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NATION: The search for the clean coal holy grail ... as Galilee gets go-ahead

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Paddy Manning, Background Briefing Pub: July 28
29.07.14 3:45 am

Transcript Paddy Manning: Clean coal. It’s the key to a low-emissions future for one of Australia’s largest export industries and a linchpin of the government’s plan to slow climate change. So get ready to hear more claims like this, from Environment Minister Greg Hunt, about cleaning up our coal-fired power stations:

Bob Burton: The track record of Ignite, and it’s common to a lot of these other small companies, is it’s a small company to start with. So the fact that we don’t have major coal companies pursuing these technologies tells us a lot, because major coal companies don’t think this technology is worth investing in, it’s not going to give them significant rates of return. All of these small companies rely on hyping a technology to deliver a future benefit, and then hoping that they can either find private investors, or wangle grants out of governments.

Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst: Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood

Peter Hannam, Environment Editor SMH: Giant Galilee coal mine gets Canberra nod The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

Helen Burnet:The Federal Government’s Budget cuts This evening (Mon) my motion was considered at last by full council and fully supported regarding the federal government’s budget cuts on the Tasmanian science community, especially relating to climate science.

Mining outlook reaches a new five year low, says latest report

Helen Burnet: Big Issues a Council Matter

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The pervasive power of Rupert Murdoch. The Bullying and Hypocrisy of Andy Coulson

Nick Davies, The Guardian. Extract of Hack Attack ... Pub: July 28
29.07.14 3:15 am

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In this first extract from his new book, the reporter who broke the phone hacking story looks at Rebekah Brooks’s 2009 wedding – and how it was a perfect display of the nature of Rupert Murdoch’s hold on British life

Nick Davies’ Second Extract: Bullying and hypocrisy – Andy Coulson’s reign at the News of the World

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Five reasons every journalist should be fired (me included)

Dan Uglow, Cirrus Media
28.07.14 2:45 am

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In case you didn’t notice, the media industry is in the throes of a revolution. At the forefront of this you’ll find journalists, and many of them are just as resistant to change as the organisations that employ them.

 

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Examiner: The rage over the comics ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour
21.07.14 2:30 am

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The Editorial columns in today’s Sunday Examiner speaks volumes about the paper and its Tasmanian readership.

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Mercury: ‘Still the top newspaper brand in the state’ ...

Mercury editor Matt Deighton. Lindsay Tuffin
21.07.14 2:15 am

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NEW figures have confirmed the Mercury is Tasmania’s No.1 newspaper brand, reaching a total print and digital audience of 368,000 people each month.

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Rupert’s red top: the rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks

Peter Jukes, New Statesman
21.07.14 12:10 am

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Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.

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Media: The Way We Were ...

Dysonology
14.07.14 1:45 am

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In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.

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Rolf Harris: Mail and Sun blame Leveson inquiry for his ‘secret’ arrest

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02.07.14 3:30 am

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The conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault dominates today’s national newspapers. It gets front page treatment in each of the 10 titles and I counted a total of 43 pages devoted to the case, plus several leading articles.

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Simon Bonny’s First Day of the Month

Simon Bonny
01.07.14 5:30 am

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Pics: All pics copyright Simon Bonny, http://www.simonbonny.com . Top pic: Clifton Beach.

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Phone-hacking trial was officially about crime; but in reality, it was about power

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30.06.14 5:12 am

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TT linked to this story off a news report ... It is a brilliant analysis of the ‘Trial of the Century’. We point to it again ... Rupert Murdoch’s money washed through the ‘trial of the century’ like a Rolls-Royce. The story behind the News of the World scandal was not about journalists behaving badly, but the power of money and its abuses

Robin Lustig: Something is rotten What do you call an organisation, originally based in Sicily, that uses bribes and threats to buy influence and power? Here’s a clue: it begins with the letter M. Here’s another question: Whom did the Labour MP Tom Watson, at a parliamentary select committee hearing in November 2011, call “the first mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise”? Again, the answer begins with the letter M. That’s M for Murdoch. In this case, James Murdoch, the hapless son hung out to dry. Forget Andy Coulson. If you can, forget phone-hacking. The real scandal is how senior politicians—and police officers—allowed themselves to be used by a ruthless media tycoon for his own commercial ends. And if you think it’s all over, it’s not ... HERE

Independent Australia: The Tragedy of Rupert Murdoch

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Peter Greste and Al Jazeera: Death on the Nile

Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia
25.06.14 11:30 pm

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The unjust conviction of Peter Greste and other Al Jazeera journalists continues a long and often bloody vendetta against this truth telling media organisation — and not just by Egypt. Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence reports.

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It would signal the end of the ABC and must be strongly opposed ...

Margaret Reynolds President Friends of the ABC Tasmania Media Release
24.06.14 12:00 am

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A Federal Government commissioned report recommending outsourcing of all ABC television programs is totally out of touch with the responsibilities of the national broadcaster.

• Glenys Stradijot: Cost-cutting review of ABC must become public ...

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Greste guilty

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23.06.14 6:46 pm

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Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egypt court of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. They have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a judge.

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It has been disappointing to see photos of young women who smoke ...

(Dr) Frank Nicklason
23.06.14 1:40 am

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It has been disappointing to see photos of young women who smoke on the front pages of The Australian recently.

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Divide & Conquer In Tasmania

The Idiot Tax blog* First pub: June 2
08.06.14 5:30 am

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The Tone. Smokin’ Joe. Lies, daughters, dancing and winking eyes. There’s been rage aplenty and recriminations as many across Australia copped a raw one from the budget. The media quickly apportioned blame. First up was the Tone Government for their lying ways. Liberal HQ then brainstormed and the focus was to be you. A little guilt for the lazy Australians who should be thankful they’re not living in the third world. Then came a little seasoning with Labor’s debt and finally, a subtle hint about those brave souls (your local LNP member) who’d be doing their all to eradicate it.

On Tasmanian Times: Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole

MEANWHILE, here’s a different future ...
ABC: Work begins on converting Triabunna mill into tourism venture

• Nicole Anderson, in Comments: Great writing Idiot Tax Blog. The depth of deception in Braddon continues to grow as OS companies “play the public for fools”. Its staggering! You are quite correct about the media’s role, however I ask the question: what exactly must a regional newspaper do to affect positive/constructive attitudes in its area so lacking in literacy and entrenched in prejudice against the greenies? Especially when the greenies were actually correct in the first instance? Catch 22 I think.

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Fear ... and Mercury

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02.06.14 4:53 am

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Once again this year The Mercury has rolled out the fear campaign about rats and mice coming into your home, and once again they are advising that “it’s better to put bait or traps outdoors”.

mUmBRELLA: ABCs: Newspapers continue print declines with mixed results on digital subscriptions (Updated with new figs; thanks Peter!x)

mUmBRELLA: Hockey’s defamation suit shows need for wider free speech debate

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Modern fashion by design-short back and sides in a world of the “undercut”

Anonymous
26.05.14 3:28 am

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Like most people who are self employed, I’ve worked hard to craft, to build and to nurture my business, since it began five years ago.

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Hodgman criticises The Mercury for cable car reporting

Bob Burton. First pub: May 23
24.05.14 11:15 am

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In the absence of an acknowledgement of its error, readers are entitled to wonder what exactly the agenda of The Mercury is. Was The Mercury’s misleading article aimed at putting pressure on Hodgman to promise to provide financial support to Bold’s cable car project even though he is adamant he hasn’t asked for it and doesn’t want it? Or is The Mercury pushing the government to provide funding for a new feasibility study for another developer on the assumption that Bold’s project may well falter due to a lack of funding or a project partner?  Whatever the agenda, the story certainly wasn’t “news”.

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Help Tassie stay with the Times

Lindsay Tuffin. First pub: May 19
22.05.14 5:00 am

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It’s nearly 12 years (Oct) since a tiny gnat with a couple of readers - but an impressive list of writers from Richard Flanagan, to Pete Hay,  Hilary McPhee and then-Liberal Leader Bob Cheek - entered the meedja landscape. And we’re still here, with a somewhat bigger readership ...

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On the level ...

The Idiot Tax Free your money. Free your mind.
12.05.14 3:45 am

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Shame knows no bounds in real estate. Sloppiness knows no bounds in journalism. When the two couple up, the result is unfettered lobbying, statistical misrepresentation and an obvious care factor of zero from the media.

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For the Record: Winners of the 2014 Tasmanian Media Awards

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12.05.14 2:50 am

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Matthew Denholm has been named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Tasmanian Media Awards announced in Hobart earlier this year. Denholm was recognised for his body of work for The Australian and The Weekend Australian.

World News Publishing Focus: Spain set to introduce new law against aggregators

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