Robert Manne, The Monthly
02.08.05 6:57 pm
On the road to the invasion of Iraq, and through the two and a half years of bloody chaos since Baghdad’s fall, almost every Australian newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch has supported each twist and turn of the American, British and Australian policy line. Oddly enough, however, during 2002 the humble Hobart Mercury did not. Here is its quite characteristic, fiercely anti-war editorial of September 12*:
01.08.05 11:14 pm
01.08.05 11:01 pm
The World’s Best, Greenest and Safest Pulp Mill. Proudly brought to you by Gunns Limited and the Department of Economic Development. George Orwell would be so proud.
01.08.05 11:00 pm
What he had seen of course were the welts across my backside that extended to the top of my leg. I knew the colours by heart — dark blue, bright red, puce, pink, purple. There wasn’t much left of the spectrum after a glance at my backside after Step had purged his demons.
30.07.05 11:36 pm
Before people switch off the television and start looking outside, beyond the burnoff smogs, smelling the gathering stench of the pulp mill, seeing the rising bills for a gas pipeline that no-one can access, a ship no-one uses, a dam no expert wants, the little bloke going under to make way for another state supported Federal Hotels project, Woolworths bottleshop, Gunns plantation — and before they start asking the biggest question of all: how many of our tomorrows will have to be paid for their mistakes of today?
30.07.05 1:34 am
Suddenly, a squeal rips through the showers closely followed by a stout, naked little lad charging up and down between the cubicles. One wonders if all the female nudity is sending his sensory receptors into overdrive ...
30.07.05 12:18 am
L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus faible de la nature; mais c’est un roseau pensant.
30.07.05 12:07 am
In studies of comparable smaller US cities, the visibility of gay males has become an established statement of “non-standard people welcome here” for precisely this kind of investor and entrepreneur.
29.07.05 8:34 pm
By some stroke of luck, Gunns has dropped Pipers River and struck a deal with Hydro to suck 13,000 Olympic swimming pools of fresh drinking water out of Trevallyn only a week before the Government announced the Meander Dam project would get the green light. This will allegedly ensure water to the proposed pulp mill. What an amazing coincidence!
29.07.05 12:48 am
Has anyone not seen the suffering in West Africa and asked themselves: what can I do? Here’s something ...
29.07.05 12:13 am
Spirit of Tasmania 3 is heading to Hobart ...
28.07.05 11:18 pm
27.07.05 11:54 pm
... Finally, there’s the explanation that most people will not want to consider: that what we are seeing is not intractable, low-lying, residual prejudice but something much newer and more dangerous. Evangelical and fundamentalist church leaders have made inroads into outer urban and regional communities across the country, but in Tasmania those inroads have been deeper thanks to the tight-knit nature of Tasmanian society.
27.07.05 11:53 pm
Is it ‘Australian’ to incarcerate innocent men, women and children indefinitely in desert and island prisons for wanting a better life for themselves? Is it ‘Australian’ to invade a sovereign country without justification and in defiance of international law? Is it ‘Australian’ to lie, obfuscate, and/or hide the truth for domestic political advantage?
27.07.05 11:30 pm
British MPs Gunns20. Political alienation. The Wellbeing Manifesto. Internet freedom under threat.
27.07.05 1:42 am
26.07.05 10:26 pm
This inaugural edition contains 37 poems by 19 poets, the majority of whom are Tasmanian, although some are drawn from other States.
26.07.05 2:04 pm
The Anglicare Social Justice Lecture.
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25.07.05 11:49 pm
EDDIE STORACE. CHRIS BERGH. DAVE GROVES.
Gunns20. Huon Valley Ratepayers Association. Air quality, State Governmennt largesse, pulp mills and water ...
25.07.05 11:27 pm
The survey went further to identify the specific reason: Iraq. In other words, the principal factor driving support for suicide terrorism among British Muslims was not an evil ideology, but deep anger over British military policies on the Arabian Peninsula.
What more than 95 per cent of all suicide terrorist attacks around the world have in common is not religion, but a specific political goal to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly. From Lebanon to Sri Lanka to Chechnya to Kashmir to the West Bank, the central objective of every suicide terrorist campaign since 1980 has been to compel a democratic state with military forces on territory that the terrorists prize to take those forces out.
Whilst Australia had a strong motive to destroy the Taliban government of Afghanistan, Aussies were killed in the twin towers and al Quaida was resident in our region, the weapons of mass deception, the lie bigger than the best of Goebbels, has led us into being a terror target by aligning with the US in its strategy of domination of Middle Eastern oil by putting troops on the ground.
25.07.05 1:04 am
25.07.05 12:15 am
Those years at Hawley and Port Sorell were probably as close to idyllic as I shall ever experience. With World War II recently finished and the allies victorious, the pervasive atmosphere was one of freedom, optimism, release from fear and uncertainty. Looking back with nearly six decades of perspective there was also an uncomplicated simplicity about that time. The climate was benign, the land and sea scapes were magnificent, the community was cohesive, beaches were clean and uncluttered and you could get a feed of flounder by dragging a seining net across the sand at night on various beaches around Hawley and Port Sorell – a communal occasion with everyone pulling, urging, sharing the catch and taking the results home for tomorrow’s dinner.
Late Night Live
24.07.05 10:16 am
In the first of Late Night Live’s election forums, tonight from Hobart, we discuss the future of the Greens and Greens politics and also look more broadly at how Tasmania and Tasmanians are viewing and discussing this election. And there could be no better place to do this than Tasmania which is the birth place of green politics, not only here in Australia but also internationally. Back in 1972 the first Greens political party was established, the United Tasmania Group. It inspired the emergence of Green parties across the globe, including Petra Kelly and the Greens in Germany.
23.07.05 5:37 am
Hit the Tasmanian Times hotlinks in the masthead!
21.07.05 10:08 pm
LC: The powerlessness of prayer
BARNABY DRAKE: What a terrible burden to thrust upon humanity!
BARNABY DRAKE: Part of the human psyche seems to demand that we create delusions for ourselves. Illogical superstitions, wishful thinking, daydreams, imagination.
21.07.05 5:30 am
JAMES WILLIAMSON: I would like to suggest that the current crisis with the Tasmanian potato industry, with Simplot cutting its demand for our local product could be a dangerous opportunity.
21.07.05 1:45 am
GABFEST: It was an unglamorous place but it was grassroots. Tasmanians knew their home state (or, at least, their own half of their own home state - north/south parochialism being what it was and still is) intimately.
20.07.05 1:59 am
ROSINANTE QUIXOTE: We’ve seen how the Liberal Party is spreading propaganda via a government committee. Imagine their reach with their own media empire at their disposal.
20.07.05 12:04 am
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Tasmanians for Refugees
19.07.05 10:59 pm