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What an absolute ripper of a book!x Tennis ...

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Lindsay Tuffin. First published January 11
19.01.16 3:37 am

MONDAY January 18 ...

SMH: Match fixing in tennis: The various ways to fix a match The fix is in: Tennis is thought to be a popular target for match fixers because there are only two players involved and, given many matches are decided by a few crucial points, it is reasonably straightforward to “influence” the result. There are several ways to “fix” a whole match, the score or even particular points …

MONDAY January 11 ...

What an absolute ripper of a book. This is the best thing I’ve read since the Flanman’s Narrow Road ... There are similarities ... Narrow Road ... is about nationalist-ego-driven cruelty. The Program is about one man’s ego-driven domination of cycling and the Tour de France ... at a terrible cost to anyone who got in his way.

• Garry Stannus, in Comments: I hope readers won’t too much mind me stepping back into the Armstrong past, I’m recalling an ‘on-court TT encounter’ between Rick ‘Pilko’ Pilkington and myself.  It went just about five sets and right to the end as Armstrong’s ‘defense attorney’ I was sure we’d prevail.  Rick was just as sure that Armstrong was a cheat.  When Armstrong admitted his guilt on Oprah Winfrey the matter was settled decisively once and for all in Rick’s favour … 

Nic Tomlin in Comments: As a keen cyclist and having suffered the same cancer as Lance - I drew great inspiration from his remarkable achievements.  The bombshell of this scandal still leaves me with deep seated suspicion knowing how much ‘people’ will cheat to ‘win’.  How could someone deceive the whole world for so long, under such intense scrutiny? The fact that the anti-doping system / UCI / governing bodies failed to catch Lance earlier remains largely unaddressed. The situation in Tasmania is not dissimilar. We have governing bodies (Integrity Commission, Ombudsman etc.), who openly admit ‘powerful influences’ are at play seemingly largely unchecked. I mean, the Integ Commission’s ‘damning’ report into Public Service gifts/benefits is laughable. The fact is, in a small island community, the risks of exposing any unwelcome ‘truth’ is far higher than in larger communities - unless you are a self-sufficient and highly robust individual (like David Walsh I guess) … Yes Simon. My concern is about how such individuals can fly in the face of authorities for so long. In most cases, it’s because big money is involved and exposure will cause ‘losses’. The sport of cycling did very well with a headline grabbing Armstrong, as did the sponsors and media. Nobody stood to gain much from his exposure, so no-one really wanted to believe it (including myself).

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Tasmania’s Power Crisis ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Tamar Valley Power Station. First published: January 7, 2014
17.01.16 4:00 am

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JANUARY 16, 2016

Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... Sacked staff have been hired and the plant taken out of mothballs in order to restart the Tamar Valley Power Station. I believe we have been and/or still are paying for Take or Pay contracts for the gas even when the power station is closed; the contracts being protected under commercial-in-confidence legislation. Will the Premier elucidate? At least with the reopening of the power station we will now use the gas we pay for. How did the Bass Link Cable get damaged? It has been suggested in jest to me that it was ripped up by the factory freezer trawler? Well, the depth of Bass Strait is just a very shallow 50m, so it is very possible. Now that would be an Act of God ... A God who exerts his vengeance on Tasmania for wreaking havoc over the land, sea and air in this most beautiful realm!

Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station

ABC: Tasmanian Government examines long-term green energy options after power woes

Mercury Editorial: Double crisis pushes limits

• Richard Barton in Comments: The state of Tasmania can now be seen in the Examiner’s article on government salaries ( HERE: Sky-high incomes just don’t add up ). We are clearly being ripped off by third rate bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have the capability to assure security of basics like power, water, food, medical services, education and transport. We’re all working harder to sustain incompetent governors and managers and to pay even more to help recover from their hopeless efforts.

• Steve in Comments … The basic reality is that the hydro ran the dams low to cash in prior to the abolition of the carbon tax. The moment the tax structure changed, they should have been firing up the gas turbines. The gas bill should have been covered by the windfall profits just made and the dams allowed to refill. Instead, like any surplus money in Tasmania, the profits were siphoned off and all of a sudden we have a crisis of empty dams? …

JANUARY 7, 2014 ...

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

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.

Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station

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Party ... Animals!x

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17.12.15 5:36 am

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We’re slowing down early for Chrissy/New Year this year ... we’ll still be dipping in from time to time ... but normal service won’t be happening ‘til January 11.

TT has been publishing for 13 and a bit years … because you guyz, the readers, are so generous. A special shout-out to the monthly donators. And special thanks to Kev, PJ, Poppy, Deb, Alison, In The Loop, John, John, Shan, Mark, Monthly Subs, Estelle, Sarah, Jake, Martin, Damien, Ben, Anon, Anne, William, Moya, Stephen, Andrew, June, Clive, Garry, Karl, Luuk, John, Bron, Leon, Dale, Michael, Richard, Anon, Ian, Chris, Casey, Peter, Service One … and everyone else we’ve forgotten or haven’t acknowledged …

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Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era

Guardian
13.12.15 5:11 am

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Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried

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The Saturday Paper: Coal seam gas leaks a climate debacle Hundreds of uncapped bores have for decades been leaking methane, a gas more polluting than CO 2 – and the government knows almost nothing about them.

The Saturday Paper: Lucy Turnbull’s innovation push

Cassy O’Connor: Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

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Three Capes Track takes the wild out of wilderness

Peter McGlone Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc Media Release. All pics: Rob Blakers, http://www.robblakers.com/
12.12.15 4:30 am

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The Australian Newspaper today ( HERE, Paywall ) ran a story regarding the Three Capes Track, exposing to a national audience, the reality that the new tourism attraction is a destructive, expensive, politically driven development that does not appeal to many walkers looking for a wild experience. TCT Director Peter McGlone said today “the construction of the Three Capes Track has caused enormous environmental destruction and it can never be honestly promoted as an eco-tourism experience. It has seriously degraded the wilderness qualities of the Tasman National Park and must never be promoted as a wilderness experience …

EARLIER, Ted Mead on Tasmanian Times ...

Plug and Play ... the Neo-Wilderness Experience

If You Go Out in the Woods Today You’re in for a Big Surprise ...

• Ted Mead in Comments: I think the government’s estimates so far is that it has cost over $40 million. The Keep the Capes Wild Group estimated that it would cost $62 Million to complete. Our figures may turn out to be conservative. If the government undertakes the construction expenses for more commercially exclusive huts the cost would most likely exceed $100 million …

• Doug Nichols in Comments: As if the sense of being in nature hasn’t been diminished enough by the relentless miles of duckboarding, the posh huts and the connectivity, there will apparently be art works dotted along the track. Why stop there? What about flower beds, little ponds with fountains, newspaper stands, and nice cafes at the popular lookout points?

Luke Martin: Conservationists now applying anti-forestry tactics to tourism Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO, Luke Martin, today accused conservation groups of selectively releasing images of the Three Capes Track project to mislead UNESCO representatives in the State last week about tourism in wilderness areas …

• Luigi in Comments: Luke Martin: “Conservationists now applying anti-forestry tactics to tourism.” I think Luke means: “TICT now applying Forestry Tasmania practices to wilderness”.

• Ted Mead in Comments: … Without that knowledge then your opinion is worthless beyond what your seemingly pro development ideology may suggest! Development area percentages have little to do with wilderness quality - it’s about the integrity of a region assessed on an area’s remoteness and naturalness values. Prior to the 3 Capes development - the Lunchtime Creek region had a wilderness index value of around 13/20. Being a rare example of wilderness on the East Coast - That NWI value there has now almost been halved.

• Chris Harries in Comments: … The next generation of leaders then says: “What if we just make a nip and a tuck here, it will hardly matter?”  And so it goes. There will never come a time in history when everyone is happy and says: “Enough is enough, let’s stop right here”. In 50 years time the Luke Martin’s and Will Hodgmans of the world will be arguing the same. And a little bit more natural quality is again… and then again…  lost forever. The ultimate end point is a total subjugation of all of nature.

• Leo Schofield in Comments: Who designed this shocker? It looks like an aerial view of Auschwitz … When I did the Cradle Mountain Huts walk some years ago I was bowled over by the environmental sensitivity of the developers. Helicopters were not allowed to land near the huts but had to hover overhead and lower supplies in huge nets, then remove rubbish in the same way. Now I see this new development has a helipad? Can a landing strip for light aircraft be far behind? A MacDonald’s outlet? An eco-friendly laundrette?

• Peter McGlone in Comments: In response to Luke Martin’s comments regarding Three Capes Track: - He must be joking by encouraging “Tasmanians to visit the site and see the development for themselves”. Is he going to pay the $500 fee? - Mr Martin claims that “less than 0.2 per cent” of the Tasman National Park will be affected by the clearing for the Three Capes Track. The impact is not limited to this 0.2%, especially in areas of wilderness. This is like the proverbial nail hole in the Mona Lisa. Also, there is not meant to be any clearing of native vegetation in National Parks. How much clearing is acceptable? Another 0.2% or another 2.0%. …

• Robin Charles Halton in Comments: The days of the Tassie bush hut experience have gone. I agree with all of the comments, the whole wildness experience has gone, dreadful next will be the upgrade to Sapphire standard. Had it been me I would have done the burning different, earlier in the season when the open and closed fuel moisture would have sufficed allowing the fuel reduction to peter out naturally by late pm. The area would have greened up by now but over a broader area. Double tracking is not necessary for that reason and is also overly obtrusive. Its a laugh the visitors will be now able to interact with the charcoal blowing in their faces on a windy day.

• Doug Nichols in Comments: I’ve just come back from a few days on Maria Island. While we were there we spent some time trying to find the huts (or perhaps they should be called standing camps?) run by the Maria Island Walk people. We knew from their website roughly where to look, and we were passing right by one of the sites on Wednesday on a walk to Haunted Bay, so we had a look. We failed to find it on the way there, but with a more determined search on the way back we found it. I saw nothing to object to in that development. The huts were discreet to the point of being invisible unless you tried hard to find them; they aren’t built in an area previously wild and completely undeveloped; the groups use beaches and existing tracks to get about the island (no relentless duckboarding across wilderness); no bush was burnt around the site; there are no helipads or artworks. In short, the footprint for the whole enterprise is, in my opinion, acceptably small. The contrast with the Three Capes is huge. To me the Three Capes project seems to be exploiting and changing the landscape, rather than merely facilitating people’s enjoyment of it. (In a nutshell, that is also my objection to the Mt Wellington Cable Car.)

• Chris Harries in Comments: I’ve come across these Maria camps too, Doug, and didn’t object. But recently there’s been publicity surrounding the purported need to ‘develop’ Maria Island more and I presume the state government is thinking along the same lines of how to make the most money from the island – having taken a basic political position that natural resources have no other purpose than to feed the economy. People who go to Maria like its quietness and safety for children and low profile amenities so there’s always a bit of trepidation as to what sort of development will eventually ensue there.

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Only the Dead ...

The Walkley Foundation
07.12.15 3:00 am

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Only the Dead is Australian correspondent Michael Ware’s documentary retrospective of seven years, beginning with the “Coalition of the Willing’s” invasion of Iraq in 2003. It records the birth of the Islamic State in 2003, reveals a US war crime committed by soldiers in 2007, and takes you to the front lines of the conflict’s greatest battles. The film also crosses over to the other side, to insurgent training camps and attacks against US forces. Ware’s work as a frontline reporter resulted in his extraordinary access to the creator of IS, Abu Mousab al Zarqawi, and IS’s videoed atrocities of suicide bombings in Baghdad and the first of its ritualised beheadings.

Only The Dead screens at CINEMONA at 12.30pm on December 12

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The Making of a Post-Modern Testament ...

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
07.12.15 2:30 am

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Late modernity carries excess cargo, a plague of barnacles & a loss of compass. Fix it.

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The Fight about Western Might Being Right ...

Dr Lissa Johnson, New Matilda. Pic*. First published November 30
02.12.15 8:00 am

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New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson explains the rationale behind why violence by the West is okay, and violence against the West is an assault on freedom-loving ‘ingroups’.

• Chris in Comments: Clear and concise congratulations on the clarity.

• Jack Jolly in Comments: … With a better media and functional democracy the debate may well have gone another way. In Australia, perhaps we still have that chance unless we begin to chant hate along with the morons draped in the Aussie flag. If we do not wish to change our ways, the least we could do is to just accept a simple ‘truth’ about ‘us’ before we decide to kill some more of ‘them’ in the name of peace; their children don’t matter us much as ours. We don’t really want to kill their kids, but hey, too bad. That way at least our society won’t choke to death on the vomit of its own hypocrisy.

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Documentary maker David Bradbury is in the Dole-drums

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30.11.15 3:23 am

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I drove my Mercedes to the Centrelink office recently to register for the dole.

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STATE: Erich’s triumph ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published November 23
24.11.15 4:30 am

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The Examiner, the organ of the Right Wing of the Liberal Party in Tasmania has spent the past month - for some completely unknown reason - promoting our Erich Abetz as the Number 1 candidate on the Tasmanian Liberal Party Senate ticket.

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• Jack Lumber in Comments: … It is with regret that I admit that Mr Abetz has achieved what we all thought was an impossibility ... a consensus. Throughout the state a “WTF” was heard in every room ( with the exception of the dazed and confused state Liberal Party room )

• John Hawkins in Comments: … We must ensure that the Liberals do not get 2 quotas, in the next election. With this in mind Scruffy will be standing against Abetz for a seat in the Senate. “If you are going to vote for a dog ... vote for a real one”. Vote Scruffy …

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A response to Lissa Johnson ...

Shane Humpherys*
23.11.15 4:15 am

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A response to Lissa Johnson: Spot the Extremist It is undoubtedly true that the US-led invasion of Iraq under George W Bush, Blair & Howard et al. was a duplicitous piece of foreign policy that has had far reaching consequences which are still reverberating today.

Mercury: Being stuck on barricade may have saved Emma Parkinson’s life

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How and why ISIS emerged ...

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23.11.15 4:00 am

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John Martinkus: ‘What my captors wanted to know’ When armed insurgents kidnapped John Martinkus in Iraq, they interrogated him on building a propaganda machine. A decade later, they became Daesh.

Martin Flanagan, The Age, via MSN: Paris attacks: Why I’m with Waleed Aly, not Andrew Bolt

Watch the viral Waleed Aly video ...

How to solve the Syrian crisis – the view from around the world

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: To have been in your position in a war zone and to know that what you were hearing in the media and from the government was total bullshit would be very hard. Thankyou for writing your story and giving those who can think a chance to understand what was happening and what is still happening with our sanitised reports of what is going on in the world. Sorry that you and many others have had such horrid experiences, we live on a planet surrounded by angry, violent madmen ... and some very beautiful people too.

• Peter Bright in Comments: Pete Godfrey at #4 perceptively refers to media and government bullshit and indeed I’ve become increasingly suspicious about everything these distorting, deceiving, misleading and lying institutions tell us. One of their greater sins is to conceal the truth by omission. Our citizens are not thinking, and far worse than this, they don’t want to. Worst of all is that many just can’t.

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PRIVACY: This Chrome extension publishes details of every website you visit

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23.11.15 1:30 am

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A computer scientist has created a livestream of all the websites he’s visiting—including those not safe for work—to show what the government’s proposed new surveillance legislation could mean for UK citizens.

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STATE: The Truth about Jobs ...

Martyn Goddard*, Analyst. Pic* First published November 13
15.11.15 4:00 am

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… Another dismal employment scorecard … The trend statistics are good at telling us what was happening six months ago but they ignore anything happening over the most recent couple of months. The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, would have known this when he issued a press release saying: ‘At 6.2% Tasmania now has the third lowest unemployment rate of all the states’ ( TT Media HERE ). He quoted trend figures without saying so. This gives a highly selective and misleading view of the current situation. But the real employment problems facing Tasmanians are both more complicated and more serious than the headline figures ‒ or Mr Gutwein ‒ reveal.

This is perhaps the most revealing of all labour force statistics and shows the broader impact both on the economy and on the society. In both seasonally-adjusted and trend terms, the Tasmanian figure remains by far the worst in Australia ‒ a position the state has consistently held for a very long time. Socially, the impact on individuals, households and communities can be devastating and no amount of sunny press releases from the Treasurer can change that reality.

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: Lying to the public should be treated the same as lying to parliament. Politicians who deliberately lie to the public should be dismissed immediately. Like the old saying goes there are Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics.

MEANWHILE ...

Examiner: Gutwein drives development PLANNING Minister Peter Gutwein has urged the West Tamar Council to scrap outlines for reticulated water at Greens Beach in favour of a golf course development worth up to $200 million. … The stipulation would have secured running tap water for Greens Beach as well as properties passed at nearby Kelso and Clarence Point. However, the proponent in June argued that supplying water and sewerage to the lots would make the development – valued between $175 million and $200 million – unviable. Mr Gutwein wrote to West Tamar mayor Christina Holmdahl in October, advising the council to delete its requirement to allow for the development …

SkyNews: Gunns fails in civil case against Tasmania

• Leonard Colquhoun in Comments: Two observations about how politicians usually announce new developments: ~ they usually give importance to claims like “[whatever] is a 123 million dollar project”, seemingly as if highlighting the mega-dollar size of the cost is more important than telling us WTF it is, or explaining why it is needed (and our media is complicit in this); ~ they also make assertions like “it will create n-hundred or x-thousand jobs during construction”, as if the temporary work in that phase is the most significant effect. (If that’s so, might as well pull it down and re-build it several times over!) … • You’d reckon, wouldn’t you, that the sort of detailed statistical / mathematical breakdown and analysis presented in Comment 5 would be taught to undergrads in university J-Schools. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?

• Martyn Goddard in Comments: I accept Graeme’s point, but for a Treasurer to quote an unemployment figure without saying whether it was trend or seasonally adjusted—which just happened to be the figure that served his political purpose—is misleading and I suspect deliberately so. Both series have problems. As I said in my piece, ‘seasonally-adjusted data must be regarded with caution. These figures can be buffeted by survey variations and one-off factors’. Ideally, we would quote both the seasonal and explain to our audience the advantages and limitations of each. Unfortunately, neither journalists nor most politicians know the difference: they assume, I think, that both series refer to the current situation. But they don’t. Only the seasonal data do. Here we have the problem of two professions looking at the same figures. Economists, like Graeme, can (and should) wait for the more reliable data, even if that takes six months. Journalists (like me) don’t have that luxury. Our job is principally to report on what’s happening right now. Anyway, I’ve always been bemused at the desire of state politicians to pretend they have their hands on the levers of their local economies. They like to take the credit but this means they’re also putting their hands up for the blame. Most of the forces affecting state economies are from outside. Colin Barnett did not create the mining boom but took credit for it, and is on the nose now that it’s ended. Suddenly improved economic times in NSW and Victoria have far more to do with the exchange rate and the price of oil than anything the Baird or Andrews governments have done. And the Hodgman government did not create the uplift in tourism: that was David Walsh and the lower Australian dollar.

• Luke Martin in Comments: Public health, economics, employment, climate change, the arts, events, tourism.. Martyn Goddard is like the ‘Leonardo DaVinci’ of Tasmanian policy “analysts”! Must be an amazingly impressive and broad suite of experience and credentials Mr Goddard possess in each of these areas to be able to offer such authorative commentary wrapped up as ‘analysis’. Or is this commentary really just one person’s opinion backed up by a slanted interpretation of readily available public data?

• Simon Warriner in Comments: “Or is this commentary really just one person’s opinion backed up by a slanted interpretation of readily available public data?” You could be talking about anything our liblab politicians have said about pokies in this state for a very long time there Luke, and about tourism, although MONA seems to have spoiled that little rort. Actually it takes a relatively narrow range of talents to smell the putrified offal on offer across a range of portfolios. A functioning olfactory nerve is all anyone needs. The same tricks are recycled over and over, and were it not for the studious and strenuous efforts by all concerned to avoid an Integrity Commission worth the name, they would have been shown up for the shonks they are long ago.

• Leonard Colquhoun in Comments: A journalist’s job “is principally to report on what’s happening right now.” (Quoted within Comment 14) If only!

• John Hawkins in Comments: … The Liberals have now passed legislation to take planning powers from local councils - the right of approval rests with the Minister - the ex mayors in the Upper House fell into line with alacrity but they know about the desires and integrity of property developers. Does Gutwein agree that running water now makes Tasmanian housing so expensive it cannot be included in the spec? …

• Leo Schofield in Comments: The egregious Luke Martin seems to have taken time off from penning his papal pronunciamentos which weekly find space in the Mercury to attack Martyn Goddard, ostensibly on the grounds of his variety of interests. The Lukester of course confines his dubious expertise to tourism matters, beating up fantasy figures for visitations. Does he include in his hyper-inflated numbers, passengers from cruise ships? These ‘visitors’ breakfast on the ship, mostly wander off to buy ugg boots and a kebab before returning for dinner and a sunset sail away. Restaurants, retail businesses and hotels gain bugger-all from these cruisers. But the magic numbers Martin produces provide comfort for his political masters and, perish the thought, prime him for a tilt at parliament. God help Tasmania.

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Hobart woman Emma Grace Parkinson injured in Paris

Paul Carter, Mercury. Pic: Facebook
15.11.15 3:45 am

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HOBART woman Emma Grace Parkinson has been shot in the Paris attacks, authorities say.

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STATE: Lonely Planet stands by advice ... Tassie’s Australian of the Year ...

Rosemary Bolger, ABC. ABC pic
04.11.15 3:06 am

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Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet is standing by its latest advice to travellers to visit Tasmania before its wilderness is “compromised”, rejecting suggestions of political interference.

Joan Rylah: Greens selling out Tasmania yet again

Nick McKim: Lonely Government Called Out Over Logging The TWWHA

Bryan Green: Premier’s mixed messages damaging Tasmanian industries

Cassy O’Connor: Liberal Greenwash Won’t Fool Lonely Planet

• phill Parsons in Comments: It’s so Tasmania focused. To get a clearer view remember that Lonely Planet also referred to the Great Barrier Reef. No wild area is safe under the current business as usual and the proposed reductions in emissions flagged for the Paris COP later this year.  Sea and sky islands will be severely compromised if not disappear, coral reefs will undergo massive die offs if not collapse under the pressure of ocean acidification and forests will retreat across the landscape as drying and changed fire frequencies add extra pressure to the balance that sustains them. Indonesia’s fires not only affect the terrestrial they also compromise coral reefs affecting the protein flow to humans onshore. Are we too stupid and greedy to learn and change direction. I hope not but experience tells me otherwise.

Peg Putt: Lonely Planet correct ...

AND ...

Will Hodgman: Tasmanian Australian of the Year

Vica Bayley: Wilderness Society congratulates Tasmanian Australian of the Year Jane Hutchinson

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Junk Food Journalism: Why Annabel Crabb’s Kitchen Cabinet Is Toxic

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04.11.15 2:25 am

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When Crabb breaks bread with the Morrisons and Macklins of the world she helps further marginalise the people being punished by their policies, writes Amy McQuire.

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Chronicle 67: Life at the Typeface

Don Knowler
02.11.15 3:30 am

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In a series of articles published by the Tasmanian Times over the years – the Chronicles – Donald Knowler has set out to record the life and death of the industry he has served for more than half a century, that of the newspaper. He has sought to reveal the unknown and esoteric in an ancient field of journalism reaching the autumn of its existence, a world now referred to derisively as “dead tree” media after the emergence of the internet, which is rapidly succeeding print. 

Life at the Typeface is Knowler’s latest contribution to the Tasmanian Times.

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Did Murdoch win?

Martin Hickman, openDemocracyUK
02.11.15 2:05 am

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our years ago Rupert Murdoch was on the brink. Now he’s resurgent. Martin Hickman, co-author of Dial M for Murdoch, asks whether the phone hacking scandal changed anything.

Byline: The Restoration of Rebekah ... How Murdoch hacked the UK

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All bets are off if deal’s lost: Greg Farrell puts heat on Libs ... will they buckle ... ?

Emma Hope, Mercury. Pic* First published: October 18
22.10.15 5:30 am

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FEDERAL Group will put the handbrake on investment in Tasmania if it does not get certainty over a gaming licence in the state, says chief executive and managing director Greg Farrell.

• Greg James in Comments: Farrell’s handbrake can only be a good thing for the economy and should be grasped with open welcome arms. No one who has studied economics and monopolies would question that threat and take it as meaningful. Tasmania would see a sick subsidised gambling industry forced to become competitive. The fact that Farrell threatens to not invest in what should be his stand-alone businesses, shows how little he appears to personally care for his employees. The fact that he admits he needs subsidies puts the casino industry on permanent welfare, like the Metro buses or agriculture boards.

WEDNESDAY October 21 ...

ABC: Tasmanian Government ‘not rushing into any discussion’ to extend Federal’s poker machine monopoly

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: Federal Hotels and the public interest

• Elizabeth Viney in Comments: “Mr Hodgman dismissed Ms O’Connor’s suggestion that Federal Group’s demands were an attempt to “blackmail” the Government. “We don’t see anything untoward in that at all,” he said. “They’re a business, they’re looking at investing in properties and their options as you’d expect them to do. “There’s a long timeframe involved here, we’re not rushing into any discussion. “There will be transparency, there will be due diligence undertaken by Government and a decision that’s made in the best interests of Tasmania.” ” I would not have believed this if I had not heard him say it on the ABC last night.

Andrea Dawkins: Pokies built for addiction ...

Tim Costello, GetUp: You don’t play the pokies, they play you

The Age Exclusive: Landmark pokies legal challenge on the cards Poker machines are illegal because their design is deceptive lawyers will argue in a landmark legal action against the multibillion-dollar pokies industry. Maurice Blackburn lawyers will argue in a state or federal court that poker machines are in breach of consumer law for misleading and deceptive conduct.

Mercury: Glenorchy’s $2m-a-month pokies habit

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Michael Ware’s war record

John Martinkus, The Saturday Paper. Pic: of Michael Ware
17.10.15 6:15 am

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Michael Ware’s hair-raising documentary Only the Dead explains how he reported the beginnings of the Iraq insurgency that begat Daesh.

EARLIERon Tasmanian Times by John Martinkus ...

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Thank you John for this severe reality check and the truth behind the so-called war on terror.  I am really saddened…

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