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Shree Minerals under federal investigation for environmental permit breaches

Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Save The Tarkine Media Release. Pic:
05.09.14 5:27 am

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Save the Tarkine has received correspondence from the federal Environment Department confirming that Shree Minerals is subject to ongoing investigations relating to contravention of environmental permits at the Nelson Bay River mine in the Tarkine.

Tom Ellison’s articles HERE predicted the dramas for Shree ...

The pictures tell the story ...

Christine Milne: Tarkine needs federal government protection

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Writers | Tom Ellison | Politics | Local | State | Economy | Environment | Opinion | History | Society

Reviewed! What We Do in the Shadows ...

Amber Wilson
05.09.14 5:00 am

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Being undead doesn’t exempt you from the mundane realities of life, especially when mealtimes are such an unholy mess. Stock up on plenty of paper towel, ensure you put down newspaper to prevent carpet stains, and employ a garden hose if necessary. After all, you might find yourself living in your apartment for the next few hundred years, so you’ll be wanting to keep things nice.

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Logging rampage given the OK as Tasmanian government gags debate again

Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change Media Release. Pic: Darren Coyne, here Pub: Sept 2
04.09.14 6:00 am

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Tasmania is set for a logging rampage in existing reserves and previously agreed future reserves as the Tasmanian government has gagged debate and pushed through legislation that turns back the clock to rainforest destruction.

TT MEDIA HERE for the range of reactions ... including Will Hodgman, Kim Booth, Phill Pullinger,  Warrick Jordan, Josh Meadows, Jenny Webber, Andrew Denman ...

Kim Booth: Special Species Logging Must Comply with FSC Requirements “The Liberals’ flawed trash the forest industry Bill, gagged and rammed through the Lower House under the cover of darkness, was heavily amended regarding the special species timber sector,” said Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP. “”Amongst the amendments was a crucial one which deleted the original Bill’s requirement that special species logging had to comply with Forestry Tasmania’s certification requirements, which is FSC. Instead special species management plans are now to be developed. The Greens challenge both the Forestry Minister, Paul Harriss, and the special species timber sector to ensure that any future special species management plan must still comply with FSC standards and requirements.”

RELATED ...

Lismore backs Tassie on right to protest  Darren Coyne’s report in Echo Net Daily: Australia is in the midst of ‘early onset fascism’, a Lismore rally against Tasmania anti-protest laws heard yesterday.

• mr t, in Comments: I note Glenn Britton has continued Terry Edwards’ plea for environmental groups to be included on the government’s forest advisory group. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-03/sawmiller-predicts-few-new-jobs-to-follow-tear-up-of-the-forest/5715276 They can see down the track much clearer than the vengeful eyes of Harriss and Abetz. No FSC, no markets and, it seems at best, native forest fuelled power stations. The shallow argument of special timbers is as accurate as the old sawlog driven woodchip industry. Exactly what could environmental groups add to a Harriss advisory group?

TT MEDIA HERE as Nick McKim says MLCs are scathing about Paul Harriss’ anti-protest bill ... and Paul Harriss replies ... and Michelle O’Byrne says the Libs are embarrassed ... and Jenny Weber says Mr Harriss’ bill is bogged and needs to be buried ...

The MSM wrap: ABC HERE

• John Hawkins, in Comments: The Examiner online notes that Harriss has given the Forestry industry another “Carrot” of $7 million - http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2535586/7m-carrot-to-remain-in-forestry/?cs=95 -  I suggested that we should ensure that this juicy beauty should be laced with 1080. Harriss gave FT $6 or was it $7 million last week so $14 million in two weeks. In 3 years the Tasmanian Forestry industry has clipped our ticket for $130 million, Letter of Comfort and $270 million under TFA. All that lovely lolly ...

Christine Milne: $7 million should be handed back, not out

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Dr Kevin Bonham: Hobart City Council Voting Patterns 2011-2014

Dr Kevin Bonham, http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/
04.09.14 5:30 am

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Advance Summary: 1. Traditionally, the Hobart City Council is loosely divided between “pro-development” aldermen and aldermen who stress environmental issues and/or the interests of impacted residents ...

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Why the Mt Wellington Pinnacle Special Area should be reduced

Ben Jones. Photo: Mt Wellington viewing deck.
03.09.14 5:45 am

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The Wellington Park Management Trust has sought public comment on a proposal to expand the area available for commercial development on the summit of Mt. Wellington. The Trust is seeking public comment on a proposal to expand the zone for visitor services further down the face of the mountain towards the Organ Pipes. The proposed boundary change is being promoted by the Mt Wellington Cableway Company as necessary to cater for its preferred cable car, function centre and restaurant facilities. In his submission to the Wellington Park Management Trust South Hobart resident, Ben Jones, argues that the Pinnacle Special Area should be reduced and only include the near flat area around the summit and down the slope as far as the current viewing deck. Public submissions on the proposed rezoning are open until the close of business Wednesday September 3.

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Politics | Local | State | Environment | Planning/Heritage | Mt Wellington Cable Car

A bad budget for patients

Martyn Goddard. Pub: Sept 1
03.09.14 5:30 am

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It is, as usual, extremely difficult to cut through the spin and work out, in real terms, how the budget cuts affect hospital services. What is clear is that savings being made in administration do not appear, for the most part, to be going into patient services.

TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor,  Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ,  crucial marriage equality fundraiser,  Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers,  Johnston on living in the municipality, Peter Coad wants to be Huon Mayor, AFL backs marriage equality etc etc ...

AND ...

Kim Booth: Greens Alternative Budget Avoids Public Sector Job Cuts and Pay Freeze

AND ...

Latest TT Media HERE for everything from poppies to building approvals, the making of MONA, Greens ‘right out of touch’, says Jan Davis etc, etc

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NATION: Joe Hockey says $6.5 billion hit to budget bottom line is ‘damn good deal’

ABC. Pic*. Pub: Sept 2
03.09.14 5:15 am

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Treasurer Joe Hockey has hailed the agreement to axe the mining tax - which will cost the budget $6.5 billion - as a “damn good deal” for the Australian people.

Peter Whish-Wilson: The Liberal-Palmer Coalition delivers for the top end of town at the expense of small business

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Peter Whish-Wilson: Greens call on banks and other parties to back new Financial Advice Bill

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Pharmaceutical industry code of conduct fails to find favour

Ken Harvey, Monash University. Pub: Sept 2
03.09.14 4:45 am

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering whether to approve the latest Medicines Australia code of conduct for pharmaceutical companies. The code lays out disclosure requirements for payments and other transfers of value (payment for sitting on drug company advisory boards; air-fares, accommodation and conference registration fees; funds for drug company-sponsored lectures). Doctors are influenced by such payments so it’s important that the public (and their colleagues) know the extent of the largesse.

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Tasmanians puffing twice need to seek advice: National Asthma Week 2014 (1-7 Sept) ... Morwell ...

AFT CEO Cathy Beswick. Pub: Sept 3
03.09.14 4:15 am

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While many Tasmanians will rejoice in the first day of spring, for some it heralds the dreaded hay fever season, notorious for exacerbating asthma symptoms. The Asthma Foundation of Tasmania (AFT) is warning those with uncontrolled asthma to seek advice.

Guardian: Morwell mine fire inquiry points finger at operator GDF Suez ... Report says 45-day fire at Hazelwood could have been put out much quicker were it not for company’s ‘minimal compliance’

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Isla MacGregor’s First Day of the Month

Isla MacGregor. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 5:45 am

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Mt Wellington ... looking to the South-West.

• But wait, there’s more ...

(On the first day of every month TT publishes a celebratory shot (or more) of Tasmania ...)

TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor,  Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ,  crucial marriage equality fundraiser,  Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers,  Johnston on living in the municipality etc etc ...

AND ...

Kim Booth: Greens Alternative Budget Avoids Public Sector Job Cuts and Pay Freeze

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Writers | Isla MacGregor | Environment | Personal | Society

The propaganda war on Russia continues unabated ...

Bart Wisse*. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:30 am

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On August 8, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a non-disclosure agreement whereby information on the progress and results of the investigation of the MH17 disaster would remain classified.

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Liberals’ missed opportunity

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: Will Hodgman. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 4:45 am

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Either there wasn’t a budget crisis or the government is yet to find a solution. After five months at the crash repair shop, the budget that emerged is little different to the previous model. If anything it’s worse.

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Kim Booth: Greens Alternative Budget Avoids Public Sector Job Cuts and Pay Freeze

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‘We are part of the war’: Andrew Wilkie and Greens angry at Iraq announcement

Fairfax. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 31
01.09.14 5:00 am

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Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens are fuming the Abbott government has committed Australia to weapons air drops in Iraq without consulting parliament.

Guardian: The rage against Abbott

Pedestrian: Pussy Riot slams Australia’s human rights record

MEANWHILE, asylum seekers ...

Andrew Wilkie: Merits review for asylum seekers

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DPP targets John Gay’s millions ( ... on an equal footing with drug dealing ... )

Mercury. Pic: John Gay walks free (Garry Stannus pic)
01.09.14 4:30 am

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THE hunt for former Gunns chairman John Gay’s illegal earnings is set to become a national test case for how the profits of crime are calculated.

What Christine Milne says ...

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Tarkine - A National Park Beckons

Ted Mead
01.09.14 4:15 am

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Home to the largest single tract of temperate rainforest in the nation, the destined Tarkine National Park will soon become an economic natural goldmine for Tasmania’s northwest.

RELATED ...

Forestry Tasmania, in Comments: Forestry Tasmania is preparing an application to the Forest Stewardship Council® for a temporary derogation to allow the continued limited use of the registered insecticide alpha-cypermethrin to protect eucalypt plantations from severe defoliation by insect pests ...

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Critic of Tasmania’s health reform gets Government invitation to contribute to plan

Mercury. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: Sept 1.
01.09.14 4:10 am

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HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard - A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) - to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.

• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard ...

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (27)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
01.09.14 4:00 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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Bob Brown Foundation presents 3rd annual Environment Awards

The Bob Brown Foundation
01.09.14 3:50 am

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The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 3rd annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

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The Fearnley dispute: An update by a mate

Stephen McMahon, Friend of Charlie Fearnley
01.09.14 3:45 am

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Ed: Tasmanian Times again presents the basic details of a dispute involving a former Flinders Island fisherman/farmer, Paul ‘Charlie’ Fearnley and Queensland primary industry officials and a property where Charlie’s cattle have been agisted. Charlie says he has been in a desperate fight to rescue and save his beloved cattle. TT cannot verify the details of the dispute ... but one thing is certain and stark: In the Abbottland that Australia has become it is the most vulnerable who suffer, the least able who go under ... in this case, apparently, Charlie’s cows ...

My name is Stephen McMahon and I am writing on behalf of Paul (Charlie) Fearnley in regards to his herd of cattle in QLD.

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A tale of two towns

Greg Cure
01.09.14 3:27 am

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When people ask me what’s my hometown I always say without hesitation, Strahan.

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Norfolk Island dies while Australian Government thieves and thrives

Fiona Hills
01.09.14 3:15 am

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The Australian Government gives Indonesia, and East Timor and other international aid bodies, Billions of Australian Tax Payer Dollars every year… Our same Government withholds ALL the monies derived through the Exclusive Economic Zone of Norfolk Island from that Island’s Government, past and present.

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I could go to jail for this next month

Bill Rowlings OAM CEO, Civil Liberties Australia http://www.cla.asn.au/ Pic*
01.09.14 3:00 am

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New ASIO spy laws are not designed to combat jihadists: they are so ASIO and its “affiliates”can legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November.

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Swedish journalist visiting Australia calls for a stop to surrogacy

Matthew Holloway. Pic: of Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Pub: Sept 1
01.09.14 2:45 am

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Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, activist and feminist visiting Australia as a guest speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to be held in Sydney.  She has stated ...

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The Rotorua Circus

Evan Whitton
01.09.14 2:30 am

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FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English? [1978] This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.

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Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom

The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am

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Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga

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Alderman Calls for due Diligence and Business Case for the Cable Car ...

Alderman Jeff Briscoe, HCC, Media Release, Picture: of the Organ Pipes
31.08.14 8:42 am

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... before any consideration of rezoning of the Natural Zone … The HCC will now provide a submission to reject the amendment as the Trust has not demonstrated the proposed amendment furthers the vision, principles and objectives of the Management Plan, and the purposes for which Wellington Park was set aside. Whilst the Chairman of the Trust has indicated that the rezoning is not for the controversial Cable Car, every one knows why this amendment has come forward.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Who is Nathan Carswell?

‘Nathan Carswell’ called

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Tasmania’s economy - out for lunch. Back Soon

Tom Ellison* Pic: of Peter Gutwein in Parliament, with Will Hodgman, left, and Rene Hidding, right. Pub: Aug 28
30.08.14 7:30 am

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Nobody doubts why the Hodgman Government won so convincingly in March – it was viewed as a better economic manager than its predecessor.  Its primary mandate could be likened to that of the administrator of a failed company – tasked with keeping the place afloat and making some tough decisions.  Like restructuring, cutting staff, increasing efficiencies and removing the dead wood accumulated over the course of 16 years.  This Budget goes some way towards achieving that.

TT Media HERE for all the responses - from Labor to Greens, unions to conservationists .... • And, use the TT NEWS dropdown menu (top nav bar) for MSM reports

Mercury: $2 billion King Island wind energy project hit by Renewable Energy Target review

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Abbott’s climate denial puts Hydro Tasmania on life support

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania. Pub: Aug 29
30.08.14 7:00 am

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Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania offers the following comments on the impact of the Government’s climate policies on Tasmania: “The reckless climate policies of the Abbott Government such as repealing the price on carbon will have dire consequences for Tasmania as was clear in yesterday’s state budget. “Hydro Tasmania is the leading producer of clean energy in Australia, generating approximately half of all the country’s renewable energy, and Abbott’s climate sceptic policies have just smashed it. “Hydro has been providing a river of gold to state government coffers. Abbott has made these rivers of gold run dry.

Medical students support a strong renewable energy target

Peter Martin, The Age: Success. The Renewable Energy Target’s greatest failing ... includes video of a Christine Milne lash for Abbott

Matthew Groom: RET Must Continue to Support Tasmania’s Energy Assets

Mercury: $2 billion King Island wind energy project hit by Renewable Energy Target review

What Christine Milne says ...

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Early vote in Tasmania’s Legislative Council flags end for forest peace deal

ABC. Pic: Daniel Haley. Pub: Aug 27
28.08.14 7:30 am

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The Tasmanian Government is on the cusp of repealing the historic forestry peace deal after the Legislative Council voted in favour of the broad plan to overturn the deal.

WHAT CONSERVATIONISTS SAY ...

TT Media HERE for the range of viewpoints, including Kim Booth’s MR revealing that taxpayers are continuing to subsidise Forestry Tasmania, and Nick McKim’s MR revealing that the anti-protest laws have been sent to an Upper House committee ... Legislative Councillors explicitly outlined that they were ignoring a swag of personal messages received in the past week from Tasmanians opposed to new forestry legislation which scuttles promised ‘peace deal’ reserves and also opens hundreds of existing protected areas for logging. The Premier has also received and ignored over 1500 letters of concern sent to him since Friday over the opening of 1.5 million hectares for logging. A dire situation for conservation has arisen after amendments of the Legislative Council were adopted that aim to ensure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is achieved by Forestry Tasmania despite the abandonment of environmental commitments and a new assault on forests. “The government has gone much further than tearing up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and has shamefully maintained their intention to open protected reserves of many years’ standing to environmentally destructive logging for specialty timbers, despite an outpouring of community concern,” said Tasmanian Conservation Trust Director Peter McGlone.

AND,

Paul Harriss goes all King Canute-ish and ‘turns back the Green tide’ (for the first time in Tasmania’s history), Vanessa Goodwin reports on shunting the Workplace Protection from Protesters Bill to committee,  and there’s learner drivers, hearts, and Eric Abetz ‘s backdown. PLUS Christine Milne saying the Tasmanian Brand is trashed. All in TT Media HERE

• Anne, in Comments: Apparently Ivan Dean (who couldn’t wait to vote according to Harriss and Hodgman’s dictates) reckoned 90 per cent of the emails he received were from people urging him not to repeal the bill. Ivan, however, chose to disregard everything that was said by all these concerned members of the community - and people he was elected to represent - on the arrogant assumption he’s better informed. The arrogance (and ignorance) of these MLCs is appalling.

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Huon mayor missing in inaction

Bob Hawkins. Pic: of HVC Mayor - and MLC - Robert Armstrong. First pub: Aug 26
27.08.14 6:58 am

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Huon Valley guessing games  Claytonesque seems the best fit for Mayor Robert Armstrong, MLC these days. Huon Valley Council’s sometime mayor, for the second time in a row, wasn’t there for his council’s monthly public meeting (Wednesday, August 20). Last time, he was visiting his new grandson in Melbourne. This time, he was away in Hobart playing law-maker in the Legislative Council and delivering his maiden speech — neither of which activity can be deemed unreasonable. 

TT MEDIA HERE ... as Anna Reynolds announces her candidacy for the HCC, and Michael Ferguson says the RHH Taskforce is Worth Every Cent etc, etc

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