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But wait ... there’s more: TT’s Tasmanians of the Year

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Lindsay Tuffin.
19.12.14 5:20 am

Good things come in Threes ... no better exemplified than last night at The Hope and Anchor Tavern where TT knighted this year’s Tasmanian Times Tasmanians of The Year. And they are, from left, Martyn Goddard, Donzo Knowler, and Tom Ellison. ... all holding their - courtesy of the wonderful Artery - framed awards. A marvellous celebration of the wondrous contributions to society made by these three selfless writers. As the awards’ citation says: Keep Writing ... [The interloper in the middle is Lindsay (Poncy Wankers always talk of themselves in the Third Person)]. PS: We gatecrashed the Island party. Thanks Guyzzzz!x

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The fall and fall of The Mercury

Bob Burton. Pub: Dec 18
19.12.14 5:15 am

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The Mercury – Tasmania’s largest circulation newspaper – is in deep, deep trouble. A leaked News Corporation Australia’s financial report from July 2013 provides a stark insight into the rapidly deteriorating finances of the Murdoch empire’s three Tasmanian newspapers:  The Mercury, the Sunday Tasmanian and Tasmanian Country.

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What can we say? Pakistan ...

The Editors
18.12.14 4:35 am

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Three people dead: a barrister and mother of three young children, a café manager and a deeply troubled and threatening man with a gun. An unknowable number of lives were profoundly affected for the worse last night after the traumatic events in the Lindt café in Martin Place: family, friends, the freed hostages, police, colleagues and the broader community. And then there was the global newspaper mogul gloating about what one of his newspapers did. What can we say?

Guardian: The Pakistan Taliban horror … The Nobel Peace prize-winner, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban two years ago for speaking out in favour of education for girls, said the Peshawar attack had left her heartbroken. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.” Even the Afghan Taliban condemned the attack as “against Islam” …

Guardian: John Kerry: Pakistan school attack is ‘gut wrenching’ - video

Watch Russell Brand: Don’t Let Sydney Siege Claim Your Freedom: Russell Brand The Trews (E212)

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TONIGHT: TT H@A ... Come on Barbie, let’s go party ...

Lindsay Tuffin. Pub: Dec 15
18.12.14 4:30 am

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If you are passing the Hope and Anchor Tavern,  65 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000, , TONIGHT, Thursday, December 18, 6pm onwards, DROP IN ... and join the Island and Tassietimes’ workers for an ale, or an OJ or even a sparkling mineral water. Tis the season to be jolly ... and the time to announce the 2014 TT Tasmanian of the Year ...

• Gwenda, in Comments: ’ll raise my glass to TT in absentia, in recognition of the compulsive and sometimes maddening reads offered up over the year.  Thanks to all the thoughtful, incisive and stimulating writers (you know who you are) - and compliments of the season to the rest of you. My nomination for TT Tasmanian of 2014 is Richard Flanagan for his remarks on giving away his prize money (apparently one was enough?) and for getting Lindsay on ABC TV!

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Who was Man Haron Monis, the man behind the Sydney siege? Pakistan ...

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16.12.14 5:15 am

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Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis is the man police believe was behind the siege at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place.

ABC: In Pictures ... Dramatic photos show hostages emerging from Lindt cafe

ABC: #illridewithyou: support for Muslim Australians takes off following Sydney siege

• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown (top nav bar) for different interpretations of the Breaking News ...

Juan Cole, Informed Comment: The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984

Guardian: The Pakistan Taliban horror … The Nobel Peace prize-winner, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban two years ago for speaking out in favour of education for girls, said the Peshawar attack had left her heartbroken. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.” Even the Afghan Taliban condemned the attack as “against Islam” …

Guardian: John Kerry: Pakistan school attack is ‘gut wrenching’ - video

Watch Russell Brand: Don’t Let Sydney Siege Claim Your Freedom: Russell Brand The Trews (E212)

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When the Forces of Media Disruption Hit Home

David Carr, New York Times
08.12.14 1:45 am

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I’ve been around long enough to have once marveled at the improbability of the fax machine — that can’t be real! — but I like to think of myself as modern. Which should mean that I’m a big fan of disruption, but that depends on who is being disrupted, doesn’t it?

• The Wayne Crawford award ...

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Wikipedia: Metropolitan Police role in the news media phone hacking scandal

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Don’t miss Defendant 5, Mon Dec 8, ABC2 9.30pm. FREE tickets to preview ...

ABC. Pub: Dec 2
03.12.14 4:17 am

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Watch The Trailer Here:

http://youtu.be/sKVEokzpy9M

Download:

DEF5.pdf

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• We have a limited number of free tickets available for our private preview screening of Defendant 5 and Director’s Q & A. WHEN: Tonight, 6 - 8 pm WHERE: State Cinema, North Hobart. If you would like to join us, please contact me. Heidi Lee Douglas Writer/Director, HERE

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Is this the beginning of the end of the ABC as we know it?

Brian McNair, Queensland University of Technology and Adam Swift, Queensland University of Technology.
26.11.14 12:50 pm

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Scott is articulating the only viable strategy for all public service media organisations – no retreat to the cultural ghetto demanded by the big private interests and their supporters in the News Corp media, but in the avant garde of digital innovation, harnessing its vast potential for public good.

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The Wedding Hiatus ...

Lindsay Tuffin
24.11.14 4:45 am

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The Principal Editor’s beloved daughter is getting married this week from Howrah Flats ... so TT will rely on the good offices of Bob, Jimbo and Peter. Articles and Comments will still be posted but the normal ‘Newspaper of Record’ elements - Media Releases, Arts, Plate/Grape, Travel, etc - won’t be happening ... Blessings, Linz!x

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Crikey says: Abbott’s ABC pledge must be taken in context

Crikey Editorial. Satire: Kudelka, used with permission: http://www.kudelka.com.au/
24.11.14 3:45 am

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Defending the Abbott government’s decision to cut more than $300 million from the public broadcaster budgets yesterday, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Prime Minister’s election eve commitment to make no cuts to the ABC or SBS must be taken in “context”. Here at Crikey, we agree. Below is just some of the context we found while searching online this morning:

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St Andrews - Home of “Golfe”

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24.11.14 2:00 am

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Background: This was a background piece for the 1984 British Open. Ian Baker-Finch, 23, was a tall, nice lad from Nambour, Queensland, with looks a Hollywood star would give his boots for. He had the Open sewn up going into the fourth round; all he had to do was clear Swilcan Burn on the 376-yard first hole. The Burn is a creek about eight feet wide and 105 yards from the green. His second shot went into the drink. Baker-Finch blew up; he took 79 for the round, and finished 10th to the Spaniard, Severiano Ballesteros (1957-2011). Golf is a pursuit played largely in the mind. I suspect that if Baker-Finch had cleared the burn he would have been one of the great golfers. I also suspect he was haunted by Swilcan Burn. He did win some tournaments but by 1994 his confidence was completely shot; perfect in practice, he often missed the cut in the real thing, and retired at 37 in 1997. Swilcan Burn yet again sadly confirms Eliot on the effect of chance in our lives:

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage we did not take
Towards the door we never opened  
Into the rose garden.

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ABC, SBS: Another Broken Promise

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Pub: Nov 18
20.11.14 3:50 am

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The announcement that the Federal Government intends to cut a further $50m from the ABC represents another broken promise and is clearly not in the public interest.

Crikey: Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidentsBS yesterday told almost all the staff employed by Dateline that it would not need their services next year, as the multicultural broadcaster continues its radical shake-up of the program. Almost all the program’s video journalists were yesterday told their current ...

ABC Friends: Phone a Coalition politician day – happening today for the ABC

Fairfax: Christopher Pyne’s ABC petition attracts ‘protest’ signatures On the same day the government announced a 5 per cent cut to the ABC over five years, Mr Pyne launched a petition on change.org to protect the ABC’s Adelaide production unit. The petition quickly gathered signatures from detractors who used the “reasons for signing section” to savage Mr Pyne for what they saw as a NIME (Not In My Electorate) approach.

Tony Wright, The Age: Tony Abbott, the ABC and SBS: when election promises become lies

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Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

Stephen Mayne, Crikey
17.11.14 1:00 am

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The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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Kerry Packer at the Queen’s Club

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17.11.14 12:46 am

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Written 3 July 1984 Evan Whitton Background: Kerry Packer (1937-2005) was of course a criminal. That was confirmed by the Costigan Royal Commission in 1984, the year that this sketch was published. Phillip Adams recently revealed that he observed NSW Premier Neville Wran (1926-2014) bribing Packer in 1979, and that Packer paid him back handsomely.

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Her Majesty’s garden party

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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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Mary and Mohammad meet Parliament

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release
27.10.14 4:25 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, brought the documentary Mary Meets Mohammad to the people who decide Australia’s asylum seeker policies.  The documentary was a 2013 Walkley Awards finalist and won the 2014 UN Media Award.

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Groundswell stands in solidarity for freed journalists in West Papua

Groundswell Tasmania Media Release
27.10.14 4:20 am

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Two French journalists have today been released from gaol after being sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for reporting on West Papua.

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Big Ben

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27.10.14 3:00 am

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David Remnick has a lovely memoir of Ben Bradlee in the New Yorker which captures the essence of the man (and mentions the one black spot on his record, namely the way his friendship with JFK blurred his journalistic judgement). Remnick is a delightful writer with a good ear for anecdote. Take this, for example ...

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The Probe is closed

Lindsay Tuffin
20.10.14 2:45 am

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The Probe thread has been closed. Tasmanian Times exists to seek truth and be fair to all. Readers are reminded of Our Code of Conduct ( Here ).

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Bill Wentworth meets Pavarotti

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13.10.14 1:45 am

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Background. The revelation by Bill Wentworth (1907-2003) at the end of this sketch – that Pig Iron Bob’s Cabinet were drunk at a critical moment of the Petrov affair – recalls Ed Behr’s dictum: a reporter is more often victim than hero.

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