Facebook: Hobart City Council Just for Fun
09.11.15 8:15 am
The Taste of Tasmania was once the pinnacle of Tasmanian events, a shining light at a time when Tasmania was desperately trying to find its mojo. Beyond a showcase of Tassie produce, it showed our potential as a food mecca and introduced our potential to those outside of the state. Today, Hobart City Council loses almost a million dollars a year on the Taste. It is not the fault of the food vendors, or the public. It is the fault of council. So what went so terribly wrong? The truth is, Tasmanians don’t look forward to the Taste the way they did. Value for money has gone south, buskers and entertainment have become ho-hum, and lines and seating are an unfixed problem. Right there are powerful clues as to why people are tiring of it. This year’s numbers signal the end: applications for The Taste are down a whopping 40% from last year. There’s no surer sign that the event is in its death throes; more, it’s a wake-up call to council, a giant finger pointing directly at Council’s multiple failings ...
09.11.15 7:50 am
Malcolm Turnbull’s accession to the prime ministership was greeted with a wave of euphoria, high expectations and even love. But was this because it was widely believed that Turnbull would really provide a sea change in Australia’s political direction, or was it just huge relief, from all sides of the political spectrum, that two years of gross incompetence, mendacity, inconsistency, confrontational politics, inhumane policies, and of a massively unpopular government, were finally over?
09.11.15 7:45 am
Both the Tasmanian government and the Tourism Industry Council have criticized Lonely Planet’s latest guide ( ABC Wrap HERE and Will Hodgman HERE and Cassy O’Connor HERE and Cassy O’Connor HERE and Bryan Green HERE and Nick McKim HERE and Joan Rylah HERE ) for saying the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s Wilderness are under threat from government policies.
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: November 9. Pic*
09.11.15 3:30 am
‘We will aim to do more’, a glad-handed Greg Hunt promises the world, having just begun the week by breaking his promise to Tiwi Islanders over Port Melville. ‘Port Oversight’ mysteriously popped up while no-one was looking with not even a nod or a wink at any environmental impact, let alone Environment Ministry permission. The facility will refuel up to 40 ships per week and endanger marine creatures in hitherto pristine waters but it’s all been sorted, thank you. Nothing to see here. Move along. The adults are in charge.
Anthony Amis, Friends of the Earth, via Dr Alison Bleaney
09.11.15 2:35 am
In July 2015, a researcher based in South Australia forwarded information to Friends of the Earth regarding non-microbiological detections in drinking water across Tasmania during 2013-14.
09.11.15 2:30 am
Amnesty International’s recent report, By Hook or by Crook makes for troubling reading. Having collected evidence from asylum seekers and crew who were forcibly returned to Indonesia by Australian officials after money changed hands, Amnesty is now calling for a Royal Commission to be held. Australia appears to have breached the UN convention on transnational organized crime and the Protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air that we both signed and ratified.
Dr Michael Powell JP, Lecturer, Launceston. First published September 7
09.11.15 2:29 am
… Dr Powell has taken Mr Nikolic to the Anti-Discrimination Commission claiming Mr Nikolic’s action amounted to political discrimination and an attempt to silence his political expression. “There is the emergence of a ‘Jackboot democracy’ in Australia and a disturbing trend towards shutting down opposing opinion.” Dr Powell added …
• Susan in Comments: to Michael Powell I also have been a target of this man for asking a question on his time line, the question was on disabled and carers, i was removed from his site and when i emailed him was met with an answer of contempt for my political beliefs which had nothing to do what so ever with the question. I was stopped in my tracks to make the contents public by saying this was a private email. the email was in response to me after I questioned on being removed for asking a basic question via email. im a 62 and a sole carer to my multiply disabled son, but im a green supporter, and this was my downfall with Him which he was aware of due to my letters to the paper
David Dayen, The Intercept
09.11.15 2:28 am
Banks and other financial institutions would be able to use provisions in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership to block new regulations that cut into their profits, according to the text of the trade pact released this week.
Blooberg Business. Image*
09.11.15 2:00 am
• Riyadh will import all the wheat needed for 2016 consumption. • Aquifers that had irrigated wheat crops depleting rapidly
David Vine, Politico Magazine, via Isla MacGregor. AP Picture ...
09.11.15 1:45 am
Inside the disturbing sex industry thriving around America’s bases.
Bill Hoffman, APN
09.11.15 1:05 am
HE was regarded as one of the greatest players to pull on a jumper for the Melbourne Demons, a three-time Victorian Football League premiership winner, club life member, 12-time Victorian representative and a member of the historic “Galah” squad’s 1968 International Rules football world tour.
09.11.15 1:00 am
A range of new Paleo public toilets will be installed in Melbourne’s inner north, allowing devotees to relieve themselves just as our ancestors did.
09.11.15 12:55 am
... Should Not Be Playing On Pitches As The One On Offer In The First Test At Mohali Team India, after losing the Twenty20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) series to South Africa, have made a positive start to the final leg of the Proteas’ 72-day long tour of India. Their 108-run win in the first Test at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, has given them a 1-0 lead in the 4-match Test series. This is the first time India have led South Africa in this titanic tussle, named as The Freedom Series, between the two sides that have played and produced good cricket throughout.
Bob Burton. Photo Bob Burton. First published November 4
06.11.15 5:15 am
The Hodgman Government’s approach to pathology privatisation and the unsolicited bids process is symptomatic of the Government’s predilection of secretive deal-making involving public assets such as land, buildings and public services. That major Liberal Party donors may be lobbying for potentially very lucrative contracts – whether through the unsolicited bids process or otherwise – makes the case for complete transparency even stronger.
• John Hayward in Comments: I’m advised that a donation to the Liberal Party can be distinguished from an improper inducement by arising from a Party-approved form of altruism exercised in secrecy. Under Party rules, the terms “intellectual property” and ” business in confidence” have incantatory powers which preclude further explanation.
Martyn Goddard, Health Analyst Pic* First published November 4
06.11.15 5:00 am
Patients in need of urgent attention are being made to wait for up to two years or more for their first consultation with a specialist in Tasmania’s main public hospitals. Extraordinary waiting times are endangering the lives of some patients. Newly-released data reveals the seriousness of the state’s ‘hidden’ waiting lists. People are not counted on other waiting lists, such as those for elective surgery, until they have had their first consultation with a hospital specialist.
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Bob Burton. Pic: ABC of Matthew Groom. First published November 3
06.11.15 4:45 am
The State Government is refusing to disclose details of unsolicited bids received by the Office of the Coordinator-General from companies pitching proposals for the privatisation of government assets or other business “opportunities.” Nor will it rule out that one of the proposals relates to the privatisation of pathology services.
Martyn Goddard, Health Analyst. First published November 2
06.11.15 4:30 am
Tasmania’s state health system has been underfunded, compared with those in other states, by at least $1.4 billion over the past decade.
• Download the Decade of Neglect: Under-funding of health services in Tasmania ...
Rosemary Bolger, ABC. ABC pic
04.11.15 3:06 am
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet is standing by its latest advice to travellers to visit Tasmania before its wilderness is “compromised”, rejecting suggestions of political interference.
• phill Parsons in Comments: It’s so Tasmania focused. To get a clearer view remember that Lonely Planet also referred to the Great Barrier Reef. No wild area is safe under the current business as usual and the proposed reductions in emissions flagged for the Paris COP later this year. Sea and sky islands will be severely compromised if not disappear, coral reefs will undergo massive die offs if not collapse under the pressure of ocean acidification and forests will retreat across the landscape as drying and changed fire frequencies add extra pressure to the balance that sustains them. Indonesia’s fires not only affect the terrestrial they also compromise coral reefs affecting the protein flow to humans onshore. Are we too stupid and greedy to learn and change direction. I hope not but experience tells me otherwise.
Ted Cutlan, Spokesperson for Residents Opposed to a Cable Car Media Release. Pic*
04.11.15 3:00 am
The Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT) has approved the amendment to the Pinnacle Specific Area of Mt Wellington. They chose to announce this on Melbourne Cup day in a cynical attempt to hide what can only be described as an atrocious decision.
“A more cynical person could also think that the government has used the cable car and its proponent as a ‘Trojan horse’ to get these changes made.”
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SEPTEMBER 2012 ... Keep the mountain as is, says Don Knowler ...
• Don Knowler: The Man on the Mountain On his way to work each day Donald Knowler would look up at a silent, majestic Mount Wellington and want to be there. Now free of the stresses and strains of work he walks the mountain most days, and revels in her untamed beauty. Here he adds his voice who those who want to keep “mother mountain” in her natural state. Geoff Law’s comment HERE: A very beautiful piece of writing, Don. It encapsulates all the positive reasons for keeping the mountain wild without having to enumerate all the practical reasons not to have a cable car.
• Cassy O’Connor: ‘Open For Business’ Ensures Cable Car Proponent’s Easy Ride The gazettal today of a boundary extension to the development zone on kunanyi/Mt Wellington is proof that ‘open for business’ means private developers can be assured they will be given ready access to public assets under this Liberal Government.
• Rob Walls in Comments: They’re back! The mountain merry-go-round, circus ride, crowd. Adrian Bold and “I let someone use my computer to post comments”. Bob Palendrome? Hmmm! This time so full of idealism that just like a mining company, they promise they’ll rehabilitate the landscape if the project fails. An earlier comment mentioned flying pigs. Don’t look up. That’s not a cable car, it’s the porcine air force. Luckily, banks are pretty good at assessing financial risk. So it won’t happen.
Amy McQuire, New Matilda. Pic of Annabel Crabb
04.11.15 2:25 am
When Crabb breaks bread with the Morrisons and Macklins of the world she helps further marginalise the people being punished by their policies, writes Amy McQuire.
Luke Crowley, Director, Professionals Australia (Tasmania Branch), John Short. Secretary, AMWU Media Release
04.11.15 2:20 am
Professionals Australia (PA) and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is calling for Hydro Tasmania and the State Government to come clean on their plans for over 200 skilled professionals and trades staff in the renewable energy sector after Hydro CEO Stephen Davy admitted that Hydro is investigating handing majority share of the Hydro consulting business to Power China and its subsidiaries.
• Steve in Comments: So, Jeremy Rockliff tells us that the Government is not selling Entura. Excellent, but what are they doing? I remember Mr Rockliff from pulp mill days and if he told me it was a nice day, I’d pack an umbrella.
04.11.15 2:14 am
• ABC: Melbourne Cup: Michelle Payne rises from nasty falls to pinnacle of horse racing But as a female in a male-dominated sport, Payne still had to fight for acceptance and recognition of her skills - and in the wake of the biggest moment of her racing life, she laid out some home truths. “To think that (trainer) Darren Weir has given me a go and it’s (racing) such a chauvinistic sport, I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and (owner) John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me,” she said. “I put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could because I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup. I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world. “I can’t say how grateful I am to them. I just wanted to say that everyone else get stuffed, because they think women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.”
Governor Kate Warner
03.11.15 3:30 am
A reception to celebrate 20 years of the Environmental Defenders’ Office Good evening everyone. My husband Dick and I warmly welcome you to this reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Defenders’ Office Tasmania.
BUT WAIT ... there’s more ...
Dr Michael Powell, Lecturer, Launceston. ABC pic of UTAS VC Peter Rathjen
02.11.15 4:45 am
UTAS Vice-Chancellor, Peter Rathjen, has conceded there had been substantial staff cuts in Launceston and the wholesale removal of courses, services and functions to Hobart. Before a packed lecture theatre at a recent Launceston campus ‘roadshow’ last Tuesday he said UTAS had “cross subsidised” the north by “$750 million” since University amalgamation and this justified the cuts. The implication was clear. Launceston is a financial burden on the University and in effect Launceston should feel grateful for any university presence at all.
MEANWHILE ... at Adelaide Uni ...
• NGOs cry foul over Taib RM1.2m donation to Adelaide Uni Several NGOs have demanded Australia’s Adelaide University to fully disclose its fundraising efforts with former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud following revelations of the Taib’s past donations totalling A$400,000 (RM1.2 million). Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) said a Freedom of Information Act request by South Australian Greens MP Mark Parnell has forced the university to disclose the donations made between 1987 and 2006. “The newly disclosed papers are showing that the university actively raised funds with the then Sarawak chief minister and helped conceal the origin of the funds. “On request of Taib, the university publicly stated the donations had been made by ‘Sarawak Alumni’.
Bob Lubout* Pic*
02.11.15 4:25 am
I wish I could share the optimism Christine Milne voiced during the speech she made at the Press Club earlier this year.
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: November 2. Pic: Tony salutes Margaret ...
02.11.15 4:20 am
‘Get your snout out of the trough, Hockey, you double-dipping hypocrite!’ Nick Xenophon begins the week by tipping a bucket of iced water over the Joe-love-making, turd-polishing and brazen re-writing of the history of the two long years of the Abbott government. The new history thrives. Everything that Abbott and Hockey did was on the right track; they just had trouble selling their message and their reforms were blocked by those crossbench bastards in the senate. The deluge of obsequies that marks the dismissal of the failed treasurer barely pauses. Xenophon uses other words but his voice is a refreshing corrective to Joe’s fawning, fulsome, farewell tributes. It’s also a fair call; uttered with conviction if not sincerity. No wonder, the man has to start his own party.
The SA senator has a sense of humour. ‘I just want to help Joe Hockey fulfil his dream of ending the age of entitlement by Joe Hockey setting an example for the rest of us,” he says, drily. Joe’s ambassadorial golden handcuffs, however, are designed to keep Hockey overseas and out of Malcolm’s face while the PM works out what to do with Abbott, the hydrophobic junkyard dog who appears increasingly deranged. Telling Europe what to do with its refugees is his latest stunt. Coming out as an antipodean Maggie Thatcher but without the hair and elocution lessons, or the handbag, a rabid Abbott harangues an after-dinner stupor of Tories and other squiffy, port-befuddled conservative ratbags who pay four hundred pounds each to suffer his diatribe. They are shocked by the gibbering madman’s lunatic proposals and his presumption. It quite puts one off one’s port and stilton. They leave muttering that the poor fellow had better see a good doctor.
Turnbull cannot afford to stall much longer. He cannot sustain, forever, the momentum of the novelty of his not being Abbott and his capacity to speak whole sentences. The naïve trust placed in him will rapidly turn into a crushing burden of disappointment.
• Kathryn Barnsley, Croakey: Increase GST? Or tax for better health… In the wake of the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, University of Tasmania academic Kathryn Barnsley urges governments to get real in tackling the determinants of poor health. Rather than discussing GST hikes, perhaps we could be looking to ways to more effectively tax and regulate the businesses causing so much poor health, she argues. Kathryn Barnsley writes … (click on header)
02.11.15 4:12 am
It’s finally here, it’s long overdue, and it will be causing shock waves of panic through the mighty coal and oil magnate’s psyche.
The Age. Pic: of Eric Abetz. First published October 24
02.11.15 4:05 am
Demoted former cabinet minister Eric Abetz has used the offensive word “negro” while defending his opposition to same-sex marriage during a radio interview.
• Mike Moore, Hervey Bay: I wish Eric had a friend with the courage to tell him that it is no longer 1950.
• Old Man A Ross: This DODO Bird is thoroughly locked in an ultra-conservative past that virtually no-one else inhabits.
• John Hawkins in Comments: Luigi #17. I hear today that Abetz is going to stand at the next Senate Election. I heartily concur with your suggestion Abetz as #4 on the Liberal Senate ticket. His enormous popularity with the electors will still see him elected and a Liberal triumph will have been achieved…...
• Leo Schofield in Comments: I met the odious Abetz but once. It was at a dinner at Government House hosted by the former governor, the late Peter Underwood in honour of the recently appointed Australian Ambassador to France who is gay and has a long-term partner. It must have galled Abetz to be seated at the same table. Over coffee afterwards I tried to avoid meeting him but was propelled in his direction and introduced. A saurian smile formed on his face and he said, in a voice larded with menace and forced through gritted teeth: “You’ve written things about me.” The man is seriously scary.
• John Hawkins in Comments: The Examiner has run yet another Abetz puff piece which includes this magnificent quote from Abetz; “You get into politics to serve not to succeed.” His comment epitomises the convoluted thinking of this sacked Liberal troublemaker. Most people endeavour to succeed ... not Tasmania’s number one on the ticket Senator Abetz. Why?
02.11.15 4:00 am
Corruption is white collar (non-violent) crime. If systematic, which it usually is, it is organised crime.
02.11.15 3:30 am
In a series of articles published by the Tasmanian Times over the years – the Chronicles – Donald Knowler has set out to record the life and death of the industry he has served for more than half a century, that of the newspaper. He has sought to reveal the unknown and esoteric in an ancient field of journalism reaching the autumn of its existence, a world now referred to derisively as “dead tree” media after the emergence of the internet, which is rapidly succeeding print.
Life at the Typeface is Knowler’s latest contribution to the Tasmanian Times.