ...

John Hawkins*, Chudleigh. First published February 4
09.02.17 5:19 am

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In, or adjoining the Chudleigh Valley, three large plantations were planted under the Abetz MIS scams: one at Union Bridge, another at the Needles and one at Caveside …

The terrible destruction of Lapoinya ... Elly Hoyt’s tribute on YOUTUBE, here

ABC: Logging can ‘greatly increase’ fire severity for 50 years, researchers say

ABC: Battlelines drawn in new round of forest wars ...

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NATION: Malcolm slapped down by The Fake President ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Image: Martin Hawes
08.02.17 5:00 am

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It’s “fake news”, says Donald Trump. After a shocking week in which Australia has its nose rubbed publicly in its own mess by the US, President Donald Trump makes Islamophobia official US policy, threatens to invade Mexico and our PM confesses he paid $1.75m out of his own Cayman Island account to buy his own mandate - as you do- a grateful nation can at last heave a sigh of relief. Malcolm’s incredible slap-down - and its leaking to the Washington Post never happened.  Hit the reset button. …

“We have got a good history around this and really the rest of the world is catching up to Australia now,” ScoMo crows. It’s a lie, Turnbull told delegates at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants last September. That “good history” has cost us a massive $9.6 billion in three years, not to mention the incalculable cost to Australia’s reputation, putting us in breach of international human rights law 40 times. Children have fled conflict; sought our asylum -  only to be illegally detained for years in conditions which expose them daily to abuse, neglect and violence. Oddly, information about our “good history”: is suppressed. Criminal sanctions apply to anyone who reports abuse on Nauru and Manus. Good history? In a world which has over 21 million refugees, Australia takes 13750 annually …

Fairfax: Federal Appeals Court denies Donald Trump’s request to restore travel ban

news.com.au, Newspoll: Pauline Hanson on the rise as Coalition support dives

BBC: Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

Fairfax: Inside story: How a conversation with Tony Abbott sealed Cory Bernardi’s Liberal Party

Fairfax: Peter Dutton, Barnaby Joyce slam Cory Bernardi ‘betrayal’

The mauling of Cory ...

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What Happened to the Republic Malcolm?

Ted Mead* Cartoon: Leunig, used with permission, http://www.leunig.com.au/
08.02.17 4:45 am

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After the defeat of the 1999 Australian republic referendum to amend the Constitution of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull rapidly retreated with his tail between his legs from his budding Liberal ascendency back into the semi-conservative shadows. This man who so graciously accepted defeat is now weighing up this position once again, but will it be his political saviour? …

Fairfax: Peter Dutton, Barnaby Joyce slam Cory Bernardi ‘betrayal’

The mauling of Cory ...

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NATION: Turnbull follows Trump’s lead in politics of personal abuse and campaign of lies

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Labor and Liberals United on Okehampton Bay

Is Trump the Disaster we had to have?

Labor’s half-baked fig leaf to appease the Greens on salmon farming

Butterfly House Counselling Service Takes Flight

Senator Lambie and Mayor Martin meet with Government and Opposition ...

Conservationists launch Tarkine canopy vigil in threatened forests

Bumblebee trial could boost agricultural growth

Aust expert says new research shows urgency of marriage equality

HCF launches industry first tool to help Australians avoid bill shock

Labor trumps Hodgman, but Okehampton the elephant in the room

Okehampton Bay lease needs to follow stringent regulations and oversight

Okehampton Bay farce proves Labor can’t be trusted on salmon

Tasmanian mayors prepare for confrontation with State Government over water problems

TasWater needs to act on water, sewerage

Federal Education Minister addresses Gonski funding during Tasmania visit

Q&A recap: Questioner quietly fillets Humphrey B. Brandis on national television

Leaders ready to take their place and make a difference

Gutwein misses the target, needs to talk to federal colleagues

Report card ranks Tasmania’s finances second best in the country

CEDA speech

Launceston community legal centre crushed by government’s cruel cuts



Big things in store for new Australian baroque group Van Diemen’s Band 



Charlie gets frocked 



Tasting Tasmania ... 



Aboriginal rock art petroglyths Burrup Peninsula 

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Van Diemen’s band gigs ... 



Adolf the Wolf 



Re 59 My understanding is NO GMO for all crop types Look forward to the usual suspects making the usual statements re clones…

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