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Liberal Senator slams Hodgman Government’s plan for population growth

Josh Willie MLC Shadow Minister for Housing
13.08.18 3:21 pm

• Jonathon Duniam calls for inquiry into population policy
• Tasmanian families suffering as Liberals fail to act
• There are less available social housing dwellings now than when Liberals took office
Senator Jonathon Duniam has criticised the Hodgman Liberal Government for its inability to plan for the population growth it is claiming responsibility for.
Citing “infrastructure issues”, Senator Duniam’s call for an inquiry into population policy in today’s Mercury makes it clear that the Hodgman Government has no plan to manage the growth of the state.
“Tasmanian families are suffering because of the mess the Liberals have made with essential infrastructure and housing. Many Tasmanians are couch surfing, living in friends’ garages, sleeping in tents or sleeping rough – while the Liberal Government advertises for Sydneysiders to move here,” Mr Willie said.
“Senator Duniam’s comments show that the Liberals have no plan for population growth – no plan for infrastructure, no plan for housing and no plan to fix the crisis in our hospitals.
“Housing Minister Roger Jaensch himself has admitted the government was caught napping when it comes to the housing crisis.
“The Hodgman Liberal Government makes bold claims but the fact is there are less available social housing dwellings than when they came to government. Add the impact on the private rental market of the Government’s deregulation and a lack of compliance for short stay accommodation, and the problems are significant. 
“Until the Hodgman Liberal Government takes meaningful steps to plan for the future, there will be no relief in sight for Tasmanians who’ve been literally left out in the cold by this Liberal Government.”


Endangered Handfish should be a redline for the Norfolk Bay fish farm move

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson
13.08.18 1:21 pm

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Federal Environment Minister to call in the proposed Norfolk Bay fish farm move.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “These handfish are some of the most rare and unique species on the planet. The red handfish and the spotted handfish are both critically endangered. Where they exist, they essentially occupy a few hundred square metres of seafloor and rarely move. Each sub-population is isolated from the others.
“These species are incredibly exposed to fish farm impacts. They camouflage themselves among sea squirts and lay their eggs on them. These sea squirts are incredibly sensitive to pollution and sedimentation.
“The existence of handfish should be a total redline to any fish farm proposals nearby and all of the waters in the area must be thoroughly surveyed for new populations.
“Any proposal that has the slightest chance of impacting on the handfish populations, including this Norfolk Bay proposal, should be immediately referred by the proponent or called in by the Minister for full assessment. Once assessed I can’t see how such a move could possibly be allowed.
“Any action would be completely inconsistent with the recovery plan. Beyond the project referral, the Environment Minister should immediately begin a process to declare all known habitats of all handfish species as critical habitat under the EPBC Act,” he concluded.


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13.08.18 12:40 pm

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National Student Volunteer Week 13-19 August 2018

Veney Hiller, Volunteering Tasmania Acting CEO
13.08.18 12:31 pm

Now in its sixth year, National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) celebrates students who volunteer, and challenges more young people to experience the personal and professional benefits of getting involved in their communities through volunteering.

Between 13-19 August 2018, a variety of events and activities promoting student volunteering will be held at higher education campuses and schools state-wide.

Volunteering Tasmania’s Acting CEO Venéy Hiller says “Volunteering Tasmania acknowledges and thanks all the student volunteers making positive change in the community, you are at the start of what we hope is a life long journey of volunteering. “Ms Hiller said.

Volunteering Tasmania encourages those students who haven’t experienced volunteering yet, to find out more, and get involved.

“Students gain many benefits through volunteering, such as improving potential career pathways, enriched networking opportunities and enhancing their mental and physical wellbeing,” said Ms Hiller.
Many higher education institutions have active volunteering cultures that encourage and support students into volunteering and this is welcomed and supported by Volunteering Tasmania.

“Students who are given the opportunity to meaningfully and significantly engage in the community not only reap the many personal rewards of volunteering, they also build the capacity of our sector and contribute significantly to the economy “says Ms Hiller.

This year the Tasmanian Department of Education has for the first time integrated volunteering into the school curriculum.

A Department of Education spokesperson says, “We recognise the important role volunteering plays in a child’s life to enable them to be active, informed citizens and contribute to their communities in a positive way. Students are supported by providing learning opportunities in a range of curriculum areas including Work Studies in Years 9 and 10 and Career and Life Planning in Years 11 and 12.”

Volunteering Tasmania and its member organisations are working collaboratively to increase opportunities for local and international students to volunteer, many are only too willing to provide opportunities for young people.

Melissa Carlton, CEO of YMCA Hobart says, “Student volunteers have always been a valuable part of our organisation because they have enabled us to have a greater reach and impact in the community.

“Through the skills and expertise that come into an organisation from student volunteers, we have enhanced everything that we do” she said.

Student volunteers themselves understand the many benefits of volunteering.

David Lee, a University of Tasmania Campus Events Officer and leader of their on-campus volunteering group Mumford’s Pride says “The best thing about volunteering is getting involved with everyone, especially if you are an international student and maybe you don’t have your networks yet, it is a really good way of meeting new people.” 

Volunteering Tasmania will be involved a range of events during National Student Volunteer Week to promote volunteering and engage with students, including;

Event Place Time
UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Sandy Bay campus Tuesday 14th of August
11.45am -2pm
Volunteering Tasmania Pop-up referral desk TasTafe Hobart campus Wednesday 15th of August 11.45am – 2pm.
UTAS Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Panel Discussion on ‘Ethics and Leadership in Volunteering’ Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus. Wednesday 15th of August 3.00pm -4.15pm

Introduction to Volunteering presentations at high schools across the state.


Guardian Oz: Great Barrier Reef foundation not aware of ‘due diligence’ for $444m grant

13.08.18 12:21 pm

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Very windy conditions across Tasmania on Wednesday

Rachel McInerney acting Supervising Meteorologist Tasmania and Antarctica Office Bureau of Meteorology
13.08.18 12:08 pm

For current weather and 3hr forecasts, MetEye is your eye on the environment

• A Severe Weather Warning is likely to be issued early Tuesday for damaging winds developing across southern and eastern Tasmania later on Tuesday then extending statewide early on Wednesday.

• Damaging northwesterly winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h are expected with peak gusts around 110–120 km/h possible across the state on Wednesday.

• Strong winds are caused by a deep low passing to the south of Tasmania during Wednesday and the passage of a cold front in the early morning.

• A king tide in the north on Wednesday will coincide with strong onshore flow, resulting in possible inundation and coastal erosion along the north coast.

A Severe Weather Warning for abnormally high tides will likely be issued early Tuesday.

• Rainfall totals of 30-40mm are expected in the west and southwest on Wednesday. River rises are expected in the south and minor flooding is possible at some locations.

• Marine wind warnings are current for all coastal waters, southeast inshore waters and the lakes.

• Warnings are updated daily at:


Unveiling of garbage truck art by students

Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnston
13.08.18 10:37 am

Glenorchy City Council’s Waste Services Department recently held a competition for local school students to produce a collaborative artwork with the theme “What does a litter free world look like to you?”
The artworks have been made into large stickers which will grace the side of a garbage truck. The unveiling will take place today at Springfield Gardens Primary School at 2.30pm.
Joint winners were Springfield Gardens Primary School grade 3/4c and varied grades of St Therese’s Catholic School.
Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnston said today is the first time the students will see their artwork displayed on the trucks so there is bound to be a lot of excitement.
“The artwork was displayed at Moonah Arts Centre and I had the honour of choosing a winner, along with Aldermen Fraser, Dunsby and Richardson and General Manager Tony McMullen.
“This opportunity was great for the students to combine so many skills they will need in life such as team work, creativity and curiosity. It is a fantastic medium for them to learn about waste and get them thinking of how waste impacts on their world and what they can do to help this enormous issue.
St Therese’s Catholic School also took out the people’s choice vote, which was held over the last school holidays. The will receive a ‘friendship seat’ made from recycled soft plastics.
Council offers a FREE waste education program for schools and community groups in the local area. Interested schools and groups can contact Council’s Customer Service for further enquiries on 6216 6800.


BBC Bows to Pressure from Israel and Changes Gaza Headline

Information Clearing House
13.08.18 8:49 am

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New Yorker: Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism Crisis

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13.08.18 8:40 am

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Foul snooker on Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

Centre Alliance Environment Spokesperson, Senator Rex Patrick
13.08.18 8:36 am

Government MUST support the Royal Commissioner

Centre Alliance Environment Spokesperson, Senator Rex Patrick, has warned the Federal Government that the party will use its crossbench weight to ensure the South Australian Royal Commissioner is supported in his inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin.

“The Commissioner has been foul snookered and that’s not appropriate,” said Rex.

In June the Royal Commissioner summoned Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) officials and ordered the production of both MDBA and Commonwealth documents. In response, and in defiance of the Murray-Darling transparency it has committed to, the Federal Government commenced proceedings in the High Court challenging the Commissioner’s authority to call Commonwealth witnesses and subpoena documents.

The matter has been set for a hearing in October, but the need for the Commissioner to afford procedural fairness to the Commonwealth means that he will not be able to hear from the witnesses and examine the documents without an extension to his reporting date.

In an extraordinary departure from the norm of supporting Royal Commissioners, the SA Attorney-General has indicated to the Royal Commissioner that he has to report in the original time frame.

“It seems that neither the Federal or State Liberal Governments want to hear what the Commissioner might have to say,” said Rebekha Sharkie, Member for Mayo.

“There have been serious allegations raised at the Royal Commission suggesting that the 2750 GL sustainable diversion limit was, in contrast to the law, a made up number. The law required the MDBA to have an ‘environmentally sustainable level of take’, yet it appears they were directed to come up with a number starting with ‘2’.”

“The Commission needs to investigate whether officials have broken the law in the design of the $13 billion plan,” said Rebekha.

The Royal Commissioner has advised the SA Government that he could make a useful report, but he would “much prefer to obtain the benefit of the material and evidence sought by the summons”. He has also stated “That material and evidence, I stress, is regarded by me as highly desirable to be considered by my Commission, in the interest of everyone, including South Australia and South Australians affected by the Basin Plan.”

“I suspect that Bret Walker SC is being conservative in his language, as Royal Commissioners tend to be,” said Rex. “In my view it’s likely to be more significant than that. The whole plan may be based on a lie and that would mean we will have spent $13 billion only to see South Australia and the nation ending up with a disaster on its hands.”

“We’re not talking about submarines and fighter jets. There can be no secrets here. Either the Federal Government consents to requests for witnesses and documents (thereby avoiding the need to proceed with the High Court case) or they put appropriate pressure on the South Australian Government to extend the Royal Commission’s time frame to allow it to do its work properly.”

On Tuesday Senator Patrick will also seek an order for production in the Senate for the same documents that are subject to subpoena by the Commissioner.

Centre Alliance is in discussions with relevant federal ministers.


Wheels: Australia’s tyre wake-up call

Brian Johnson
13.08.18 8:33 am


Most of us have a problem with the tyres on our cars - they’re not sexy and they’re an expense.  But Australia’s leading motoring publication WHEELS has found there’s an even bigger problem.  The right rubber can make the difference of one-full-car-length when braking.  And that can mean absolutely everything to you and your world.

The WHEELS 2018 Tyre Test has spanned a broad section of the market to test 11 popular brands (from budget to premium), and put them through their paces, under controlled conditions, to test performance outcomes in a variety of situations. 

Interestingly, better quality tyres also add significantly to the overall driving dynamics of your vehicle. Or put another way, your car can become more responsive to drive just by changing the shoes it’s wearing.

“We all understand that tyres are a chance to cut corners as an unwanted hit to our stretched budgets,” notes editor Alex Inwood. “But our test results are a stark wake-up call of the risks we’re all taking if we don’t attach ourselves to the road in the best possible way.

“It’s also food for thought as some councils push for 30km/h zones around schools, and lower regular suburban limits.  When it comes to stopping, the issue is not always about speed – it can be about the quality standards we’re allowing onto the roads, in the form of our tyres.”

                    THE WHEELS 2018 TYRE TEST - AT A GLANCE
1. The tyres were expertly fitted to the same test vehicle (ZB Commodore) which was piloted by a professional driver (who has worked as a driver coach and chief instructor with Ferrari).  The test vehicle was specifically chosen to deliver results which can be applied to a broad range of model types, currently on the market
2. Tests were conducted on the tarmac around the Sydney Dragway, with the data crunched by a mechanical engineer.
3. Tyres were tested through slalom, dry braking, wet cornering, and wet braking.  They were also tested for tyre noise.
4. The feature report, in the latest issue of Wheels, also explains how to understand the information stamped on the sidewall of your tyres.  It can tell you just about everything – but many Aussies wouldn’t have a clue what it means.
5. And the winner is?  Media backgrounder – view the full report here:


The Briefing ... Parliament to debate euthanasia

The Saturday Paper
13.08.18 8:30 am

Good morning, and welcome to The Briefing.

A bill giving the territories the authority to legalise euthanasia will be debated in parliament this week.

The bill, brought by Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm, would reverse a 1997 ban on the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory governments from making legislation on assisted dying. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has given government parliamentarians a conscience vote on the issue, but told the ABC last week he was personally opposed to the bill. The euthanasia debate comes as the Coalition prepares to consider the government’s National Energy Guarantee in a joint party room meeting on Tuesday …

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Crikey Worm: Turnbull under siege

13.08.18 8:26 am

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Student Financial Crisis Continues

Mark Pace NUS President NUS
13.08.18 8:24 am

Today Universities Australia released its full report into Student Finances, a five year follow up
to its 2012 report. The report shows student finances have improved marginally since 2012
because students are spending less on essential goods and services. The report further
highlights the higher levels of poverty experienced by Australia’s rural and Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander students.
● One Third of student believe they have expenses exceeding their income
● One in seven students skip meals, this is worse for students with regional and low-SES
● One in four ATSI students skip meals and other essential items.
● 42% of students receive income support, with that increasing to 49% of all ATSI students
“What incentive will Australians have to accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in debt, while
studying alone drags students below the poverty line” said Mark Pace, NUS President.
“Maximum income support is about half of the Henderson poverty line for students, forcing
students to choose between purchasing food and their studies”
“Students cannot afford to eat or fund essential items and this governments way to help
students, is by implementing a punitive tax cut of $3 to $10 dollars and cutting their penalty
rates.” Said Jordon O’Reilly, NUS Welfare. “If this government was serious about supporting
students while they study to do their best, then it would raise income support programs such as
Newstart and Youth allowance.
The National Union of Students is calling on the government to increase support to Newstart
and Youth Allowance. NUS has launched its #RAISETHERATE campaign to call on the
Government to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance.


Friends of the Earth reaction to Glyphosate court case ...

Anthony Amis, Friends of the Earth
13.08.18 8:19 am


Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto.

Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnson’s regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict.

Friends of the Earth spokesperson Anthony Amis said, “This decision sends a clear warning to people regularly using Glyphosate across Australia. If you develop an illness such as Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, that it has now been argued in a court of law that exposure to Glyphosate could be the cause of the disease.

We urge people using Glyphosate to think very seriously about the risks associated with continued use of Glyphosate. We also urge a ban on the use Glyphosate for human health reasons”.

A statement from Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner said “jurors for the first time had seen internal company documents “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.” He called on Monsanto to “put consumer safety first over profits.”

The U.S. EPA in December 2017 decided that Glyphosate was not carcinogenic, contradicting findings by the World Health Organisation in 2015 that Glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans.

In 2016 the Australian pesticide regulator the APVMA found no grounds to place Glyphosate under formal reconsideration and found that products containing Glyphosate were safe to use as per the label instructions.  In November 2016 the APVMA then approved the application of glyphosate late on feed or food grade barley crops, potentially increasing food consumers to higher levels of Glyphosate.

“Glyphosate is a major money spinner for the APVMA.  In 2016/17, $17m or ~49% of the APVMA’s budget came from levies from sales of pesticides, with a large proportion of this coming from sales of Glyphosate as Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in Australia” added Mr Amis.

“Glyphosate has been detected in food, breast milk, urine and water. Most people’s exposure will come from the food they eat, particularly processed food.  Recent studies have also shown Glyphosate to be toxic at levels far lower than those regulators consider to be safe” Mr Amis concluded.


Candidate for Kingborough Council Mayor, Richard Atkinson, kicks off campaign ...

Gideon Cordover
13.08.18 7:45 am

... by cleaning up Snug Beach ...

Kingborough councillor Richard Atkinson has kicked off his campaign to become the next Kingborough mayor with a beach clean-up at Snug today. Along with fellow Greens candidates and Amanda Midgley, Cr Atkinson was joined by former Greens Leader Bob Brown in calling for a more transparent and forward-looking Council.

“The local council elections in October are a chance for the people of Kingborough to elect positive and proactive Councillors who have a long-term vision for our community,” Cr Atkinson said.

“I’m running for Mayor because Kingborough is developing fast and needs a strong leader who takes transparency seriously,” Cr Atkinson said.

First-time candidate Amanda Midgley said her deep ties to the Howden community and experience working for Hobart City Council made her an ideal candidate.

“I’d like to ensure that we develop resilient communities and help the council stay focused on caring for those in need,” Ms Midgley said.

Home-grown NIDA graduate Gideon Cordover, 29, said that he is standing up for a fairer society.

“I’m running on a zero-waste platform. Zero waste of people and zero waste of resources. I want to collaborate with fellow councillors to bring more local jobs to Kingborough and to prepare us for a bright future in the face of uncertain times,” Mr Cordover said.

Former Greens leader, Bob Brown, who spoke at today’s beach clean-up said he supported all three candidates because of their proven track record of good governance.

“I believe we can get these three terrific Greens councillors elected in the October council election and that Richard can be elected as Mayor. That is that outcome that would put Kingborough in safe hands,” Dr Brown said.


American Pravda: Jews and Nazis

The Unz Review
12.08.18 6:59 pm

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Guardian Brit: ‘Morally empty’ Johnson is courting fascism, says peer as Tory crisis mou

12.08.18 6:19 pm

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AW Richard Sipe, a Leading Expert on Clergy Sex Abuse, Dies at 85

New York Times
12.08.18 6:01 pm

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Ravenswood women fined in Launceston Magistrates Court after leaving dog in car to die

12.08.18 5:23 pm

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Pint of History: A Medley of Maladies

A Pint of History
12.08.18 4:16 pm

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Guardian Oz:  Trump calls Omarosa ‘a lowlife’ after memoir claims racial slurs

12.08.18 4:01 pm

Former White House aide’s tell-all, which claims Trump used the ‘N-word’, prompts backlash from president

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Crikey Weekender: Are the Greens ignoring sexual assault for the ‘greater good’ of the p

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Ambulance Tasmania under fire from former paramedic over PTSD case handling

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The Saturday Briefing ... Murray-Darling water scandal

The Saturday Paper
11.08.18 6:57 am

Seven years on from the announcement of the $13 billion Murray-Darling basin water plan, 23 river valleys and one million square kilometres of the Murray–Darling river system is still in a parlous state and a crippling drought. The Murray–Darling Basin Royal Commission is trying to find out exactly how we got here.

When officials were tasked with designing the national plan to manage the flows of the Murray–Darling Basin, they were supposed to use the best available science.

But according to one who was involved, the method used to determine how many thousand billion litres should be recovered was far from scientific. Scientists describe “interference” from the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and “attempts to influence CSIRO findings” related to modelling ahead of setting the water-use limits. Karen Middleton reports.

Plus: Mike Seccombe on who’s profiting from racism, Clem Bastow on library learning with Dolly magazine, and Maxine Beneba Clarke meets playwright Declan Greene.

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ICS announces 2019 conference and First Nations keynote speakers and successful papers ...

Indigenous Conferences
11.08.18 6:37 am

... for its 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile ...

ICS announces First Nations keynote speakers and successful papers for its 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference.

Simultaneously running two large conferences in one location was only made possible by Indigenous Conference Services’ versatility to offer ground-breaking dual opportunity for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration! The 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference will be held at the river city Brisbane in Queensland on the 11th – 13th December this year.

Within a few weeks of publishing the events, we’ve received abstract submissions from every state and territory in Australia, wherein more than 60% of the accepted papers are from community-based organisations. This overwhelming response of the call for papers clearly indicates the interests of organisations and individuals to improve Indigenous peoples living with a disability’s wellbeing throughout Australia.

Some of the many featured First Nations keynote speakers for the 2018 National NDIS Conference are Dr. John Gilroy, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr. Gilroy is a Koori man from the Yuin Nation and is a Doctor of Sociology in Indigenous health, specialising in disability studies and is passionate about Aboriginal community owned and driven research as means to influence policy, Ms. Jennifer Cullen, descendent of the Wakka Wakka people and Chief Executive Officer of Synapse in Queensland/NSW and appointed member to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Independent Advisory Council, National Disability and Carers Advisory Council and NDIA’s Rural and Remote & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group and Dr Paul White, Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Specialist Disability Assessment and Outreach Team, Dept. of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD and Consultant to the NDIA Mental Health Engagement Committee. Furthermore, international speakers from New Zealand Ms. Denyse Wilcox, General Manager IDEA Specialist Services, IHC New Zealand, Registered Psychopaedic Nurse, Auckland Hospital Board and Taki Peeke, national Maori Advisor for IDEA Services in New Zealand will share how IDEA Services supports service providers and organisations with the implementation of Maori strategy and improve commitment to supporting Maori with intellectual disability to live active lives within our communities.

Similarly for the 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference, amongst the high-calibre resource speakers are Elanor Fenge, youth justice lawyer at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission in Alice Springs, Vice-President of the Northern Territory Young Lawyers and a council member on the Law Society of the Northern Territory, Taranjeet Thandi currently works with youth charged with criminal offences to ensure young people do not continue to experience the same injustices that occurred previous to the Royal Commission and that the Northern Territory Government and NGO services are held accountable to improving the current youth justice system and Mark Morrison, Principal, Macleay Valley Trade Training Centre whom has been running a school for disenfranchised youth on the Mid North Coast of NSW which includes visiting students in three NSW detention centres each term, working with Juvenile Justice Officers each week, sitting with the students and young people in their cells.

Moreover amongst the successful papers for presentation at this year’s 2018 National NDIS Conference and 2018 National Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference are Lee Ryall, Assistant Manager of the Tjungu Team with the NPY Women’s Council, based in Alice Springs, Craig Aspinall, Community Liaison Coordinator at NSW Fair Trading who has worked for over 25 years in various portfolio areas in both government and non-government capacities, Suzy Trindall – an Aboriginal woman and NDIS participant and Community Disability Alliance Hunter Project Co-facilitator, Tania Lewis – an Aboriginal woman and NDIS participant and Community Disability Alliance Hunter Project Co-facilitator, Dr. Clare Townsend, National Manager-Research and Development, Synapse and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University and James Cook University, Perrin Whimpress, Trainer/Compliance Coordinator at Cairns Regional Community Development and Employment ATSI Corporation and Heidi Sturk, Director Indigenous Digital Mental Health Service Integration and Development Qld University of Technology.

Indeed these conferences will offer a truly unique experience for all delegates. Therefore, we wish to extend a formal invitation to you and your organisation to take part in this extraordinary chance to participate and build network outside your respective communities, share information and thought-provoking discussions as well as aim to provide a culturally safe environment that people from all walks of life can participate in a frank and open forum.

Furthermore, ICS is now calling for papers for our 2019 Indigenous conferences. Please submit your entry online at for the upcoming conferences:
        2019 Indigenous Health: Closing the Gap Conference
        2019 Indigenous Juvenile Justice Conference
        2019 Indigenous My Aged Care Conference  
        2019 Indigenous Caring for Country Conference
        2019 Indigenous Addictions & Substance Misuse Conference
        2019 Indigenous Men’s Standing Strong Conference
        2019 Indigenous Women’s Empowerment Conference


New Yorker: Republicans Are Caught in a Trump Bind as the Midterms Approach

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11.08.18 6:34 am

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Tasmanian Civil Contractors Federation 2018 Earth Awards

Executive Officer Rachael Matheson
11.08.18 6:00 am

The demolition of the former State Government office building at 10 Murray Street and the
construction of the latest irrigation scheme for Tasmanian Irrigation were joint winners in one of
the major categories of the Tasmanian Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Earth Awards for 2018.
It’s the 25th year The Earth Awards have been presented – recognizing Excellence in Civil

Other winners announced at the presentation dinner tonight were the replacement of the Cove
Hill Road Bridge over the Jordan River, the reconstruction of the road across the Neck at Bruny
Island, the massive upgrading of the Melba and Western Rail Line and the construction of a new
tailings dam at the Rosebery Tin Mine.

The Judges couldn’t separate the demolition of 10 Murray Street by Hazell Bros. – describing it as
a difficult, innovative complex project, and the construction of the Melrose Dam at Cranbrook on
the east coast by Hall Construction which they said represented environmental, physical
challenges and future proofing supply of water to industries.

Improving the road across the Bruny Island Neck by Andrew Walter Constructions has had an
immediate impact for tourists and locals alike; while replacing the Cove Hill Bridge across the
Jordan River by VEC Civil has improved safety and access for residents in this rapidly growing

Improving the state of the Melba and Western Rail Line has benefited the mining industry in
particular on the west coast and the new Tailing Dam at the Rosebery Tin Mine has avoided a
major environmental threat using the latest in civil infrastructure technologies and know how.

Earth Awards Category Winners

Category 1 up to $2m VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd – Cove Hill Road Bridge.
Category 2 $2M to $5M Andrew Walter Constructions Pty Ltd – Bruny Island Neck
Category 3 $5M to $10M Joint Winners
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Hall EarthMoving Pty Ltd Swan Valley Irrigation Scheme - Melrose Dam
Hazell Bros Group 10 Murray Street Hobart Demolition
Category 4 $10M to $30M VEC Civil Engineering - Melba and Western Line
Category 5 $30M to $75M Hazell Bros. Rosebery Mine Tailings Dam.
The winners of this year’s Tasmanian Earth Award Categories will go forward to the National Finals for
the Earth Awards which will take place in Canberra in November
The Gala Event also recognises the achievement of the following categories in our State Awards.
State Awards Winners
• Safety at Roadworks (Presented by the Minister for Infrastructure) VEC Civil / Shaw Contracting
Joint Ventures
• Owner Operator of the Year: Scott Pigden Excavations & Earthmoving Pty Ltd
• Equipment Operator of the Year: Paul Burdon of Andrew Walter Constructions
• Commitment to Skills Development and Training (Employer): Stornoway
• Small Civil Contractor of the Year North, North East North West – Hamilton Excavations Pty Ltd
• Small Civil Contractor of the Year – South - JDM Contracting Concrete Constructions
The 2018 CCF Awards were proudly sponsored by William Adams, Gallagher and Dial Before you Dig,
Event information can be found at


Norfolk Bay Zombie Salmon Lease Provokes Community Outrage

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Environment spokesperson 10 August 2018
10.08.18 7:20 pm

Huon Aquaculture’s move to open a zombie finfish lease in Norfolk Bay for their POMV-infected salmon, without public consultation or an impact assessment is a retrograde step. It is a far cry from the social licence the company claims it is trying to achieve.

The salmon lease directly threatens habitat for endangered red handfish, sea grass meadows, flathead and a shark nursery, and demonstrates just how woefully inadequate the Liberal Government’s management of the salmon industry has become.

Their claim to be setting the salmon industry on a sustainable trajectory by going “oceanic” is nothing more than spin. There is nothing deep sea about the waters off Lime Bay State Reserve.

As well as the clear threat to marine life posed by the salmon pen, the company’s verbal promises to Tasman Council that salmon would be used for 12 weeks maximum are shown to be hollow. HAC have made it clear they will be using the lease until at least 31st December 2018, well into the prime recreational fishing period.

Locals and recreational fishers from Dodges Ferry, Connolly’s Marsh, Primrose Sands and Carlton River are angry at the failure to consult, and at HAC’s total disregard for the sensitive habitat around the lease area. The concerns of locals are being voiced by fish tour operators like Mark Duncan, who set up a roadside protest that prompted constant honking from passing motorists in support of keeping Norfolk Bay fish farm free.

The Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney, has so far failed to protect the communities of the Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula, and the marine environment that sustains their lifestyles and businesses. Ms Courtney must step in and halt the transfer of HAC’s diseased salmon to Norfolk Bay.