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Government department libraries being closed to public access

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Tasmanians for Transparency
17.04.14 5:50 am

Tasmanians for Transparency (TfT) has been alarmed to discover that several Government Departmental Libraries have been closed to public access.

• David Obendorf, in Comments: Is this correct – Tell me I am wrong? Knowledge and information is power, and with the closure of several important public libraries and repositories of archival collections we, the people, lose our ability to be informed about our society, to learn from decades of history and to access documents prepared by our Government and its bureaucracy. 

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ABC: PM Abbott risks being branded a liar

Glenys Stradijot, Friends of the ABC MR
13.04.14 7:45 am

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“If Mr Abbott does not promptly deny reports that the Government plans to cut ABC funds he risks being branded a liar,” said Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends national spokesperson.

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The Way We Were

Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
07.04.14 2:09 am

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Bell boys, Wrest Point Casino opening, February 1973 ... And, Dancer ...

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Chronicle 67: Ohhhhhhh Monty’s ...

Don Knowler
17.03.14 2:49 am

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The death in the family came so suddenly I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I was racked by guilt and regret. I should have paid more attention in the final days.

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Planting urban green space in a collaborative environment

Dr Anthony Kachenko, Research and Market Development Manager and 202020 Vision Advocate, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia
12.03.14 5:40 am

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The past few years has seen growing realisation of the benefits and necessity of urban green space as a community asset across all corners of Australia. This has seen several councils develop (or currently developing) strategies to manage, plan and increase urban green space assets that incorporate green roofs, green walls and urban forests on both public and private land. For example, in September 2013, the City of Darebin released a draft Urban Forest Strategy, which has set a target of increasing the tree canopy cover percentage within public lands to at least 25% within the next 15 years. Other councils have also pledged to increase canopy cover in the years ahead with City of Sydney aiming to increase the average total tree canopy cover to 23.25% by 2030, and then to 27.13% by 2050, while the City of Melbourne aim to increase public realm canopy cover to 40% by 2040.

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FREE!x A cookbook and two CDs

Editor
08.03.14 2:39 am

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Tasmanian Times has been gifted a Cookbook by Kim McCosker, CDs by Nigel Connell and Daniel O’Donnell to give away. Four of each. Simply write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your choice of freebie and your name and snail-mail address. First in, best dressed!x

• And ... the cookbooks have all gone; now that was quick!

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A Rational Fact: Tony Abbott’s timber speech with added facts

A Rational Fear
05.03.14 7:28 am

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Tony Abbott gave a speech to the Australian Forest Products Association that was a little light on facts. Understandable since the coalition have shut down many of their independent science and fact finding bodies. So here at A Rational Fear we made some phone calls and found some facts and decided to pump up his speech with them.

Mercury: Former forestry boss warns of heritage risk to international markets

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It’s Pozible!

Pozible
18.02.14 10:00 am

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Right now, more than ever, Australia needs to challenge the conservative agenda and we need a good laugh!

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I’m a conservative, but this asylum seekers comic is disgusting

Mark Fletcher, Guardian
13.02.14 8:04 am

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This must be the world’s first propaganda campaign in which the country producing it is portrayed as the villain. What was the government thinking?

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Climate science must be part of national curriculum

Craig Macaulay, CSIRO Environment Group MR
13.02.14 5:40 am

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Climate science must be part of national curriculum, says AMOS guest speaker

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Rupert Murdoch’s attack on ‘our ABC’ like a mediaeval siege

Martin Flanagan, The Age
12.02.14 12:08 pm

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Waiting to have a colonoscopy is bad enough. Waiting to have a colonoscopy and reading Andrew Bolt approaches a definition of existential horror. His subject? The ABC, or the tyranny thereof. A few pages on was a column by Rita Panahi. Most articles take off from somewhere. Hers started in midair and, given its speed and trajectory, I have no doubt she will go a long way. Her subject? The ABC and SBS. People may think the present furore about the ABC is just a passing issue. It’s part of a screaming crescendo that’s been emanating from News Corp for months now. It’s been like watching a mediaeval siege and, right now, the castle wall looks to be on the verge of cracking.

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Upside Down World

directed by Éléonore Pourriat
09.02.14 7:05 am

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“Oppressed majority” takes place in an alternate reality where women jog half naked and work while the men take care of the kids and endure daily sexual harassment.

This Powerful Video Shows Men What It Feels Like To Be Subjected To Sexism And Sexual Violence

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Land of the Unfair Go

Anthony Bieniak, New Internationalist
08.02.14 6:48 am

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It was May 2012 when Ranjini, then pregnant, was called in for a meeting with the Immigration Department in Melbourne. It would prove her last moment of liberty. She had failed the ASIO security check which was fatal to her visa application and she would be shipped to Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. In one short day, her new life had fallen apart. Without the ASIO clearance, Ranjini was in a legal catch-22. Her refugee status meant she could not be returned to Sri Lanka, while the security issue precluded her from receiving a visa in Australia. Effectively stateless, Ranjini become one of about 50 people facing indefinite detention in Australia. Worse still, our national security laws left her without even the basic right to know what she was suspected of doing.

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Tony Abbott’s YouTube suspended after ‘deceptive content’ complaint

Bridie Jabour, Guardian
03.02.14 6:00 pm

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User complaints about prime minister’s video, titled Delivering on our Promises, led to temporary suspension of account.

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Normal service resumes on Monday, February 24

Lindsay Tuffin
30.01.14 6:30 am

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From today - unavoidably - Tasmanian Times enters Caretaker Mode. Articles will continue to be posted by Bob and James. So ... continue to submit through .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...

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Abbott goes after the ABC ...

Guardian Australia
30.01.14 4:30 am

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The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has mounted a fresh attack on the national broadcaster, suggesting the ABC instinctively took “everyone’s side but Australia’s” and should show “some basic affection for the home team”.

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The art of the reptile

Evan Whitton
27.01.14 1:01 am

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Amazing Scenes: Adventures of a Reptile of the Press (The Fairfax Library, 1987) is a collection of Evan Whitton’s journalism. @EvanWhitton1.

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News appoints Matt Deighton as new Mercury editor

Mercury. Pic of Matt Deighton
27.01.14 12:30 am

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MATT Deighton has been appointed editor of the Mercury.

• Betrayal in Journalism: Who Owns the Story? Presented by Michael Gawenda. Thursday, 28 February 2013.

The secrets of great headline writing

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Amazing Scenes: Adventures of a Reptile of the Press (1)

Evan Whitton. Pic: of Evan Whitton
13.01.14 2:12 am

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Amazing Scenes: Adventures of a Reptile of the Press (The Fairfax Library, 1987) is a collection of Evan Whitton’s journalism. @EvanWhitton1. Willy-nilly, the pieces amount to a sort of how-to (or how-not-to) do it in various genres: sketch, celeb interview, pattern, travel, sport, politics, the law. One or two are in the style of the “new” journalism: reportage using the techniques of the novel.  The book is on a section of a website maintained by Dr Bob Moles, an international authority on miscarriages of justice: netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp .

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Gilmour ... have you heard about a Tamar Valley power station?

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour. First pub: Jan 7
08.01.14 4:00 am

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In Sunday’s Examiner Martin Gilmour, aka the Whistle Blower, continued his anti-Green rants — this time over electricity prices.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Just a short list of bad decisions: Selling - Royal Derwent Hospital for $350 thousand when it was valued at $65 million. - Using Retirement benefit funds to buy a grossly overpriced Hobart Airport. - Flogging off Brighton Army base for $180 thousand when it was valued at $6.5 million. - Selling the Old LGH because it was a derelict building (now it is a 5 star hotel and conference centre). - Basslink. - Tamar power station. - Gunns special deals, compensation and gifting them our native forests and paying them to take it. Bringing Ta Ann to Tasmania to finish off the pillaging of our forests. When do they have to take responsibility.

• Steve, in Comments: Since the supply of witches dried up, they write editorials about the Greens instead.

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Be thankful a free press exposes corruption ...

Jonathan Holmes, Fairfax
06.01.14 4:00 am

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A Moroccan visit reminded this tourist of how media clamps and baksheesh shackle people ...

mUmBRELLA: The Year in Newspapers

mUmBRELLA: Down, down ...

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