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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (45)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic: The Dunalley bushfire conflagration
12.01.15 2:15 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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How to be an ace reporter

Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 Pic*
12.01.15 2:00 am

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Never write down to your readers; anyone stupider than you can’t read. - American editor to cub reporter

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Campaign for ‘The Springs Visitor Information Centre’

Jason Turvey Spokesperson - Respect The Mountain Media Release
12.01.15 1:35 am

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In keeping with our belief that there are options for sustainable and sensitive development on kunanyi / Mount Wellington, Respect The Mountain officially launched their campaign for ‘The Spring Visitor Information Centre’ today.

• A techno glitch denied comments on this story ... go mad and comment ...

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How other nations treat Heritage sites ...

Erdinç Çelikkan ANKARA, Hurriyet Daily News
12.01.15 1:30 am

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Massive ancient underground city discovered in Turkey’s Nevşehir With 2014 soon coming to an end, potentially the year’s biggest archeological discovery of an underground city has come from Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir, which is known world-wide for its Fairy Chimneys rock formation.

Stating that they were going to move the urban transformation project to the outskirts of the city, Turan said they had paid 90 million Turkish Liras for the project already, but did not see this as a loss, as this discovery may be the world’s largest underground city.

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Stand up ... before our capacity to do so is stolen from us ...

Urban Wronski* Satire* Pub: Jan 8
09.01.15 4:00 am

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Fast as a rat up a drainpipe, Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to link the tragic killing of twelve employees and the injuring of eleven others in an horrific attack on the staff of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris with the Sydney siege despite the two incidents being completely unrelated and totally different.

Buzzfeed: 23 Heartbreaking Cartoons From Artists Responding To The Charlie Hebdo Shooting

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

• Greg James, in Comments: Support for the security services should be mandatory and the thought police should all be awarded medals, grog and pay rises for their bravery under criticism. All beaurocrats should be given a license to kill, not just the Police and secret guys. I say it is time to organise against difference, no more sarongs on our beaches, this type of suppression of women created by the fashion industry is a conspiracy against the bikini and our beautiful budgie smugglers and matching hairy legs.

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Government to Enable SLAPP Suits ... the only state in Australia

NICK McKIM MP | Greens Justice spokesperson Media Release. Other Reactions. Guardian. Pub: Jan 7
08.01.15 11:00 am

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Attorney General Vanessa Goodwin will reopen opportunities for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP suits) if she proceeds with plans to allow large corporations to sue for defamation.

Peg Putt: Vow to stand up for free speech ... Markets For Change says Tasmania is precipitating a national fight and has vowed not to be intimidated or silenced in the face of proposed Tasmanian government legislation designed to stifle free speech and undermine uniform national defamation laws.

Vanessa Goodwin: Tasmanian government standing up for Tasmanian jobs ...

Tonight (Tuesday) is your last chance ...

Guardian: Tasmania moves to allow corporations to sue protesters for defamation The Tasmanian government has committed to giving corporations the right to sue protesters for defamation, part of a package of anti-protest laws that included legislation last year which beefed up jail sentences and fines for “unlawful” demonstrations. The state’s attorney general, Vanessa Goodwin, said the government “remains committed to implementing” the change, which would make Tasmania the only jurisdiction in the country where corporations could seek such redress. … The president of the Tasmanian Law Society, Matthew Verney, said the proposed laws were unnecessary and “impinged on people’s ability to speak freely”. Goodwin is yet to table any legislation, but Verney said “the noises that have been made about it suggest that it’s going to be very draconian”. “Ostensibly it would look like the current state government is trying to limit speech and limit criticism of things like the forestry industry. But the worry for us is that it would go far beyond the forestry industry,” he said. Nationally consistent libel laws were introduced in 2006 removing the right of corporations to sue for defamation, but retaining their right to make a similar claim, injurious falsehood, where it can be proved that a malicious statement had a financial impact. It is likely that under any new defamation law in Tasmania, corporations would not need to prove economic loss, only that the reputation of the company was disparaged by a false or misleading claim.

MEANWHILE ... China - Tasmania’s great investment hope - goes the opposite way ...

Guardian: China encourages environmental groups to sue polluters China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. Social groups that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its website. They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the organisation is based.

Karl’s view: A good win for organised crime ...

• John Biggs, in Comments: SLAPP suits and defamation suits are surely entirely different. Defence in defamation is that what is said is true and it is in the public interest to say it. SLAPP suits are not based on truth or public interest but on whether the company can argue successfully that they have lost profits. So what Hodgman and Co are proposing is a totally new dimension of litigation that favours the corporate world but threatens ordinary citizens who are genuinely concerned about the deleterious effects of the operations of a company and publicly state their concern in the public interest. This is government backed corporate fascism.

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After the Charlie Hebdo attack, we must resist the clash-of-civilisations narrative

Homa Khaleeli. Guardian
08.01.15 10:00 am

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Terrorism feeds on society’s fears – and the relentless questioning of Muslims’ loyalty plays into its hands

Guardian Opinion: Those guns were trained on free speech

Jessica Reed, Guardian: Charlie Hebdo’s spirit will endure, despite this atrocity

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Guardian: Charlie Hebdo’s history of challenging and angering fundamentalists

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Lissa Johnson: The Political Capital Of Fear: How It Helps Governments And Why

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Forico Risks Community Support by Channeling Ghost of Gunns

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. Pub: Jan 7
08.01.15 5:30 am

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Pulp Mill stench will drive away customers.

Community opposition to the pulp mill remains steadfast “It’s time KordaMentha cut their losses and accepted these remaining ‘assets’ are all but worthless. The pulp mill dream will never be accepted by the community. For the majority of Tasmanians it has been nothing but a ten-year nightmare,” Ms Layton-Bennett concluded.

TAP: Public opposition to the project has not diminished

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Ever wonder what happens when you drain a lake ... ?

Rod How. Pub: Jan 6
07.01.15 3:55 am

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Published on Jan 2, 2015 Flying the entire Howells Main Drain, South to North. A distance of 3 km. The ditch was dug by hand about 1911. What a backbreaking job it must have been. Howells Plain has been at the bottom of Lake Rowallan for about 50 years. The lake is drained while repairs are done to the dam. Job will be finished about May.

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All about Mid-19th century alpine grazing structures on the Central Plateau. Documenting a national heritage by Simon Cubit, Kathryn Allen, David Parham and Ken Felton

• Chris Sharples, in Comments: # 3.  You are peddling a misconception. Hydro lakes are not ‘full of silt’ as you imagine, because they are not being fed by rivers full of sediment. The point about the draining of Lake Rowallan is precisely that it shows the lake has not filled with silt. And as far as Lake Pedder goes, in fact divers have been to the old Lake Pedder beach beneath the Fake Pedder impoundment, and do you know what they found?  A millimetre or two of fine fluffy organic (algal) debris on the bottom (which if exposed would wash away in the first rain), and all the sandy landforms perfectly preserved, even down to old 1972 aircraft tyre tracks on the sand. Peddling the false notion that Fake Pedder is ‘full of silt’ simply demonstrates that you do not understand geomorphic processes. For real information on this and related topics, see the symposium volume I edited entitled:  Sharples, C., (editor), 2001: “Lake Pedder: Values and Restoration”; Occasional Paper No. 27, Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania. (copies in good libraries etc, not sure if its available online).

• Chris Sharples, in Comments: Funny thing is, just last week I spent six days paddling my sea kayak around Fake Pedder observing the state of the current shoreline, the lack of dead trees in most areas, and the intact nature of the drowned fibrous organic soils.  I also previously have convened a symposium on the lake and edited a volume of scientific papers on the state of the lake and its prospects for restoration.  I suggest you read that volume (see #4 & #5 above) before you peddle further uninformed mis-information.

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Falls Festival does it again! - The full wrap

Gavin Boyd (aka The G-Train)
07.01.15 3:50 am

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Empire of the Sun brought in the New Year after a fairly uninspiring set. Front man Luke Steele took the stage looking not unlike a futuristic prostitute and after playing for about 45 minutes had the audience convinced that Empire of the Sun simply don’t have many good songs. Which left many in the crowd wishing that Steele hadn’t found God, hadn’t turned into a complete knob and had stayed with his much better band ‘the Sleepy Jackson’.

Despite this Falls had again been a success, the crowds were back at record levels, the bands were solid, and there were still quite a few girls walking around with at least 50% of their arse cheeks hanging out of the bottom of their shorts.

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Meaning lies deep and goes in all directions, like a dream

Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pub: Jan 5
06.01.15 4:00 am

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A well-trodden bush track. Not noteworthy or iconic. You wouldn’t find it in a Lonely Planet guide. Could almost be anywhere. Growing up in Tasmania we’ve all found ourselves on bush paths like this one.

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STATE: Deal ... or No Deal? Revelations from the Triabunna Chip Mill Inquiry ...

Hansard. Satire: Ted Mead. Pub: Jan 5
06.01.15 3:30 am

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THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MET IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, HOBART, ON MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2014. TRIABUNNA WOODCHIP MILL AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT DR JULIAN AMOS WAS CALLED, MADE THE STATUTORY DECLARATION AND WAS EXAMINED.

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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

Eric Metaxas, Wall St Journal. Eben Alexander
05.01.15 4:00 am

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The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer.

• Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD: The Map of Heaven ... How Science, Religion and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife ...

• Chris Sharples, in Comments: No, causation - like time, space, energy, matter, the laws and constants of physics, and all the other properties of the universe - is an emergent phenomenon, not a fundamental one.  The only fully satisfactory and non-contradictory explanation for the order of the universe (including causation) is that all order ultimately arises from the chaos (i.e., ultimately from the truly random quantum noise that dominates below the Planck scale) that is the ultimate ground state of reality. (Again, it is another misconception that “absolute nothing” would have to be the initial state of reality, from which “something” somehow emerged. Pure quantum chaos makes more sense - because unlike a state of ‘perfect nothingness’, pure chaos by definition requires no explanation.

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Poetry and Anti-poetry

© Niels Hav – Translated by Heather Spears
05.01.15 3:50 am

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We are too old to be unhappy, and it is too late to die young. Together or one by one we sit reading the newspapers. Just so we won’t have to be all alone with our speculations.

• All about Nicanor Parra ...

TT Books: OPEN HOUSE poetry David Brooks

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NATION: The Political Capital Of Fear: How It Helps Governments And Why

Lissa Johnson* http://www.lissajohnson.com.au/ , New Matilda.
05.01.15 3:45 am

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A truthful response by our elected leaders to the siege in Martin Place is crucial to good societal health. Dr Lissa Johnson explains why we got something else.

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NATION: How Scott Morrison was parachuted in ...

Paul Sheehan, Fairfax
05.01.15 3:15 am

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News Limited was willing to pay dearly for this story not to be published. It first offered a $110,000 payment, plus a private apology, to avoid going to court. But the price it demanded was that the matter be kept confidential. The company was told to take a jump. See you in court.

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NATION: Tony Abbott’s Reshuffle ...

Urban Wronski
05.01.15 3:00 am

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Tony Abbott was the man who could never be prime minister. “He’s just too right-wing,” a colleague told the Courier-Mail. “Too hardline,” said another to Abbott’s face. “He’s very much a mid-20th century sort of a bloke,” declared Labor strategist Bruce Hawker in early June, only to be trumped the following evening by Kevin Rudd, on the 7.30 program, who called him “one of the most extreme right-wing conservative leaders or politicians that the Liberal Party has thrown up”.

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Gamergate: Swedish gaming companies tackle sexism in video games

Guardian, via Isla MacGregor
05.01.15 2:50 am

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The industry has been catering for the stereotypical male gamer for too long, but in Sweden games companies are taking action

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The grotesque must-read of the year

Martin Flanagan, Saturday Reflection, The Age
05.01.15 2:44 am

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Former Monty Python member John Cleese said this book woke him in the night scared. Why? Because at one level, Hack Attack by Nick Davies is the fast-moving story of how the illegal phone-hacking being practised by journalists at News of the World on a mass scale was exposed. But, at an even more disturbing level, it is the map of an unholy web of influence that deformed British democracy.

WHAT YOU WON’T READ IN THE PAPERS: JAMES DOLEMAN’S SMART SUMMATION OF THREE SUN TRIALS SO FAR ...

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (44)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic: A Robin
05.01.15 2:30 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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Where Have All the Cod Gone? The End of Capitalism ...

New York Times
05.01.15 2:15 am

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — IN November, regulators from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shut down recreational and commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine, that enchanting arm of the coastal sea stretching east-northeast from Cape Cod. They did not have much choice: Federal law requires action to rebuild fish stocks when they are depleted, and recent surveys revealed cod populations to be at record lows, despite decades of regulations intended to restore them.

Guardian: Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism Political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin believes that the creation of a super internet heralds new economic system that could solve society’s sustainability challenges … At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths. This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation. Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says: “No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces. With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs. We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.

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Materialist success has come at a cost

Ross Gittins BusinessDay, SMH
05.01.15 2:00 am

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Tired of obsessing over what happened in the economy yesterday? Well, just this once, let’s go to the opposite extreme and look at what’s been happening during the past 200 years. And let’s broaden the focus from poor ailing Oz to the whole world.

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Russia again claims Ukraine shot down MH17

The Guardian
05.01.15 1:45 am

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Russian committee announces anonymous testimony in similar development to photographs released in November that were dismissed as fakes

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The storm clouds gather; the goal posts recede ...

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05.01.15 1:30 am

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8 December 1983 LONDON, WEDNESDAY. The Oxford-Cambridge Rugby match has intrigued me since I read Archie Macdonell’s description in England, Their England.

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First Day of the Month ... and Year ...

Pictures: Isla MacGregor, Rob Walls, https://www.facebook.com/rob.walls.9?fref=ts
01.01.15 12:20 am

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Well ... we’re officially shut down ... but couldn’t resist posting these piccies from Isla and Rob to celebrate First Day of The Month ... and the New Year. Happy New Year Wondrous Readers and Writers!x

… And with Mr Walls’ pic comes Gerard Manley Hopkins …

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The very best for Chrissy/New Year ...

Editors. Pic*
24.12.14 6:09 am

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Now where did that go ...? The year - a splendid one for Tassie Times with ever-growing readership and some quite incredible articles by readers. Thank you for all your contributions ... without you there is no Tassie Times! We’re shutting down for a coupla weeks ... but will be back in the New Year. Take a break from commenting ... ‘cause we’re taking a break from moderating. Blessings to you Every One !x

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Open Season on the Tarkine Coast

Doug Nichols* Pics: Doug Nichols. Pub: Dec 22
24.12.14 4:30 am

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I first visited the southern section of the Tarkine coast, from the mouth of the Pieman River north to the Interview River, in November 2010 and was immediately captivated by the wild beauty of the area. Less captivating, however, was the state of the track, caused by off-road vehicle access over many years; the many places where vehicles had strayed unnecessarily from the track causing damage to marsupial lawns and coastal vegetation; and the incredible number of discarded beer bottles along the whole 10kms of track between the two rivers – piles of them under practically every bush. I wish I had taken photographs of that aspect of the walk (instead I focused on the natural beauty).

Christine Milne on Tasmanian issues, Tarkine 4WD tracks and forest furnaces I totally support the actions of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are taking to court the government for the fact that they are going to re-open four-wheel-drive tracks in the Tarkine which will jeopardise aboriginal heritage. It is just shocking that this government is determined to behave in such a manner, as vandals, that is all you can call it. It was bad enough that Minister Burke under the last government failed to protect the Tarkine in its entirety as the Heritage Council had recommended. But he could not avoid protecting those Aboriginal sites.  It is an incredibly rich area of Aboriginal heritage and to now see the government open up all of these tracks, many of which have been closed for a very long time, it is just appalling. It will be environmentally shocking, but culturally it will damage, no doubt at all, damage Aboriginal heritage. And the Aboriginal community deserve all of our support in taking this matter to court.

• Vivienne, in Comments: Thanks Doug. What you write confirms my fears. The minister, Peter Gutwein (I think it was) commented that he would not be dictated to by fringe groups - i.e.. conservationists and aboriginals. However, apparently four wheel drive fringe groups are fine. You have done a public service by your article and by the photos and videos. Thank you.

Matthew Groom: Arthur-Pieman Tracks We are very disappointed that we have been prevented from implementing our commitment to reopen access to the Arthur-Pieman area by Christmas. This policy has the support and backing of not just the local community but also the local aboriginal community. It was an election commitment and we remain determined to see it implemented in a manner that is respectful of cultural and environmental values.

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STATE: TFGA supports fracking moratorium

Shaun Thurstans. member: frackfreetas.org Pic* Pub: Dec 22
24.12.14 4:15 am

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The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) has waded into the Tasmanian debate on fracking with their recent submission to the current government review, citing a need for taking the ‘precautionary principle’ when it comes to fracking and recommending a 3 year extension to the current moratorium ‘to provide adequate time to thoroughly undertake the required studies.’ The long-term issue of gas-well integrity is also highlighted in the submission. The TFGA’s submission first summarises the economic importance of farmland in Tasmania. They cite that Tasmania’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industries collectively amounted to almost 9% gross state product (GSP) for the 2012 year, making agriculture ‘a more significant contributor to the economy than in any other state’.  With this in mind, the TFGA argues that with the number of issues that have arisen surrounding this method of gas extraction on the mainland, it doesn’t bode well for its potential here in Tasmania:

• NATIONAL TOXICS NETWORK SUBMISSION: Review of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania (2014)

Rohan Church, Mercury: Tread carefully or we risk fracturing our environment

ScienceDaily: Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

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NATION: Rise of the Hard Man. Cairns ...

Guardian. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Dec 22
24.12.14 4:00 am

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Overseer of ‘stop the boats’ strategy moves to social services, while Sussan Ley in health becomes second woman on frontbench and David Johnston is dumped from defence

Queensland police charge Cairns mother with murder of eight children

Adrian Pisarski: All National Shelter wants for Christmas is a robust civil society: instead there are funding cuts

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But wait ... there’s more: TT’s Tasmanians of the Year

Lindsay Tuffin. Pub: Dec 19
24.12.14 3:45 am

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Good things come in Threes ... no better exemplified than last night at The Hope and Anchor Tavern where TT knighted this year’s Tasmanian Times Tasmanians of The Year. And they are, from left, Martyn Goddard, Donzo Knowler, and Tom Ellison. ... all holding their - courtesy of the wonderful Artery - framed awards. A marvellous celebration of the wondrous contributions to society made by these three selfless writers. As the awards’ citation says: Keep Writing ... [The interloper in the middle is Lindsay (Poncy Wankers always talk of themselves in the Third Person)]. PS: We gatecrashed the Island party. Thanks Guyzzzz!x

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Congratulations to the TT award winners. I hope that Will calls you all in to Parliament to congratulate you all on the fine Tasmanian contribution you have all made. I may not hold my breath on that one, but thankyou all for the good work. Tres Hombres indeed.

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