03.12.14 4:30 am
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel who have served on border protection operations have been exposed to significant trauma and are not being properly cared for, according to former and serving sailors and officers.
• ‘Stop Texting Me’: Lazarus reacts to Pyne harassment Senator Lazarus, who was hospitalised on Monday with kidney stones, accused Mr Pyne of “embarrassing himself” by inundating the senator with text messages asking him to support the government’s proposals. He also predicted Mr Pyne would not be Education Minister next year.
• ABC: Senate backs reintroduction of temporary protection visas … Senator Jacqui Lambie and her fellow independent John Madigan joined Labor and the Greens in voting against the bill. “This Government has now been in for 15 months. These kids have been sitting there for 15 months and you want a pat on the back?” she said. “You’ve got to be kidding yourselves. These kids could have been out 15 months ago.” …
• mr t, in Comments: Crikey, give it a rest! Do we have asylum seeker boats rowing up the Huon? Is Geeveston or Judbury being overrun with aliens? The only people I see picking fruit or trimming trees are migrants. Try saying “G’day” and “Thanks for your hard work and help.”
Martyn Goddard. Pub: Dec 1
03.12.14 4:22 am
Leo Schofield has left Tasmania for good, returning to his home and family in Sydney, after the collapse of his innovative Hobart Baroque festival. Before he left, he spoke to Martyn Goddard about Tasmania, music, friends and enemies, and the biggest disappointment of his long career.
‘My feeling was total fury,’ Leo recalls. ‘To find out via a reporter was just absurd. We’d been asking for six months and had the meeting with Hodgman three months before. Finally we got a letter telling us to talk to Events and Tourism. Well, we’d been talking to them for months. They hadn’t returned calls, hadn’t responded to e-mails. ‘The public servants here are unbelievable. Unbelievable. They’re so scared that they never make a call. The won’t put anything on paper. They never want to leave any sort of a trail of their conversations.’ It was a contrast, and a shock, to the way he had previously been treated interstate as director of the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane festivals. ‘I had direct dealings with the Premiers, with Neville Wran, Bob Carr ‒ and the best of them all was Jeff Kennett. He was fantastic. They listened and they understood. ‘But in Tasmania they just don’t get it. There are wonderful, intelligent, informed people here but unfortunately they do not sit in Parliament House.’
By then the results of a survey by the EMRS company, commissioned by Events Tasmania, had been released. They were ‒ particularly for a shoestring event in only its second year ‒ remarkable. There was a total spend in Tasmania of around $2.2 million by the 49% of Hobart Baroque audiences who came from interstate. They stayed, on average, 4.8 nights. Ninety-six per cent said they would come again, 82% within the next year —
• Leo Schofield, in Comments: A response to Luke Martin, Comment 3: ‘The amount we asked for over three years was exactly what the wretched Ten Days on the Island receives to run its miserable event that is about as attractive to a cultural tourist as a cup of cold sick. The funding for one single Ten Days event is two million dollars. But the local arts Pooh Bahs love that paradigm of parochiality as it ensures jobs for their mates. Lord knows what it costs to pay the wages of the self-serving rusted-on arts bureaucrats, to service countless boards and thoroughly unrepresentative pissant advisory boards. As one observer noted, ‘Who are these people?’
• mr t, in Comments: #30 Luke Martin, please read #31. Without going into all the pros and cons, #31 details the knowledge, skills, passion, time and money invested by Leo Schofield. In return, following his last bid, he learnt of its failure through the media. The Premier and his staff did not even pick up the phone to give him the courtesy of any notice. You admit never meeting him in person. It would seem no-one has shown him any courtesy of a face to face discussion since. In my career I have had to meet with many people. Some didn’t want to meet me. Some I had to persuade towards a common outcome. Some I had to communicate very bad news. The worse the news, the more it had to be face to face. Can you walk in Leo’s shoes for 5 seconds and see why he is bitter and turning a new chapter? PS Leo, best wishes with your next chapter. Do not look back. Always act now and look to the future.
David Pocock. Photo: David Pocock. First pub: Dec 1
03.12.14 4:20 am
Farmers like Rick Laird are fighting for the future of their farmlands. If I ask myself the question – what would I want people to do to help me if I was in Rick Laird’s position? Then I know I made the right decision.
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Now I can understand that role models in sport would be seen in a dark light if they go out binge drinking,fighting or abusing people. But to have principles and to put one’s body on the line to stand up for the democratic right to protest against a mine that should never have been approved. Well that is going too far. He should have been applauded by the Rubgy Union.
• Pilko, in Comments: Correct me if I’m wrong but this would’ve earned Mr Pocock a mandatory 10k fine in Tassie (20% of John Gay’s fine for insider trading) with subsequent offences warranting up to 4 years in the slammer.
ABC. Pub: Dec 2
03.12.14 4:17 am
Watch The Trailer Here:
• We have a limited number of free tickets available for our private preview screening of Defendant 5 and Director’s Q & A. WHEN: Tonight, 6 - 8 pm WHERE: State Cinema, North Hobart. If you would like to join us, please contact me. Heidi Lee Douglas Writer/Director, HERE
03.12.14 4:15 am
Tasmanians are heartened by today’s news: Jeremy Ball, who recently was lost to us all, has been individually acknowledged by the Human Rights Week Tasmania Organising Committee which this afternoon announced the 2014 Tasmanian Human Rights Awards.
ABC. Pic: of Tim Ellis
02.12.14 4:15 am
Tasmania’s top prosecutor has lost an appeal against his conviction for causing the death of a woman in a head-on crash due to negligent driving
02.12.14 4:00 am
Huon Valley Guessing Games Surely Huon Valley Council (HVC) shouldn’t ever be seen to be even thinking of aiding or abetting non-legal activities? It was a thought that occurred to me when an innocuously labelled item came up for discussion at council’s November 19 meeting. It was Agenda Number 15.049/14 Request for Landowner’s Consent.
02.12.14 3:45 am
The Wedding ( Here ) was wondrous. And we are slowly catching up on the hiatus in posting MRs, Plate/Grape/Travel etc. Bear with us. Meanwhile ... indulge an old man ... Speech, Rache ‘n Trav’s Wedding, Saturday November 29, East Coast ...
… But there is another lesson, first drawn out by Cicero and this is especially for newlyweds ... and it is that Virtue is sufficient for living a happy life. “Virtue is sufficient for living a happy life.” I would actually rephrase that to say: Virtue is sufficient for living a joyful life; because happiness is too captive to the spirit of the age; and modern Oz is very materialistic ... A joyful life ... the perfect segue to these guys ... …
Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release
02.12.14 3:35 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, joined the Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie and Mr Peter Brohier, convener of National Sea Highway Groups, to demand the Federal Government remove the biggest economic handbrake on Tasmania – the crippling cost of transporting freight, people and vehicles across Bass Strait.
• Committee for Bass Strait Transport Equality (CBSTE): Feds asked to finally fix Bass Strait
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
02.12.14 3:30 am
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
John Hawkins, Chudleigh
02.12.14 3:00 am
From todays Financial Review 28/11/2014 I quote the following ...
01.12.14 12:32 am
Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park. Photo: Bob Burton.
Brendan Gogarty, Lecturer in Law at University of Tasmania Photo: Brendan Gogarty
30.11.14 10:13 am
The Tasmanian law is, simply put, brutal. It does not appear to once engage with the responsibility of government to foster all forms of political expression, even the types it doesn’t like; especially those types. The anti-protest law indicates a move away from self-imposed governmental restraint towards a “get things done at all costs” attitude, even if the costs are disproportionate, unjustified and antithetical to Australia’s constitutional system. This law raises serious questions about the current attitudes and commitment to representative and responsible government in this country.
Photo: Bob Burton
29.11.14 4:00 am
Anarchist graffiti on the Democratic Socialist Party building in Hobart.
Photos: Bob Burton
28.11.14 12:38 pm
Approximately 200 people attended a snap rally at Parliament House in support of public school teachers and in opposition to proposed funding cuts.
Stephen Charles, University of Melbourne
28.11.14 10:35 am
Will Victoria get a better anti-corruption watchdog after the election?
Emma Burns, David Lindenmayer and Heather Keith from the Australian National University. Photo: Dan Harley, Zoos Victoria.
28.11.14 10:14 am
Whoever wins power in Victoria’s election tomorrow will no doubt have a long to-do list. Here’s an urgent item: protect the mountain ash forests of the state’s Central Highlands. We have discovered that this ecosystem is at very high risk of collapse within half a century, driven by the effects of clearfell logging and bushfires.
Photo: Bob Burton
28.11.14 10:05 am
Anarchist graffiti in South Hobart, November 2014.
27.11.14 7:46 am
Today the Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff, should make a brief addition to his official CV: ‘anti-government student organiser.’
Brian McNair, Queensland University of Technology and Adam Swift, Queensland University of Technology.
26.11.14 12:50 pm
Scott is articulating the only viable strategy for all public service media organisations – no retreat to the cultural ghetto demanded by the big private interests and their supporters in the News Corp media, but in the avant garde of digital innovation, harnessing its vast potential for public good.
Margie Law, South Hobart
26.11.14 12:02 am
Our kids and our families have been caught up in the politics at play here. The 2 hour stop work would have caused us all some inconvenience but the Minister’s sudden decision to close schools for the whole day [on Thursday] appears to be a political decision rather than an issue of safety as the Minister knew about the 2 hour stop work for almost 2 weeks but waited until the last minute to announce the school closures.
Photo: NASA/Swift/S. Immler (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M. Siegel (Penn State University)
26.11.14 12:01 am
Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the cosmos. Most are thought to be triggered when the core of a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses under its own weight, and forms a black hole. The black hole then drives jets of particles that drill all the way through the collapsing star and erupt into space at nearly the speed of light.
25.11.14 4:25 pm
The latest EMRS Tasmanian voting intentions poll is mostly bad news for the Liberal Party. Their vote continues to slide. The only bright spot for them is that Will Hodgman is ranked as the preferred Premier by 50% while Bryan Green languishes at 22%.
Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist.
24.11.14 5:00 am
Before the March 2014 State election the State Liberals indicated they would stop the wastage of public funds directed to the fox program. In May the Tasmanian Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion that effectively ended the political underwriting for Tasmania’s fox eradication program. Not unsurprisingly, in the circumstances, this was a silent finale that contrasted to the years of fox media. The end was not covered in any Tasmanian media.
The heavy reliance on the local media to highlight fox stories, the dismissal of well-reasoned criticism and the absence of genuinely independent scientific review seems to have led to its own form of lingering embarrassment. There were important lessons to be learned for Tasmania from this Cry Wolf program. Unless Tasmania accepts the defective processes used in the conduct of this costly attempt to eradicate an invasive species that remained intangible and changes its approaches to its biosecurity responses, a future high-risk invasive incursion might not be taken seriously.
24.11.14 4:45 am
The Principal Editor’s beloved daughter is getting married this week from Howrah Flats ... so TT will rely on the good offices of Bob, Jimbo and Peter. Articles and Comments will still be posted but the normal ‘Newspaper of Record’ elements - Media Releases, Arts, Plate/Grape, Travel, etc - won’t be happening ... Blessings, Linz!x
24.11.14 4:30 am
Devils: It might have begun with atrazine, 1080, or even with tree cloning experiments, but the scientists say it’s transmitted by biting…
Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pic: of Hilary Burden
24.11.14 4:30 am
As part of making a living where I live, I work casually at a cellar door in Pipers River, an area long regarded as Australia’s “little Champagne”. Much of what I know about wine has come from being in the wine room and vineyard, rubbing up against passionate people who work there, as well as those who come to taste.
Josie Young*. Pic*
24.11.14 4:15 am
There are those who say that feminism has gone too far, those who claim “I don’t need feminism to protect me - I am not weak. And perhaps in some way they have a point. While there was once a time in Australia when a woman could not vote, instigate a divorce or own her own house, a woman in contemporary Australia can theoretically do all of these things. One might argue that the days of a woman’s place being in the kitchen has passed, existing now only in the memories of our mothers and grandmothers. Today, women are doctors, lawyers, MPs and CEOs. Surely this indicates that in contemporary Australian women can have it all? Assuming of course that “it all” refers to professional success.
24.11.14 4:00 am
Last Friday I had the privilege of watching children from northern Tasmania’s public schools play at the annual Esk Band Extravaganza, and wondered how many more years I would be able to do so before the present government ‘comes after’ the program with its cost and opportunity cutting scythe.
Crikey Editorial. Satire: Kudelka, used with permission: http://www.kudelka.com.au/
24.11.14 3:45 am
Defending the Abbott government’s decision to cut more than $300 million from the public broadcaster budgets yesterday, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Prime Minister’s election eve commitment to make no cuts to the ABC or SBS must be taken in “context”. Here at Crikey, we agree. Below is just some of the context we found while searching online this morning: