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And nothing changes ...

Martyn Turner's Greatest Hits via Mike Adams
15.07.14 10:00 am

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First published 18 years ago in The Irish Times

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New poll shows record 72% support for marriage equality

Australian Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome Media Release
15.07.14 9:15 am

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•  Crosby|Textor research shows strong support for marriage equality across all key demographics. • Free vote has over three-quarters support, including majority of those few opposed to reform

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Carbon Tax - all bets are on ...

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian. First pub: July 14
14.07.14 8:15 am

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Carbon tax repeal almost certain as PUP seals amendments deal Abbott government on track to be third time lucky, with repeal bills set to pass lower house on Monday and Senate on Tuesday

Earlier: Carbon Tax - All bets are off ...

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TasWater pays out more than $330,000 for HR Consultants since Oct 2013

Luke Crowley, Trevor Gauld Media Release. First pub: July 13
14.07.14 5:00 am

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TasWater engaged a multinational HR firm at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to do basic functions such as job interviews for its recent restructure – despite having a 23-person HR department of its own in-house.

• Davanjac, in Comments: This a disgrace, it has been a complete shambles since it was taken from the relevant councils.  All they are doing is lining their own pockets and the one talks belong them.  Talk about a waste of money, and yet they are trying to cut back on their staff.  Would somebody please explain.  It is obscene the amount of money they are paying themselves to do very little and not make a decision, unless they have a study on a study, as Tasmania is not a very big state and we cannot afford it nor can we have money just going the drain so to speak.

Mercury: Tassie no place to be a whistleblower “Whistleblowers and witnesses should not have to lose everything ... for speaking out for the public benefit.” The group says there have been too many high-profile cases of Tasmanians who had been negatively affected or even lost their jobs after becoming whistleblowers. The list included “shreddergate” source Nigel Burch, former RPDC panellist and scientist assessing the Gunns pulp mill Warwick Raverty, former RPDC chair Julian Green and former Children’s Commissioner Paul Mason. Ms MacGregor said the Public Interest Disclosure Act needed to include compensation provisions for whistleblowers, and WorkSafe Tasmania should offer whistleblower protection.

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My memories of the Gwaai River Hotel ... and how I found Don Knowler’s celebration ...

Fred Blevins, California - USA. Pics*
14.07.14 3:30 am

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One recent evening, having explored far deeper than intended into a grand bottle of Malbec, I picked up a carved Matebele statue that I have had on display in my office for more than 30 years.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (20)

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14.07.14 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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It’s Time To Talk About Sue

Lynn Giddings, Pontville,7030
14.07.14 2:45 am

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Recently, Supporters of Susan Neill-Fraser held two Candlelight Vigils for Sue and her partner of 18 years, Robert (Bob) Chappell.

Court of Criminal Appeals decision. Read for yourself, here

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Winter Rats Festivals Draw Weird Acclaim

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14.07.14 2:30 am

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MOONA’s unique winter festival has attracted considerable artistic praise after it reached its climax recently. Conceived after a letter was stolen from the city’s welcome sign by vandals, DANK MOOFs contribution to the rats of Hobart has been undesirable.

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Honouring remembrance

Percy From The Pews
14.07.14 2:15 am

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In his Mercury My Tasmania column, Leo Schofield touched on an important point – the memorials to our soldiers killed in World War One. “All over this country, in cities and tiny country towns, stand memorial plaques, statues and obelisks engraved with the litany of dead,” he wrote.

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How to watch the International Space Station fly over Tasmania ...

George 'Woodworker' Harris
14.07.14 2:00 am

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The International Space Station passes Tasmania more times than people realize.

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Media: The Way We Were ...

Dysonology
14.07.14 1:45 am

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In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.

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Writers | Lindsay Tuffin | Media | Personal | Society

Carbon Tax - All bets are off

Phil na Champassak. Pic* First pub: July 12
13.07.14 4:15 pm

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Who would have thought that the buffoon-acting billionaire and ‘anti-politician’ Clive Palmer would come to the rescue of the Aussie battler and, indeed, save our climate change institutions and the Renewable Energy Target, while calling for an emissions trading scheme set at zero, without compromising the competitive edge of Australian business?

Age: Palmer drops a bombshell and Abbott’s week implodes

Fairfax: Economists rubbish talk of a debt crisis

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‘Praise for Thorpe coming out’

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13.07.14 7:35 am

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Thorpe’s struggle highlights need for marriage equality “Nothing has changed about Ian Thorpe. He is still a great Olympian and a great Australian. But what needs to change is an unfair law that treats our greatest Olympic champion as a second class citizen.” - Rodney Croome

Thorpe’s coming out will save lives and advance marriage equality

Family Voice: Prayers for Ian Thorpe

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NATION: In limbo on the High Seas. Piracy? says Burnside. Coalition stalled. Tax repeal stalls

Fairfax. First pub: July 9
11.07.14 8:30 am

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More than 150 asylum seekers, including about 40 children, face living in limbo on the high seas in an Australian customs vessel for weeks, while their fate is decided in the High Court.

Fairfax: Global media turns focus on return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers

ABC: Julian Burnside says Government could be guilty of piracy for holding 153 asylum seekers at sea

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Mark Kenny, Fairfax:  Upper House unpredictability leaves Coalition stalled

Fairfax: Ricky Muir and Palmer United senators vote with Greens and Labor against repeal of carbon tax

Christine Milne: PM Abbott exposes government incompetence “The only thing that is clear today is that the Prime Minister has failed. This is government by incompetence. Deals in back rooms designed to stitch up the Senate have come unstuck. Tony Abbott is a crash or crash through Prime Minister, and today he crashed,” said Senator Milne. “This is chaotic and it shows complete contempt for the processes of the Senate. The government gagged the debate then had to filibuster when the amendments came unstuck. The whole thing came to pieces. “This is going to characterise this whole period of government unless Tony Abbott learns to respect the Senate and give it time to be an effective house of review.

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Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

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11.07.14 7:30 am

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Behind the times ... As Tasmania’s ‘Unfair’ Economic Regulator forces the Feed In Tariff for solar to the lowest in Australia ... Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

ABC: Qld electricity providers trying to block solar from grid, lobby group says

Carbon tax repeal: UK politician Lord Deben attacks Tony Abbott’s ‘reckless’ plan to scrap carbon tax

• John Biggs, in Comments: The Four Corners programme was the best news I had seen for a long time, very encouraging indeed. The bad news is the Liberal Party’s attitude, intent in dismantling all they can to do with renewable energy. It’s even against their own neo-liberal belief in market forces. They have simply been bought up by the fossil fuel and mining industries. But their intransigence doesn’t stop there. In spite of High Court rulings, condemnation by the UN, and even a blistering editorial in the New York Times, they persist on their vile treatment of refugees. And this dereliction of principle and good sense now extends to the Tasmanian Liberals in rejecting the medical use of cannabis oil, which is well known to alleviate effects of nausea and fits. Hodgman has even said that no matter what the Legislative Council enquiry finds, he still will resist legalising this effective drug and to hell with patients who desperately need the unique benefits that only cannabis oil can produce, not to mention all the jobs and income that industry will produce. It seems that the Liberal Party (especially but not exclusively) is rejecting science, ethics and good old common sense simply to pursue their neo-liberal dogmas—even when that means violating their own principles of free markets and low government regulation! Just how irrational can our politicians get?

• Mike Stasse, in Comments, HERE: As someone actively looking for real estate in Tasmania to set up a self sufficient/sustainable lifestyle, let me tell you, suitable blocks for pumped storage and/or micro hydro are very few and far between…...  especially if you want a North facing block to build a passive solar house on as well….! Steve @ 34 Engineering solutions will be VERY difficult post Peak Everything.  This is as good as it gets.  WHY are we even having this discussion, on this topic?  The whole show has begun to unravel…  might not be obvious yet, but it is.  Just wait til Australia totally runs out of oil by ~2020… chaos will reign.

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The night I met Jimbo, Donzo fell UP the stairs ...

Lindsay Tuffin
11.07.14 7:00 am

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Speech for the launch of Essays from Near and Far I first met this fine young man during a brief social encounter in the Lark Distillery sometime last decade.

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RHH: The project well and truly crashed under State Labor ...

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release
11.07.14 6:30 am

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Update on RHH rescue ``The more I hear the more evident it becomes the project had well and truly crashed under the former state Labor government,’’ Mr Wilkie said. ``We already knew the project was two years behind schedule and through the work of the Professional Reference Group we are understanding exactly why. ``It seems a week does not pass without a report chronicling long waiting lists and failures in the Tasmanian health system so this opportunity to upgrade this vital infrastructure must be grasped.

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Hemp’s hamstrung potential

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis
11.07.14 6:30 am

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There has been a great deal of discussion over the past couple of weeks about whether Tasmania should move to trial the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Cassy O’Connor: TFGA Comments on Medicinal Cannabis Potential Welcome

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Massive loss to Tasmania when the Carbon Tax is repealed

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie. First pub: July 11
11.07.14 6:19 am

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The repeal of the Carbon Tax is the politically expedient political mantra of the Liberal Party as headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to whom, “Climate Change is Crap”.

Fairfax: Tony Abbott dismisses Senate ‘argy-bargy’, backs away from new election speculation PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie called for Coalition Senate leader Eric Abetz to resign, labelling him a ‘‘disgrace’‘.

More on this breaking story, The Guardian, here

ABC Fact check: Tony Abbott’s claim carbon schemes being discarded doesn’t check out

• John Hawkins, in Comments: Jacqui Lambie. Ask in the Senate of one Senator Abetz about his tax affairs over a land deal on Channel Highway ... and his sitting in the Senate illegally until he renounced his German Citizenship in 2010. Both are carefully detailed here on Tasmanian Times: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php/article/abetz-and-channel-highway-land-deals ; http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php/category-article/149 (scroll to the bottom where there are several stories) Then go to the top of the Class of 2014. Beware that the Class never asks questions of its own in case they come back to bite when you are not looking.

Crikey says: Abetz and Abbott on Senate chaos, HERE

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Kim Booth: End Corporate Welfare instead of Attacking Public Sector Workers

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. First pub: July 9
10.07.14 7:15 am

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The Hodgman regime needs to rethink its warped priorities and put an end to its compulsion to provide corporate welfare payouts instead of attacking the state’s public service if it is serious about making financial savings, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

Terry Polglase: Tasmanian Government wage freeze proposal

Michelle O’Byrne: Bad faith from Libs over pay freeze

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Liberal Cadart stands firm on his grand vision

Tom Ellison. Pic* First pub: July 7
10.07.14 7:00 am

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“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road”  - Voltaire, Paris

“Pack your bags.  Go back to France”  - Richard Parker, Triabunna

• John Hayward, in Comments: I remember, more than 20 years ago, taking the ferry to Maria Island. The skipper was drawing our attention, on the PA, to the vast pile of Triabunna woodchips off to our left, informing us that it contained the remains of myrtle, sassafras, and other special timbers being sold as scrap. Some months later we read that the Maria Island ferry had been torched. This is the culture that is threatened.

ABC: More jobs go as Henty Gold Mine set to close EARLIER: Here

Paul Harriss: Henty mine decision disappointing, but cautious optimism remains

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: I am still wondering who the Bogans are. They obviously know who they are and are upset enough to out themselves. But what about the pain in the arse Greenies. By the way having read the article Bertrand was referring to the whole of Tasmania in that comment not just Triabunna. The reference to Triabunna being an ugly town was spot on. If the residents don’t like it then guess who can do something about it. The town is in a great place, with an amazing bay to add to its attractiveness. Try following a couple of other towns in Tasmania and make the town somewhere worth stopping at.

UPDATE BY TRIABUNNA CORRESPONDENT PAUL TAPP:

She Protesteth Not At All: Local police and Hobart media were out in force at a special council meeting in Triabunna tonight after a widely-spread tipoff of a single and short protest by Deputy Mayor Jennifer Crawford. Cr Crawford was to use a special meeting for planning matters to protest their ire at last week’s bogan gaffe by Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Cr Bertrand Cadart. Councillor Crawford, was reportedly so hopping mad at the self-named Le Frog’s refusal to put a mayoral no-confidence motion on the agenda, that she planned to have her say and leave the chamber in protest. In the meantime local police, from Orford, Triabunna and Swansea, had gathered to the fray-on-notice along with a rare gathering of media in Triabunna. This was in expectation of Cr Crawford’s intended protest ... a catalyst for a sunset showdown ...

• Charles Bruce, in Comments: Ok who won the national bogan title? seven contestants made it through to the event, four from Tasmania. It was televised on channel 7 mate, 9.30 last night.

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TAP derides proposed anti-protest laws

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10.07.14 6:20 am

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TAP Into a Better Tasmania has suggested a use for the Long Reach site where Gunns Ltd had once planned to build a pulp mill.

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Mount Lyell: ‘Terrible news’

Will Hodgman, Premier. Paul Harriss, Minister for Resources Media Release. First pub: July 9
10.07.14 6:15 am

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Today’s announcement that the Mt Lyell mine will be placed into care and maintenance for 18 months is terrible news for the West Coast community and Tasmania generally.

Kim Booth: Mt Lyell Mine Closure Blow for Community “It cannot be underestimated how devastating the decision to close the Mt Lyell mine will be for the 200 plus workers and their families.”  … “The Mount Lyell closure is also sombre reminder that when a region’s economy is based on one industry, if that industry closes, the whole regional economy crashes.” 

Bryan Green: West Coast community needs support

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Indonesia (and Tasmania?): Old guard v. New Breed

The Guardian
10.07.14 6:00 am

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Jokowi and Prabowo both claim victory in early Indonesian election results Polls put outsider Joko Widodo, running on an anti-corruption platform, ahead but ex-general Prabowo also claims mandate

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Restoring Lake Pedder - a project for Tasmania’s future

Peter Fagan, For Lake Pedder Restoration Committee
09.07.14 6:45 am

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In 2013, the Lake Pedder Restoration Committee (LPRC) developed a 3D visualisation - Lake Pedder: from inundation to restoration - which enables viewers to appreciate the process, the drama and the excitement of restoration of this unique landscape. You are invited to view the 3D visualisation, remember the incomparable beauty of Lake Pedder and contemplate the journey ahead to its restoration by viewing / downloading the 3D visualisation from the LPRC website ...

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Jan Davis: TFGA calls Gunns landowners’ meeting

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis Media Release
09.07.14 6:40 am

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The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) has arranged a special meeting of Gunns Plantations (GPL) woodlot scheme landowners in Launceston on Monday, July 21, so they can assess their options for trees on their land leased to the company.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Well Jan,you can’t say that you weren’t told. I feel sorry for the people that were parted from their money and land. They were given poor advice, often not told how much commission they were paying to the people who were selling them on the scheme. A lot of people were yelling from the rooftops that the scheme was a dud and didn’t stack up. Unfortunately the TFGA were not one of them. The late and wonderful man Bob Loone spent a lot of time and money putting full page ads in the papers warning people of the dangers of the schemes. Robert Belcher from Sustainable Agricultural Communities Australia gave up many years of his time trying to warn people. The TFGA well they just went along with the greedy bastards and Liberal Party hacks and sold their members down the river.

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A letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson to Japanese PM.

Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release
09.07.14 6:34 am

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Senator Peter Whish-Wilson commented this morning on his brief meeting last night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where he was able to personally hand PM Abe a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson.

Sea Shepherd flagship, The Steve Irwin, set to arrive in Launceston

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Women forced into sex industry - Abbott must fund Exit Programs


Matthew Holloway, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NORMAC). *Pic
09.07.14 6:00 am

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The Abbott government’s budget attack on welfare recipients, particularly young disadvantaged persons, will see an unwelcome surge in the number of young unemployed women and single mothers moving into prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. Prostitution will become an option of last resort for unknown numbers of young people – men, women and children – if Mr Abbott’s proposed cuts to welfare are successful. Rather than looking at ways to legalise or decriminalise prostitution, the government needs to address the underlying disadvantage that forces people sell their bodies for money.

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A Poem in Anger

Garry Stannus
09.07.14 5:45 am

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It was the sound of crisp clean bottles
ringing into the depths of the garbage pickup truck
that sent me running into the street.

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Peter Underwood, Tasmania Governor, dies aged 76

ABC
08.07.14 6:45 am

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Tasmania’s Governor Peter Underwood has died a month after surgery to remove a kidney tumour.

• Download to hear Christine Milne Tribute:

Read Peter Underwood’s Anzac Day speech, here

Bryan Green: Paying Tribute to Governor Peter Underwood

Kim Booth: Governor Peter Underwood Leaves Lasting Legacy

Bishop John Harrower:  Appreciation for the late Governor, Peter Underwood AC

Will Hodgman: Vale Peter Underwood

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