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Doubts about jobs and growth

John Lawrence, http://tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/ Pic*
02.06.16 5:30 am

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Greg Jericho posted a good article ( HERE: It’s time to expose the myths of the neoliberal economic model ) covering the growing doubts about the policies that are being foisted upon us. The following is a shortened version without the charts.

EARLIER on Tasfintalk ...

Back on track? (an analysis of the state budget)

Jobs and growth within our means

• Mike Bolan in Comments: John is spot on again. It’s worth reminding ourselves that unresponsive and self serving governments are a severe problem and are holding Australia back …

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Writers | John Lawrence | Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Society

Australians care about political finance – and they want to see the system tightened

Zim Nwokora, Lecturer in Politics and Policy, Deakin University. Photo: NSW protest against donations. Kate Ausburn (Flickr)
02.06.16 5:02 am

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Debates around breaches – and reform – of Australia’s system of political finance are usually conducted by elected politicians or party officials, media pundits, or academic experts. These are people who have easy access to the media, so we get to read or hear their views. So, we know fairly well what they think. We know much less about what ordinary Australians think about how their politics is financed.

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Politics | National | State | Legal

Climate Change, the Great Barrier Reef ... and Labor

Lyndall Rowley. Pic*
02.06.16 4:03 am

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I received the below reply in response to bitterly complaining to Bill Shorten after his grand announcement on Monday to save the Great Barrier Reef with $500M worth of monitoring and water quality improvements. I questioned if the Labor Party was really serious about addressing the impacts of climate change.

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Politics | International | National | State | Economy | Environment | Opinion | Society

Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

Richard Flanagan. Pic* First published (in TT Books) May 31
02.06.16 3:02 am

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Speech given to the Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney on 19 May The government’s record drips with a contempt for writers and writing that leaves me in despair. The Liberals are a party of philistines.

• Peter Adams in Comments: I first read this speech a couple of weeks ago in the Guardian and I felt immensely proud to know that our very own Flanagan is using his writing and oratory skills to reveal, in such fine fashion, the cut of the cloak our wannabe emperor wants to wear. We need more people to take it upon themselves to name and shame the power hungry who only view the world through the one myopic eye of Neo-Liberalism. We need more people like Richard to rise to the challenge to give, not only Tasmanians, but all Australians, the emboldened courage to demand a healthy, prosperous and just life. Go Richard!

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Writers | Richard Flanagan | Politics | National | Books | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Personal | Society

All about Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker
01.06.16 6:31 am

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Daniel Baker – our second Tasmanian Senate candidate for the double-dissolution federal election on July 2 – is a dynamic young father of four.

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Politics | National

All about Suzanne Cass ...

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01.06.16 6:28 am

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Suzanne Cass, our No.1 Senate candidate for Tasmania is one of Australia’s best-known animal welfare advocates.

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Tasmanian devil cancer research down a blind alley?

Dr Jody Warren*
01.06.16 5:05 am

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… They have followed a single research pathway, assuming the cancer is an allograft, namely a transmissible tumour. For a decade, investigations into possible alternative explanations for DFTD have been neglected, despite calls for transmission studies. … Studies into the possible role of pesticides and poisons that have polluted the devils’ environment are still urgently needed.

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First Day: June!

Isla MacGregor
01.06.16 5:00 am

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Paint mine ruins, The Fisheries, Coles Bay.

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Writers | Isla MacGregor | Environment | Society

The danger to health of cruise ships ...

Lindsay Tuffin. Photo: Rob Walls
01.06.16 4:35 am

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The Guardian has highlighted a major issue raised on Tasmanian Times on March 15 last year. And that is ... the subject of cruise ship pollution.

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Writers | Lindsay Tuffin | Politics | International | Local | National | State | Economy | Environment | Health | Society

How taxpayers are obliged to fund a racket

Evan Whitton* Photo: Clyde Robinson, Flickr
01.06.16 4:30 am

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Taxpayers pay the wages of judges, prosecutors and police and fund two legal systems. So far as I know, no one else has traced their origins ...

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Writers | Evan Whitton | Politics | International | National | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Legal | Society

Greg Hunt’s hollow boast about the Great Barrier Reef

Greg Hunt, Australian Minister for the Environment
01.06.16 12:51 am

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“Under Labor, the Great Barrier Reef was on-track to be listed as ‘in danger’. It came off the ‘watch list’ under us” - Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, May 29, 2016.

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Politics | International | National | Environment | Science

Cassy O’Connor’s 2016-17 Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor
31.05.16 6:57 pm

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Ultimately, we believe a budget has to be about people, place, the environment and the future. The Budget that was delivered last Thursday by the Treasurer was missing in so many areas ... What Tasmanians want is to know that their government is looking past the next election, into the twenty-first century and preparing our community for the future. We did not see that in the state Budget on Thursday. It was a lost opportunity.

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Writers | Cassy O'Connor | Politics | State | Economy | Education | Environment | Health

No bribes please, we’re corrupt Australians!

Iain McMenamin, Dublin City University. Photo: Cleaning Parliament House Canberra, Bob Burton.
31.05.16 7:30 am

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Australians should be outraged at much of what is exposed by corruption commissions and investigative journalism, but they can rest easy that bribery is not widespread in their country. Nonetheless, Australia is exposed to the corrupting influence of business, perhaps more than in any other rich democracy except the US. Opening up foundations that mask the identities of donors and their links to parties and politicians and maintaining vigilance against bribery will help. Taking business money out of politics would help a lot more.

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NATION: There are Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

John Hawkins, Chudleigh
31.05.16 7:02 am

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… This constriction of the rules of fair play reduces the number of unemployed people in need of the Liberal mantra “Jobs and Growth” …

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Writers | John Hawkins | Politics | Local | National | State | Economy | Editor's Choice | Opinion | History | Planning/Heritage | Society

So, you want my vote?  An open letter to all politicians

Elizabeth Fleetwood
31.05.16 6:27 am

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But what makes you think you’re worthy of it?  Here is a brief list of why you’re not getting it ...

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Writers | Elizabth Fleetwood | Politics | National | State | Education | Environment

Turnbull campaign proves a fizza

Urban Wronski. Photo: Fizza billboard in Sydney, courtesy of Advision
30.05.16 12:25 pm

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The PM’s “Turnbullian” master stroke, as his early election gambit was hailed by Annabel Crabb, of Canberra’s press claque, barely a month ago, looks more like an Abbott’s captain’s call each week. Media polls, with all their flaws, point to an ebbing of popular support for the LNP and its hapless leader. Around the nation posters depicting Turnbull’s face are appearing with but one word, Fizza.

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Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | National | State | Editor's Choice

Doubly Disillusioned

Charles Wooley. Photo: 2013 election poster, Bob Burton.
30.05.16 4:00 am

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… Canberra is a remote and different world where our representatives quickly forget the interests and ambitions of the folk who sent them there. Rarely might they ever pause to give fleeting thought to us, the Tasmanian voters (poor fools) who put those over-compensated, over-superannuated, over-entitled senatorial backsides on the seductive, plush red benches of the upper chamber. Not that our senators lack all enthusiasm. Oh how fiercely and passionately they represent self-interest! I’m not sure that they all love their jobs, but I do know they love the money, the conditions, the pompous self-importance and all of those trailing lifelong perks for which you will so kindly pay forever. The promise of almost guaranteed employment and generous superannuation ensures that your representatives will never speak up on your behalf against the interests of the selectors or the party. If they do they will get dropped down the voting ticket at the next election. Horror of horrors, they might have to find a real job! The dissolution of both Houses of Parliament and a new system of voting now provides a rare opportunity in the Senate to clean out the stables and get rid of all the political time-servers in one hit. A double dissolution doesn’t happen often, only six times since Federation, so this time don’t miss the chance to take your revenge and at the same time restore democracy in the Senate.

Remember how the ALP in Tasmania dumped a most creditable woman down to the unwinnable end of the ticket to elevate a union official most of us had never heard of. And how the Libs similarly dumped a serving Federal Minister and gave the number one spot to a backbencher whose Machiavellian skills are widely admired and feared. The political party machine men will disagree with me, but you are not idiots! So prove it. This time you don’t have to vote for the candidates of THEIR choice. This time it can be YOUR choice.  …

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Writers | Charles Wooley | Politics | National | State

Peter Brohier’s rebuttal ...

Peter Brohier*, Retired Australian Lawyer Activist and Lobbyist. Pic*
30.05.16 3:59 am

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Politas - Can we hit the Brohier mute button? It has recently come to Peter Brohier’s notice that reference to an article by Dean Winter, December 2014, relating to Peter and published online in ‘Politas’ (HERE), has now reached the top of the Google search engine under Peter’s name. Here is Peter’s rebuttal. It is aimed at putting an historical and wider context around Mr Winter’s comments and views held by some in the Tasmanian business community. 

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Writers | Peter Brohier | Politics | Local | National | State | Society | Transport

eBay / Myer’s new virtual reality shopping store ignores possible eye damage to the user

Don Maisch*
30.05.16 3:58 am

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An article in a recent Mercury (page 50, 20 May)  “Myer and eBay launch virtual shopping” announced the launch of a virtual shopping site, allowing the user to browse and purchase items simply by looking at them.

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Writers | Don Maisch | Economy | Health | Opinion | Personal | Science | Society

Peter Gutwein’s 2016-17 Budget Speech

Peter Gutwein. Photo: Rob Walls
27.05.16 9:33 am

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This is the third Budget I have handed down as Treasurer, and I can confidently say that under the Hodgman Liberal majority Government, Tasmania is back on track.

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Politics | State | Economy | Education | Health | Planning/Heritage

A horror budget for patients

Martyn Goddard. Photo: Bob Burton
27.05.16 6:56 am

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Deep, deep behind the back-on-track guff, the state government has hidden the details of its ongoing evisceration of public hospitals. You will find the figures, if you look hard enough, in Table 25.2 on page 108 of the second volume of Budget Paper Number Two. You can’t get much more hidden than that without disappearing altogether.

• John Lawrence in Comments: Pete(#1) your observations are spot on as usual. I addressed some of these matters HERE .As you say the solutions are easy. Separating people from their prejudices and preconceptions is the problem.

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Writers | Martyn Goddard | Politics | State | Health | News

Huon Valley Guessing Games: Huon waits on the real umpire’s call

Bob Hawkins.
25.05.16 4:30 am

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Nothing I have seen or heard since the new council was elected in October 2014 has dissuaded me from believing that the dysfunction that the board appears to have found at Huon Valley Council is a direct consequence of a vendetta on the part of those who wield the power at council against a man who believes that, if local government in the valley is to best serve the interests of the whole community, reform of the system and an opening up of the valley to communication with the outside world are vital.

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: For the record: Cr Ken Studley resigned early in tonight’s council meeting, and immediately left the chamber, briefly pausing for a comment by the mayor. His departure appeared to have been premeditated. Studley was elected to council in October 2014 on the Heart of the Huon ticket.

• Geoffrey Swan in Comments: … I wrote a comprehensive letter of formal complaint to the General Manager of 7HOFM on 10th April which I said in part: The behaviour and conduct of Michael Newell in his interview with Mayor Peter Coad was totally reprehensible, abusive, rude, dominating and frankly, disgusting. Michael Newell’s vocabulary and continued aggression demonstrated: …

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Writers | Bob Hawkins | Politics | Local | State | Editor's Choice

Damning findings on training company spark calls for Tasmanian Liberals to return donations

Bob Burton. Photo: A Careers Australia webpage.
24.05.16 5:17 am

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The Tasmanian Liberal Party is under pressure to return a $23,500 political donation after an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) led to the private training company repaying $44 million in public funds and cancelling the enrolments of over 12,000 students.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Politics | National | State | Education | Editor's Choice | Legal

Stop the nonsense Mr Turnbull

Urban Wronski. Photo: Rob Walls
23.05.16 6:11 am

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NBN Bust! A brief, grainy, almost noir, news item, with not much action and an eerily silent soundtrack screening repeatedly on national TV Thursday night wins feature of the week, Le chat mort or the dead cat award, in the Federal Election campaign, the latest episode of the long-running Canberra political soap opera, Days of our Knives, (M for mature audiences only.)

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Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | National | State | Opinion

Australia’s soaring housing costs signal need for a new economic consensus

Tom Bentley, RMIT University and Jonathan West, University of Tasmania.
23.05.16 12:13 am

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The questions we need to ask now are not so much whether house prices will slump, or whether they are too high. Instead, we should ask: what is investment’s role in the wider economy? And how can the underpinning consensus, which is outliving its usefulness, be renewed?

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Media Releases: May 23 to 29, 2016

Editor
23.05.16 12:01 am

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If you have a media release you want published, please submit it as a comment on this thread and the editors will review it as soon as possible and publish it if appropriate. This thread will only be open for the week of May 23 to 29, 2016. For the following week a new thread will be created.

• May 24, 2016: Standing up for CSIRO public meeting

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Lamby

Photo: Bob Burton.
22.05.16 12:25 am

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Lamby by Anna Williams. Lamby - which is made from old spark plugs and steel - currently resides on the Sculpture trail at the Birchs Bay Art Farm. The trail is open until July 17th, 2016.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Arts

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

Michelle Grattan. Photo: Kate Ausburn (Flickr)
20.05.16 6:37 am

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If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry.

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Southern hemisphere joins north in breaching carbon dioxide milestone

Paul Krummel, CSIRO and Paul Fraser, CSIRO. Photo: Paul Krummel
19.05.16 4:40 am

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As we predicted last year, the background atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured at Cape Grim on Tasmania’s northwest coast have officially passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. Our measurements, compiled by our team at CSIRO together with the Bureau of Meteorology, show that the milestone was reached on May 10 ... That is an increase of 43% in scarcely more than two centuries, largely as a result of human activities. The time to start reversing that trend is now.

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Politics | International | Environment | Science

Paul Mason warns political journalists: ‘You have no real idea what is going on’

Martin Belam Guardian in Perugia
18.05.16 11:59 pm

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Ex-Channel 4 News economics editor tells International Journalism Festival that making a film about Greece gave him new insight into reporters’ knowledge

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