Sea Shepherd Australia. Pic*
02.03.14 3:36 pm
Sunday March 2, 2014 – Melbourne, Australia — Today, at approximately 10:05 AEDT, Sea Shepherd located the factory vessel of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Nisshin Maru, at 74°23’ S, 178°55’ W inside the Ross Sea Dependency, with a dead, protected Minke Whale onboard, and blood running from the side of the ship. Slabs of whale meat were also photographed on the deck, along with the severed head of a recently butchered whale.
• Sea Shepherd ship under attack ...
Rosemary Bolger, Examiner. Bob Brown pic. First pub: Mar 1
02.03.14 3:23 pm
MORE than 90 per cent of Tasmanians are sick of the conflict over native forestry and support an agreement to end it, according to new polling. … The results undermine claims made by the Liberal Party, which has vowed to tear up the deal if elected on March 15, that the majority do not support the deal. It shows just one in five Tasmanians opposed the agreement while the remaining 14 per cent were unsure. The detailed community research also examined the reasons why people were in favour or against the agreement negotiated by representatives of the forestry industry, unions and mainstream green groups and implemented by the Labor-Greens minority government last year.
ABC. ABC pic. First pub: Feb 27
28.02.14 9:00 am
The Tasmanian Premier has joined the Liberal Leader in urging Tasmanians to ignore the minor parties.
• Nick McKim on the Leaders’ Debate: “While Lara and Will were sitting in a room pretending to attack each other while actually agreeing on most things, we kept focussed on our alternative vision for real change in Tasmania.” “Perhaps they were nervous about debating someone who has a genuinely different vision for Tasmania, rather than the more-of-the-same future that Labor and Liberal are offering.”
John Biggs. Image from here First pub: Feb 25
28.02.14 8:00 am
In “A Wave of Unreason” ( Here ), I argued that neo-liberal politics are sweeping the Western world, Australia in particular, with highly adverse results for the majority of people. How might this argument affect Tasmanian politics, particularly with an election looming?
Brett Cole, The Australian. First pub: Feb 26
28.02.14 7:30 am
MERRICK Howes’s purchase of the debt of bankrupt Tasmanian timber company Gunns may turn out to be one of New York-based Anchorage Capital Group’s best investment decisions in Australia.
• Tomorrow, Thursday February 27, the No Pulp Mill Alliance is holding a public forum at the Tailrace Centre, Riverside, from 6 pm to 7.30. Key note speakers at the event are Peg Putt (Markets For Change), and Geoff Cousins (businessman, writer and environmental activist).
• Estelle at The Tailrace: Many at that meeting were dismayed at the revival of the Gunns’ Pulp Mill project. Some, including Indonesian and Siberian representatives who are battling malfeasance in their own countries were shocked that laws had been passed here to nullify a court case designed to question the validity of the pulp mill permits.
27.02.14 3:00 pm
Hundreds of Tasmanian workers in a Qantas call centre are anxiously awaiting information about whether their jobs are safe.
Tom Nightingale, ABC
27.02.14 5:30 am
An Iranian asylum seeker who received a deportation notice is in hospital in Hobart after trying to kill himself.
27.02.14 5:00 am
Jason Turvey, Spokesperson, Respect the Mountain - No Cable Car. Bob Burton pic
27.02.14 4:26 am
On Wednesday 26th Feb at 12:30pm, approximately 150 Hobart residents met at the Town Hall to discuss alternative developments to a cable car.
Michael Mansell MR. First pub: Feb 25
26.02.14 2:15 am
I am taking the extraordinary step of making public the chaos that exists on Cape Barren Island among its 60 or so Aboriginal residents. … I contacted David O’Byrne on January 2nd, the Police Commissioner Darren Hine on 7th January, Commander Richard Cowling and Inspector John King, and local police on Flinders Island. I was told there is no money, as if the cost of a single police officer for a few months outweighs people living in constant fear of assault, damage to property and intimidation. Flinders Island has two full-time police officers for an island with nowhere near the serious lawless state of Cape Barren yet no police can be based on Cape Barren.
Nick McKim MP Greens Leader. First pub: Feb 25
26.02.14 2:00 am
The full text of Greens Leader Nick McKim’s Tasmania Speech is now available for download from the Greens MPs’ website: here
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• Steve, in Comments: I enjoyed reading this speech. Nice to read someone taking a positive view and he’s quite right. Many people saw what Tasmania could be and moved here at the start of the last decade. There was a pivotal point in Tasmania’s history around then and it tipped the wrong way. Pulp mill dreaming took over and the GST windfall was squandered. I suspect there’s another such moment approaching and I must confess to being worried.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome. Pic: Of Rodney Croome
26.02.14 1:45 am
A survey of key election issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Tasmanians shows the Liberal Party has made commitments in some areas, but also that the Green and Labor parties are “streets ahead” on LGBTI inclusion and equality.
Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’Halloran MR
26.02.14 1:40 am
The Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’Halloran MP today condemned the Liberal Party’s proposal to open up new areas of the Tarkine coastline to unrestrained off-road vehicle access.
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia
26.02.14 1:30 am
Hobart City Council Alderman and Independent Denison candidate Marti Zucco. MR ABC pic of Marti Zucco
25.02.14 7:15 am
HOBART City Council Alderman and Independent Denison candidate Marti Zucco today launched a project that will generate much-needed economic growth and employment in Tasmania.
Jan Davis, TFGA CEO, Mercury column today
25.02.14 7:00 am
There’s been a lot of talk of late about the need for governments to stop propping up unviable businesses and industries.
Simon Chapman, University of Sydney. Photo: Bob Burton.
25.02.14 6:52 am
There is no reliable or consistent evidence that proximity to wind farms or wind farm noise directly causes health effects. That’s the finding of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) much-anticipated draft systematic review of the evidence on wind farms and human health, released yesterday.
Jason Turvey, Spokesperson for Respect the Mountain - No Cable Car MR. Pic Geoff Law
25.02.14 6:00 am
Respect The Mountain - No Cable Car will be holding a 1 hour Public Forum Q&A at Town Hall tomorrow Wednesday 26th February beginning at 12:30pm. Guest speakers include representatives of the three major parties as well as a representative from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Council and local business operators.
Rob Walls, 42 Degrees South
24.02.14 3:44 pm
A moving collection of photos of the Hobart #LightTheDark vigil at Parliament House lawns, February 23, 2014 by Hobart photographer Rob Walls.
24.02.14 9:24 am
Several months ago, I succumbed to the constant badgering of the lovely people at Telstra, and connected my residence in South Hobart to the NBN
Lindsay Tuffin. Main image*
24.02.14 3:30 am
Superficial observations after three weeks and 3000 miles ... Seven years since paying homage to Dylan Thomas in Laugharne. Seven years since single-malt Sláinte with The Judge in Tynemouth. Seven years since ale in Yr Hen Dy (The Old House) in Llangynwyd, where the eldest was christened some 33 years ago …
• The TT Boyzzz have been magnificent ... posting articles regularly during the three weeks of TT’s Caretaker mode. Today we rev ‘er all up again ... so send in those articles, MRs, Arts, Books blah ... and we’ll get ‘em out there. If there are articles sent before midnight last night ... send again!x
Dr Kevin Bonham, http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/
24.02.14 3:00 am
Psephologist Dr Kevin Bonham has been hard at work bursting bubbles on his blogspot. Here are his latest analyses ...
Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media. Pic: of Scott Morrison
24.02.14 2:45 am
The Abbott government wants to send some asylum seekers to Cambodia, at a time when the country’s strongman prime minister, Hun Sen, is overseeing a brutal crackdown on dissent in one of south-east Asia’s poorest nations.
Sea Shepherd Australia. Pic: of Nisshin Maru
24.02.14 2:10 am
Monday February 24, 2014 – Melbourne, Australia — At approximately 1936 AEDT yesterday, the Japanese whaling fleet launched an unprovoked six-hour night attack on the Sea Shepherd conservation ship, The Bob Barker. The harpoon ships, Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru No. 3, crossed the bow of The Bob Barker a total of thirty-three times at close range during the assault, dragging 250-metre and 150-metre steel cable, respectively, across the bow of The Bob Barker in an attempt to disable the conservation ship’s propellers and rudders.
Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber MR. Pic of Nishant Datt by Bill Hatcher
24.02.14 2:05 am
Nishant Datt will spend one month in jail after breaching a suspended sentence whilst participating in a protest at the Huon Valley Ta Ann mill. He was also sentenced to a further one month imprisonment wholly suspended for 18 months. Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said, “Nishant Datt has been a defender of the wild forests of Tasmania for seven years. The newly listed World Heritage value forests are the places that he has worked tirelessly to defend from logging.” “Those people who are aware of environmental destruction are morally compelled to highlight this. In the face of Government ineptitude and a short-sighted industry, this often calls for non-violent protest in order to prevent the loss of unique forests,” Jenny Weber said.
Todd Lambert, Rebecca Hubbard, Nobby Clarke, Stop the Trawler Alliance MR
24.02.14 2:00 am
Tasmania’s three major political parties have responded to public concern about the impact of super trawlers and confirmed their support for a permanent ban.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison MR.
24.02.14 1:50 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will introduce into the Federal Parliament the Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2014 at approximately 10.20am this morning. The Bill would put an end to live animal exports from Australia from 1 July 2017 and put in place improved animal welfare safeguards in the interim.
• To watch proceedings live please visit http://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Parliament
Rachel Aviv, New Yorker
24.02.14 1:45 am
After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical ( atrazine ) was harmful, its maker ( Syngenta ) pursued him.
Helen Kempton, Mercury. Fuzzy pic of Jeremy Rockliff
24.02.14 12:00 am
HEALTH Minister Michelle O’Byrne needs to tell the public why a suppression order was placed on a court case involving a man charged with HIV/AIDS and public health offences, the Tasmanian Liberals say.
SCS Global Services
24.02.14 12:00 am
As part of an upcoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Preliminary Assessment, SCS Global Services is seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management policies and practices of Forestry Tasmania.