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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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Cable car: ‘Shock at tower heights’. No leak, says Damon Thomas

Jason Turvey, Spokesperson, Respect The Mountain, http://www.respectthemountain.org.au/ Media Release. First pub: July 6. *Pic
08.07.14 6:25 am

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Respect The Mountain were shocked to learn the heights of the towers for Section 2 of the proposed Cable Car development. Images supplied to Respect The Mountain show heights up to 75m for the development - greater in height than Tasmania’s tallest building, Wrest Point Casino. … “We are aware of overseas companies that will ‘Like’ pages with fake profiles for as little as $30/1000 Likes.” Businesses employ these services to give the impression that they have a large number of satisfied customers.

Earlier on Tasmanian Times, ROCC: Organ Pipes ‘under threat’

Damon Thomas: Council refutes claim of ‘Leak’ ( ABC report of the ‘Leak’ claim ).

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NATION: Refugee injunction, Budget victims, Solar woe, New Senate, Poll woe

ABC. Pic: of Scott Morrison. First pub: July 7
08.07.14 6:10 am

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The Federal Government has confirmed that 41 asylum seekers have been handed over to Sri Lankan authorities after being intercepted near the Cocos Islands.

Young families, elderly worse off under proposed $7 GP co-payment: study

Solar experts say Australian renewable energy investment being stifled by Government policy

Thousands attend rallies across Australia to protest the Federal budget

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells urges Coalition colleagues to treat crossbenchers ‘courteously’, as new Senate prepares to axe carbon tax

SkyNews: It’s all down for Abbott

Mercury: Misplaced compassion threatens us all

HIGH COURT grants injunction over asylum seeker boat, Fairfax

Annabel Crabb, The Age: Scott Morrison interview takes on Pythonesque proportions

Greens blast Abbott Government’s refusal to have royal commission into CBA

Jeremy Rockliff: Free trade deal a winner for Tasmanian jobs

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Poppy company says medical cannabis in Tasmania ‘makes sense’

ABC
08.07.14 4:36 am

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Another major player in Tasmania’s poppy industry is baffled by the State Government’s decision to reject a medical cannabis trial on the grounds that it poses a threat to the poppy industry.

• Estelle Ross, in Comments: Two of the three Poppy companies in Tasmania have stated that they have no objection to a hemp industry in Tasmania, so for Jeremy Rockliff to state the opposite is totally incorrect. Even his father agreed that there was no problem! Thank heavens for Ruth Forrest and other open-minded members of the Leg Co who are at least to review the whole project which will give us time to send in submissions.

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Hello Jan Davis ... Do you a deal!

Ivo Edwards*
07.07.14 5:15 am

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Why trapping pest wallabies and possums is twice as cost effective and 1000 times more socially acceptable and humane than 1080 poison The announcement on 10th May by minister Mr Jeremy Rockliff that 1080 poison use in Tasmania will not be banned, as had been planned for 2015 by the previous Tasmanian Labor government, has alarming implications. …

… Hello Jan Davis – do you a deal? – you organise a small property with a serious rufous &/or Bennett’s wallaby/possum problem and I will conduct a free demonstration trapping control trial.

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The price of power

Jess Hill, Background Briefing. ABC
07.07.14 5:01 am

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Transcript: Jess Hill: Never has it been more expensive to turn on your appliances. In the last few years, our power bills have doubled, making Australia’s electricity prices some of the highest in the developed world. Prime Minister Tony Abbott blames two things; the carbon tax and the renewable energy target. He says that’s why the government is reviewing the target again. But ...

Examiner: Solar owners tipped to go off grid

Solar experts say Australian renewable energy investment being stifled by Government policy

EARLER on Tasmanian Times:
Solar: The unfair Economic Regulator

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‘Wasted Jobs’

SBCS Spokesperson Andrew Ranson Media Release
07.07.14 4:45 am

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Southern Beaches Conservation Society Inc. (SBCS) is calling on local and state government and Tasmania’s waste industry to respond to the recently released Tasmania Waste Review Report, which was commissioned by Southern Waste Strategy Authority (SWSA). The report, completed by Blue Environment Pty Ltd, reinforces many of the points that SBCS has been advocating for the last two years – alternatives to landfill - Reduce - Reuse – Recycle. The report clearly indicates that an additional 360-500 direct and 300-420 indirect jobs could be created in Tasmania if the report’s recommendations, including increasing the amount of waste we divert away from landfill, were implemented.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (19)

Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic: the bus shelter
07.07.14 4:40 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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‘One law for one, another law for others’

© Hugh Selby July, 2014
07.07.14 4:30 am

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In the Ellis matter it is not disputed that Mr Ellis was driving on the wrong side of the road, that his car collided with another car that was on the correct side of the road and driven within the speed limit, and that the hapless driver of that other car died.

• Ed: A reader has pointed out that the specific charge was entirely the selection of the New South Wales Deputy DPP John Pickering SC ...

DPP’s 29 grounds for appeal ...

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Councils: they will have no reason to exist

John Hawkins
07.07.14 4:15 am

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I understand that the Meander Valley Council is considering letting its Interim Planning Scheme fall by the wayside after some 13 years of considered effort.

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The Hunter of Franklin

Percy From The Pews
07.07.14 4:00 am

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Not for the first time do I pose this question: what price for saving our heritage churches? So I’m asking it again because of the uncertain future faced by historic St John’s Anglican Church at Franklin.

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The Truth and Ukraine

Eagle Eye
07.07.14 3:45 am

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I have been watching the Ukrainian situation, and it’s reporting in the Australian media with growing fascination and concern. The divergence between what I am seeing on social media and on various internet blogs and what we are being told or not told by the local mainstream media grows wider by the day.

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A threat to our water, soils, forests, people’s health, and food production

Gillian Blair Secretary, Sustainable Agriculture & Communities Alliance Media Release
07.07.14 3:30 am

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Letter to The Editor The drilling for coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas is a threat to our water, soils, forests, people’s health, and food production.

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Charlie wins

Friends of Paul 'Charlie' Fearnley
07.07.14 3:00 am

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Download a copy of a Court’s recent decision. This decision is likely to be reported which means Charlie’s case will be in the law books forever more;  Charlie had the guts to put everything on the line ...

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Bertrand’s ‘bogans’ riles locals

Triabunna Correspondent Paul Tapp. Pic* First pub: July 4
06.07.14 7:00 am

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Intemperate bogan remarks by Glamorgan-Spring Bay Mayor Bertrand Cadart has landed the flamboyant self-styled LeFrog in hot water ... and the business community is hopping mad.

UPDATE:
• Tasmanian business entrepreneur Mike Kent has joined the public outcry over intemperate remarks of boganism by Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor, Bertrand Cadart.

PAUL TAPP COMMENT:
• I also understand as a recent update to the drama building up over this issue, that Monday’s scheduled meeting will include a no-confidence motion in the embattled Mayor ...

Bogue Wave, in Satire, here

The ABC coverage ... includes a cool definition of ‘bogan’

PAUL TAPP FRIDAY UPDATE:
The controversy surrounding Mayor Cadart’s bogan-gaffe is gathering momentum as a petition circulating within the municipality could cross municipal borders and become Statewide.

TOM ELLISON, Another perspective:
It’s all lies

• Casey, in Comments: So ‘Entrepreneurs’ and ‘developers’ will be turned away by Cadart’s remarks??? Where have they and their moneybags been the past 25 years?  Nowhere near Triabunna! Good on you, Bertrand - ride it out, don’t ride out. Casey.

• Ben Quin, in Comments: Whilst it was clearly not Cadart’s intention to spark a debate on Bogans, the topic needs airing in Tasmania. I don’t agree with the definitions of Bogan offered to date. A Bogan is someone who takes refuge in ignorance. This does not necessarily make a Bogan an undesirable neighbour or member of a community. Where Boganism becomes menacing in a community is when it becomes a cult – the adoration of ignorance, or complete acceptance of the philosophy of ignorance by a group within that community. When challenged with the need for change, Bogan Cult members usually fortify their position with tribal behaviours adapted from their chosen holy text.  Whilst shooting at road signs and burn-outs after midnight are threatening,these are the least insidious of a Cult’s activities. Refusing education, ignoring information about obvious health risks and acceptance of violence and wilful destruction are Bogan Cult defences at their worst. Much of what has passed for political policy and debate in Tasmania has in fact aided the rise of Bogan Cults around Tasmania, by enabling Bogan Cultists to believe that their way of life is ok.  Tasmania must change, starting with Triabunna if necessary. Cadart is ok on that and the Glamorgan Spring Bay lynch mob should put their ropes away.

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Solar: The unfair Economic Regulator

Rob Manson, President, Jack Gilding, Executive Officer Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. Media Release First pub: July 9
05.07.14 9:22 am

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The Tasmanian Economic Regulator has dropped the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar customers who signed up after 30 August 2013 from 8.282c to 5.551c effective from 1 July 2014. This 33% reduction highlights the unfairness of the methodology used by the Economic Regulator to calculate the benefits of exported solar electricity. Solar owners are being paid less than 6c for electricity that is then resold by Aurora to their neighbours for 24.7c. Tasmania’s solar tariff is now the lowest of any state in Australia that sets a state level tariff.

• Mike Stasse, in Comments: 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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Festival of Voices’ spectacular start

Lindsay Tuffin. Pic*
05.07.14 9:05 am

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It began quite spectacularly last night ... and is set to serenade Tassie for the next couple of weeks.

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Tony Abbott criticised for “unsettled” Australia remark

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05.07.14 9:00 am

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Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for saying that Australia was “unsettled” before the British arrived.

News: Thousands march in Bust the Budget rallies across Australia to oppose Abbott Government’s budget cuts

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Save the Tarkine seeks a Statement of Reasons for decision to approve Mt Lindsay Mine Lease

Scott Jordan, Campaign Coordinator, Save The Tarkine Media Release
04.07.14 4:50 am

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Save the Tarkine has today written to Minister for Resources, Paul Harriss, requesting a Statement of Reasons pursuant to section 29 of the Judicial Review Act 2000 for his approval of the Mt Lindsay mine lease in the reserved rainforests within the Tarkine.  “From the content of yesterday’s announcement by Venture Minerals, there is serious doubt that the legislative requirements for the issuing of a valid mine lease have been met”, said Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan. “Unless the Minister can can provide evidence contradicting Venture Minerals’ statement, we remain of the view that the Mt Lindsay mine lease approval is unlawful.”

Paul Harriss: Mt Lindsay mine approval follows robust assessment Comments by a Green front group, Save the Tarkine, are complete and utter rubbish and a continuation of the relentless campaign by this organisation to destroy this mining project.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times:
The questions swirling around Mt Lyell
More woe for mining
Tom Ellison: It’s all lies
The Idiot Tax Blog: Divide and Conquer in Tasmania

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Hutchinson questions TFA conflicts of interest. Harriss. Weber: Appalling allegiance of loggers

Federal Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson. Pic: of the Upper Florentine by Bob Brown. First pub: July 1
04.07.14 4:45 am

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FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson has sought advice from the federal Auditor General regarding potential conflicts of interest by members of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement independent verification group.

Paul Harriss: Light shed on the radicals Labor conspired with to destroy our forest industry

Australian Conservation Foundation threatens action over Andrew Nikolic’s eco-charity activism claims, says ABC

Paul Harriss: Greens MPs split on radical environmentalists

Jenny Weber: Appalling allegiance of loggers with Liberals on harsh draconian legislation

Pete Godfrey, in Comments, HERE: Bloody hell talk about trying to rewrite history. The woodchip industry was destroyed by itself. It was destroyed by stupid business men who had not idea that they should listen to their customers. It was destroyed by the Liberal party who pushed MIS   plantations upon the landscape as if it were a magic pudding that would solve the worlds ills. The Triabunna woodchip mill was shut down by Gunns ltd because they could not sell woodchip at a profit and because the mill was too old, rusted and in need of too much maintenance. The mill was only sold long after it had been shut down and was beyond economic repair. Of course this would be beyond the understanding of the simple minded money launderers in parliament who’s only wish is to create division and get their jobs back.

ABC: Tasmania’s forest industry calls for clarity on Government’s logging plan

Will Hodgman: Protecting Workers from Protesters

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Organ Pipes ‘under threat’

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04.07.14 4:30 am

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Residents Opposed to the Cable Car are concerned that the threat to the organ pipes has moved closer.  The proponent, Mr Adrian Bold, has applied for the pinnacle zone to be amended to allow a 3-story cable car terminal to be built directly above the organ pipes. The process to allow these changes is not open to the public and will require no representations from stakeholders.

Cable car: Serious questions. Adrian Bold responds ...

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NATION: Innes broadside. Lambie’s Abbott ‘political psycho’ lash. Burnside blast

Fairfax. Pics* First pub: July 3
04.07.14 3:59 am

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Outgoing disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes has fired a barrage of parting shots at the Abbott government, declaring it may be time for him to move on because he has ‘‘no stomach to advocate for the rights of bigots’‘.

Graeme Innes, Fairfax: If we’re not lifters, it’s because society forces us to be leaners

MEANWHILE, elsewhere ...

CBA financial planning scandal: Senator David Bushby was missing at crucial hearing

Senate: PUP voting split possible as Jacqui Lambie says she would cross floor to protect Tasmania’s interests

• Josie Young, in Comments: Christian values, compassion, charity, loving thy neighbour, doing unto others, assisting the poor etc. – these are things that Christian people are supposed to do. Unfortunately, they are not the same things that many supposed Christians (such as the Prime Minister) actually do.

ABC: Lambie labels Abbott a political psychopath

ABC: Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC says Immigration Minister Scott Morrison should be up-front about how the missing refugees are being processed.  “If a person refuses to answer a question you’re entitled to assume the worst against them. And frankly I think Morrison is trying to hide the fact that boats are still leaving,” he said.  “People are likely to be still drowning and it is highly likely we are now sending people back to persecution in Sri Lanka.”

Fairfax: Train racist targeted kids: ‘Get your f-ing bogan children off the seat’

• Carolyn Canterbury, in Comments: David Bushby is a disgrace and his defence of an evil bank and non-attendance at Senate Committee hearings when bank victims were cross-examined suggest he is not fit to represent Tasmania in the Senate. The Liberal Party should dis-endorse him.

The Australian: “Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment.  “I guess our country owes its existence to a form of foreign investment by the British government in the then unsettled or, um, scarcely settled, Great South Land,” he said.  The head of the Prime Minister’s indigenous council, Warren Mundine, who was in the audience, said: “I did raise my eyebrows, and we could all do with a bit more education on this but I know his heart is in the right place.

Fairfax: Malcolm Turbull distances himself from decision to appoint Janet Albrechtsen and Neil Brown to roles overseeing ABC and SBS board posts

Glenys Stradijot: ABC Board stacking to begin again

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