Government keeps regional (media) in state

Paul Harris, Minister for Resourcing Media through Releases
09.04.15 4:45 am

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The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Plan to keep (Tasmanian Times) in the (media) industry has been a resounding success with at least (1) regional (media) now staying in Tasmania, securing (at least 1 job).

• Commercial-in-Confidence Provisions prevent Paul Harris revealing the true state of Tasmanian Times’ financial situation, but Mr Harris remains confident Tasmanian Times will return to full profitability soon ...

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Tasmanian Government to pay Launceston sawmiller $1m to keep operating

Stephen Smiley, ABC. Pic: ABC. Pub: April 8
09.04.15 4:30 am

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A Launceston sawmiller will receive $1 million to stay in the timber sector rather than leave, in a record agreement struck under the Tasmanian Government’s rejigged Regional Sawmiller Structural Adjustment Grants Program.

Paul Harriss: Government keeps regional sawmillers in state

• jack lumber, in Comments: Seriously ... no increase in available volumes and they will spend money to cut smaller logs ... the ones that are currently going to Ta Ann . Oh that’s right they will be cutting all the plantation logs ... the same ones FIAT said were unsuitable and why continued access to natural forest is needed. You know when it comes to sawmillers, it is a circular argument, all on the bandwagon with no residual benefit. PS: giving back half of something you should not have received is a great act.

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Health reform ... and the perils of hope

Martyn Goddard, Health policy analyst. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: April 8
08.04.15 5:00 am

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In his first-ever ministry, Michael Ferguson is experiencing the heady attractions of creating hope. If the rest of his government does not give him the money to fulfil the immense expectations he is now raising in the community, they will experience its dangers ‒ because hope disappointed turns to anger.

• Clive Stott, in Comments: Minister for Health Michael Ferguson sure has got a problem. His party is about to spend $28.5 million to make people sick with a state-wide burning program, when there are much healthier ways to carry out fire mitigation. I suggest he goes to April Fool’s Day on TT and reads the Comments section very carefully. Michael would then be better, if he wants to make real health savings, to listen to the doctors and convince his colleagues ‘prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure’.

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The Way We Were ...

Ted Mead, Pub: April 7
07.04.15 5:30 am

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Shearwaters in Norfolk Bay (on the Tasman Peninsula) a decade ago. Scenes like this are no longer seen anymore in Tasmania - Why?

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Chris Simcox, Peter McGlone: Short-Tailed Shearwaters ... Stop the Slaughter

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A dog’s death from 1080 poisoning ...

Carol Sawyer, Wanaka NZ. Penelope Marshall. Pic* Pub: April 6
07.04.15 4:59 am

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Some weeks ago now, a young woman came to see me to collect some anti-1080 bumper stickers. As we chatted she told me that her whole family hated 1080, and then she told me the reason why.  I asked her if I could record the story and she agreed, and said I could use her correct full name as well, although I have decided to use only her Christian name.  I have recorded it exactly as she told it to me ...

• Ian Rist, in Comments: TT Readers and others may now begin to realise why I was so opposed to this stupid and ill-advised 1080 meat based “fox” baiting campaign that claimed the precious lives of so many native animals,dogs and peoples pets. If the people that instigated this terrible chapter in Tasmanian History have a conscience they surely now must have trouble with it all?

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The genius of the common law ...

Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 . Pic: of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
07.04.15 4:00 am

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Evan Whitton says the law has always been a highly profitable joke. This from Justinian (A REASONABLE DOUBT FOR A REASONABLE PRICE) 7 December 2010.

… A judge on the US Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, told an audience at the University of Central Missouri on March 4, 2008: “I don’t mean to suggest that in the bad old days judges never distorted the Constitution. Of course they did. You’re going to have wilful judges with you until the end of time. But in the good old days they had to distort the Constitution the good old fashioned honest way. They lied about it.” Sophistry has consequences, and not only about the Constitution. In 2000, Scalia was one of five judges who wrongly appointed George W. Bush President. According to economist Joe Stiglitz, the $3 trillion that Bush blew on an unlawful invasion of Iraq was a hidden cause of the global recession. …

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An Aldi Easter ...

Urban Wronski* Pub: April 7
07.04.15 3:45 am

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Easter Sunday, I struggle to keep up with the Aldi checkout operator. At Aldi they sweep your groceries past the scanner so fast it feels like they hate you. Can’t wait to get rid of you. Zip, zing, zip, they flick your groceries across, like the beads on a Shanghai trader’s abacus.

• Sweet Easter, Percy From The Pews: In our morning local newspaper I read where a Sandy Bay clergyman commenting on our Easter just celebrated was quoted in reference to Easter eggs: “I believe God made everything; therefore God gave us chocolate to enjoy.” And he added: “Chocolate reminds us that God is a good God and He has given us good gifts . . .” Thus I would suggest that Cadbury of Claremont, with an eye to opportunity, should create an adjunct facility to their factory and call it the Chapel of Sweet Indulgence. Oh come all ye chocolate faithful!

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A fragment of Balmain history

Rob Walls*, photojournalist
07.04.15 3:30 am

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The recent discovery of this photograph inspired me to recall a certain event in the history of the inner-city suburb of Balmain. I’m still uncertain whether I should be proud or ashamed to have participated in this example of Sydney seventies binge drinking, but I’m not making excuses, when I say that occasion was culturally richer than it might at first glance, appear.

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No wonder he’s grinning ...

Editor. SMH
07.04.15 3:15 am

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Just imagine ... some of that was siphoned from The Mercury’s humble petty-cash contribution to Rupe’s tax avoidance schemes ... SMH: Rupert Murdoch’s US empire siphons $4.5b from Australian business virtually tax-free

Huffington Post: Rupert Murdoch, Are You OK?

Fairfax: Joe Hockey steps in to protect suspected tax dodger multinationals from being identified

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Who is Andrew Nikolic, Member of Parliament for Bass?

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06.04.15 4:55 am

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Who is Andrew Nikolic, Member of Parliament for Bass?

• Pilko, in Comments: To say I am no fan of the member for bass is an understatement. But this is too much. Congratulations “Joe Wotton” & Tasmanian Times for getting down in the gutter. A clumsy character assassination of Andrew Nikolic based on his ethnic background. This is the sort of nationalistic waffle one would expect to see on Lambies Facebook page. Or on a One Nation forum. Right up there with the most bizzare & distasteful twaddle to be published on the Tasmanian Times. Just another example of why good writers have fled this website & TT is now reduced to publishing features by Non de Plumes. All in the name of free speech ay Lindz? Onya.

• Michael Powell, in Comments: While I sympathize with Pilko’s point of view and the thrust of his sentiments, the moral outrage is odd in the present order of Australian politics. Having had Mr Nikolic attempt some ‘clumsy character assassination’ on me I find it difficult to be entirely persuaded. We have had at least 5 years of the most vile character assassination and vilification and while that does not excuse retribution, it leaves some valid questions. Mr Nikolic plays his military background shamelessly as something unquestionable but why the closed records? I have an ethnic background of which I am proud, so why his secrecy. The issue is not one raised by this article but Mr Nikolic’s own actions which pose legitimate questions. Frankly I could not care less about his military career or his ethnicity - he is the one that shrouds it in secrecy otherwise no-one could give a toss.

• Peter Henning, in Comments: #5 Irrespective of your personal position in all of this Mike, please stay focused on the public issues involved here. Your article in the Launceston Examiner was most apposite within the current debate about what happens to tertiary education in north Tasmania if neoliberal dogma is applied to the system. Ironically if you like - albeit a not too humorous kind of irony - Nikolic has inadvertently given you (and surely others in the academy?) the opportunity to wax lyrical about the significance of UTAS in Launceston, if not a case for its expansion… Nikolic’s attack on you was always a dud, so don’t play the same game.  That’s nuts, undemocratic and most importantly, distracts attention from the real issues. The key issue is the place of tertiary education in Launceston.  Related issues about Nikolic’s response to your criticism of Abbott government policies speak most adequately for themselves. One would hope that the UTAS administration would actively work to convince the voters in Bass of the need for political representation supportive of regional tertiary education and its benefits. The point about Nikolic is not about his birthplace. In fact he has every right to have pride in that, to feel connected with his heritage in a positive way, as we all do. The point about Nikolic is whether he has the capacity to understand in any way at all the notion of local representation of his electorate.  The answer to that is overwhelmingly negative. That is the response we should all be taking from the conflict between Nikolic and Powell.  It is a matter of issues.  Yes?

• Jack Jolly, in Comments: I’m not supporting an attack upon anyone based upon their ethnicity and this is a straw man made of poor quality hay if that is indeed what has been implied. The message I was attempting to convey was that we are all influenced by our cultural baggage and history. Our cultural mythology, values and bigotry is very often conveyed via our family and does not get left at the border on the hook provided when we immigrate. How naive and quaint to think otherwise. The process of cultural inertia in new immigrant families is a recognised phenomenon. I include myself and my family in that observation. It is absolutely a first hand account that I offer in the face of the flames of outrage and catapult of hysterical hyperbole. … Perhaps in Neverland it is appropriate to ignore such things whist going round in circles on the coloured merry-go-round of wishful thinking? But discussion and honesty are the two most powerful disinfectants for this type of prejudice, not PC drivel dressed as wisdom. It’s a real issue, not a self satisfying artefact of hubris found at the bottom of a wine glass. … All Andrew Nikolic has to do, like any politician might, is to describe what his values are. Are we no longer willing or able to ask? Is it so easy to represent the Australian people these days that ‘the party’ will paper over who you are and what you stand for?

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Help! Saving Australia

Kim Peart*. Pic*
06.04.15 4:50 am

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Australia is in the grip of a beast epidemic, captured by the lust for growth that requires around 5% unemployment, now above 6%, so that the well-off can enjoy a larger share of the national pie.

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Baroque and bogans battle over the menu at lunch with Leo Schofield

Mark Dapin SMH. ABC pic. Pub: April 5
06.04.15 4:45 am

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Leo Schofield, the charming man once known as “Mr Sydney”, is unlikely ever to be called Mr Tasmania. He has recently returned to Potts Point after two ( Ed: actually ten ) years living in Hobart.

What Will says ... He’s out of touch, Premier Hodgman tells the ABC ... Luke Martin from the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania hit back at Schofield, accusing him of “blatant mistruths”. “I think it’s a bit of petulance coming through and I guess a bit of settling some scores against the state,” he said. “It think it was quite an extraordinary outburst and to do this in a national newspaper like this it is really a bit unbecoming.”

• mr t, in Comments: I will repeat my observation from the time of the Baroque funding debacle.  Will Hodgman and Luke Martin never even bothered to pick up the phone to discuss the funding. Leo Schofield found out about the decision through the media. Will and Luke have forfeited their right to an opinion now.

• John Hayward, in Comments: Though Hobart, with its size, setting and MONA, might otherwise seem the best place in Australia for the only Baroque festival in this hemisphere,  one has to remember that it is governed by a party which detests culture as much as it does the natural environment. Even the fabled Liberal Party avarice takes a back seat to their suspicious spite toward a festival attracting both interstate and international visitors. As a consolation, First Dog and the Moon this morning ( here ) addressed his weekly tribute to local efforts to finish off the swift parrot.  Wood chips are the next big thing.

• Editor: The Gala Concert to open Brisbane Baroque next weekend is dedicated to the memory of Hobart Baroque friend and supporter,the late Peter Underwood AC, former Governor of Tasmania. Four Tasmanian artists are featured on the Festival program,  Bryony Dwyer, Nicholas Tolputt, Julia Frederrsdorf and Will Hewer. And all those generous Tasmanians who supported Hobart Baroque for the past two years are acknowledged in the program.

• Chris Harries, in Comments: Tasmania prides itself on its developing art culture but is not quite there yet. The broad Tassie population is not, nor is our politics. It’s probably true that most Tasmanians would prefer woodchips to baroque – given a choice of the two. In political circles there is a lingering deep perception that success in art and culture symbolises a failure to develop industrially. This fault line runs through everything, and has been so since the early 1970s. It’s our leprosy. He has his failings but Leo stood at the other end of that thought spectrum. He lost.

• Chris Harries, in Comments: MONA is not a good example, John. One person showing brilliantly what you can do if you have wacks of money to do it and don’t need to rely on government sponsorship. Yes, there is a good strong arts community in Tasmania, but arts generally can be considered a small niche part of our economy and political culture as yet. It does have a keen following, albeit it’s far from mainstream. Adelaide, Melbourne do it much better. Brisbane is more deserving than Tasmania is, so good luck to them, even if Hobart may be more suited to that genre.  It is also true that those larger states compete strongly for any entertainment and can afford to fork out greater sponsorship. Some of this issue comes down to Tasmania’s size.

• Hans Willink, in Comments: Perhaps it’s time for all to take a chill pill and allow Leo’s comments to just pass like water off a ducks back. Leo is a 79 year old philanthropist who dedicated 2 years of his life, without any pay, to plan and conduct a successful new Arts festival in Tasmania. He still deserves our thanks, no matter what has happened since. His dummy spit at not receiving additional State Government funding is understandable but in the long term, not receiving that funding will hopefully be seen as a good thing. Good for Brisbane, good for the Baroque festival’s longevity and good for the country if the festival were to be held in a different State Capital each year. I look forward to the return of the Baroque festival to its State of Origin in 7 years time, by which time all of our bogans will have transformed into urbane sophisticates, Leo will be a sprightly 86 year old and all will be forgiven.

• Chris Harries, in Comments: Folk music = good music. Baroque music = snobbery. Isn’t that another kind of snobbery? Go back 300 years and baroque music was folk music. Leo has gone, so we are talking past tense. His biggest mistake was being politically outspoken and then applying for funds. He should have studied what happens when you mix oil and water. Anybody who is outspoken pays a price. Regardless…. if I was a Tasmanian politician who had to look at bang for bucks I would pragmatically chuck public money into football or horse racing, not into the arts. It’s who we are.

• Pilko, in Comments: And today as local ABC radio broadcasters like Polly Mcgee joined Tasmania’s provincial media in the lynching of Leo Schofield over his &400K; arts subsidy snub anger the Tasmanian govt announced a $1M taxpayer freebie to a single Launceston native forest logging enterprise. Yup.

• Claire Gilmour, in Comments: #15 He didn’t lose, he’s still there, his achievements are still there … Tasmania lost … because of political and their bureaucratic wankers! # 17 If you don’t understand the architecture of the buildings, then you don’t understand the architecture of the meanings of history, let alone the architecture of the future … and life !  Our built and natural heritage based on the ‘hard yards’ …  It should be remembered and very much considered … then there is the ol’ adage … it takes 3 generations to create it and 3 generations to break it … and then … …  start again … … I suggest it’s about respecting the past, our natural heritage and building upon for the future … something our current government has apparently no concept of … lest the adage … simple minded men (some call them bogans) standing for simple minded people voting for them. # 21 even more sad for men without (apparently) real balls to write without saying their real name against a man who has the guts to come out and say it as it really is …

• Brian Inder, in Comments: Eat your heart out Leo Schofield. Sheffield’s International Mural Fest is all set to become another resounding success for this coming year, attracting as it always has tens of thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas. And now the Chinese and Asian markets are about to descend on us. All our own work. A small rural town of only 6,000 people; already recognised as Australia’s most successful small rural community. Fifty volunteers run Mural Fest and keep it afloat without sponging so much as a cent from the state government, and they don’t throw hissy fits either. Now the festival is about to go truly international with Clive Palmer’s party stepping up to be our ambassadors to the world. Not bad for a bunch of “dregs, bogans and third-generation morons”.

• Lynn Hayward, in Comments: #30. Enough of the “old woman” analogy if you don’t mind!  Leo Schofield may have reacted like a bit of a “grumpy old man”, but one with an international reputation for excellence from his well-regarded directorship of 11 Arts festivals in his career.  The national radio is full of references to and stories about the now Brisbane Baroque Festival which is attracting international attention as the only festival of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. One of the three most prominent counter-tenors in the world is appearing.  Tasmania had a great opportunity here for a long-term event which would have continued to develop and grow and attract wide interest.  We have squandered it for the want of an amount of support that, let’s be honest,  the current government wouldn’t have had any difficulty at all in funding.  So why didn’t it? There has been no plausible explanation. Just a rounding on the disappointed director.  Anyway he and his festival have gone to greener pastures. Back to sleep everyone. Nothing to see here.

ABC: Bogan flash mob planned for Brisbane Baroque festival as comeback to Leo Schofield spray A group of young Tasmanians has hit back at an extraordinary verbal spray from cultural identity Leo Schofield, who labelled the state “the land of bogans, dregs and third generation morons”. The artists, calling themselves Leo’s Bogan Brigade, are planning a “bogan flash mob” for the opening of Mr Schofield’s Baroque festival, which opens in its new home city of Brisbane on Friday.

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NATION: Morrison’s bogus call for a coalition of ideas

Urban Wronski* Pub: April 6. Pic: of Scott Morrison
06.04.15 4:30 am

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‘In his capacity as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Morrison was at best complicit, and at worst the chief protagonist, in advocating offshore immigration detention policies that violate the United Nations Convention against Torture,” ... “further, the Australian Human Rights Commission found that policy championed by Morrison and other Ministers of Immigration have caused asylum seeker children significant mental and physical illness and developmental delays.” Statement from Sydney Boys’ High School old boys objecting to Scott Morrison’s proposed visit. 

ABC: Newspoll shows Coalition support dips to 14-year low in West Australian stronghold; Bill Shorten ranked as better PM in all states

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Last word. Introspection

Charles Wooley. Pic: of Charles Wooley, in 60 mins mode ...
06.04.15 4:15 am

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Recently I’ve been worrying about me. Not caring about the troubling disappearance of seventy percent of the world’s bee population.

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Lapoinya ...

via John Powell
06.04.15 4:00 am

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Is Ta Ann effectively telling Forestry Tasmania/Paul Harriss they are not prepared to play ball with them?

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This is a very fishy business ...

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06.04.15 3:30 am

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TT published this background to Pelagic fishing some two years ago ( Here ).

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The Price of Milk

John Hawkins, Bentley, Chudleigh
06.04.15 3:15 am

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As my wife has not been at all well I was asked by her to enter for the first time the portals of what transpired to be a hellhole known as Woolworths in Deloraine to do the weekly shopping

• Philip Cocker, in Comments As a family of six our food meals are large. We made the decision last year to no longer shop at Coles or Woolworths and apart from one visit have not shopped there for best part of a year. It has been revealing shopping at Tasmanian owned stores and a bulk Tasmanian supermarket in Moonah. We will tally it up but at this stage we believe it to be no more expensive and no lesser product range. The one time we did go back it struck us how much processed crap filled the shelves in comparison to the local stores.

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Tumult at the Daily Telegraph

Financial Times
06.04.15 3:00 am

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Tony Gallagher descended to his office — defeated. The workaholic editor of the Daily Telegraph, widely praised for his role in scoops that exposed MPs’ expense claims, had just been fired. “I’m being sacked because I’m good,” he told his lieutenants. Then he pocketed a last Telegraph memento, a piece of the Black Hawk helicopter damaged in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan, and walked out of the newsroom for the last time, while staff banged their fists on their desks in a Fleet Street ritual.

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Rodney Croome OAM out of order on surrogacy

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06.04.15 2:45 am

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Rodney Croome’s recent statement questioning the legal requirement that altruistic surrogates be at least 25 years of age and have already given birth, exposes his poor judgement in commenting on matters about which he is ill informed – namely women’s rights and reproduction.

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Writers | Matthew Holloway | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Opinion | History | Personal | Society

Prostitution: A Word That UN Women Do Not Want to Hear

PassBlue ... covering the UN
06.04.15 2:30 am

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On the eve of a speech Ruchira Gupta was to give on International Women’s Day in New York as the recipient of a Woman of Distinction award, she got a strange email. Gupta, who has collected numerous awards for her work against sex slavery in India — including an Emmy for her 1996 documentary, “The Selling of Innocents” — was asked in the message not to speak on prostitution “or put UN Women on the spot.”

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Writers | Isla MacGregor | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Health | Opinion | History | Legal | Society

Tassie Pine ... Essendon tries philosophy

Tassy Pine
06.04.15 2:15 am

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Watch here

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Indigenous City

M. John Latham*
06.04.15 2:10 am

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Well, here we are … and there we were.  Among it are a pair of feet tuned like unto eardrums to the ground listening, feeling the ephemeral and events heralding.

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it seems that it’s a “pay up, or piss off and die”, type of scenario!

06.04.15 2:00 am

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To Whom it may Concern,

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April Fool’s Day ...

Clive Stott, Pub: April 2
03.04.15 6:00 am

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They said it would be foggy yesterday didn’t they? But it was April Fools Day - Burn-Baby-Burn Day. Thus the flames were unleashed ... either here, on the mainland, or both.

David Lindenmayer, The Conversation: Forestry agreements need a full overhaul, not just a tick and flick For almost two decades, the management of forests in parts of Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales has been underpinned by state and federal Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), defined as “20-year plans for the conservation and sustainable management of Australia’s native forests”. The broad aim of RFAs is to “provide certainty for forest-based industries, forest-dependent communities and conservation”. RFAs are now up for renewal, and it would certainly be in industry advocates’ interest for them to be simply “ticked off”, without the critical scrutiny that is clearly warranted. The RFAs need to be fully reviewed, not just renewed, because they have had highly perverse outcomes – rather than helping to ease environmental problems, the agreements have actually worsened them in some cases. The flawed Victorian Central Highlands RFA is a classic case that highlights why simply rolling over the existing RFAs would amount to mismanagement of publicly owned native forests.

• John Hawkins, in Comments: I have this week returned from Europe to find that the now banned smog conditions of Central London prevalent in the 1950’s have been visited on this so- called clean and green island. I had to drive to Sheffield from Mole Creek then on to Deloraine and Launceston. I noted that the plantations are being ripped out at the Union Bridge and the land returned to Dairy. The trip from Sheffield to Elizabeth Town was through a series of completely dead nitens plantations. From Elizabeth Town to Lonnie and back to Chudleigh through a smoke haze with many cars with their lights on so as to navigate the Bass Highway. As a final insult on Monday I was overtaken by a Log Truck on the other side of a double white Line at over 100 kms an hour ... his number plate was QT 6417 and it was labelled on the side Les Walkden; and the time was 2.35 on the Mole Creek Road near the Butter Factory. Is it worth reporting to the Police; will they do anything about it? - maybe they will now. Tourists ... to hell with tourists - you must always remember that Forestry Tasmania and its acolytes are the only Tasmanians who are born to rule over this public disaster.

• Chris B, in Comments: I prayed last night, not in a godly sense, but out loud for heavy rain to put out the carbon emitters that Harrassmania Limited had lit to enable the forestry destroyers to access the round logs to give at a financial loss to the peelers of logs which we can subsidise via our power accounts.

• Russell Langfield, in Comments: It was a total smog-out across the North-West too. If it was caused by FT they should be severely fined. Why do they insist on lighting green wood? In all reality, FT should be immediately dissolved because they have been a complete and utter failure for decades socially, financially and environmentally.

• Estelle Ross, in Comments: I looked out of my window in Riverside yesterday afternoon and could see a smoky haze across the river to Mowbray. Considering that the World Health Organisation has clearly stated that smoke particles are carcinogenic can sufferers from lung complaints sue those who are responsible for these burn-offs? If Forestry Tasmania is in financial trouble already just imagine what huge compensation bills could do!!!

Listen ... as ABC’s Richard Fidler interviews Quenton Beresford on Gunns ...

Kim Booth: Harriss Must Rule Out Further Forestry Public Subsidies in State Budget

• Shirley Brandie, Canada, in Comments: Why is this craziness even going on? People are going to become very sick and possibly some will die because of the pollution from these burns. I am disgusted that this type of behavior continues to go on even when they know that the smoke is cancer causing. People need to group together and raise hell or this will never end.

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Clubs Australia: Shameless and defamatory

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release.
03.04.15 5:30 am

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The poker machine industry is truly shameless, and the claim today by Clubs Australia that I’m a liar is misleading in the extreme and defamatory.

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Short-Tailed Shearwaters: Stop the Slaughter

Chris Simcox, Peter McGlone Media Release
03.04.15 5:00 am

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“The Tasmanian Government must stop the annual slaughter of Short-tailed Shearwater chicks.” said Chris Simcox, spokesperson for Animals Tasmania. “These infant migratory seabirds are soon to be the victims of yet another brutal killing season sanctioned by our Government. Nowhere else in the world is this allowed.”

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Counter rally to an anti-Islam rally

Taya Ketelaar-Jones, Thomas Burnet Media Release
03.04.15 4:00 am

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Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Franklin Square at noon in Hobart tomorrow in response to an anti-Islam rally dubbed ‘Reclaim Australia’.

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Super Trawler: This is not an April Fool’s Day Joke

Rebecca Hubbard, Jon Bryan, John Edwards, Nobby Clark Media Release
02.04.15 4:30 am

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A super trawler has sneaked into Australian waters and is tied up in Albany, Western Australia taking on supplies. This is no joke (although it is 1 April).

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NATION: How they talk down to us ...

Urban Wronski* Pub: April2. Pic: of Luke Foley, Mike Baird, ABC
02.04.15 4:00 am

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Just when NSW’s election result appears clear and you hope for a break from it all, your TV is hijacked by explainers. Explainers spell out what it means to us poor bunnies, the general public, with our short attention spans and briefer memories. Explainers make everything easy to understand because they know we are all ignorant and simple and never got much education. You can hear it in their voices as they talk down to us. God forbid we should ever make up our own minds, inform ourselves or cope with complexity. 

Bishop’s pitch is nonsense. Baird’s party is flogging an asset in a thinly disguised cash grab. He is set to repeat Victoria’s mistakes where consumers pay vastly more today after Kennett’s privatisation than when the state was the sole power supplier. Baird’s move is a not ‘reform’ but a regression, a mistake, ill-advised act of desperation by a mob who mistake a budget surplus, the cash float in the till, for evidence of sound economic management. Bugger the people. We must balance our books.

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First Day of the Month ... a celebration of 10 Murray ... and Entropy ...

Bronwyn Williams, Isla MacGregor
01.04.15 4:30 am

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• Isla MacGregor: Entropy ...

• Bronwyn Williams: a record of something that will soon be no longer ... 10 Murray Street.

• Karl Stevens, in Comments: Whew! I’ve just looked at the ‘Easter Apocalypse, End of the World, Three Blood Moons’ extravaganza on the Hobart Mercury website HERE. The end of number 10 Murray Street seems almost comforting by comparison. At least Tas Times won’t have to make an embarrassing back-down come Tuesday morning….

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