Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome Media Release.
12.10.14 5:45 am
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.
Peter Coad, MVC Candidate for councillor and mayor, Deep Bay, Cygnet
11.10.14 4:45 am
Dear Editor, I have had significant damage to a large number of my signs.
Hobart City Council Alderman Eva Ruzicka.
11.10.14 4:30 am
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.
• 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.
11.10.14 3:00 am
The Pakistani girl once shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education just like the boys celebrated being the joint winner of the prize with her classmates in Birmingham, the city in central England she now calls home.
11.10.14 2:03 am
Kev Rothery* Pic: of Liberal Mark Shelton and Michael Kent, by Paul Tapp
10.10.14 6:00 am
This article was written in response to Michael Kent’s nomination to stand for Mayor of the Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality (centred around Triabunna) in the October local council elections, and is a counterpoint to Paul Tapp’s glowing endorsement of Mr Kent on TT earlier ( here ).
• Paul Tapp, in Comments: Mike and I chat at the pub mostly, say gidday and go, have a bit of a laugh at politics and that’s about it for any interaction, but the subject of Atlantic salmon, the haste with which this hush-hush council rezoned a parcel of rural land to industrial, to allow Tassal to operate, was done without consultation with the public at all.
• Edward Murrow, in Comments: As a journalist Paul, shouldn’t you be concerned with facts or truth more than electioneering? Council didn’t rezone the land for the Tassal proposal (a council cannot rezone land, only the Tasmanian Planning Commission can). The use and development was approvable under the existing Rural Zone within the existing planning scheme. The project had the same level of public consultation any discretionary planning application to any council does (as required by law, under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993), which is 14 days on public exhibition in which time anyone can make representation/objection. Ultimately, council’s decision could have also been appealed at the Planning Tribunal if anyone thought it was improper or an inappropriate development.
• Guy Barnett: Triabunna Inquiry Interim Report With the growing uncertainty around the future of the former mill site in Triabunna, the Committee has agreed to table an interim report which addresses the issue of future uses of the state-owned Triabunna wharf, access to it and the need for an export facility in the south of the State. The report will be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday next week, in line with Parliamentary Standing Orders.
• Peter, in Comments: ...and after all those government loans: Seafish Tasmania charged with breach of environmental laws By Stephen Smiley - ABC, Wed 09 Sep 6:23pm: Fish waste processor Seafish Tasmania has been charged with breaching state environmental laws. It is understood the charges relate to the alleged disposal of fish waste at the company’s Triabunna plant. Seafish was subject to a lengthy investigation by Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in 2012 and 2013. The investigation was prompted after dozens of residents at Triabunna, Louisville Point and Orford complained about a strong fish smell. At the time, the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Mayor Bertrand Cadart said: “For a person who has been raised in the country of parfum and perfume, I can assure you that it’s not exactly [a] Christian Dior smell.” In December 2012 the EPA said steps taken by Seafish to deal with the problem had had little effect. A year later residents were still complaining about odour problems. etc
10.10.14 5:20 am
Apparently this needs to be said – so I’m just going to say it. Ageing males: young and gorgeous women are just dying to be with you. They would far, far prefer to sit in your wondrous lounge room on a Saturday night talking about the federal budget and strategies on playing bridge and serving you lemonade and cheese platters than dating hot, young guys. The fact you look abominable these days is of no real consequence. It’s nature, you see – you are a safe bet – you have money, status and um, a nice house in the ‘burbs, and when they come to their senses, the bright beautiful things of this world, three decades younger than yourself, will see what a fabulous catch you are. And come a’ flocking. Is that what you want to hear? Sigh ...
Amber Wilson, in Comments, HERE To clarify: I certainly don’t believe age differences, even large age gaps, are wrong. Certainly not in the case of Clooney and Ms Alamuddin - a lovely match by any accounts - she is intelligent, powerful and successful in her own right and meets Clooney’s match 110%. What I am complaining about is the INCESSANT rhetoric that validates middle-age men and devalidates middle-age women. And I’m sorry, but anyone who says that doesn’t exist is being ignorant. I have nothing but admiration for two people who come together as equals, of any age. But I am continually frustrated by a society that deems women to only have worth when they are young and pretty - but that same standard is not applied to men. It’s archaic thinking that stems back to the past for a number of social and political reasons, and there’s no need to keep validating it in the 21st century through the undoubtedly powerful medium of film. Magic in the Moonlight even features a scene where Firth’s character itemises the reasons he fancies the woman three decades younger than him over his current partner - and they’re horribly shallow - and the fact this film sugar coats such sexism is really insipid.
Ted Mead. Kim Booth Media Release. Montage by Ted Mead. Pub: Oct 6
10.10.14 5:15 am
Insanity : doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results Albert Einstein
• Kim Booth, Greens Leader: Tourism, Business Sector Support for Triabunna Proposal Isolates Liberals ...
Reuters through SBS. Kudelka, used with permission: http://www.kudelka.com.au/
10.10.14 4:44 am
A survey has found that Australians’ trust in federal government has slumped and it is now the least-trusted tier of power.
• Chris Sharples, in Comments: The three-year campaign by News Corp and their puppet Tony Abbott to destroy the Labor government was certainly successful, but unfortunately they did more than just destroy Labor; they destroyed a workable political environment and replaced it with a toxic climate of mistrust. It’s no wonder so many people were so dis-enchanted that they voted for independents and nutty minority parties. It was Tony Abbott and News Corp that helped Clive Palmer and his PUPs to seats in parliament; they have no right to whinge now about the political mess they made.
Terry Polglase, AEU Tasmanian Branch President Opinion
09.10.14 4:00 am
Before Auditor General Mike Blake begins his review on appropriate enrolment numbers for our state’s public schools, there are several questions that need answering. Firstly, why are the 30% of schools which are in the non-government sector and are heavily taxpayer supported not included? 55% of these schools are more than 80% government funded. Herrick Presbyterian has an enrolment of 6 and it is 85% government funded. Whether schools are supported by state or federal funding, it is still taxpayer money.
This is not a public versus private topic, but it needs to be understood that the public school system as we know it, or knew it, is under threat. Since the middle of 2012 thirteen public schools have merged or closed, resulting in seven fewer public schools, and twenty-five others were closed or amalgamated in the preceding five years. Parents at Meander Primary are being asked to consider whether they support the closure of their school right now and they are not alone.
Australia is ranked third in government’s financing of non-government schools and only Chile and Israel subsidise private systems more. In high-achieving Finland there are no private schools and in New Zealand only 4% are private and these do not attract significant levels of government support.
Jane Perlez, New York Times. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Satire: Leunig, used with permission. Pub: Oct 6
08.10.14 4:00 am
SYDNEY, Australia — Like many Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 56, is crazy about sports. He is a passionate cyclist, an Ironman triathlete and a former boxer. The zeal that Mr. Abbott has shown on the track and in the ring is now on display as he directs Australia’s efforts against the militants of the Islamic State, abroad and at home.
• Ross Tapsell, Lecturer in Asian Studies at Australian National University: Q&A: Australia’s reaction to arrest of French journalists in West Papua: The Australian Senate passed a motion last week, with explicit support from the Foreign Minister’s office, expressing concern over the imprisonment of two French journalists for reporting in Indonesia’s restive province using tourist visas. Read the interview here
James Dryburgh (article originally published in Tasmania 40 South - with beautiful images) Pub: Oct 8
08.10.14 3:20 am
The process and the product of Gray’s work offer so many contemplations. The works remind us that these people, these stories of joy and pain, life and death, are all around us within our community – passing by us in the street. Through stories of horror, so difficult to imagine for those of us who have been written a more fortunate script, we see the fortune and misfortune that is dealt simply through a person’s birth place and time. Individually and collectively the paintings demonstrate the power of human resilience, to make a life with very little and against the odds.
They remind us of the countless stories we don’t hear, the mementos lost and forgotten, and the plight of today’s refugees – the stories being written as you read this. Mementos remind us that even though in recent times the sound of its beating has been muffled, within Australia there is a generous heart that has offered hope for thousands of diverse people fleeing despair.
via Isla MacGregor
07.10.14 5:17 am
The Conservative government’s prostitution bill - Bill C-36 - passed in the House of Commons Monday night by a 156-124 vote.
Alderman Jeff Briscoe, Chair Parks HCC. Pic: A model of the proposed walkway Pub: Oct 4
07.10.14 5:15 am
It’s 12 years since a Battery Point walkway plan was launched ... and generated has been a 2 metres high stack of heritage, environmental, design, planning and other reports. Now, it is D-Day for planning approval.
• Margaretta Pos, in Comments: Waterfront residents such as Guy Green, Ken Hosking, John White, the Cliffords, and others were having none of any of it. Indeed, Green sought $380,000 and Hosking $340,000 in compensation if a walkway was built - the only two waterfront landholders on Battery Point to own rare land titles to the rock shelf between high and low watermark. (All other titles allowed ownership of land only to the high-water line). There were exceptions, notably David Marriner, who built sandstone steps over his jetty to enable people to walk over it with ease and which suited the environment. And in May 2007, then Opposition Leader and now Premier, Will Hodgman, gave his support to a walkway from Salamanca to Sandy Bay.
• Ald Jeff Briscoe, in Comments: UPDATE: The HCC development service committee recommended tonight to approve stage 1 of the Battery Point walkway. The vote was 3:1 in favor. The recommendation of the committee will now go to full council on Monday.
Ross Tapsell, Lecturer in Asian Studies at Australian National University
07.10.14 4:50 am
The Australian Senate passed a motion last week, with explicit support from the Foreign Minister’s office, expressing concern over the imprisonment of two French journalists for reporting in Indonesia’s restive province using tourist visas.
Samuel Alexander Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne, The Conversation
06.10.14 4:45 am
What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever.
James Dryburgh on New Matilda. Pic: of Marina Silva
06.10.14 3:55 am
Peter Adams, http://www.windgrove.com/blog/
06.10.14 3:50 am
The artist’s chief role is to shift people to a deeper understanding and appreciation of their place in this world. And, if needed, work to change their perceptions of it if those perceptions become abusive to the greater good. In other words, the artist’s main role is political, not decorative.
06.10.14 3:45 am
Watch on YouTube here:
• Global Day of Action 2014: Reclaim Community Power for Zero Waste Solutions
Dr Buck Emberg*
06.10.14 3:35 am
The therapy sessions grew in intensity and numbers as the percentage of my aged patients swelled. In my professional years as a counsellor there was a thorny problem which seemingly had no solution to old age … except die as swiftly as possible. What do normal families do with old, worn out, tired, difficult, useless, crabby, expensive, flatulent…and boring parents?
Anna Reynolds* Main Pic: of Michael Kirby
06.10.14 3:30 am
Ask me for a Tasmanian political hero, and I’d say Andrew Inglis Clark
Don Knowler. Pic: of a Swift Parrot
06.10.14 3:15 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
Max Atkinson. Pic*
06.10.14 3:10 am
Perhaps the most striking feature of the budget debates is the government’s refusal to discuss the question of fairness. It is now conceded that, while early claims of a financial crisis were overblown, there remain serious problems in matching spending to revenue. But Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, in one interview after another, ignores this issue; he insists the public must accept those cuts the government wants, regardless of the impact on lower income groups.
Bob Hawkins. Pic: Huon River at Franklin
06.10.14 3:00 am
Huon Valley Guessing Games Council is caught up in the jumble of facts and hearsay that is the knotty tale of the unapproved jetty on the Franklin foreshore near the Petty Sessions restaurant.
06.10.14 2:45 am
“The home, built in 1857, had been unoccupied for years”, said the report of a dilapidated Victorian-era mansion in Sydney’s Balmain East.
Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 Pic*
06.10.14 2:30 am
Background. In 1983, I happened to live two doors from Jim Boyce, a Rugby international well-known for scoring six tries against a New Zealand provincial team, Wairarapa-Bush, in 1962, and for his stance against apartheid, which he observed when he toured South Africa with the Australian team in 1963. Fingered by the CIA, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for life in 1964. Boyce agitated against apartheid when the South African Rugby team toured Australia in 1965. Sanctions (opposed by Opposition leader John [Jackie the Lackey] Howard) eventually led to Mandela’s release in 1990, and his election as President in 1994.
Meanwhile, Boyce had become an executive at Tooth’s Brewery, and he gave me the film of what may be the most remarkable boxing contest ever staged. I might mention that the referee, Charkey Ramon (born David Ballard), was described in the NSW Parliament as a notorious standover man.
Sally Whyte, Crikey. Pic Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
06.10.14 2:15 am
Two non-resident multimillionaires are behind a slick ad campaign against a wind farm on King Island, off the coast of Tasmania, Crikey has learned. According to the minutes of last month’s No TasWind Farm Group annual general meeting, which have been seen by Crikey, president Jim Benn told the assembled members that the group’s major donors were BRW rich listers Bill James and Michael ...
Hubble Space Telescope. Pub: Oct 3
05.10.14 4:30 am
“This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour—fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes! A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope,” states the website of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Danny Carney, Indonesia. Leunig. Pub: Oct 2
04.10.14 6:59 am
Something ugly is happening in Australia. I was too young to give a damn when this last happened, when thugs of all creeds attacked each other in Cronulla. Watching the footage now, I can hardly believe that it was filmed here: a group of inebriated Australians storming onto a train and beating and kicking innocent people until the attackers are beaten back by police. Ugly, ugly stuff. And I am scared it is staging a comeback.
• Andrew Wilkie: A statement on burqas in Parliament House The decision by the Government to isolate, in their own rooms, burqa-wearers observing the Parliament has no security merit at all. The segregation of one group of people like this is nothing more than religious apartheid and deeply wrong.
Stuart Loone General Manager, Spring Bay Mill. Letter to Supporters. Pub: Oct 2
04.10.14 6:45 am
… We’ve already made substantial progress and investments. We’ve almost finished the enormous job of decommissioning and we directly employ 7 full-time equivalents and have generated work for many Tasmanian businesses including Hazell Bros Group, Timber World, Playstreet Urban Design and Geo-Environmental Solutions. We’ve also contributed to the Triabunna/Orford community through contracting local businesses, promoting the region, shopping locally and donating to local organisations and events. The polling that we commissioned last week revealed that a two-thirds majority of Tasmanians want us to succeed. …
• ABC Radio reports ... Spring Bay Mill co-owner Graeme Wood is in Hobart today ... but no meetings are scheduled with Will Hodgman’s government ...
• mr t, in Comments: #6 Carol, I wrote to the Mercy quoting their article, “The government subsidizes wood chip transport from the southern forests to Bell Bay.” I continued with, “No, I do along with my family, neighbors and everyone else in Tasmania. If wood chips require a transport subsidy then the sales are uneconomic. Abetz, Harriss, Hodgman, Barnett and others need to use their own money if they think this is a good business opportunity - just like Graeme Wood. It wasn’t published. My local member is Paul Harriss (enough said). In the meantime, the Libs save money by sacking workers and immediately spend the savings on our loss making forestry and their supporters. Can the Tasmanian public see the reality of this one policy Abetz-Harriss government? I doubt it.
• Kim Booth: Harriss wasting more public money as he flogs another dead horse Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today criticised Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, for flogging a dead horse with his woodchip enquiry; wasting public money and causing further anxiety for Triabunna residents who welcome the Spring Bay Mill tourism proposal. “Everybody knows the native forest woodchip industry is dead and gone,” said Mr Booth. “It’s yesterday’s story, its financially unviable and the only result of establishing a port will be sacking more nurses, police officers and teachers.” “Clearly this weightless enquiry is just another fraud on the Tasmanian people, and if an answer can be delivered in just 2 days then an enquiry is not needed in the first place.”