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Dismantle Forestry Tasmania and sell its assets: A response ...

Dr Gordon Bradbury Blackwoodgrowers.com.au Pic: of Sue Smith, in the Legislative Council. First pub: June 18
21.06.15 10:00 am

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Sue Smith’s recent suggestion about selling FT in the hope of eliminating political interference and the waste of taxpayer’s money deserve some response.

And finally even if a buyer did come forward would it eliminate political interference and the wasting of public money on the forest industry? No it wouldn’t!

• John Hayward in Comments: Self-regulation, which FT takes such pride in, is useful only as an oxymoron. Tasmania ended up with the proportionally highest rate of native forest logging in the developed world along with possibly the lowest rate of value recovery.  The logging industry was our biggest greenhouse emitter The culture hasn’t changed a bit and the cast only slightly.

• Ted Mead in Comments: Accepting change is one of humans greatest barriers albeit socially, physically or environmentally.  No better example is the paradigm of the entrenched FT regime. Tasmanians inability to move forward beyond outdated burdening industries has a long and almost tyrannical history of industrial rule over conservative governments dominated by politicians with a dearth of vision and wisdom. The Hydro- electrical industry was a classic example of insatiable development through massive financial borrowings. Of which taxpayers are still repaying such debt. FT is driven with the same myopic momentum through ongoing taxpayer funding. The public polarisation and misconception that the Forest Industry is the economic backbone of the state needs to be completely dispelled before FT is likely to be wound up. Both the major parties fear that they will be blamed for what desperately needs to happen, so ultimately neither will take the initiative. As history shows we are mostly likely to be burdened with FT for a few more years until it finally dies through a long, slow and costly process to the state.

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: I agree that FT should be disbanded but do not believe that they should be able to sell their assets. As they own over 100 thousand ha of plantation land in Tasmania they should not be able to sell that land. They came by it through no good work of theirs. It was sleight of hand on the part of the Bacon/Lennon government that gifted the land to them in freehold.
There is no way that that much land should be sold just to pay debts from a rogue GBE.

• John Powell in Comments: … There is zero possibility that FSC Accreditation will occur (was not the report from SCS Global Services due in March?) and the Minister has lost control of his Independent Advisor, FT morale is rock bottom, and the meeting in Bonn in a week’s time will put an end to the Hodgman ( oops sorry Abetz/Colbeck) govt desire to rape and pillage TWWHA forests. All over red rover ....  and may the Integrity Commission hearing commence immediately!

• Frank again in Comments: John Powell’s contribution #12 sounds like victory - but because it is so very real and true, it is nothing short of sad. The woodchip export was a unique opportunity for Tasmania’s forest industry in the early 1970s - but what did happen was that soon greed and short sighted visions took over the realistic, ones in a lifetime opportunity to upgrade degraded forests and by 1997 it had turned into the ‘final solution’ /Holocaust - The Final Conversion of mixed age and mixed species, naturally diverse forests into simplistic, short rotation monoculture tree crops. Names of “persons attached” to this forest holocaust could be listed here and now, but we shall see where this drama goes from here.

SUNDAY ...

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: I know I shouldn’t be surprised but I still am, at how quickly Sue Smith and Peter Skillern were cut off at the knees by Harriss et al. Just extraordinary. The Advisory Council is clearly just a smokescreen with no integrity or credibility. On second thoughts I’m not surprised at all. What else was going to happen beside that which has. It is just so ridiculously predictable. At least some small credit to Smith and Skillern for a least daring to break the mold. We wont hear from them again.

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How Wild is the Tarkine Wilderness?

Ted Mead. First pub: June 18
20.06.15 7:00 am

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“There is more wilderness in Battery Point Hobart than there is in the Tarkine” - Tony Rundle - Tasmanian Liberal Premier 1996–1998 A philistine view that reflects contempt for the Tarkine and contempt for wilderness. Yet it is true that the wilderness values of the Tarkine cannot match those of the wildest reaches of Tasmania’s current World Heritage Area. To clarify this let me first define, Wilderness

Wilderness is currently expanding in the present TWWHA as a result of the natural reclamation of roads and dilapidation of bridges within old forestry areas. It could also be subject to drastic reductions if the current government proceeds with intrusive tourism developments, mineral exploration and resource extraction.

Geoff Law: Tuesday, June 23, 6pm, Wild Island Gallery, Salamanca: Defending our precious World Heritage Area

• Bob Hawkins, in Comments: As imperfect as its “wilderness” condition is, the Southwest is one of the few — and diminishing number of — relatively environmentally pristine jewels remaining on our planet. Why can’t we all be content simply to rest in the knowledge that “it is there”, to be left untouched for ever.

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TT Media HERE for the very latest on FORESTRY media releases including Nick McKim’s contention that Minister Harriss’ grasp on matters forestry is in tatters ...

SATURDAY, June 20 ... is the GAG in ... ?

ABC: Minister tells advisers to keep opinions on Forestry Tasmania out of the media

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‘I forgive you ...’

Mark Berman, The Washington Post
20.06.15 6:50 am

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The relatives of people slain inside the historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this week were able to speak directly to the accused gunman Friday at his first court appearance.

• Simon Warriner in Comments: The moral power of the act of forgiveness by the congregation of that church stands in stark contrast to (and reveals for what it really is) western governments attempts to demonize the “others” of this world in order to convince us we are being attacked.

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Sue Neill-Fraser and the Australian Women’s Weekly ...

Tim Ellis SC. Pic: Yacht at the centre ...
20.06.15 6:45 am

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• Dear Editor, Apparently an article in the Australian Women’s Weekly is soon to be published concerning Ms Neill-Fraser. I do not know how balanced it might be. I was asked to comment and I enclose below an email string between the author and me; it might be interesting to see how much actually makes it to the article. Regards, Tim Ellis

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Wilkie urges forestry probe

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release. Pic: of Andrew Wilkie. First pub: June 18
20.06.15 6:40 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will ask the Prime Minister the following in Question Time in Federal Parliament this afternoon. “Prime Minister the GBE Forestry Tasmania has collapsed financially and bizarrely the State Government inquiry did not seek to find out why. “Almost $2 billion in assets, and $359 million in government cash injections, have been squandered. Prime Minister, seeing as a lot of the money was from federal grants and programs, will your government investigate this matter to find out what went wrong and hold the culprits to account.”

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Andrew Wilkie: Tasmanian Integrity Commission should act on Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie and the tabled document

Andrew Wilkie: Time for a Royal Commission into Forestry Tasmania

Isla MacGregor, Forestry: The courage to speak out ...

John Lawrence: Forestry Tasmania comes of age ...

Dr Gordon Bradbury: Dismantle Forestry Tasmania and sell its assets; A response ...

TT Media HERE for the very latest on FORESTRY media releases including Nick McKim’s contention that Minister Harriss’ grasp on matters forestry is in tatters ...

SATURDAY, June 20 ... is the GAG in ... ?

ABC: Minister tells advisers to keep opinions on Forestry Tasmania out of the media

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NATION: A record-breaking tally of red cards. Abbott at odds with the Pope ...

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First pub: June 15
18.06.15 5:10 am

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The Week That Was ... Good Captain Abbott led Team Australia to a record-breaking tally of red cards, penalty shoot-outs and own goals last week in an incredible seven days of good government which began with an angry Mandy Vanstone canning the Minister for Women in her Monday Fairfax Liberal Party tub-thumper and which ended with the PM deploying the silver-tongued Mathias Cormann to defend his not denying that Australia may have paid thousands to people smugglers to turn back their boat.

Daily Telegraph: Treasurer Joe Hockey is paid the same amount as Newstart, $1000 a month, to sleep at his wife’s house

Sign the Petition: Make our future renewable

Ben Bartl: Legal assistance sector slams Federal Government decision to take money away from local indigenous group

WEDNESDAY, June 17 ...

Peter Martin, The Age: Why Labor opposed the age pension deal the Greens took

Fairfax: Julia Gillard was warned: promote Bill Shorten to industrial relations at your peril

Fairfax: Watch Bronwyn Bishop defending her appearance on Q&A ...

MEANWHILE ... as Pope Frances warns of climate catastrophe in his new Encyclical ...

Andrew Wilkie: Abbott at odds with the Pope The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to follow the Pope’s expected call for humanity to act to curb climate change. According to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical, Pope Francis is poised to state climate change is largely a man-made problem and warn failing to act will lead to ``grave consequences’’ for the world. The Pontiff is reported to have written that ``humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it’’. Mr Wilkie said the Pope was also expected to single out climate change deniers as standing in the way of a solution. ``If Tony Abbott won’t listen to the science, I only hope that he will listen to the leader of his church and see the light on climate change,’’ Mr Wilkie said. ``Climate change is a very real threat and must be addressed. As a high-emitting nation Australia must play a leadership role in global efforts to reduce carbon pollution.’’

AND ...

The Age: Q&A recap: Bronwyn Bishop brings chill to Q&A panel with ‘vicious’ attack on Gillian Triggs

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Forestry: The courage to speak out ...

Isla MacGregor. Michael Atkin ABC 7.30. Pics: Michael Atkin, Historic.
17.06.15 5:30 am

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ISLA MACGREGOR ...

Congratulations need to go to Jason Weller for having the courage to speak out about some forestry contractors continuing to work in the industry after receiving taxpayers’ money to leave the industry.

MICHAEL ATKIN, ABC ...

Tasmanian forestry contractors are continuing to log forests and cart timber, despite being paid by taxpayers to leave the industry.

• Ted Mead in Comments: It is almost like an incurable disease. Some sort of debilitating virus that attacks the common sense within the Tasmanian cerebral psyche! The Liberal Party seems to have adopted the inner belief that if FT goes down we all go down. Unlike the mariners of this world where the captains traditionally go down with the ship. Here we have the captains sailing off in the lifeboats with their massive golden booty whilst the remainder are left to sink to the bottom. What an unbelievble scenario!

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times, Andrew Wilkie ...

Tasmanian Integrity Commission should act on Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie and the tabled document

Time for a Royal Commission into Forestry Tasmania

IN TT MEDIA ...

Bryan Green: Harriss under even more pressure on the future of FT Sue Smith has extraordinarily called for Forestry Tasmania to be dissolved and its assets sold off. “It is time that the Government made the strong decision to actually dismantle Forestry Tasmania and to actually sell off the total working arm, and the research and development arm of Forestry Tasmania into the private enterprise,”- Sue Smith (ABC Online, 17/6/2015)

Paul Harriss: Government crystal-clear on Forestry Tasmania Sue Smith’s comments are a matter for her. The Government’s stance on Forestry Tasmania is crystal clear - we’ve ended the taxpayer subsidies and Forestry Tasmania will remain a GBE as we put it on the pathway to long term sustainability.

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Forestry Tasmania comes of age ...

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: http://www.tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/ Pub: April 30. Pic: Daniel Haley of Catamaran
17.06.15 5:15 am

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IN a few weeks Forestry Tasmania will celebrate its 21st birthday. It’s likely to be a subdued coming-of-age bash as the future looks murky. That it has lasted this long may be the only reason for merriment by some. Liabilities now exceed assets. It can’t pay its way. If it was liquidated, the Tasmanian Government would be faced with a shortfall it would meet by taking over the unfunded superannuation liability.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times, Andrew Wilkie ...

Tasmanian Integrity Commission should act on Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie and the tabled document

Time for a Royal Commission into Forestry Tasmania

IN TT MEDIA ...

Bryan Green: Harriss under even more pressure on the future of FT Sue Smith has extraordinarily called for Forestry Tasmania to be dissolved and its assets sold off. “It is time that the Government made the strong decision to actually dismantle Forestry Tasmania and to actually sell off the total working arm, and the research and development arm of Forestry Tasmania into the private enterprise,”- Sue Smith (ABC Online, 17/6/2015)

Paul Harriss: Government crystal-clear on Forestry Tasmania Sue Smith’s comments are a matter for her. The Government’s stance on Forestry Tasmania is crystal clear - we’ve ended the taxpayer subsidies and Forestry Tasmania will remain a GBE as we put it on the pathway to long term sustainability.

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Glenorchy: I am disturbed at what is happening with the council

John Green Glenorchy ratepayer. Pic: of Kristie Johnston
17.06.15 5:00 am

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… I have always been a firm supporter of democracy and I am disgusted with the actions of the gang of 6, particularly since it is costing the ratepayers a lot of money. If the gang of 6 continue to behave in an undemocratic manner, they should resign.

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Saul Eslake resigns from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to run Tasmanian consultancy

ABC
17.06.15 4:35 am

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Economic commentator Saul Eslake has announced he is leaving Bank of America Merrill Lynch to run a consultancy in Tasmania.

• Robin Charles Halton in Comments: I have listened to Saul Eslake a number of times commenting to the media on many issues about the finances of the nation.  I consider that he is a straight shooter and seems forthright with his approach.  Exactly it is he who we need in Tasmania as I am getting sick and tired of the lies and cover ups.

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Recreational Fishers & Conservationists Call For Support From Federal Politicians ...

Rebecca Hubbard, John Edwards, Nobby Clark, Tooni Mahto, Jon Bryan Media Release
17.06.15 4:00 am

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... for Geelong Star proposal Since it started fishing in March this year, the Geelong Star has killed numerous dolphins and seals. The management of this fishery by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is also becoming an issue. Just last week documents released under FOI revealed that an independent Chair of an important AFMA committee quit due to concerns about the way the Authority was dealing with conflicts of interest and industry influence in the Small Pelagic Fishery.

“Public opposition to the use of industrial-scale freezer factory trawlers in Australia’s Small Pelagic Fishery remains high, yet Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck refuses to take these concerns on board. The Small Pelagic Fishery Pledge offers Federal Politicians an opportunity to be part of the solution, and to show their support for protection of our fishing, marine life and fisheries,” said Rebecca Hubbard of Environment Tasmania.

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Iraq: It’s time for an inquiry ...

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release. Pic: of Osama bin Laden
16.06.15 10:14 am

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Iraq War and Islamic State The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will ask the Prime Minister the following in Question Time in Federal Parliament this afternoon. ``Prime Minister the Iraq War has raged for 12 years and created the circumstances for the rise of Islamic State. And all on the basis of the lies about weapons of mass destruction and Osama bin Laden. Prime Minister, seeing as we helped start this war and create the Islamic State threat, will you acknowledge the Howard Government got it very wrong and agree to a proper war inquiry?” 

• Ted Mead in Comments: Hmm - There seem to be a few posts about TT being biased or political. I wonder what they expect from an online forum - the mind boggles!?!? Essentially opinion is politics. It’s as simple as that! Put two people in a room together and in most cases you will have politics. The reason Andrew Wilkie gets a fair run is because he works hard, is willing to put himself out there, and tackles the big issues. The majority of TT readers probably agree with his view, and if you don’t then you have politics.

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The housing crash we had to have: A Gen Y perspective on the bubble

Rational Radical, Matt Ellis via John Lawrence. First pub: June 15
16.06.15 5:00 am

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So bubble mania has finally hit the mainstream. The housing bubble question has landed squarely at the feet of the Prime Minister and his treasurer, and only 10 to 15 years late… What a relief it is then to hear our fearless leaders assure us that there is no bubble, endless house price rises are universally a good thing, and that only poor people try to live in houses they can’t afford.

What a conceited set of leaders and commentators we have. I vainly hope for royal commissions and criminal charges to be laid in some not-so distant future when our livelihoods have been destroyed by the pedlars of Australian real estate who do know better. In Ireland, a country devastated by its own epic real estate bubble with striking similarities to our own, there have been no criminal charges. But there has been an official inquiry. And the results show that the Irish media were complicit and culpable in their unquestioning loyalty to booming real estate and their wilful blindness to the unfailing history of asset/credit bubbles to destroy at least as much wealth as they created on the way up. They were shown to be complicit due to their proven conflict of interest in deriving profits from real estate mania, and no doubt because of a desire to protect their own personal land holdings, and deny any existential threat to their paper wealth. …

George Smiley: Buy! Buy! Buy! The Joe Hockey Real Estate Primer Part One … From the treasurer Joe Hockey: “Real Estate is not a bubble!” “It’s supply and demand; It’s Economics 100! Get out and build. build, build.  Interest rates are at record lows!  There’s never been a better time to buy!  Get a good job and buy a good home!  The last is especially poignant as he not only has a good job, his special parliamentary living-away-from -home allowance is going as rent to his wife in HER home where he stays when he is in Canberra, and no doubt that goes a long way to paying the mortgage, and perhaps that means there is a 2nd capital gains tax- free residence for the Hockeys, with each having a different ‘principle residence.’  And some of us remember how Joe’s Liberal predecessor Peter Costello taunted Senator Nick Sherry for claiming his allowance when he stayed with his mother in Opossum Bay back in Tasmania. “What does mum say when Nick walks in the door?  Oh, Possum!” …

• Philip Lowe in Comments: I’ve seen a few property bubbles burst and people get hurt, usually families. No community will survive long term without a spiritual aim. Sky high house prices are not a spiritual aim. I speak to people in Sydney and they gleefully tell me of how much their houses are worth. and it’s bugger the poor sods left behind.There is something fundamentally evil about the people who get rich off this. I used to stand in ‘Shippies’ on a Friday night listening to men talking mostly about the price of real estate. Nothing is forever.

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Tasmanian Integrity Commission should act on Forestry Tasmania

Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release Pic: ABC of Andrew Wilkie. First pub: June 12
16.06.15 4:15 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has written to urge the Integrity Commission to use its powers to finally get to the bottom of the financial collapse of Forestry Tasmania.

• Download a copy of Mr Wilkie’s letter to the Integrity Commission and his speech last week in Federal Parliament calling for a Commission of Inquiry into Forestry Tasmania …

• Isla MacGregor in Comments: Congratulations Andrew. Tasmanians who have battled for decades for a proper anti corruption commission in Tasmania will be watching carefully the response from the TIC to your request for an independent investigation. The time has come for Tasmania’s so-called anti-corruption watchdog to be put to the test over a matter very much in the public interest.  If the TIC fails this test, Tasmanian taxpayers should be sending a very loud and clear message to the Government that this agency must be closed down forthwith.

• PB in Comments: In my view, the Tasmanian Integrity Commission (TIC) is the last organisation which should be entrusted to carry out such an investigation having previously dismissed substantive complaints regarding misconduct on forestry related matters including: 1.  the shonky pulp mill assessment process ...

Paul Harriss, Will Hodgman: McKay Timber expansion a sign of further confidence … “The Government is unflinching in its support of the Forest Industry and we have already secured 50 jobs through the Government’s changes to the Sawmill Assistance Program to keep mills open and Tasmanians in work. …

MEANWHILE ... another spectacular failure ... ?

Mercury: Closure fears for failed Maydena tourism development Eagles Eyrie

• Clive Stott in Comments From the Integrity Commission website ... It is one of the three primary objectives of the Integrity Commission to: Enhance public confidence that misconduct by public officers will be appropriately investigated and dealt with. And, One of the key objectives of the Commission is to enhance public confidence that misconduct in the public sector will be dealt with appropriately, because the commission undertakes its functions on the basis of facts and evidence - DIANE MERRYFULL, Integrity Commission, chief executive officer, Examiner letters May 23 2015 The key words here are: Misconduct, public officers, public sector, its function, appropriately investigated, facts and evidence, dealt with, dealt with appropriately.

Pete Godfrey in Comments HERE: … I seem to recall that Mckay investments closed down the St Helens Sawmill after they took the $2.75 million sawlog quota buyback. So what is all this crowing about saving 10 jobs. It may seem like nitpicking but somehow it is worth saving 10 jobs in the forest industry but getting rid of nearly 800 public servants and 180 teachers is necessary. Go figure …

• Robin Charles Halton, in Comments: Eventually forestry will have to be scrutinised more closely!  The Ta Ann issue concerns me personally as I did not simply work for FT for over 30 years of service to see our younger wet forests regrowth end up in a foreign owned laminate peeling plant.  At some stage prior to 2026/27 both the surviving native forest sawmillers and Ta Ann will need to be reassessed for resource security prior to renewal of contracts. In the case of Ta Ann their value to the States economy needs evaluating, the promise to construct a value adding ply manufacturing plant in the State as promised by Evan Rolley on signing the TFA plus the $26M government pay back for resource allocation forfeiture was seen as a positive sign for the value adding opportunity to occur as well as being aware of the true resource availability at hand. In a way silver service to Ta Ann, we need their response. Again I state Forest Minister Harriss should be more open about the forest industry. The other days budget session with the MLC’s was a perilous journey for the Minister who should have been more upbeat with his responsibilities instead he acted like a trapped idiot. Like myself many forestry staff present and past would expect more from a Minister who is responsible to oversee the best for our State Forests, in particular protection of our younger regrowth WPZ’s.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Andrew Wilkie: Time for a Royal Commission into Forestry Tasmania

• Clive Stott: A better use for ‘Comfort Money’ ...

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A pathetic attempt at justifying an atrocious decision

Linda Seaborn
16.06.15 3:59 am

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Funding cuts to Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service Transferring governance of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, contradicts the principle of self-determination in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. But this is exactly what the Attorney-General’s department has done.

Cassy O’Connor, Greens Leader: The Premier can Save the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

Lara Giddings: No urgency from Premier on Aboriginal Legal Service issue

ABC: Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service rejects accusation non-compliance led to federal funding loss

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When will Justice be done?

Lynn Giddings, Jennie Herrera, Neill-Fraser Support Group Inc. Media Release. Pic: Yacht at the centre
16.06.15 3:31 am

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… so asks members of ‘Grand Jury’ who will launch their new single “Four Winds” and perform some of their protest songs LIVE in the Parliament Gardens 20 June 2015 @ 12.00 noon.

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The new Hobart City Council logo: Hokey, says Leo ...

Leo Schofield AM, Nathanael Jeanneret
15.06.15 5:45 am

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• Leo Schofield AM: The choice of such a dreary, uninspired design merely confirms the almost universal commitment to parochial mediocrity among decision-makers in the island state.

• Nathaniel Jeannerett: We support the Hobart City Council’s decision to implement a new and exciting brand.

Sue Hickey, Mercury: ‘Big H’ sets off great logo debate

• Chris Harries in Comments: A logo can grow on you over time. With that in mind I’ve tried to be positive about this one. Nevertheless, I don’t think it will grow on me. But… what’s in a logo anyway? I don’t think negatively about the Commonwealth Bank logo and it means nothing, and hints at nothing. But when you see it you instantly think of that bank. So it works. The basis of a logo is that it is 1) simple and 2) instantly recognisable and 3) hints at the institutions’s function. The hint of an H in this design is to far too abstruse, it’s hard to see it even when it’s told to you.

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Reviewed! The Glasshouse ...

Marti Cuatt* infatuatedfoodie.com
15.06.15 5:30 am

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Read more, Comment if you wish in TT’s Plate/Grape, HERE

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MONA Proposes Giant Yoni For Kunanyi

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15.06.15 5:15 am

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MONA founder David Walsh is proposing a giant vagina to adorn Mount Wellington. To be known as Outwent: The Yoni Glutton of Fragrant Prophecy, the installation will be a femmesque counterpoint to the phallic Detached Art Tower to be built in downtown Hobart.

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The Tower ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) First pub: June 13
15.06.15 5:10 am

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Detached Cultural Organisation, Detached Art Tower Proposal, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Public Forum Saturday 13 June 2015, 11am – 12pm Odeon Theatre, 167 Liverpool St, Hobart

David Walsh, Mercury: See it as our big, bold opportunity

• Robert Middleton, USA, in Comments: Tasmania is blessed like few other places on Earth with an unbelievable treasure chest of NATURAL icons. Nothing else is needed. You already have it, and you have darn near ALL of it. It wasn’t man-made structures that drew me to Tasmania from 10,000 miles away every July for more than 10 years. It was the opportunity to gaze at Cradle Mountain from the shores of Dove Lake, or visit over and over again, year after year, the same tiny patch of isolated, relict rainforest, in a perilous location that required navigating a treacherous road frequented by giant logging trucks driven by angry, defiant men, menacing and unyielding, outraged at encountering a tourist’s car venturing into their domain.

• Billy MacTold in Comments: … I wonder though what the former scribes and associated employees of the old newspaper building think – no doubt more than a bit bemused on hearing that there’s to be a giant erection behind the Merc.

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The Big Bang Theory

Charles Wooley. Pics*
15.06.15 5:00 am

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… Since the end of the recent Chocolate Fest which Sunday School teachers obscurely called ‘Easter’ our whole lives had been a preparation for this wonderful moment. The old car tyres, donated by Bill at the Neptune service station, lay at the heart of the ‘bombie’. Which had grown so dramatically that even our wonderfully insouciant parents were starting to worry that it might now be too big. But not so very worried, because this was a glorious age, before seat belts and bike helmets, when kids were considered to be indestructible.  …

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These photographs are generous, sensual, painterly ...

Terry O’Malley, http://www.terryomalley.com.au
15.06.15 4:45 am

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Giles Hugo. Into the light: a collection of photographs philosophical. http://www.nolanart.com.au/ . 5 June – 22 July 2015. Nolan Art Gallery, Salamanca For the last 14 years of his working life, at The Mercury, it was as a sub-editor. I draw your attention to this, as this role necessitated working unsociable hours, usually from the late afternoon to early morning. Consequently Giles slept through most of daylight hours for at least 14 years. So you can see the added poignancy of the title. He was now free to devote his time completely to photography, to experiment with the possibilities of light, which had been denied him for such a long time.

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Andrew Nikolic: The man who would tell the ABC how to tell us how to think

David Stephens, Honest History. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic
15.06.15 4:30 am

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At Honest History, one of our favourite Anzackers is Brigadier Andrew Nikolic, federal member for Bass in Tasmania. When the ABC early last year published a piece on the launch of our Honest History website – it was a scrupulously balanced piece but it included Peter Stanley talking about the unsoldierly exploits of some Australian soldiers in the brothels of Cairo – Brigadier Nikolic accused the ABC of lacking ‘situational awareness’ for broadcasting such material in a year when we were starting to commemorate the centenary of World War I. … So, if you are an Australian patriot you are expected to accept the Anzac legend. Or in Brigadier Nikolic’s terms, even if you have misgivings you need to display ‘situational awareness’. We at Honest History have translated that term – situational awareness – as ‘pipe down, pull your head in, keep your awkward opinions to yourself, while the rest of us have a good old patriotic celebration’.

• John Hayward in Comments: Much like Battlelines Abbott,  Nikko sees the world through the conservative’s Manichaean lense:  a planet of perpetual war against a perpetual succession of apocalyptic threats: foreigners, heathens, apostates, ethnic minorities, people who talk funny, etc. If there isn’t a credible thread to bind a country together under a fearful hierarchy,  an incredible one, such as desperate boat people, will do fine, given lashings of PR embellishment. Don’t blame poor Nikko. He’s only following his id’s orders.

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The Self-Poisoning of New Zealand by Name and by Nature

Tony Orman Journalist/Editor BLENHEIM, 7240 New Zealand
15.06.15 4:15 am

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Outline for a statement regarding aerial-1080 programme in New Zealand by Tony Orman

WARNING ... Images are confronting ...

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The Old Man Of The Sea And The Humble Tassie Scallop

Paul Tapp
15.06.15 3:45 am

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Don’s on the phone about dredging. He’s been into town trying to get media attention to dredging, but has been fobbed off. Also wants dredging to be put on as a special agenda item at the next meeting of some representative fishing mob with a fancy acronym. Fisheries don’t want dredging…hang on a second Don. Paton that is, the man who was speaking for recreational fishers when I started out as a journo on the fisheries round. I’m retired, so why the bloody hell doesn’t Don? Anyway what’s dredging the Orford barway got to do with rec fishing? Yeah, I’ve photo-shot three failed barway dredging attempts ... and quite frankly Don, not bloody interested ... except who’s paid for it all. I’ve got a little runabout, don’t use the barway, thousands of dollars wasted ... and it’s only for big-buck-boats anyway. But I’ve got Don wrong.

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A year ago in Hobart ...

Leo Schofield AM
15.06.15 3:30 am

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Last night (Friday) the audience at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, was treated to the debut of the glorious young Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, who sang the soubrette role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  This was a pleasure Hobartians experienced a year ago when the diminutive soprano wowed a sold-out audience in Federation Concert Hall.

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Patriot Games

phill Parsons*
15.06.15 3:15 am

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At the start of June the Abbott Cabinet leaked about a discussion involving how Australia is kept safe in world where a few have resorted to random non State violence to get their own way. This leak is a breach of the law as well as a window into the hard line right wing group who have control of the top of the reins of Parliamentary power giving them an ability to control the political Agenda.

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Judges pervert ...

Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
15.06.15 3:00 am

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Evan Whitton recalls a Rugby coach’s amazing fall, a US legal academic’s disclosure that judges pervert, a Law Lord’s ignorance; ditto an Australian judge, a US lawyer’s solution to the racket; and a famous editor of The Age who was wrong on everything that mattered. From Justinian 24 June, 2010

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MEDIA: The delicate art of the interview ...

Martin Flanagan, The Age. Pic: of Martin Flanagan
15.06.15 2:40 am

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There is a myth that all journalism needs to be in-your-face

MEANWHILE ... Rupert ...

Guardian: Rupert Murdoch succession: reshuffle does nothing to clear up who’s boss

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Tassie Pine - Episode 15 - Ergo Fingerdob Explains Free Trade for Dummies

Terry Aulich
15.06.15 2:31 am

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