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Four Corners: Dylan Voller releases letter apologising for crimes, thanking community for support

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27.07.16 5:20 am

Dylan Voller, one of the teenage boys whose mistreatment in juvenile detention was exposed by Four Corners, has written a letter thanking the Australian public for their support.

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How technology disrupted the truth ...

Katharine Viner, Guardian. Pic*: myrealnameispete, Flickr
15.07.16 4:45 am

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Lindsay Tuffin: This is an incredibly important story ... with immense implications for a free and fair society. Please read it ... I’ve picked the most important bits ... but the whole dang thing is worth time digesting properly ... Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

• Simon Warriner in Comments: You are right, Linz. This is an important story, and an important issue. Real journalism costs real money, and if it cannot be done in the commercial realm then it needs to be funded through the collective mechanisms of government. To get that to happen we need a representative government that is, first and foremost, concerned with serving the common good. Hands up those who can see one of those anywhere close?

• Prem Saraswati in Comments: It is now too late, the proverbial horse is down the road and in the next county. This article omits the major impact of the Neo-Conservative agenda world wide and led by Uncle Rupert to misguide and dumb down the first world in the pursuit of more and more wealth domination by the elite of societies everywhere. It is then no wonder that people are turning en masse away from mainstream traditional journalism.

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CHILCOT REPORT: Crushing Iraq War verdict ...

Lindsay Tuffin*. Pic: DonkeyHotey, Flickr, First published July 7
14.07.16 5:35 am

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This time it didn’t work, despite millions worldwide marching in protest ... Forty five (or was it six) years ago I reported the marches which - by sheer people power - led eventually to the end of the Vietnam War. They were huge, even in Hobart. And I was a fringe dweller, deeply sympathetic to the cause of ending the war, but ‘objectively’ reporting from the sidelines of the march. Not so in 2002. I, along with thousands in Hobart, marched against the invasion of Iraq

Andrew Wilkie in Media HERE: … Then Prime Minister John Howard took Australia to war on the basis of a lie and stands accused of war crimes. That he has never been held to account, and that his Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is now Australian High Commissioner to London, is quite simply outrageous …

• Hans Willink in Comments: … At the time I was still a member of the Liberal Party and a member of the Army Reserve. With options to protest limited without “leaving the tent”, I chose to piss from within it. As a Branch President attending the annual Tasmanian Liberal State conference, I tabled a constitutional amendment limiting the declaration of war powers of Australian Prime Ministers. Needless to say, I was out gamed by “he who must not be named”, who placed the motion last on the agenda, thereby ensuring insufficient time for it to be debated or voted on …

Read for yourself ... The Iraq inquiry

Guardian Opinion: A country ruined, trust shattered, a reputation trashed

• Tim Thorne in Comments: Wars are great for business.  The Iraq War 2003—? has been the most profitable yet.  Such wars will continue as long as ripping children’s limbs off continues to fund Armani suits and luxury holidays. It is dangerously subversive to protest against one of the chief props of our capitalist way of life.  Without war we would be much poorer.  Of course, as we are a democratic society, those of us who choose to do so will be allowed to protest for as long as we are ineffective. But it might be worth pondering that phrase “will be allowed”.  Are you comforted or scared by the fact that there is permission being given, a situation which implies that such permission could be withdrawn at any time, and which assumes that there is a permission giver?

Independent: Iraq and the Rupert Murdoch connection: The media mogul’s network of pro-war campaigners Back in 2003, the Murdoch-owned press beat the drum for the Iraq War, but few of the key players got a mention in the Chilcot report

Bazza’s view: ‘The Iraq conflict is going swimmingly. I expect oil ...’

Tim Dunlop: Journalism, power and taking sides

• Lynne Newington in Comments: An article worthy of mention, written by Professor of International Politics Mark Beeson on The Conversation, HERE

Katharine Viner, Guardian: How technology disrupted the truth Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

• Geoff Mosley in Comments: Re the inquiry (56) concerning the closing off of the Antarctic to all military action and mineral activities the details can be found in my book ‘Saving the Antarctic Wilderness’. The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 and came into force in 1961. In 1991 the Madrid Protocol banned all mineral activity indefinitely and designated Antarctic as a ‘Natural Reserve for Peace and Science’. It entered into force in 1998. The obvious next step is for all nations to share the finest example of international cooperation for peace and conservation by having the continent included on the World Heritage List. Unfortunately, we are going through a long phase where vision is in very short supply.

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MEDIA: Perfect storm facing digital news. Latest circn figs? Guardian’s great article ...

Paul Barry, Media Watch, ABC. First published June 17
12.07.16 5:20 am

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From ad blockers, to Facebook and consumers who refuse to pay. It’s the challenge facing digital news and no one’s sure what the solution is.

• JDDN in Comments: It has nothing to do with the platform of revenue, rather the quality of content that is being produced. I think you’ll find a correlation between loss of revenue and terrible click bait, biased ‘SJW’ themed journalism …

• Mike in Comments: I know it might sound like an absurd idea, but perhaps they could try telling the truth for a change? …

Mumbrella: What appears to be the latest circulation figures …  Merc (M-F) down 4.6 per cent; Merc Sat down 6.5 per cent; Suntas down 5.7 per cent ...

Katharine Viner, Guardian: How technology disrupted the truth Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism …

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A Mobile-Friendly Upgrade Report ...

Lindsay Tuffin*.
12.07.16 5:15 am

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First of all a huge thanks to the monthly supporters including JB, PJB, AD, Anon, Anon, Anon, Anon, Anon, Monthly Subs, O’Dw, N&CG, WB, among others. Thankyou Guyzzzz …

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Tonight (Mon): ABC Australian Story. Tonight (Wed), Wild Island: Collaboration for a Cause ...

Matt Newton, http://www.matthewnewton.com.au/ Pic: Matt's pic of Paul Pritchard
11.07.16 5:07 am

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Here are a few BTS images from tonights episode of Australian Story, The Longest Expedition. The way this story came about is pretty fantastic.

Tomorrow (Wed), 7pm Wild Island: Rachael Alderman, Matt Newton: Collaboration for a Cause: A presentation by Biologist Rachael Alderman and Photographer Matthew Newton, and hosted by ABC Catalyst presenter, Mark Horstman.

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Melbourne = somewhere. Hobart = nowhere. The way it always has been ...

Simon Barber
10.07.16 9:00 am

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… Why I am bothering to write this? Because an event of historical cultural significance took place on that Tuesday evening in Hobart without a single review: evidently due to a quota on the number of local cultural events to receive a write-up issued by editorial staff located in Melbourne. Melbourne = somewhere. Hobart = nowhere. The way it always has been. So, location, at least, does evidently continue to matter after all. What about quality then? Michael Kieran-Harvey is perceived in the media as a controversial figure mostly due to being extraordinarily talented but not particularly vain. Thus airs and graces, fooling around with stupid manners and dumb ego stroking, tend to be curtly dispensed with in his public dealings. He is outspoken but not mealy-mouthed. He can entertain with élan equivalent to that of the late, widely-placarded Tasmanian Errol Flynn, enjoys an equivalent standing in his own field but, of course, Tasmania – despite improving at cricket since I was a boy, MONA as well as local writer Richard Flanagan recently winning the Man Booker Prize – seems as ever before neither willing nor able to support or acknowledge world class within its midst …

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NATIONAL, STATE: Lesson learned ...

Hans Willink*. Pic: of Hans Willink. First published July 8
09.07.16 5:59 am

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And so the election count continues. Who will form Government may be uncertain but sadly one result is very clear, my own. I have been well and truly trounced! I can understand why I was out polled on primary votes by the Sex Party 3:1, but a more bitter pill to swallow was being beaten by Pauline Hanson’s one nation 6:1, without her having run a campaign.

• Hans Willink in Comments: … At the start of the campaign, I emailed the Editors of all the major Tasmanian newspapers outlining the stark differences in advertising budgets between well resourced (at taxpayer expense) incumbent MPs and micro-parties/independents running their campaigns on the smell of an oily rag. I suggested that they publish a broad sheet the weekend before the election that reflected the ballot paper and included short descriptions, of equal size, in the candidates own words. Such a broadsheet would be similar to council ballot papers and appreciated by senior citizens in particular. The Mercury adopted the suggestion and I thank them for it. The Examiner and Advocate, on the other hand, merely saw the suggestion as just another opportunity to exploit, publishing the guide but charging exorbitant rates ($‘000s), thereby destroying the original intent to help create a level playing field with equal sized and free candidate descriptions. Many candidates, including myself could not afford to accept their avaricious offer. Lastly, neither the Examiner or the Advocate published a single word on the candidature of my Launceston based running mate, Jin-oh Choi, the only Tasmanian candidate of Asian descent (and indeed the only Australian candidate of Korean descent) in the election. For papers supposedly committed to independence and providing equal coverage, they clearly did not do so. 

MEANWHILE ... Woodchips ...

ABC: Woodchip exports to resume from Hobart waterfront, Government promises low truck traffic Includes pic of Peter Gutwein in Hi-Viz looking meaningful ... What the Libs and Greens say, TT Media HERE

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Tasmania leads the NATION ...

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05.07.16 5:15 am

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Tasmania leads the nation, Saturday, in a clean sweep of Liberal-held lower house seats, which sees its three amigos, Eric Hutchinson, Andrew Nikolic and Brett Whiteley, sent packing. In the contest for Tasmania’s 12 Senate seats, the fates of sixth-listed Labor senator Lisa Singh and non-Abbott man listed fifth, Liberal senator Richard Colbeck, may take weeks to be finalised.

Bolshie Senate to one side and leaving the witch-hunt over illegal scare-mongering alone, Labor’s Brian Mitchell expresses something which, sadly is too easy for the complete, modern corporate statesman or party hack to overlook. It goes to the heart of Labor’s Tasmanian victory and may be one key to the post-Brexit Labor success across the nation. For Mitchell the result is, “Just an amazing feeling. I’m the son of a school cleaner, my mum cleaned schools, my dad was a factory hand, to think that their son is now in Federal Parliament; that’s the Labor story.”  …

Peter Martin, Economics Editor, The Age, Fairfax: Election 2016: ‘Mediscare’ campaign worked because voters were already scared Scare campaigns only work when they reinforce or add to what is already known.

Latest analysis from Dr Kevin Bonham ...

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A Big Week for Boy-Men

Steve Biddulph* Pic* First published June 27
30.06.16 5:15 am

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We have to get more light into the messed up world of manhood, writes Steve Biddulph

… The problem created by “boy-men” - fully grown men in large bodies, and sometimes in powerful positions, yet with the emotional development of three year-olds - begs for proper understanding.  This small, yet resistant rump of damaged males have so much capacity to do harm that we cannot ignore them any more … 

• Gordon Bradbury in Comments: Good article Mr Biddulph. And I agree entirely. Everyday I witness men behaving badly. Men in positions of power, trust and authority. Being a father to 2 young men (and having very limited parenting skills myself), I am acutely aware of the broken dysfunctional “system” in which families operate. Parenting as a real skill is completely ignored (save by a few people such as Mr Biddulph). Communication and relationship skills are also completely ignored in our education system. Emotional intelligence? What’s that? If we think the current generation of male leaders are bad just wait 20 years. The cult of the ego-driven male has only just begun! The one ray of hope is that social media and the growing power of women will head this disaster off before its too late. There are very few men who seem able or willing to call the problem.

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: When I was a mid-teenage lower-working-class lad, I was given two brief bits of advice from my parents, who probably were shyly doing their best at modern-day (early 1950s) sex education. As if she were confiding a secret, Mum whispered: “Son, always treat every girl as if she was a lady.” Never another word from her on the subject. About the same time, with Mum not around, Dad said: “Son, never go further than she’ll let you.” He said no more. At the time, it sounded like a contradiction. More than 60 years on, I thank both those poorly educated people for their wisdom. Thanks Mum, thanks Dad. At least I had a pretty good idea about what was right and what was wrong. Must be why I ended up in the Far East as a virgin soldier.

• Rossi in Comments: What can we expect from “sports people” when cynical adults have made a lucrative industry (and religion) out of what are essentially children’s games of playing with inflated balls?  Maintaining the complete suspension of credibility undermines any integrity they might show.  It’s not in their interests for the players and audience members to actually grow up - in a world of bread and circuses.

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NATION: The ‘opportunistic Trots ...’

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27.06.16 4:45 am

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“They are a bunch of opportunistic Trots hiding behind a gum tree trying to pretend they’re the Labor Party,” claims Paul Keating getting stuck into the Greens in his pal Albo’s inner western Sydney seat of Grayndler which the Labor MP has a chance of losing to the Greens. It’s splendid invective, vintage Keating and a marked contrast with most of the language of this dull, passionless, pedestrian campaign …

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Challenge to LCC’s gift to UTas: LCC DEFEATED

Ray Norman, Launceston Concerned Citizens. http://lcc63.blogspot.com.au/ First published June 6
22.06.16 5:00 am

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WEDNESDAY June 22 ...

• Basil Fitch, in Comments: DEFEATED: Result of Public Meeting over gift of land (i.e Willis Street and Old Velodrome site with M.O.U. with Council, State Government and University) defeated in a unanimous motion. A second motion was passed that the land be put on the open market and its valuation tested.

On Tuesday night in Launceston, a public meeting will take place to challenge Launceston Council’s decision to gift land valued something in the order of $5million to the University of Tasmania (UTas).

• Leonard Colquhoun in Comments, HERE: Whatever else happens after these ‘rain events’ in Launceston, one effect should be the washing away of that dodgy UTAS / Inveresk / LCC deal. What say the UTAS Big Wigs down in Hobart are forcibly made to wade through our flooded areas here, in their best bespoke suits and hand-tooled footwear, of course. But, to balance this brickbat, a bouquet: (as far as one can tell) the university’s takeover of the Australian Maritime College has -  so far -  not gutted that highly successful institute of learning, teaching, and training (and, yes, eggheads, that’s as in T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G).

• Ray Norman in Comments: CONTEXT: On Tuesday night a Public Meeting was held in Launceston’s Albert Hall to discuss Launceston Council’s decision to gift land to UTas to facilitate the university’s proposal to relocate nearer to Launceston’s CBD. The Public Meeting was an outcome of a citizens’ initiated petition that called upon Launceston’s Council to call a Public Meeting to discuss the issue. Here are a few ‘dot’ points to summarise Tuesday night’s Public Meeting …

• Ray Norman in Comments: Dear Prime Minister ...

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Joburg: The Lost City

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17.06.16 4:30 am

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Don Knowler returned to Africa recently, more than 40 years after leaving his British homeland to seek adventure working for The Star in Johannesburg. As a reporter in the 1970s, Knowler covered the Soweto riots in 1976 and other events in the anti-apartheid struggle for a newspaper which opposed the South African Government’s policy of racial segregation. He was also chief of the Star’s bureau in Rhodesia during the last two years of the bush war which led to the black-ruled, independent Zimbabwe.

• John Martinkus in Comments: Excellent article Don. Shows the vagaries of history and the consequences. Particularly touched by the image of the poor white Boers begging at the crossroads. Reveals a post colonial legacy not many people understand on a personal level. Also your description of Johannesburg now shows how the black population has suffered both under the former regime and now. Thank you. Best

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In Memoriam ...

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13.06.16 5:35 am

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*Pic: In Memoriam ... Please feel free to use, with respect. Image © Giles Hugo 2016. Teach kids to shoot with cameras, rather than guns.

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The beermat of laughter, and loss ...

Don Knowler
12.06.16 6:00 am

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… I was talking of working journalists at the time.  What had escaped my recollection of press pubs I had known on four continents was the role they played in the lives of journalists who had retired. Together with being a bridge between work and play, these pubs also served as a meeting place, a point of contact between the working journalist and those who had left the industry. That connection has gone, and this becomes apparent when you retire yourself and lose that link with a profession which has sustained you in income, camaraderie and laughs for a working life, in my case more than 50 years. …

TT Books: Ode to the Ancient Sub-Editor

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Bob’s Tarkine vision ...

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07.06.16 4:14 am

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How times change ... My home town’s newspaper The Advocate has devoted an entire front page to Bob Brown’s vision for a trans-Tarkine track to rival the Overland. Change in Tassie is so glacial ... relying as it does with breaking from the past ... and its appalling reliance on past winners: Shree and the Tarkine. Perhaps, just perhaps, times are changing ...: Advocate: Welcome for Tarkine plan ...

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Paul Mason warns political journalists: ‘You have no real idea what is going on’

Martin Belam Guardian in Perugia
18.05.16 11:59 pm

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Ex-Channel 4 News economics editor tells International Journalism Festival that making a film about Greece gave him new insight into reporters’ knowledge

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The Australian Financial Review goes missing on Unaoil scandal

Bob Burton
18.05.16 12:01 am

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The leaking of a treasure trove of internal documents to The Age unmasking corruption in the global oil industry has triggered global media coverage and triggered police to launch anti-corruption investigations in a raft of countries. But the Australian Financial Review (AFR) – Australia’s only national business newspaper – paid scant attention to the scandal.

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TT: It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends ...

Editors. First published May 2
04.05.16 6:30 am

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It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends. With the rise and rise of online readership via mobile devices, Google is making some big changes to how its search engine ranks different websites. Those which rank as having a mobile-friendly design will be upgraded in its search-engine rankings. Those which aren’t considered mobile-friendly will end up becoming far, far less visible to those searching the Internet. So Tasmanian Times needs to upgrade the software the site runs on as soon as possible to make the site mobile-friendly. We will also be making some changes so that articles unique to Tasmanian Times are eligible to be included in the Google News Index, which will help project contributors’ articles out to a much wider audience. Of course, it would be great if the changes cost nothing, but they don’t. All up the changes might cost in the order of $3000 …

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A serve for Third World Internet ...

Mark Shea, overlander.tv
04.05.16 5:40 am

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Mark Shea from overlander.tv gives tight-arsed Third World Internet Aussies a serve: Watch HERE

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Tasmanian Media Awards 2016

Lindsay Tuffin. First published April 24
26.04.16 3:15 am

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ABC journalist Michael Atkin was named Journalist of the Year at the Tasmanian Media Awards 2016. Tasmanian Times Bob Burton was a finalist in the Best News Story category with three of his articles on political donations to the Tasmanian Liberal Party and the lack of enforcement of political donations law for political donors.

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