The Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO, Nic Moulis
21.11.13 2:47 am
If BP is feeling the squeeze from supermarket giants; the obvious question is ‘what chance have independents got?’, says the association that represents small-to-medium businesses in petroleum.
Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. MR
21.11.13 2:18 am
Venture Mineral shareholders were again reminded of the risks of the company’s proposed open-cut mine in Tasmania’s spectacular Tarkine region with a public protest outside the company’s annual general meeting in Perth today.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison MR
20.11.13 2:47 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, commented on the Prime Minister’s response to his question on Bass Strait transport costs. “The Prime Minister’s commitment today to his election promise regarding Bass Strait is welcome. Just before the federal election the Coalition promised to conduct a Productivity Commission and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission review into Tasmania’s shipping costs, and his statement today to in fact do so is good news for Tasmania.
Bronwyn Fancourt, PhD candidate School of Zoology, University of Tasmania. First published November 6
18.11.13 4:00 am
The case of the declining eastern quoll: correlation equals causation – or does it? In a word, no. It is human nature to try and draw links between events that happen in tandem – it’s how we try and make sense of the world and understand why things happen the way they do. But we have to be careful not to ...
• Ethical Gambler, in Comments: Been in Las Vegas for a few days but better gambling odds here I think. Hope discussion has not closed? I hereby up the offer (ref #26 and #28)to Fox Eradication Program people or independent fox program supporters as follows - “I hereby bet $10,000 that the Tasmanian Fox Eradication Program cannot prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that its Foxoff fox poisoning has NOT CAUSED AT LEAST 15% OF THE POPULATION DECLINE OF THE EASTERN QUOLL in Tasmania.” Betting Rules: 1 All argument from both sides be in the form of written presentations in Tasmanian Times. 2 A jury of independent scientists will decide the winner. The jury selection and its verdict decision process will be as in criminal trials, with scope for both sides to have a say in the jury scientists selected. 3. No new research to be conducted, but unpublished DPIPWE data can be used.
Nick Mooney, Wildlife Biologist
18.11.13 3:30 am
My, how you’ve grown (3) ... another update on the Peregrines
Isla MacGregor, Mining Spokesperson, Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network MR
18.11.13 3:05 am
An investigation by the Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN) has found over 75 heavy metal poisoned waterways in Tasmania. These 75 mining contaminated waterways are a wake up call to Tasmanians during debate over many future mining proposals across the state.
18.11.13 3:00 am
This is the 27tth extract from Our Corrupt Legal System, by Evan Whitton (@EvanWhitton1) available free at netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
18.11.13 2:45 am
Preparations for the Taste festival have been thrown into disarray after a planned series of cooking demonstrations using feral and pest animals had to be abandoned. The program began to unravel when the Fox Eradication Program said it would not be able to produce any foxes for the guest chefs.
Sarawak Report via Lano Zen. Pic*
18.11.13 2:30 am
Hours after the armed arrest of 8 of his relatives, including two young teenage boys, the people of Sarawak will be stunned at the amazing bravery of one young Penan boy at the Murum Dam blockade.
Kay Seltitzas, Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania MR
18.11.13 1:55 am
Every year since November 2010 I have received an Abatement Notice from West Coast Council advising me that I must cut and remove the grass at my property in Murchison Street, Rosebery as it poses a fire risk.
18.11.13 12:23 am
Travellers’ Good Buys for week beginning November 18.
David Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org Pic*
18.11.13 12:21 am
In his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says there’s a valley in Wales called Cwm Hetiau, which means The Valley of the Hats.
18.11.13 12:19 am
Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Palomino Fino
18.11.13 12:14 am
Lord Nelson Three Sheets
ABC. Pic: Alona Hunter. First published November 14
17.11.13 10:30 am
State Parliament has moved to open up Hobart’s Mount Wellington to development, with one MLC happy to see shopping on the summit.
• don knowler, in Comments: everytime i read of a push for development on mt wellington i look out of my kitchen window and see that the summit is shrouded in cloud. this morning you couldn’t even see the mountain. let’s hope the shops tania rattray is so keen to see up there sell raincoats. and as for greg hall comparing mt wellington to table mountain in cape town, he needs to google a picture of the south african peak (he can’t have been there) to see that its cable car rises to the summit in one span. table mountain actually overhangs cape town and is not 10 kilometres or so away. enough of this nonsense and let’s see sensible unobtrusive development at the springs. restoring the long-lost native gardens there would be a start.
• Sue DeNim, in Comments: Oh how frightfully telling of the intellect (or lack there of) of our blundering MLC’s. Greg Hall just happens to totally neglect the fact that CapeTown has a totally different latitude and hence micro-climate than Hobart and also has a population of, wait for it, 3.74 million. But oh yes it and Hobart a quite similar? I would like to think Tania’s comment might be out of context or said in jest, but if not, that a Hobart resident has never visited the mountain and would only see fit to do so if there were shops there exposes her to be vacuous in the extreme. What that says about us who elect them is very cringeworthy.
• Pilko, in Comments: Imagine it. Pop up the hill in the cable car after work. A few beers, counter meal, keno, one arm bandits & then do your late night shopping at Woolworths on Big Bend. Tania & her fellow Timber Communities Australia members could hold their next state conference at the new summit convention centre. You know it makes sense.
• Shaun, in Comments: This is Australia where the concept of a National Park or other conservation area generally means that it has minimal development. It’s not the USA, we don’t need to have accommodation huts complete with hot showers and household furniture, restaurants and so on up there and we certainly don’t need an assortment of national chain retail stores. Nor do we need a cable car. Such things are by no means unique whereas the idea of driving up a mountain in your own car (or a rented one) *is* somewhat unique to Australian visitors to Hobart. It’s like the debate about transport. No visitor to Hobart is going to be overly impressed with a bus ride or for that matter a tram. They might serve a functional purpose, but they sure aren’t “tourist attractions”. In contrast, the Mona catamaran is at least a little bit unusual, as would be a hovercraft or getting around on a steam train.
• Gwenda Sheridan, in Comments: It is so sad to see the comments made by senior decision makers in respect of Mount Wellington. What is even sadder, if not tragic is that there is so little awareness of cultural landscape, (or heritage or historic landscape), its recognition and meanings in Tasmania. The rest of the world moves on; Tasmania appears not to want to. We can stop repeating the mantra that “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” and become more informed. Much more informed. For anyone interested take a look at ...
• Jon Sumby, in Comments: Actual quote from Rattray; ‘I am not sure whether I should confess, but I have never been to the top of Mount Wellington. When a girl comes from the country into the city, she usually likes to shop, and as far as I know not much retail therapy happens on the top of Mount Wellington. That could effectively change if there were some facilities on top of the mountain.’
• Pilko, in Comments: This morning 2000++ people including many from interstate & overseas ran to the summit of Mt.Wellington in what has become one of Hobart’s most iconic & well patronised sporting events - The Point to Pinnacle. Walkers, runners, people of all ages, shapes & sizes. How many times has the Apsley MLC visited Hobart now? I’d dare say a few hundred, maybe more. Yet after all this time one of Tasmania’s greatest natural icons is still not worth a trip in the car for Rattray-Wagner because Mt.Wellington doesnt have a Katies or Sussans. Rattray-Wagner has now told us. Mt Wellington means nothing to me because i cant consume it. Theres nothing for me to take away. Tells you a lot about how this champion of the logging industry sees her island home
Leo Schofield. First published November 13
15.11.13 4:30 am
Launch speech for Hobart Baroque, Theatre Royal, November 12: ‘I’ll conclude by reiterating that Jarrod and I are on a mission to present Tasmania as a small Island with big ideas. Hobart Baroque is one of them ...’ A few weeks ago I had a meeting in London with one of the executives of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It was basically a courtesy call following the successful visit of the company in the inaugural visit to Australia earlier this year to prepare and perform in L’isola disabitata ...
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• Mercury: Time for action Tassie ... says Jeff Kennett My question is whether the Tasmanian community understands the seriousness of its situation enough to support radical but exciting reform. Reforms such as abolishing payroll tax for all new businesses that move operations to Tasmania; abolition of the Upper House of Parliament; reduction of the number of Councils from 29 to five; investigating which Government services might be more effectively administered by other bodies or governments. The areas to built on include its natural wilderness attractions and other tourism assets; the promotion and sale of its quality agriculture, horticultural, viticultural and seafood products; the specific promotion and further development of innovation in the arts as led by MONA; the development around Barnbougle of three other world-class golf courses that generate international patronage; the long-term commitment and growth of opportunities that have been generated through Tasmania’s sponsorship with the Hawthorn Football Club. Tasmania has very little gravitas on the mainland. There is no champion of and for Tasmania and it must again punch above its weight to develop its new opportunities. • Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas has challenged former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett to stop “carping from the sidelines” and move to Tasmania and run for state parliament. And Premier Lara Giddings has warned Opposition Leader Will Hodgman: “I would be careful if I were you, Will: he is after your job from what I understand ... he wants to run in Tasmania.”
• Placido, in Comments: As the culture wars gather pace… surely this is one creative future for Tasmania. When I say culture wars I mean the war between old ways of thinking and new ways of thinking: Dig-it-up, Chop-it-down mentality against 21st century thinking which capitalises on Tasmania’s uniqueness ... not its current desire to be the Hi-Viz Capital of the World where the highest aim of its young is to be a truck driver for miners ...
• Tourism Industry Council CEO Luke Martin: Strategy and Transparency needed in events funding “This is not a criticism of the Hobart Baroque Festival, but there would be a number of event organisers around Tasmania today scratching their head wondering why reportedly $400,000 has been committed to that niche event when their calls for additional support keep falling on deaf ears,” he said.
• Steve, in Comments: Slightly disturbing seeing Kennett appearing. Beats me why people place such importance on these ex politicians. Kennett took the Liberals to power in 1992, managed to win one more election before getting kicked out. Tasmanian Labor, for all their sins, have held power since 1998 and yet Kennett, the great slasher of jobs, considers he can hold forth on their failings? I’ve no affection for our current Government but I’ve even less for blow-ins who pontificate about terrible governance by the minority Labor/Green Government, whilst conveniently forgetting his own alliance with the National Party. Big on rhetoric, short on actual examples of what has been done incorrectly and how it could have been done better. If wanted to criticise Tasmanian Labor, there’s plenty of material but most dates from when Labor was well and truly in the majority.
No Pulp Mill Alliance
15.11.13 4:00 am
Andrew Nikolic MP, Federal Member for Bass http://andrewnikolic.com/
15.11.13 3:30 am
Let me begin by acknowledging the debt of gratitude I owe to so many others, a debt that I am determined to repay through and by dedicated service in this parliament, a treasured—even sacred—privilege in trust and one which is much sought but seldom given.
• Jack, in Comments: Strange too that for 31 years Andrew would have been immersed in the ‘us and them’ concept of the military v civilian dichotomy. Stranger that such a person now believes to be well suited to represent civilians. So does the military make great people? People like Monash (engineer) had much larger careers outside the military than within it. Weary Dunlop was a surgeon caught up in war. Gough Whitlam was a war fighter pilot, but a great lawyer for a far longer time. The list goes on and on with a similar theme. The military did not make or define such great people or their values. As far as I know, neither did most push their military service as something that defined their lives for the better. Fortunately, their ideas of justice, community service and tolerance were informed by much larger perspectives. War was not a happy perspective either. I wish Andrew well, but I hope he can look forward and transcend some of his baggage. Welcome to civilian life Andrew.
• jimmy two toes, in Comments: While I don;t agree with Nikolic’s politics, his life has been all about work and service. He is a success story of our multicultural land. To find fault with a person who has migrated here, worked to raise themself from poverty to success, brought up a family (including a daughter who is now a doctor), served the country in the armed forces, and is a now a grateful politician - to criticise that progression is a sad reflection on themself. I wonder if some of the critics here have contributed even a tenth so much to the community in terms of service, taxes, responsibility and personal risk?
Jan Davis' Tasmanian Country Column today. Pic: of Barnaby Joyce
15.11.13 3:00 am
In April this year, the then Labor government announced a national farm finance package that was aimed at helping farmers with their financial arrangements as they faced the many challenges, both anticipated and extraordinary, of running their businesses.
Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Save the Tarkine MR. First published Nov 14
14.11.13 4:15 am
Save the Tarkine has described the damage to Aboriginal heritage sites at West Point as a reprehensible act of vandalism.
14.11.13 4:10 am
A parliamentary committee has handed over parts of its investigation into Tasmania’s RSPCA to authorities.
Katharine Murphy, Guardian Australia
14.11.13 3:30 am
An emotional Kevin Rudd quit politics on Wednesday night, saying his family had declared that enough was enough.
Christine Milne, Nick McKim
14.11.13 3:00 am
14.11.13 2:30 am
“Carne” in Latin and European derivative languages means “flesh”. I decided to one day illustrate skulls I had and the idea was born. As I feel I give these skulls another life, it is a play on the idea of them reincarnated. The first series of skulls take on a Japanese theme. I have sourced high quality inks from Japan that follow a copperplate traditional printing process. The next series I will focus on vintage medical manuals and some tribal patterning. I want the skulls to look raw, clean and step away from cliché taxidermy.
Mercury, Pic: of Freycenit Lodge
14.11.13 2:07 am
THE RACT has confirmed it is buying Federal Group’s regional tourism businesses Freycinet Lodge, Cradle Mountain Chateau, Strahan Village and Gordon River Cruises.
Sean Stevenson, Mercury. Pic: of David Lonergan
14.11.13 1:08 am
He wasn’t so much a victim of racing as a champion of its cause. His eyes always lit up when he talked about the great horses he’d seen, or the colourful characters he’d met along the way. He had a rare understanding and respect for the talents of the greats—Bart Cummings of course, and jockey Geoff Lane. David was thrilled when Lane was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame this year.
13.11.13 6:00 am
Hi! My name is Kathy Dudley and I am a beef producer and spring water supplier from Yolla in North-West Tassie.
Col Bailey. First published November 12
13.11.13 5:00 am
Dear Jennifer Mills ( TT here ). Please let me put your mind at rest; the thylacine is not extinct. You apparently write mostly fictional articles - I write only factual accounts, and the fact is as I have already stated, the thylacine is not extinct.
EPA, via Jon Sumby. First published November 12
13.11.13 4:59 am
Public Comment Invited Until 22 November 2013 Indicoal Mining Australia Pty Ltd has proposed to construct and operate an export coal mine. The mine would have a production level of 400,000 tonnes per annum initially, rising to 910,000 tonnes per annum after two years. Expected mine life is eight years. The proposed mine would be located off the Lyell Highway approximately 4 km west of Hamilton, Tasmania. Crushing of coal would be carried out on site. The mine would be open cut with adjacent overburden stockpiles. Details of the proposal are available in the Notice of Intent (NOI) which can be viewed below.
• Cornish Manne, in Comments: This is an extension of an existing mine which has been operating on and off for 50 to 100 years and at one stage was the lifeblood of the town of Hamilton. It has been an underground operation – the entrance was on the Brasher farm - and at the moment there is an open cut mine there with overburden on a farm owned by the Whelan family. The locals have seen it as a good employment opportunity for the district. Some use the coal for home heating.
Ben Quin*, Crikey, Climate Spectator, Huff Post. First published November 11•
13.11.13 4:58 am
Climate change ‘exaggerated’, says former Australian PM. John Howard, anointed vessel of the one true Liberal belief, has recently described Australians who support the scientific arguments of climate change theory as zealots. He extended the religious analogy even more directly with his reported comment “the cause has become a substitute religion”.
• Tristan Edis, Climate Spectator Editor, on Crikey: Why understanding John Howard’s climate cognition is important
• Guardian: Australia is on track for its warmest ever year, says study The past 12 months have been 0.22C warmer than any other equivalent period prior to 2013, says Climate Council
• Nick McKim: Greens urge Parliament support for Colin Russell’s release “We are not the only ones who are disturbed by Russia’s incarceration of Mr Russell and his fellow crew on piracy and hooliganism charges. Recently the Dutch government lodged a formal complaint with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea demanding the release of all those under arrest.” “Russia is aggressively attempting to intimidate peaceful protests highlighting the threat of climate change, in order to protect the vested interests of Russia’s Gazprom energy company.” “It threatens the fundamental principle of the right to protest and freedom of speech.”