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A memory of John Arlott ...

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20.10.14 2:16 am

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A memory of English cricket commentator John Arlott, who always had a glass of red wine beside him as he worked ...

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Robert Armstrong’s adieu

Bob Hawkins. Pic: of HVC Mayor - and MLC - Robert Armstrong's election poster. First pub: Oct 17
17.10.14 3:50 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s Knocker Hawkins, the man who helped put Robert Armstrong into parliament. I had no idea I had that much clout. But that’s the way it is, according to the man himself, Huon Valley Council’s about-to-depart Mayor Armstrong. 

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How Great Cities Deal With Woodchips

Karl Stevens
17.10.14 3:15 am

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The ABC wrap here

TT Media here, for the polly opinion ...

• Pilko, in Comments: I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading this little gem by Damon Thomas. Veterans of the Pulp Mill campaign will remember Damon Thomas in his role as TCCI chief - one of the loudest voices & most enthusiastic lobbyists for John Gay’s Tamar Valley Pulp Mill.

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Pesticide monitoring in Tasmanian waterways cancelled

Dr Alison Bleaney, Tasmanian Public & Environmental Health Network (TPEHN). Pic* Pub: Oct 15
17.10.14 3:00 am

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Confirmation of the cessation of any routine pesticide monitoring in any waterways in Tasmania ( including all drinking and ground waters) was given by DPIPWE this week (Stuart Bowman). The announcement coincided with substantial funding cuts in the recent State budget. With regard to pesticide monitoring in waterways, Tasmania now reverts to where it was in 2004 prior to the helicopter crash in the upper catchment of the George River where the highly hazardous insecticide alpha-cypermethrin was being aerial-sprayed onto eucalypt plantations. Shortly after and following a very heavy rainfall, 90% of intertidal oyster along with other insects and aquatic life died in Georges Bay. At that time Tasmania undertook no pesticide monitoring of any waters. Forestry Tasmania is about to increase its plantation workings and has just applied to the Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) body for permission (a derogation) to aerially spray alpha-cypermethrin in eucalypt plantations. FSC does not ‘normally’ allow alpha-cypermethrin to be used as it is a highly hazardous pesticide. 

• Andrei Nikulinsky, in Comments: Are we honestly being told that while there is money to sponsor a different state’s football team, to subsidise one of Australia’s richest retail company’s buildings, to puff up the gambling industry and even continue to throw good money after bad by paying to send woodchips overseas like it was waste… ...that there is no money to test our water supply?

• Download Clive Stott ( http:www.cleanairtas.com ) Submission ...

ABC Rural: Forestry downturn reduces routine pesticide and chemical testing of Tasmanian waterways

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STATE: Planning ... what the Libs plan for you ...

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer. Address to Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Pic: Andrew Ricketts. Pub: Oct 14
17.10.14 2:45 am

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Thank you for taking the time to be here this morning.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

• Andrew Ricketts, in Comments: Very soon the Government will introduce a new LAND USE PLANNING AND APPROVALS AMENDMENT (STREAMLINING OF PROCESS) BILL 2014 into Parliament. Sitting days are: 28th, 29th, 30th October. It is a surprise that The Bill will come on in October with no proper exposure of a draft. It does not seem to be on any official website or otherwise available for the public. The Liberal approach - To only consult with the privileged few.

• Andrew Ricketts: The Government is amending a second piece of legislation at the same time ... Download docs ...

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Lake Pedder project wins big at national awards

Nolan Giles, Account Manager @ Lindy Johnson
17.10.14 2:40 am

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A unique animation produced to showcase a potential fix for the restoration of Tasmania’s Lake Pedder has been awarded a major prize at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards.

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HAWTHORN: It’s a con. A fraud

Tom Ellison* Pub: Oct 13
17.10.14 2:30 am

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It’s a con.  A fraud, which if it involved a private company would see shareholders revolt and Directors thrown out.  There’s no accountability from those involved.  Contradictions, spurious financial projections and grandiose claims, which when combined, would make anybody concerned about basic standards of governance shudder. But this is Tasmania, and football appears untouchable. For years, politicians at local, state and federal level have enthused about the value of Tasmania’s sponsorship of the Hawthorn Football Club, and whether due to political cowardice, ignorance or a combination, have refused to face up to the facts.

But the most damning number in the RepuCom report is 2.6.  That’s the percentage of those surveyed indicating they were likely to come to Tasmania to attend an AFL match.  Even Tasmania’s weather was seen as a bigger attraction by respondents. Those trends are consistent with Tourism Tasmania’s annual visitor survey, a comprehensive analysis of demographics which provides useful insights into visitors, their motivations and spending patterns.

What’s missing is the truth, and the answers to some basic questions.  Like what are the actual demographics of those attending AFL games in Tasmania?  Why does Launceston City Council underwrite Aurora Stadium losses of nearly $2 million each year if the sponsorship deal is such a winner?  Is political support for football now so entrenched that to release the real numbers would be too damaging?

• AJWW, in Comments: Not just a con and a fraud Tom - its also manifestly unjust that a traditional football State should be denied its own team in the AFL for any reason, let alone the spurious argument that it is unaffordable. Having a team in the national competition would have a unifying affect, bolster State pride and contribute significant social, as well as economic benefits. For example, it would provide our young talent with a pathway that avoids always having to move interstate if they are to realize their sporting dreams. Strong legislators would cast aside the “cringe factor” and the agendas of vested interests, and push hard for a stand-alone team knowing we would be playing to one of our great strengths in a sustainable, growth industry. Saul Eslake has challenged the received wisdom (from Kennet, Demetriou, Bacon et al) that a State team would not be financially viable.In the meantime, we continue to prop-up a previously unviable Melbourne-based club. What a travesty!Tony.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

TT, Sept 2006, James Boyce: Hawthorn: what Lennon signs away

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Anna Reynolds: My ideas for Hobart’s future

Anna Reynolds, Candidate for Alderman, Hobart City Council
16.10.14 8:01 am

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Hobart is changing. I feel a buzz of optimism. And not just here – people around the world are talking about the beautiful, historic, creative and down-to-earth city we call home. But with change comes challenges, which need the response of clever and forward-thinking leadership.

Eva Ruzicka: So why should some decisions be made behind Closed doors?

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Suzy Cooper: What I stand for ...

Suzy Cooper, http://suzycooper.com.au/ Pic: of Suzy Cooper
15.10.14 4:25 am

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While thinking about today’s Live Blogging [ Mercury website: 12.30pm – http://www.themercury.com.au/ ] I started dreading the predictable questions about Myer and Macquarie Point and the Battery Point Walkway. Does talking about these things really tell us anything about a person who will represent the community? Are these things distractions from other important things we could be doing right now?

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An open invitation to corruption ...

Pat Synge, Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release. Pub: Oct 15
15.10.14 4:23 am

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LOCAL GOVERMENT REGULATIONS REVIEW As many Tas Times readers know F&D is concerned about the lack of transparency and accountability surrounding donations and donation disclosure at all levels of government. We consider the current situation in Tasmania to be an open invitation to corruption. It is currently legal for anyone to donate any amount of money to a candidate for local government with absolutely no disclosure requirements and no cap on candidate spending except during a short period just prior to the poll. Many local government candidates agree with us and have chosen to disclose their funding on our website: http://www.FundingandDisclosure.org.au

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NATION: Shirtfronting Vladimir

Tony Wright National affairs editor of The Age. Satire: Leunig, leunig.com.au , used with permission. Pub: Oct 14
15.10.14 4:22 am

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It is possible something has been lost in translation ...

ABC: Jacqui Lambie says Vladimir Putin has ‘great values’, labels Tony Abbott’s ‘shirtfront’ comment ‘immature’

SMH: Coal is ‘good for humanity’, says Tony Abbott at mine opening

Mark Kenny, SMH: Coal comfort for Tony Abbott

SMH: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’: Joe Hockey denies Australia is dirtiest greenhouse gas emitter in OECD

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey,  Pravda.Ru: Open Letter to Tony ‘Shirt-Front’ Abbott So, Australian Prime Minister wants to shirt-front Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, does he? It is difficult to find a more blatant example of childishness, incompetence for the position, criminal intent, downright nastiness and an indication of a disturbed mind crying out for therapy. Don’t the Australian people deserve better?

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey,  Pravda.Ru: Tony Abbott: The chip on Australia’s shoulder

• Kim Peart, in Comments: The loss of face and national pride has led to war at times, so we had better man-up our 1880s coastal defences, built to protect DownUnder from the Russians. Which nation allowed passenger flights to fly through their air space and over a conflict zone where planes were being shot down? Ukraine was being paid for those flights, so did Australian citizens die for profit?

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STATE: The Inquiry is plunging Triabunna back into a state of grief. UPDATE ...

Tom & Jane Teniswood Wind Song Bed & Breakfast, PO Box 96, Triabunna, Tasmania. Pics: Paul Tapp. Pub: Oct 11
15.10.14 4:21 am

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Most of you will be aware of the Government Inquiry into the Spring Bay Mill and Government discussion re acquiring the site to continue wood chipping etc. An interim report is to be handed down on Tuesday. Tom & I have sent in late submissions to the Inquiry as we were dismayed at the negativity in most submissions and the fact the Inquiry is plunging Triabunna back into a state of grief and destroying the sense of optimism Graeme Wood personally has given to the town by the commitment he has already shown to Triabunna. 

This is a critical moment in Tasmania’s history. Are we to move forward embracing change and a developer with vision,  or sink back into the past?

ABC: Low-income families to bear brunt of Libs’ Budget cuts, says modelling

• ABC: Brett Whiteley tells Simplot workers to accept pay offer and “be thankful”

Christine Milne: The Libs’ last-century thinking

Kim Booth: Liberals sink to new low with Hare-Clark attack

Scott Jordan, Jenny Weber, Adam Thompson: Developing the Tarkine’s Future – Why minding is better than mining

ABC: Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman vows to avoid ‘exciting headlines’ The first Liberal Tasmanian government in 16 years will not be thrilling and will not generate exciting headlines, Premier Will Hodgman says. Mr Hodgman, delivering his first state council speech as Premier, received a long standing ovation as he walked to the podium to deliver his speech. “What an exciting time it is to be a Liberal,” Mr Hodgman said. “Isn’t it fantastic to be here together for the first time after our election victory in March of this year?” “It’s a special time to celebrate and to reflect on how far we’ve come,” he said.

TUESDAY, October 14 ...

Mercury: Parliamentary report against State Government compulsory acquisition of Triabunna chip mill site AN INTERIM Parliamentary report has found the State Government should not compulsorily acquire the former Triabunna mill site. The House of assembly Standing Committee on Community Development tabled an interim report this morning. The report recommends: THE State Government strongly welcome the Spring Bay Mill tourism proposal being spruiked by developer Graeme Wood. IT is preferable not to compulsorily acquire all or part of the former Triabunna mill site, but rather to investigate the location and viability of a new export facility in the region. etc, etc ...

Philip Cocker: No woodchip exports for Hobart

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

Read the report for yourself, HERE

Luke Martin: Tourism industry welcomes interim Triabunna Report

Kim Booth: Hodgman Must Rule out Interference in Foresty Sector

• Garry Stannus, in Comments: This interim report is an outrage against the principles which underpin our parliament, and thus, our democracy.  Here we have a report that accepts (prejudical) hearsay as fact, declines to speak to Graeme Wood, the co-owner of the Spring Bay site and from its cowards’ castle issues a defamatory report, (a ‘tissue of lies’ if ever there was one) which slanders Graeme Wood.  This is the work of Guy Barnett, aided and abetted by Roger Jaensch and Mark Shelton, who – though not a member - was able to make his way onto this committee to assist in the farce that we have just seen occur.  We have witnessed the spectacle of a malevolent chairman – Guy Barnett – who announced before the hearings had ended (indeed it was apparently just on the second day of the hearings) that the accused were guilty as charged.  He hadn’t even then heard from Bryan Green, who was one of the responsible Ministers, at the time.  Guy Barnett’s behaviour, as Chair, when Bryan Green gave evidence, was maladroit and inexcusable.  This parody of an inquiry has been called a witch-hunt.  It was that and more.  Read the transcripts (you will find them at http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/ctee/House/HAComDev.htm and while doing so, attend to Barnett’s disgraceful performance during the Public Hearing on Monday 22 September – Bryan Green.) It was a show trial. But what a farce! 

Bertrand Cadart: Interim Report Triabunna Mill Inquiry The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has been working closely with the developer Mr Graeme Wood since he first commenced plans to develop the site and we whole heartedly welcome the recommendation that the State Government likewise begins to help facilitate the proposed tourism development.” Spring Bay Mill will be rejuvenated into a tourism hub and multi-purpose destination to unlock greater tourism potential in the area, providing employment, education and cultural benefits to the region. The Spring Bay Mill is in an ideal location on the headland of Spring Bay at Triabunna.  It is surrounded by rural grazing land, with spectacular views of Maria Island, Orford and Triabunna.  I believe the Spring Bay Mill development will be the catalyst for a complete transformation of the Spring Bay area over the next 5-10 years into a prime tourism and marine recreational hub for visitors and locals.  The East Coast has the potential to become Tasmania’s tourism mecca and the Spring Bay Mill is completely in line with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s vision for the area. It has been clear before and throughout this inquiry that as a whole the community is very much in favour of the development ...

Peg Putt, Jenny Weber: Bizarre Plan for Woodchip Export out of Tasmania’s Southern Forests

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Even more macho than Vladimir Putin

Madelaine Merrimee, French Correspondent* Satire: Leunig, leunig.com.au , used with permission
15.10.14 3:45 am

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I must write to you to advise you of the stories to date that are floating around Europe about Australia’s new Prime Minister, a certain Mr Abbott. He seems extremely keen to become involved in war. Rumour has it he was urging everybody to invade Russia and start world war three, now of course he is very keen to join with the Americans in bombing the latest lot of terrorists in the Middle East. He seems even more macho than Vladimir Putin. Rumour has it that he spends most of his time in Australia running around in a mankini. Because everybody knows that they are over-compensating for their inadequacies. It is so sad what men with small dicks will do to hide their inadequacies.

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Unfettered Salmon Expansion Risks Boom to Bust

Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Coordinator, Environment Tasmania Media Release
15.10.14 3:06 am

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STATE: The Gift Register: When is a donation not a gift?

Eva Ruzicka, Eva Ruzicka's blog.
14.10.14 4:30 am

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From time to time an elected person gets an unsolicited gift from grateful elector or from a business, religious or community group.  And asking around, the most common gifts include a bunch of flowers, bottles of wine or boxes of chocolates, cakes, sometimes items of religious significance and such like, usually given at Christmas or after opening an event or as part of it or presiding over the AGM.

Suzy Cooper: I’ve attended two candidates’ forums over this past week and, considering that I had two minutes to speak in the first one and ten in the second, I decided to speak on the same topic at each: ‘People say that the under 35s don’t vote because they don’t care. I think they care passionately about their world, but they don’t know what they can do.’

Scott Jordan: Minerals Council’s fast-track plan disingenuous.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

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STATE: Time for peace with foreshore residents

Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Chair Parks HCC. Media Release. Pic: A model of the proposed walkway Pub: Oct 14
14.10.14 3:59 am

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Alderman Jeff Briscoe said following the historic win last night at the Hobart City Council meeting in approving the Battery Point Walkway Stage 1, it was time to make peace with the foreshore residents.

Suzy Cooper: I’ve attended two candidates’ forums over this past week and, considering that I had two minutes to speak in the first one and ten in the second, I decided to speak on the same topic at each: ‘People say that the under 35s don’t vote because they don’t care. I think they care passionately about their world, but they don’t know what they can do.’

Scott Jordan: Minerals Council’s fast-track plan disingenuous.

Peter Gutwein, Ministerial Statement: Update on Budget Savings

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What winning the Man Booker prize would mean to Tassie’s Richard Flanagan

Jason Steger Literary Editor, The Age. Pub: Oct 13
14.10.14 3:45 am

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If Richard Flanagan could have picked a year in which to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, this would have been a pretty good one.

The Australian: Overview of the Shortlist

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The waterfront residents of Battery Point prepare for legal battle. UPDATE: Approved ...

Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Chair Parks HCC. Pic: A model of the proposed walkway Pub: Oct 12
13.10.14 4:10 am

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On Monday night the long-awaited Development Application for Stage 1 of the Battery Point walkway will be considered by the full Hobart City Council.

JEFF BRISCOE UPDATE ...

Alderman Jeff Briscoe said he was absolutely delighted that the council tonight voted to approve the BP walkway Stage 1, 11 to 1. He called upon the few objectors on the waterfront not to fight the council and work with the council to achieve the best outcome and save the community what could be high legal costs. “The time has come for this project. Once built the benefits will flow to the people of Hobart finally. Little justification is required.”

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Missing Plane: Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

Interview Conducted by Andreas Spaeth, Spiegel Online International
13.10.14 4:00 am

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Why is there still no trace of flight MH 370? In an interview, Sir Tim Clark, head of Emirates Airline, is sharply critical of the investigation thus far. He believes someone took control of the plane and maintained it until the very end.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

MH370: Simulation stymied as it all gets curiouser and curiouser

Abel Danger: Aviation Whistle Blower Field McConnell Invites Tim Clark to Meet Regarding MH370

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‘It’s Time for Change ... ’

Bob Hawkins
13.10.14 3:45 am

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Huon Valley Guessing Games Now that’s a fascinating thought to savour: Mike Wilson, councillor for 13 years, deputy mayor for two, telling voters that “It’s Time for Change”! Yet he’s still asking us to Vote 1 for him?

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NATION: Travel to a Muslim country. Travel there now.

Ben Groundwater, The Examiner
13.10.14 3:43 am

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Travel to a Muslim country. Travel there now. Make it Malaysia, or Indonesia, or somewhere in the Middle East. Go to northern India, or Morocco. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose – just get to a Muslim country and experience the culture for yourself.

Fairfax: Singles and renters most likely to be poor: new report

ABC: Tony plans to shirtfront Vladimir

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Lazlo and the Toxic Dump near Carlton River (2)

Lazlo Steigenberger
13.10.14 3:30 am

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3BOi6d9J08

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Lazlo and the Toxic Dump near Carlton River

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (33)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
13.10.14 3:00 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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Burnet calls for Myer vote disclosure

Helen Burnet, candidate for Lord Mayor and Greens Alderman, Hobart City Council Media Release. Pub: Oct 12
13.10.14 2:45 am

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At Monday’s Council meeting Greens’ Alderman and mayoral candidate Helen Burnet will ask her fellow aldermen to reveal how they voted regarding the contribution Hobart City Council committed to the Myer development.“The general public has a right to know how aldermen voted on the Myer development. In fact, I have been asked about this when speaking to the people of Hobart at their front doors and on the streets, whilst campaigning over the past weeks,” Alderman Burnet said.

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How feral cats kill wildlife without lifting a paw

Bronwyn Fancourt PhD candidate in wildlife ecology at University of Tasmania, The Conversation. Pub: Oct 11
13.10.14 2:15 am

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Feral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife, hunting and killing an estimated 75 million animals across Australia each and every night. But the killing spree doesn’t end there. There’s a parasite lurking in kitty’s litter that continues to kill wildlife long after the perpetrator has left the scene of the crime.

Background Briefing Sunday: Feral cats rewrite the Australian story

ABC: Feral cats tear through last wild bilby population in Queensland’s Astrebla Downs National Park

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The Reluctant Candidates

Pat Synge, Public Officer, Funding & Disclosure (Inc) Media Release. Pub: Oct 5
13.10.14 2:00 am

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Just how committed to transparency and accountability are Tasmanian local government candidates? This is a question many voters must be asking themselves when they visit the donations disclosure website http://www.fundinganddisclosure.org.au/ .

“Some seem unable to fill in the simple forms. They send in emails saying they haven’t received any donations. We can’t use that because we have to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act and ensure that any information we publish is accurate and authorised. It’s hard to imagine that any candidate for local government cannot fill in a couple of one page forms. As one bureaucrat commented to me ‘welcome to my world’ ”.

Advocate: Squibb receives fine, still to stand A DEVONPORT alderman can still stand for deputy mayor after he had convictions recorded for four breaches of the local government act and was fined $500 in the Devonport Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Alderman Warren Squibb appeared before magistrate Michael Brett in the Devonport court for facts and sentencing, after previously pleading guilty to two counts of participating in a meeting of a council during discussion or voting relating to a matter in which a close associate had an interest. … Character references included those from Labor leader Bryan Green and Aldermen Leon Perry, Justine Keay, Grant Goodwin and Lynn Laycock. Defence counsel said Alderman Squibb has already been punished by negative media coverage which had tarnished his reputation.

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Bill Wentworth meets Pavarotti

Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp Pic: of Pavarotti.
13.10.14 1:45 am

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Background. The revelation by Bill Wentworth (1907-2003) at the end of this sketch – that Pig Iron Bob’s Cabinet were drunk at a critical moment of the Petrov affair – recalls Ed Behr’s dictum: a reporter is more often victim than hero.

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Tas Libs slammed over ‘shameful’ vote against marriage equality

Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome Media Release.
12.10.14 5:45 am

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Marriage equality advocates have described the Tasmanian Liberal Council’s support for a motion excluding same-sex couples from marriage as a shameful step backwards.

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Vandalism!

Peter Coad, MVC Candidate for councillor and mayor, Deep Bay, Cygnet
11.10.14 4:45 am

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Dear Editor, I have had significant damage to a large number of my signs.

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And this is only Stage One ...

Hobart City Council Alderman Eva Ruzicka.
11.10.14 4:30 am

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Well, dear folks, here it finally is: Stage One of the Battery Point walkway, or should I say, segregated pedestrian and cyclists access way.  Yep, it gets you from Marieville Esplanade around to the Battery Point Slipyards that exit onto Napoleon Street in Battery Point.  Where?  Well, you’ll soon find out.

AND ...

So who should have the right to represent you? And who are you, anyway? Observant folks au fait with Hobart’s General Manager’s Roll have observed a sudden increase in names of a less than Anglo-Saxon origin.  I understand the TasElectoral Commission may be investigating allegations of Roll stacking.  Quiet investigation on the side reveals that recruitment amongst the temporary student population by those across the political spectrum could be a cause.  We await the TEC deliberations. Meantime, today’s ethical conundrum comes courtesy of the State Government’s proposed reforms to the Local Government Act 1993, namely, eligibility for nomination as a Councillor/Alderman.  What a can of worms it has opened up around the table at Hobart’s Strategic Governance Committee! Currently if you are on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission’s Electoral Roll (own a residence or rent one) or on the General Manager’s Roll (as an owner or occupier, then you are eligible to vote and to stand an elected position (Councillor/Alderman). Note that there is no definition of what “occupier” means.

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