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Obituary: Barbara Zochling - 17.1.1938 - 15.10.2014

Lynn Giddings Pontville. Four Winds, yacht at the centre.
11.11.14 2:00 am

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Obituary Barbara Zochling - 17.1.1938 - 15.10.2014. Turnbull Family Funerals placed a brief notice in a local paper on Friday, 31 October. It stated: Barbara died in Hobart. Formerly of Quarterdeck Mews.

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Tasmania Police Manual – release of RTI documents

A Citizen*
10.11.14 4:45 am

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Early this year it was reported on Tasmanian Times ( HERE ) that former Police Minister David O’Byrne supported a decision by Tasmania Police to continue the secrecy over the Tasmania Police Manual (TPM).

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (37)

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10.11.14 4:35 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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Women’s America

Niels Hav
10.11.14 4:30 am

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USA has a good reputation, and a bad one. American imperialism has caused great harm around the globe, and in cafés in Cairo, Islamabad and Sao Paulo the readers of newspapers agree that many of the world’s problems have their source in Washington. But at the same time it’s the USA everyone turns to for military and emergency aid, when disasters come crashing down.

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This handmade thing ...

Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pic: of Hilary Burden
10.11.14 4:14 am

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This handmade thing. Tasmanians are good at it. It’s in our bones.  Historically, we are boot, beer and boat makers. Shack constructers. Cray-pot weavers. Shell necklace designers. Growers. We grew up cobbling together our own huts, billycarts or wooden horses from bits hanging around the yard. We poured out our dreams into reality and we made things. Our ancestors were self-styled carpenters, orchardists, fishermen or boat builders, seamstresses, jam makers and cooks. As islanders, we’ve always been good at making or making do. 

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Revitalizing Local Democracy

Mandy Jackson-Beverly
10.11.14 4:00 am

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Results from the 2014-midterm elections only guarantees one phenomenon: nothing is going to happen in the next two years. The coupling of a GOP majority legislative branch tied with a Democratic president, will make the next two years in Washington about as productive as a fraternity house “study room” during zero week of the fall semester. But never fear, even during finals week, it’s better to find a place to study on your own without distractions if you want to get that A grade.

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Her Majesty’s garden party

Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp Pic*
10.11.14 3:45 am

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Written 13 July 1984 LONDON: SOME IDLE words by Mr Robert Hawke on the possible future status of Australia have had certain repercussions in this country. A while back, a cab driver accused me of being Australian. I admitted the colonial fault. More apparently, in sorrow than anger, he said: “They’re going to make it a republic, aren’t they?”

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Letter to 2015 AP Stylebook Editor, David Mintho

Taina Bien-Aimé Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
10.11.14 1:07 am

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New York, November 5, 2014 - More than 300 human rights organizations, frontline service providers and advocates such as Sanctuary for Families and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and survivors of the sex trade, are urging the Associated Press (AP) to refrain from using terms like “sex work” and “sex worker” because they legitimize prostitution as a form of “work” and conceal the violent and exploitive nature of the commercial sex trade.

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November 5, 2014 Solar Flare

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08.11.14 11:23 am

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The image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in extreme ultraviolet light that was colorized in red and gold. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however—when intense enough—they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

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Libs and live animal export: Evil death cult

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. ABC Pic of Andrew Wilkie Pub: Nov 7
08.11.14 5:15 am

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A statement on the live animal export trade I recently called the Federal Government a pack of sadists when it comes to animal welfare.  Turns out evil death cult would have been a better description as far as the live animal export trade is concerned.

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Criminalising Nature Lovers

Bob Brown, Environmentalist. Image: of Satin Flycatcher from Wikipedia. Pub: Nov 7
08.11.14 5:00 am

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The Hodgman government’s new maximum sentences of four years jail for campaigners repeatedly going to the defence of Tasmania’s wild and scenic beauty will damage the job-rich tourism industry to featherbed the job-poor woodchip industry, environmentalist Bob Brown said today. “This law aims to put people who stand in defence of nature in jail for prolonged periods alongside murderers and other violent criminals. I doubt the courts will like that prospect. It is legislation criminalises nature-lovers but has failure written all over it.”

Kim Booth: A Historic Day OK, Just not for the Reasons Mr Harriss Claims

Jan Davis: Farmers back tough protest laws

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STATE: How are things going, Will?

The Subversive Voter*. Pic: ABC, of Will Hodgman. Pub: Nov 5
07.11.14 6:00 am

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The Liberal government has been in power for just over six months, so it’s time for an update on their progress.  Turn away now if ugly isn’t your thing.

Kim Booth: Gutwein Must Come Clean Over Formal Wage Freeze Offer

Peter Gutwein: Unions’ prefer to save face instead of members’ jobs

ABC: Council mergers back on agenda after local government elections

ABC: Sue Hickey dons mayoral robes in ‘gender-balanced’ council

HISTORY ... the more things change, the more they stay the same ...

• Geoff Law, May 2012: Unsustainable Logging of State Forest Managed by Forestry Tasmania. Submission to the investigation of PEFC’s complaint concerning ‘unsustainable harvesting’ by Forestry Tasmania (certificate No. 14647 certified by the Australian Forestry Standard, PEFC certified)

Download:
Submission_PEFC_Complaint_Geoff_Law.pdf

Nick McKim: LibLabs Join Forces to Bury GBE Scrutiny of Forestry Tasmania

Paul Harriss: Protecting Workers from Radical Protesters

Michelle O’Byrne: Protest bill saga embarrassing for the Liberal Government

TT Media HERE for everything the Libs spin ... and Labor and Green reaction ...

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NATION: Gough Whitlam’s memorial left lingering sadness, despite the cheers and soaring oratory

David Marr, The Guardian. YouTube. Pub: Nov 6. Satire: Leunig, leunig.com.au , used with permission
07.11.14 5:30 am

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Even at a national event, crowds can be brutal: Gillard was cheered, Rudd received in silence. But the question that remained was: what more could Whitlam have done, had he only had the time?

Guardian: Ebola: Australia pledges $20m for Sierra Leone treatment centre … The prime minister has come under political pressure to deploy health experts to the region, but resisted such action without guarantees …

Bob Ellis: The total amount Australia gave to the Ebola fight, eighteen million, was being spent every fortnight on beer and hotels for our idle Diggers in Dubai. (at Oct 28)

ABC: Lambie cuts up rough over ADF pay

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This genuine Aussie talent ... and Tassie busking laws

Chanel Kinniburgh*. Pic: of Jed Appleton
05.11.14 4:30 am

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The Time for Tassie Talent It was a miserable Saturday morning. The smell of fresh jam donuts was in the air and heckles were harsh on the ears of the people walking through the streets.

• Philip Lowe, in Comments: Does anybody still remember Anthony Day the Dancing Man and what the council did to him? They crucified him on the alter of bullying political correctness until he just couldn’t take any more. God Bless Anthony; rest in peace and dance across the universe. A generous, misunderstood young man,

• Nick McKim, in Comments: #4 Yes I still remember the Dancing Man. Here’s what I said in parliament after he died so tragically. Vale Anthony Day ...

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FT: Nothing has changed ...

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pub: Nov 3. Satire*
05.11.14 4:20 am

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Nothing Minister Paul Harriss has done to date will have any effect on FT’s bottom line in the short to medium term. FT is addicted to loss-making native forests. Plantations, if retained, are a long way from profitability, if ever. … How is it possible that an insolvent company with net revenue from its principal activity scarcely larger than the dairy farm down the road can so dominate the economic and political landscape of an entire State that everything else takes second stage? … 

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• Gordon Bradbury, in Comments: Another brilliant review by JL. How can the FT Board sleep at night? Why don’t they just resign en masse and put an end to this terrible charade?  Otherwise it will go on for many more years. This is just disgusting behaviour on the part of so many people. Do they have any integrity at all?

Andrew Ricketts, The Environment Association: Why the anti-protest bill is necessary to achieve FSC ...

Nick McKim: Woodchip Barges for Waterloo Bay? “Many local residents are horrified about this proposal, and are rightly concerned about its potential to impact on their quality of life, local industry and the environment.” “Minister for Resources Paul Harriss, who is also a Member for Franklin, must come clean on what he knows about this proposal, and whether his agency Forestry Tasmania has offered any assurances to the developers,” Mr McKim said. Details of the Development Application and Planning Scheme Amendment can be found at: http://tasmps.greens.org.au/waterloo-bay

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What’s The Catch?

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release
05.11.14 4:15 am

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Greens support push for better seafood labelling The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes the establishment of the Label My Fish Alliance who is calling for improved labelling of seafood.

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Dear Premier Will Hodgman ...

Renata Kaldor AO and Andrew Kaldor AM
04.11.14 4:45 am

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This letter was sent to Premier Will Hodgman on August 1 ...Dear Premier Hodgman, As patrons, arts practitioners, musicians, teachers, administrators and music lovers, we write in support of the continuing growth of Hobart Baroque. Most of us have attended this event, many for the second year running, and all are aware of its extraordinary impact.

Guardian: Greece forges template for economic recovery ...

MEANWHILE in another recession-hit nation ...

Irish Times: Wexford Opera House gets national status

• Luci Pav, in Comments: Oh for god’s sake Will forget the past ... just imagine what $43 million dollars - lost on Forestry Tasmania just this year - COULD have generated simply by putting a paltry fraction of that into Hobart Baroque ...

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WIN!x 3 Double Passes. GONE in 60 seconds!x

Editor
04.11.14 4:40 am

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Tasmanian Times has 3 double passes to give away to readers to see the China Conservatory Orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall ( Details HERE ). Include your name so you can pick the tickets up at the Box Office, Federation Hall. Write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . First in, best dressed!x

• And they went, instantly! Congratulations Bob, Annette and Peter. Your tickets will be at the Fed Concert Hall Box Office.

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IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change

Guardian. Jane Gleeson-White, The Australian Review. Pub: Nov 3
04.11.14 4:30 am

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• Guardian: Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable

• Jane Gleeson-White: NAOMI Klein’s This Changes Everything makes an argument that should be plain to any thinking person: that our present economic practices driven by the pursuit of profits and gross domestic product growth, and powered by carbon-based fuels, are destroying the planet and must be changed.

Christine Milne: New IPCC report unequivocal: coal is bad for humanity

IPCC synthesis report: Doctors label the Government’s inaction on climate change as “negligent”, and call on it to take immediate action

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Why the anti-protest bill is necessary to achieve FSC ...

Andrew Ricketts Convenor, The Environment Association (TEA) Inc. Pic* Pub: Nov 4
04.11.14 4:15 am

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Penalty Table Trumps Amendments … We believe this legislation to be considered necessary to achieve FSC for the public forests of Tasmania. “To Make FSC certification work in Tasmania on State Forest, The Government obviously considers the obnoxious WORKPLACES (PROTECTION FROM PROTESTERS) BILL 2014 to be essential. It’s so obvious and both things are even happening at the same time. The MHA, Harriss obviously knows FSC will not work without it,” says Andrew Ricketts, convenor, The Environment Association (TEA) Inc.

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Park Management Trust happy to extend development zone on top of Mt Wellington

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04.11.14 4:00 am

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ONE of the first hurdles of the current cable car proposal looks set to be cleared.

Ted Cutlan, ROCC: Poor draft decision by Wellington Trust on Cable Car Development

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A Forest Industry that only Survives thanks to Taxpayer Largesse

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: Resources Minister Paul Harriss
03.11.14 4:45 am

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An overview of the World of Forestry in Tasmania - as protected and promoted by Paul Harriss, the Minister for Forests - at great expense to the taxpayer is to be found in the attached extract from an essay by Andrew Macintosh titled “Chipping away at Tasmania’s future”, published as the Australia Institute Paper No 15 December 2013. In this paper Macintosh argues that the ongoing emphasis on forestry is misplaced and counter-productive, economically, socially and environmentally. Treasurer Peter Gutwein cuts jobs in the public sector as he and Paul Harriss still find the money to fund Forestry Tasmania to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars annually. This money is required to service contracts granted to third parties by the previous management of Forestry Tasmania that cause it to incur even larger losses the more timber they supply. I ask Gutwein and Harriss - as the people’s representatives to the board of Forestry Tasmania: Why do you continue to support this madness?

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Ted Mead Satire ...

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Parliamentary standards dropping ...

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03.11.14 4:30 am

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The word ‘dickhead’ has made its way into parliamentary speech.

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Writers and artists ... saving wildlife and habitats ...

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pub: Nov 3. Pic: Historic, of the Springs Hotel
03.11.14 4:15 am

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Writers and artists are at the forefront of the battle to save endangered wildlife and habitats but their role often goes unacknowledged. The Bruny Island Bird Festival last week set out to put the world of art and literature in the spotlight when it organised a literary event to accompany the art and photographic exhibition that has been run at the previous two festivals in 2010 and 2012.

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The colour of envy

Hilary Burden* https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/ Pic: of Hilary Burden (pre-Envy ...)
03.11.14 4:00 am

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Monday blues. And before the day even starts, gloom, because there’s nothing but bad news on the radio for company: Syria, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Missouri ... spiraling into one big catastrophic global human story. The only thing to do is start the week by switching off.  On the drive into town, I manage to convince myself all that’s needed to feel better is a new lipstick ...

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Committee grabs for power

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03.11.14 3:50 am

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The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security has made a grab for greater power over all Australian spook activity.

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Fixing Australia’s democratic deficit

Geoff Heriot, Inside Story.
03.11.14 3:45 am

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Australians buying a used car benefit from clear consumer safeguards, writes Geoff Heriot. Why not accord voters similar protection from the excesses of campaigning politicians?

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Not everyone likes devils ...

Nick Mooney, Wildlife Biologist
03.11.14 3:30 am

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The recent finding of what was almost certainly a shot devil in bush near Rocky Cape starkly reminds me that, despite the hype about disease and apparent public enthusiasm, not all Tasmanians have a positive attitude to this fundamentally important species.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (36)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pub: Nov 3. Pic: Historic, of the Springs Hotel
03.11.14 3:15 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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Garbage Guts!

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pub: Nov 3. Pic: Heidi Auman ... and friends
03.11.14 3:00 am

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A scientist specialising in birds and marine biology, Heidi Auman, grew increasingly frustrated over the years that her warnings about ocean pollution were not reaching an audience beyond other scientists, writes Don Knowler.

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