Articles

‘Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day’

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader Media Release. Pic: of the Tarkine: Ted Mead
08.06.18 5:53 am

Image for ‘Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day’

Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas and threatened species. These are the same areas and species that are under direct threat from the Hodgman Government …

Read more

34 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Personal | Society

Neville-Smith treating residents like mushrooms

Geoffrey Swan,* Lonnavale. Pic: Poster against the plant
08.06.18 5:50 am

Image for Neville-Smith treating residents like mushrooms

The proposal for a woodchip export facility at Port Esperance first came to public notice in Dover late last year. Because of the lack of available information around the proposed Dover Woodchip Port there is an increasing groundswell of community interest in what James Neville-Smith, CEO of Neville Smith Forest Products is actually planning. Despite numerous invitations Mr Neville-Smith has refused to front any town hall style meetings. With just a bunch of representatives and without the presence of the CEO, the initial Dover “information” meeting in December 2017 was a complete farce …

Rosalie Woodruff: Dover Woodchip Port Decision Rests with Hodgman

Read more

60 comments

Politics | International | National | State | Forestry | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Personal | Society

A beautiful tribute: EDITORIAL: Barry Everingham’s final deadline. Video is priceless ...

Tess Lawrence*
08.06.18 5:45 am

Image for A beautiful tribute: EDITORIAL: Barry Everingham’s final deadline. Video is priceless ...

Independent Australia is in mourning as our famous and highly esteemed senior correspondent, Barry Everingham, died this week. Broadcaster, journalist, raconteur and renowned royal watcher with a uniquely republican bent, Barry was with IA from start and losing him is a bitter blow. This week, a moving editorial tribute to Barry has been written by his former radio colleague and long-time friend, contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence. Barry and Tess were verbal sparring partners on and off radio. They traded barbs and insults as if they were Bitcoin shares. But they were great cobbers and there for each other when needed and worked on several humanitarian campaigns together, including bringing home David Hicks. Tess was with Barry for some of his final hours and shares a personal and complicated tribute to a complicated man.

Read more

3 comments

Politics | International | National | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Personal | Society | Tribute

‘RTI documents reveal Threatened Species advice not passed to Wellington Park Management Trust’

Ted Cutlan spokesperson for ROCC - Residents Opposed to the Cable Car Inc. Media Release Pic*
08.06.18 5:43 am

Image for ‘RTI documents reveal Threatened Species advice not passed to Wellington Park Management Trust’

ROCC received documents through an RTI request which show that a consultant for the Mount Wellington Cablecar Company (MWCC) advised that there was significant threatened species habitat in the areas proposed for work associated with the cable car …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania ...

Read more

0 comments

Politics | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Society

Supreme Court of Tasmania: Comments on passing sentence ...

Supreme Court of Tasmania. Pic: Four Winds, yacht at the centre
07.06.18 6:15 am

Image for Supreme Court of Tasmania: Comments on passing sentence ...

STATE OF TASMANIA v STEPHEN JOHN GLEESON 6 JUNE 2018. COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE. MARSHALL AJ Your offending is extremely serious. You made a false identification for the purpose of seeking a retrial for Ms Neill-Fraser.  You falsely and dishonestly identified a photograph of the 16-year old boy as being a photograph of a person present near Short Beach on the night of 26 January 2009, or early in the morning of 27 January 2009.  The Crown concedes that you were duped by Mr Thompson and you were vulnerable to suggestions by him …

Read more

124 comments

Politics | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family

John Hawkins*
07.06.18 5:40 am

Image for French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family

Introduction On the night of the 16th July 2018 it will be one hundred years since The Russian royal family was shot, bayoneted or clubbed to death, along with their pet French bulldog Ortipo II, by the Bolsheviks under the instructions of Vladimir Lenin at Ekaterinburg …

Read more

6 comments

Writers | John Hawkins | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Vedanta Resources: What next in Tasmania?

Anna Mahizhnan* and Isla MacGregor*
06.06.18 5:29 am

Image for Vedanta Resources: What next in Tasmania?

… Mr Bould’s dubious statements about Vedanta expose his total lack of genuine concern for the thousands of victims of this rogue company “ [Vedanta] played the game pretty straight and well since they’ve been here and issues overseas may or may not be reported correctly” and “I stand back from issues elsewhere in the world and deal with our own.” Surely Mr Bould is not questioning the accuracy of reports released by the UN and Amnesty International or the motivation behind UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s recent call for Vedanta to be delisted off the London Stock Exchange ... ? …

Advocate: Mount Lyell restart doubts grow as Tamil Nadu orders Tuticorin smelter shutdown

Read more

8 comments

Writers | Isla MacGregor | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Health | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Kevin Andrews’ War on Love

phill Parsons* Pic*
06.06.18 5:15 am

Image for Kevin Andrews’ War on Love

Writing in the Mercury newspaper [04JUN18] on the subject of human relations Kevin Andrews begins with selectively quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among civil rights the provision of a stable loving home environment is very important in child development but so is a safe community where you can learn to develop relations with your age cohort as you grow into an adult …

Read more

12 comments

Regulars | phill Parsons | Politics | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Personal | Society

NATION: Effing get over it: the Turnbull government’s new anthem ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Pic: of Greg Hunt from Twitter
04.06.18 5:52 am

Image for NATION: Effing get over it: the Turnbull government’s new anthem ...

“Fucking get over it”, is Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s uplifting advice to 71 year old Fay Miller, Mayor of Katherine, who dared front Hunt in Canberra last December, to lobby him for more local resources to clean up contamination, a multi-billion dollar operation, from toxic fire-fighting foam used at RAAF Bases in Darwin and Tindal …

Emily Watkins, Crikey: And the Wankley goes to… Sunday Night for its Barnaby Joyce interview

Read more

12 comments

Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Health | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Why we don’t need the Adani lemon ... !

Ted Mead*
04.06.18 5:45 am

Image for Why we don’t need the Adani lemon ... !

Adani, Adani, Adani, where art thou Adani?  This is the relentless love-cry of the conservatives wishing to prolong the coal extraction and export industry in Australia forever. Whilst Abbott and Turnbull may have had differences in governance, their ties to the coal industry essentially seem a united front …

Read more

8 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Health | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Right to Information ...

Clive Stott* Pic*
04.06.18 5:30 am

Image for Right to Information ...

An interesting article published in the Examiner (May 20) re outgoing UTAS Deputy Dean of Law Rick Snell.  I wish him well …

Read more

7 comments

Politics | State | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Is Space the new Green?

Kim Peart* Pic*
04.06.18 5:15 am

Image for Is Space the new Green?

When the richest man on Earth talks about how space will serve to heal the Earth, many people take note …

Read more

11 comments

Writers | Kim Peart | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

‘Victims of bank corruption suffer emotional trauma on top of financial ruin’

Dr Evan Jones, Independent Australia. Pic*
04.06.18 5:00 am

Image for ‘Victims of bank corruption suffer emotional trauma on top of financial ruin’

Dr Evan Jones explores a legal system that views signing a contract of their own “free will” as evidence that foreclosed bank borrowers are victims of their own incompetence …

Read more

0 comments

Politics | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania ...

Lindsay Tuffin* Pic: from Facebook ...
03.06.18 6:40 am

Image for Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania ...

What is the truth of Head of Tourism Tasmania Mr James Cretan’s investment in the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company ... ?

Richard Flanagan said Here: “I am not suggesting impropriety on the part of Mr Cretan. But it appears to be a conflict of interest for him, for Tourism Tasmania, for the Mt Wellington Trust, and for the government”. 1 He was speaking of the chair of Tourism Tasmania James Cretan’s shareholding in the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) - at the Mountain Mayday community event on Sunday 6 May …

Economist John Lawrence did an earlier analysis on Tasfintalk of the cable car prospects …

Read more

32 comments

Writers | Lindsay Tuffin | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Society

Cable Car: Back to the Future ...

Geoff Holloway*
02.06.18 6:56 am

Image for Cable Car: Back to the Future ...

A media release from 1974, released through Geoff Holloway, by Dr Richard Jones! Good heavens ...

Read more

0 comments

Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Personal | Society

Tourism Tas boss joins secret Cable Car lobby group

Lindsay Tuffin*
02.06.18 6:30 am

Image for Tourism Tas boss joins secret Cable Car lobby group

On 29th May Tourism Head James Cretan joined a closed private Facebook group aimed to “mobilise supporters to action” …

Economist John Lawrence did an earlier analysis on Tasfintalk of the cable car prospects …

Read more

3 comments

Writers | Lindsay Tuffin | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Tarkine on the wing ... First Day ....

Ted Mead* Pic*
01.06.18 6:45 am

Image for Tarkine on the wing ... First Day ....

Ted Mead celebrates June 1 on the First Day of the Month: My dream to fly The gift of flight, it is my dream, to see the world afar. To glide upon the thermal winds beneath the moon or star …

Read more

15 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | National | State | Forestry | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Society

‘nipaluna debate exposes takayna tracks double standards on reconciliation’

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. Media Release. Pic*
01.06.18 6:10 am

Image for ‘nipaluna debate exposes takayna tracks double standards on reconciliation’

The intervention of Premier Will Hodgman in the debate over the dual naming of nipaluna/Hobart, demonstrates a breathtaking hypocrisy over reconciliation and the actions of his government to bulldoze ahead with plans to build 4WD tracks across Aboriginal heritage on the takayna coast, against the Aboriginal community’s wishes and in the face of two Federal Court losses …

Read more

12 comments

Politics | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Society

A century after ... we remember his excellence

John Powell*
01.06.18 6:00 am

Image for A century after ... we remember his excellence

Roderic Stanley Dallas (1891-1918), airman, was born on 30 July 1891 at Mount Stanley station near Esk, Queensland, son of Peter McArthur Dallas, labourer, and his wife Honora, née Curry. The family moved to Tenterfield, New South Wales, and about 1898 to Mount Morgan, Queensland. Dallas attended the local school and in July 1907 joined the assay office of the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co. At night he studied chemistry and technical drawing at the technical college …

Read more

6 comments

Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Personal | Society

Is the Methane time bomb about to be released?

Ted Mead* Satire: Leunig*
30.05.18 6:45 am

Image for Is the Methane time bomb about to be released?

Global warming through our excessive use of fossil fuels is undeniably before us. Whilst drastic measures around some parts of the globe are being undertaken to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, the big threat to temperature rising in the near future will be the release of the earth’s stored methane deposits …

Read more

30 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

‘Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour’

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Environment spokesperson Media Release. Pic*
30.05.18 6:37 am

Image for ‘Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour’

… The Liberals in government have overseen dead zones, damage to World Heritage values, and close to zero dissolved oxygen levels in the harbour. It’s a marine ecosystem in crisis. Minister Archer must reveal the impact of intensive fish farming on Macquarie Harbour’s threatened species and World Heritage values, so we know the full story …

Read more

6 comments

Politics | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Society

‘350 year-old celery-top pine logged in Tarkine ...

Jenny Weber Campaign Manager, Bob Brown Foundation Media Release. Pic*
30.05.18 6:30 am

Image for ‘350 year-old celery-top pine logged in Tarkine ...

... Tree-sit protest continues in rainforests ... ‘ Bob Brown Foundation is calling for an immediate end to logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests after independently and scientifically dating a logged celery top pine from the same area at 350 years old. A cross-section of the pine is on display at the foundation office …

Ta Ann: Response to Bob Brown Foundation

Jenny Weber: Conservationist arrested in Tasmania’s Tarkine defending rainforests from logging

• Robert Middleton in Comments: “Here in Tassie we likes to kill stuff. Ya’see, mate, it’s in our blood. First the wretched, miserable convicts, then those dirty, stinkin’ blacks, on to the smelly, furry little animals - so glad we exterminated that useless Tassie Tiger. Now there’s not much left that needs some killin’ but the TREES, specially them older ones like that foolish El Grande. Burn, baby, burn! Who cares if it’s 350 years old? It’s just a stupid tree! Even if it was 3500 years old, no reason not to kill that sucker. Lived long enough. Time to kill it, ‘cause we’s foresters and we knows what’s best. Watchin’ it fall would be like my ancestors whoopin’ and hollerin’ after they downed another black. Another one bites the dust, as they say. Long live the good old days of VDL - keepin’ the spirit alive, here on the Devil’s own island.” - Anonymous

Jenny Weber: Ta Ann receives conflict wood supply from Tasmania’s Tarkine

Read more

37 comments

Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Has Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service lost the plot big time?

Ted Mead*
29.05.18 7:40 am

Image for Has Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service lost the plot big time?

Most Tasmanians are fully aware that our National Parks are rapidly becoming tourist development venues, and easily accessible commodities for insensitive developers to financially exploit.  Though now it seems the managing authority themselves are also going off the rails big time … !

Read more

41 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | National | State | Forestry | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

Mammon’s rules lead our churches astray ...

Bob Hawkins* Main Pic: The way St John’s was ...
29.05.18 6:40 am

Image for Mammon’s rules lead our churches astray ...

What right has any religious establishment to sell the physical manifestations of its faith system?  Churches and other “holy” faith structures — in Tasmania and the rest of the world for that matter — are largely there because their parishioners built them and have since paid for them in cash or kind …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times, by Bob Hawkins ...

At Franklin, desecration before destruction

Read more

18 comments

Writers | Bob Hawkins | Politics | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Personal | Religion | Society

I am a liberal. But I know Democrats in office are no better than Republicans

Alice Dreger, Guardian, via Jon Sumby
29.05.18 5:59 am

Image for I am a liberal. But I know Democrats in office are no better than Republicans

I launched a local paper to hold power to account, even when those in power lean as far left as I do …

Australian: Expense claim for Speaker’s ‘business trip’ nightmare

Read more

6 comments

Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Opinion | Media | Society

Telstra ... the company Australians love to hate ...

Tony Hagar* Pic*
28.05.18 6:45 am

Image for Telstra ... the company Australians love to hate ...

For many people, technical issues with phones, computers and internet connections are constant irritations. Such irritations are hugely compounded for those unfortunate enough to be in the grip of Telstra—the company Australians love to hate. Mention Telstra and there will be an out-pouring of vitriol and horror stories …

Read more

6 comments

Politics | National | State | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

NATION: Hastie goes over the top while Hanson spills the beans ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Pic*
28.05.18 6:30 am

Image for NATION: Hastie goes over the top while Hanson spills the beans ...

Petty, vindictive, political bastardry, the signature theme of our bastardised, post-modern, dog-eat-dog politics, erupts far and wide this week, from magical fabulist, US pseudo-President, mob don, Trump, to our mock-populist, One (White) Nation’s Pauline Hanson, who each abandon key political deals at the last minute. Consternation and chaos ensue …

The Conversation: Summit on, then off, now on again? The seemingly endless game-playing of US-North Korea relations

Inside Story: Super Saturday fever

John Menadue, Pearls and Irritations: MUNGO MacCALLUM. For Hastie to drop the bomb without warning his leader was unpardonable

Read more

13 comments

Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | International | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Legal | Personal | Society

How Suzi lost her business, marriage and home at the stroke of a pen ...

Sydney Morning Herald. Pic: Supplied
28.05.18 6:15 am

Image for How Suzi lost her business, marriage and home at the stroke of a pen ...

Suzi Burge has most of her possessions stored in containers after losing her business, her marriage and her home after the Commonwealth Bank called in her business loan …

Independent Australia: Victims of bank corruption suffer emotional trauma on top of financial ruin

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Suzi has detailed her story ...

Burge v Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Read more

2 comments

Politics | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | Personal | Society

Fifty years of Astral Weeks ...

Greg Cure*
27.05.18 7:30 am

Image for Fifty years of Astral Weeks ...

This year marks fifty years since the release of Van Morrison’s seminal work Astral Weeks. Works by Vanilla Fudge and Supertramp have perhaps not travelled so well through time and are long forgotten, but not so Astral Weeks. It is as refreshing today as it was when I first heard it around fifty years ago. When I poll myself and try and ascertain what is my all-time favourite album, on five days out of seven, it will be Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It is as equally hard to allocate a genre now as it was on its release

Read more

8 comments

Politics | International | Arts | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Society

A quick fix to your 15 Minutes of Fame?

Ted Mead* Pic*
25.05.18 6:57 am

Image for A quick fix to your 15 Minutes of Fame?

Our modern narcissistic world is all about personal exposure and fame. Images on selfy-sticks and instagram are endlessly dominating our social media platforms. Whilst it is great to share photos to our friends, it seems the whole outdoors scene in Tasmania may soon providing you with these opportunities, and unfortunately the tourism industry here thinks this is appropriate infrastructure in our National Parks now …

Read more

14 comments

Writers | Ted Mead | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Personal | Society