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First Day ... December ... a tribute to Leonard ...

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Giles Hugo
01.12.16 4:00 am

December 1 ... and Hobart photographer Giles Hugo celebrates the incomparable Leonard Cohen ... who performed at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in 2010 ...

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Why? BAFTA-Award winning doco on Mr Flanagan has received no ABC promo ...

Lindsay Tuffin* Pic* First pub: Nov 29
01.12.16 3:25 am

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Why? Why? Why has this documentary been hidden? Why is there no ABC link? Why? This is a BAFTA award-winning documentary ffs ... and yet there has been no promotion in Australia. And it’s on tonight - Richard Flanagan: Life After Death - ABC1 at 9.30pm.

• Poppy Lopatniuk in Comments: We are indeed fortunate to have such a great storyteller as Richard Flanagan in our midst. As an ancient relic of Tasmania I can relate to all the infamous times that he brings to light and to me especially the great poignancy of the Burma Railway episode which will forever have scars for many …

• Margaretta Pos in Comments: Further to my comment #6, Today’s Choices in the Mercury’s television guide for the said night were: First Dates UK (SCTV) and First Contact (SBS). It was only when I glanced down the guide that I saw the Flanagan program. Shame on the Merc … for which I worked for 21 years and which I still have delivered.

• Editor in Comments: Amanda Meade in the Guardian has detailed this tale of gross under-promotion ... HERE ... Says Amanda: “It might surprise you then to hear that the documentary was broadcast on the ABC on Tuesday and you probably missed it. For reasons unknown even to people inside Aunty, the doco was completely sidelined: not given the courtesy of a press release, a publicity campaign or an-air promo. “It is more than strange when a documentary on an Australian writer can succeed on the BBC and be set up for resounding failure a year and a half later on the ABC,” one insider said. So why did they bury something that would be popular, given the right handling? Politics? Resentment that the BBC made a successful blue-chip, Bafta-winning documentary about an Australian writer? We have no clue.

• Daniel in Comments: No conspiracy, merely incompetence, the iView version ends abruptly 4 minutes short. Probably a cap on the ABC servers data storage, or a failure to set it correctly. Luckily I watched the program on broadcast - I was deeply affected and so promoted it to family, that we watch it together on iView. The Burma Railway carries terrible significance to us and it was very disappointing to crash out of the program short of the summation and finale. Unfortunately, the ABC is buggered.

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: Came across the Flanagan documentary by accident. Had no idea it was on. For those who missed it, it is well worth chasing down on iView. Tasmania is indeed fortunate to have someone of so many fine talents. His capacity to say so much in so few words, a non-intrusive interlocutor, and good archival footage, made this fascinating television. I expect our own Booker prizewinner will be long dead before his truly immense value to the state is recognised by those in high office, who will, in all probability, still be ludicrously insisting that Tasmania is “clean and green” — and, worse, still believing themselves.

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Arnold Bloch Leibler, acting for the Receivers v Abetz Curtis, acting for Forestry Tasmania

John Hawkins* Chudleigh. Pic* First published November 29
29.11.16 7:25 am

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A most interesting case is currently before the Supreme Court of Victoria, S ECI 2013 2095 between …

• John Hawkins in Comments: Henry Melville comment #7 is correct ... the matter is now subject to a Deed of Settlement over the Restitution Claim conditional upon the Court giving or making the directions and orders sought by the Application. The important fact that Melville omits is that the Deed of Settlement between Forestry Tasmania and Korda Mentha is Confidential. The figure will therefore remain unknown ... perhaps John Lawrence could elucidate how it can be tracked down with the costs in this gravy train and how they fell? …

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Letter to the Editor on Mercury paywall ...

Kim Peart* of Ross. Pic* First published November 24
25.11.16 4:15 am

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Re: TALKING POINT: Stirred but not shaken by a bitter online backlash to the new paywall. by Phil Young ~ deputy editor, The Mercury, 24 November 2016 Dear Editor, Did you know that I cannot read this story in the on-line edition of the Mercury?

EARLIER, Bob Burton on Tasmanian Times ...

Can Spiderman save the Mercury from oblivion

MEANWHILE, Anthony Bacon ...

While I am flattered that The Mercury chose to publish and credit one of my aerial images on page 18, Wednesday November 23, 2016, I would like to state that I was not contacted or notified of it’s publication nor asked permission for it’s use in this instance. All my images are subject to copywrite, including any stills taken from video. I have never granted The Mercury perpetual usage rights to any of my images …

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TT: The Future ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
23.11.16 4:08 am

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Firstly to the regular contributors to Tassietimes ... Alison, PJG, Kev, Anon, Claire, Geoff, gerrya, Andrea, Bob, Intheloop, Service One, Sir Andrew Bolt, Ben Bradlee. Guyzzzz ... your regular support is utterly priceless. Thankyou ... Now to the future: TT is planning to switch platforms to a rather cute Wordpress site which will be mobile friendly and ultimately include classies ... Hopefully the first version of this will be happening around February/March. There will be hotlinks to Ice Age TT (the current site), and Jurassic TT (the original) ... so all archives will be accessible over the 14 years of TT’s existence. The future beckons with enormous joy.

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NATION: Kiss your ring of steel ...

Urban Wronski* (aka David Tyler) http://urbanwronski.com/ . Pic* First published November 21
23.11.16 4:00 am

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… Unchallenged also are MPs who insist billionaire Trump’s win is a victory for ordinary people, a spin happily encouraged by mainstream media and seized upon by Eric Abetz, George Christensen, Corey Bernardi and a crush of attention-seekers, nutters and trouble-makers infesting the lunar right of the Coalition or our own dark side of the mooners, the odd-ball cross-bench created by Turnbull’s double dissolution. Yet they, too, claim the same about their own nonsense; they are not using their position to promote their own lunatic views, they are just saying what ordinary people are thinking. …

Fairfax: Our politicians go populist at their peril

Fairfax: The world’s jerks are rising to the top

MSN: Property developer revealed as Hanson’s secret backer

• Urban Wronksi in Comments: … No hint in Operation Ring of Steel, moreover, that intercepting vessels carrying asylum seekers beyond the 24-mile contiguous zone is prohibited under the law of the sea. No hint either that it’s really a ring of cracked aluminium, given that the navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boat fleet have aluminium hulls which are not wearing well. Since they entered service ten years ago, several of the 13 vessels have been laid up with structural, corrosion and mechanical problems. Unless there’s been a top secret (on water matter) change of plan, the fleet will not be replaced with steel hulled Offshore Patrol Vessels until 2022.

Fairfax: Peter Dutton thinks he’s got magic touch to lead Liberal Party out of its hole

Mark Satire ...

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Can Spiderman save the Mercury from oblivion?

Bob Burton* First published November 15
21.11.16 3:30 am

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In early August the Mercury enlisted Spiderman and a bevy of his superhero friends to help in a marketing drive aimed at arresting the nosedive of Tasmania’s largest circulation newspaper. But Spiderman and his allies may well be way too late to save from oblivion the weekday print editions of Rupert Murdoch’s largest Tasmanian newspaper.

• John Hawkins in Comments: … The independent Wilkie and those Greens in parliament are streets ahead of the Lib/Lab dross that represent us. Where is the Mercury or the Examiner as the disaster of a bankrupt Forestry Tasmania deepens and its debts are funded by Tasmanian taxpayers? Where is the Mercury and Examiner regarding the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the badly considered changes to our planning laws to benefit developers that put 500 thinking Tasmanians into the Town Hall - not a squeak …

• Bob Daniels in Comments: Unfortunately The Mercury is directed by News, Sydney. Increased subscription and advertising costs don’t encourage Tasmanians to support their local paper. A sure fire way to lose subscribers. It would have been better to lower subscriptions and keep advertising rates competitive therefore maintaining circulation levels and attracting bigger advertisers with an assured readership. After all, the staff as been cut to the bone to offset the profit loss. A crying shame for a once great local newspaper.

• Mick Kenny in Comments: This is a fantastic and detailed summary of the Mercury’s recent decline. Rupert might hope to shape the future of media to his own commercial ends but I doubt even he can turn back the tide of change … He struggles to tweet without sounding like a prophet short of a flock … On the up side, there are many alternative news sources, the Guardian not least, with its increasing local and national content.

• Mark Worley in Comments: The Mercury deserves a chance. It’s by no means perfect, it never has been. But Hobart needs it. Tasmania needs it. As much as I love the ABC, the state needs another voice. If anyone thinks Rupert or any senior News Corp execs give a damn about their smallest asset, they are mistaken. If anything, the push towards an online paywall appears to be ensuring the death of the paper - a case of Sydney HQ ordering Hobart’s editors and staff to play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun. The online price point is simply too high to attract enough subscribers. I am sure the execs know that. But damn it, what is the alternative here? …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Mercury ... The Fall ... and why it matters ...

• Ian M in Comments: … After an inquiry the ABC, I believe, reported it was found that the media had “contributed” to the tragic outcomes. While I do like some local content, the local rag has to do better than he said/she said, ads and syndicated content. And because of multiple failings, they deserve exactly fuck all until they can demonstrate they’ve resolved these issues.

• Matthew Sykes in Comments: … All this commissioned by a disgruntled former editor at the Merc. How’s that for balance? Editor: Helluva lot more nuanced than that Matthew. Firstly the article wasn’t commissioned ...

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In Tasmania, some people never change ...

John Hawkins*, Bentley, Chudleigh.
18.11.16 3:05 am

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Maybe a reader could help with the year (perhaps 1989-90) but while hunting for the date when Erich Abetz was made President of the Tasmanian Liberal Party I came across a surprising gem in the form of a complete Letters column in an issue of the Examiner of January 1990 entirely devoted to the career of serial letter writer Mr Trevor G Cowell and centred by his portrait …

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Stupidity is on the rise in our age of enlightenment

Barry Jones* Pic* First published November 14
17.11.16 2:10 am

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Once Science Minister Barry Jones delivered this lecture on August 8, 2012 ... Public debate is dumbed down amid sloganeering, manic polling, managerial talk and pernicious spin …

Simon Schama, New Yorker: A New York Knight … I saw him for what turned out to be the last time a few weeks ago, in his rooms at Cambridge. Illness had shrunk him quite a bit, so that now he not only sounded like the elderly Voltaire but looked like him, too. Like Voltaire, Plumb held up a historical mirror that had become quite dark in old age. He was not sanguine about our chances of survival, and he likened modern America to the late Roman Empire, circa 300: impossibly overextended, beleaguered by barbarians, aware that all its glories of law and engineering might yet be demolished by incomparably less sophisticated peoples for whom destruction is a vocation and life is expendable. …

• Simon Warriner in Comments: … One of the things that is pissing people like me off about politicians is not their acceptance or otherwise of climate change, but their complete bastardisation of the science communication behind it by either telling lies to diminish, or exaggerating for effect. Both are destructive of public trust and counter productive, but hey, that’s what you get from the pointless dick measuring contest that is party politics these days. Oh, and one other thing, if you care to explore beyond the intellectual vallium type comfort of the clueless talking heads in the OZ media you might find that China and Russia have tied themselves together in ways that make the US unable to be besties with Russia while engaging in an arms race with China. Decades of watching the “leaders of the free world” terrorising the rest of the kids in the school yard promotes that sort of alliance, it would seem . Australia would be well advised to stand back and let the yanks find out the hard way without offending our biggest potential market by lining up, yet again, for the schoolyard bully.

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‘New era for the Mercury ... ’

Mick Kenny*
14.11.16 3:55 am

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HERE: New era for the Mercury The Mercury, that inter-generational champion of the state and esteemed benefactor of journalists, freight services, humble newsagents and expensive state-of-the-art printing facilities, heroically playing “a fundamental role in their day to day survival” (every bit as much as our nurses, paramedics, carers and diesel power plant hire companies ), boldly base-jumps into the future, ensuring the sale of digital freedom, justice and enlightenment to audiences for generations to come (for an as yet undisclosed monetary consideration), along with selling said audiences to a new era of digital advertisers, ever so much more in touch with your inner likes, aspirations and online browsing habits.

• Mike in Comments: ”...award winning investigative journalism which helped overhaul decades of archaic and secretive operations among some of our key councils and exposed widespread problems with everything from exorbitant expense keeping to basic accounting.” Don’t they mean that they have helped a lobby group backed by a group of wealthy property developers to use any excuse to create a one-stop-bribery-shop-super-council that will approve anything and everything ... and the first the public will know about it is when they find out that their new neighbours plan on building a replica of the world trade centre right next door to them.

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Dylan: The Simple Twist of Fate ...

Don Knowler* First published October 24
26.10.16 4:35 am

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The decision of the Nobel awards committee to give Bob Dylan its prize for literature has met with a mixed response. Among those applauding the decision is Don Knowler, who remembers the momentous night he finally got to see his hero perform in Townsville and the simple twist of fate which nearly cost him his job.

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Is a door flying open on Geelong Star ... ?

Kelvin Jones* Pic*: of 'Geelong Star' from fleetMon.com First published October 5
07.10.16 4:00 pm

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I was going to pose this question in comments to see if any of the fishing folk interested could answer. However, my own inquires have given me the answer …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Likely cause of Basslink failure is the Geelong Star

Mercury: Basslink II an energy sequel Tasmania would be best to avoid

ABC: Matthew Groom to use energy meeting to make case for second Bass Strait cable

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: Hi Kelvin, there is historical ships position data available but unfortunately we have to pay to get it. It seems that data stored on computers costs heaps to supply. If we want data on who owns a company, we can look up ASIC records and pay to see the information. Now we can look up data on ships on sites such as AIS Vessel Tracking but again we have to pay. John Hawkins said in your previous article that Basslink have left the off cuts of the cable on the ocean floor. I would have thought that with the price of scrap copper these days that they would have recovered it, even if it was to buy a few years’ grog supply for the shipmates.

Bryan Green: Groom bets it all on a second Bass Strait cable

Rosalie Woodruff: Second Basslink rationale back to front

news.com.au: Tas push agenda at national energy meeting

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: This is a bit of a stab in the dark. I am wondering if the rush to get a second Basslink cable has more sinister reasons. The possibilities are endless but lets look at a couple. First Tasmania is almost totally reliant on Hydro Power. The Dams have a finite lifespan. Already Lake Rowallan Dam has needed extensive repairs to prevent failure. What if the Government know more than they are letting on. Wouldn’t that be novel …

ABC: Concerns Hydro Tasmania’s revised target for dam water storages will raise power prices

• Kelvin Jones in Comments: … A friend of mine in UK has been reading Tas Times ... he is an ex-academic and lived for a number of years in Australia. He has quite a sardonic turn of phrase ... here is a sample of his comments about Tasmania: “I followed the latest comments on the BassLink saga in the Tasmanian Times. Quite a multi-faceted debate is it not? Enough of you ‘stirrers’ exist to suggest the Geelong Star is culpable. From this part of the world, the State Government’s avoidance behaviour and disingenuousness seems absurd. Tassie is a relatively small place. The truth will out eventually. Better to face it now. I note that the Tassie Times considers itself a “cheeky, irreverent” alternative to mainstream media. It certainly appears to be that. Reading it as an outsider the impression created is of an island populated by seething malcontents, venal local councillors, devious soothsayers, single-agenda activists, and anti-government anarchists for whom any form of “rule” is the stuff of nightmares. Makes for a fun read though …

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Passion in the raw down Huon way. SACKED! Taylor is Commissioner ...

Bob Hawkins* Pic* First published September 28
07.10.16 1:00 pm

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FRIDAY, October 7 ...

Mercury: Former Glenorchy mayor and Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor new Commissioner of Huon Valley Council … “At the end of that period, the Government will decide whether to extend the Commissioner’s contract or to call fresh elections.” …

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: Now that the council is sacked, a commissioner can delve deeply into the administrative entrails of HVC. I think there is far more to find there than you would ever be able to find out about the individual actions of all nine sacked councillors. Expect a steady roll-out out of places to look, and matters to consider, over coming weeks. I’m sure the commissioner would welcome contributions from anyone who thinks they have something to say about the performance of their council down the years. In the meantime, I suggest the commissioner starts reading all four-score or so submissions that good people of the Huon made to the Board of Inquiry team. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if the commissioner had some long, confidential sessions (that is, with no one else present) with the two members of the BoI. It will be a happy day when people can look forward to a brand new council and a brand new management, preferably in tandem with the good people of Kingborough. That would mean massive admin and operational savings and, more importantly, a severing of the age-old nexus between council and certain valley interests.

Peter Gutwein: Appointment of a Commissioner of the Huon Valley Council

THURSDAY, October 6 ...

ABC: Peter Gutwein completes troubled Huon Valley Council’s dismissal

Labor: Disappointing result in the Huon Valley

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: #19. That’s a great basis on which to start the future of LG in the HV. Most importantly, we must remember — now that Gutwein has sacked the councillors — that the commissioner makes it a main task to assemble a completely new senior management team to complete the clean-out. I’m pointing no fingers. It’s just that LG in the Huon, whether on its own or, preferably amalgamated with Kingborough, re-starts with a completely clean sheet — new councillors and new management — so that no one, not even the chief stirrer for new elections (and eternal but forever unsuccessful mayoral aspirant) will have anything to complain about.

Peter Gutwein: Huon Valley Council This morning at a meeting of the Executive Council, I recommended to Her Excellency the Governor that she dismiss the Huon Valley Council. Her Excellency agreed to that request and I have today written to each of the Huon Valley Councillors informing them of that decision. This is not something that the Government takes lightly, but this is an appropriate response to a very serious situation …

SEPTEMBER 28 ...

Huon Valley Guessing Games  Roll up, roll up! It may be your last chance to witness what normally is one of the most excruciatingly boring shows on earth. Venue: Huonville council chamber at 6pm Wednesday (September 28); starring: a dysfunctional, about-to-be-sacked, Huon Valley Council.

What it is that made Gutwein so reluctant to take the advice of his BoI remains a mystery. Words like forestry, Duggan, woodchips, fish, Armstrong, biomass, Harriss, barges, jetties, exports (plus a mix of other pie-in-the-sky speculation), have been flying around for yonks in the cargo-cult cocoon that occupies a substantial chunk of Huon society. Could any of these have anything to do with the quandary with which Gutwein wrestles? And where’s Premier Will Hodgman?  …

THURSDAY ...

Mercury: Councillors heckled from public gallery in tense meeting

Geoffrey Swan, Lonnavale: More confirmation of dysfunction at tonight’s HVC council meeting … Since posting my comment in Tasmania Times I have heard from others who manipulated the survey data. I can now confirm that in excess of 102 of the survey results, complete with one line comments were completed by only 7 people – and 2 live in Hobart. Therefore 27% of the survey is CORRUPT DATA – and that is only from people with whom I have personally been in contact. How is it possible that Cr’s Wilson, Paul, Lange, Ruzicka and Heron can agree to accept the data as being of any future use whatsoever? …

MERCURY SATURDAY, October 1 ...

Probe into Glenorchy Council tape

• Robin Charles Halton in Comments: … Eventually Peter Gutwein will have to sack the Huon Council, the longer he leaves it the worse it will get. It seems the Liberal government are stuck in the past too!

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Digital economy is our fifth pillar ...

Madeleine Ogilvie MP*, Labor Member for Denison
19.09.16 11:00 am

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“The internet is a telephone system that’s gotten uppity” Clifford Stoll. In that one phrase, US based author and tech commentator Clifford Stoll, nails the Tasmanian challenge …

Our digital economy is the fifth pillar of the Tasmanian economy - and we can grow our intellectual exports, consulting and professional services, data management and creative economy. At the heart of Tasmania’s ability to operate, trade, educate, heal and employ is a robust communications infrastructure.  It is precisely because we have had such a good system that on a day to day basis many of us don’t need to give much thought to whether we will be able to access our Facebook today, do some online shopping or upload data to sell on the mainland …

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TT upgrade .. and glitches ...

Lindsay Tuffin. First published September 4
19.09.16 4:15 am

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In case you are experiencing problems loading TT, it is because Andrew the Tech is upgrading TT ... for which Beloved Readers have so generously donated heaps. The technol underpinning TT is about 10 years out of date. Hence the upgrade. There may be glitches ... but the end result will be wondrous ... well, little will change for the gentle readership. But heaps for the Backend. Blessings, Linz!x There will be a delay in uploading the latest Urban Wronski, a feature from Madeleine Ogilvie MP ... and the very latest Ted Mead

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How low can Huon’s council go?

Bob Hawkins* Pic: Cr Mike Wilson, Mayor Peter Coad and General Manager Simone Watson
14.09.16 4:30 pm

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Huon Valley Guessing Games The bad news from the Deep South is that the secretive Huon Valley Council has sunk to even deeper depths of contempt for the people who own it. …

Mercury: Peter Gutwein calls for Huon Mayor to resign in the interests of Huon Valley community

Rosalie Woodruff (former HVC councillor: Gutwein Ignores Board of Inquiry, Sets Up Huon Valley Mayor

Saturday Mercury: Fresh elections best way for Huon, governance expert says

Rosalie Woodruff: Huon Valley Council Mediation Fruitless, Fresh Elections Needed

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How Rupert Murdoch went bad ...

Evan Whitton* Satire: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission. First pub: Aug 9
13.08.16 5:45 am

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According to Evan Whitton, Rupert Murdoch went bad 56 years ago, and stayed bad ... Always with an eye on the main chance for number one ... The Rupert Max Stuart affair ... The role of Sol Chandler ... Playing tootsies with Gorton and Whitlam ... Hacking and Milly Dowler ... Wilful blindness

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Tasmania’s Power Crisis ...

John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Tamar Valley Power Station. First published: January 7, 2014
08.08.16 4:00 am

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AUGUST 8, 2016 ...

Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... again ...

ABC: Major industrials weighing up their future in Tasmania, says Bryan Green The Tasmanian Treasurer is challenging the Opposition Leader to name which major industrial has been spooked by the Government’s energy policies …

• Pete Godfrey in Comments: I read a very interesting letter a couple of days ago, from a retired technician. His letter was about the Basslink cable. With the help of a few retired technician friends they have come to the conclusion that the Basslink cable was hit at speed by a large heavy object. So it seems that something being dragged by a vessel caused the damage to the cable. Was it the Super Trawler, or a Scallop Dredge. Hopefully someone will have details of what vessels were operating in the area of the damage when the cable went down. Then they will have to decide who is to blame. Was the cable laid on the surface of the sea bed rather than being buried? Were the regulations around shipping and trawling near the cable too lax? Whichever way it goes, we will end up paying. Some lunatic will soon decide that we need more cables just in case it happens again.

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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Melbourne Writers’ Festival Panel Dispute Exposes Anti-Survivor Agenda

Simone Watson*
06.08.16 4:30 am

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In the spirit of the popular ‘sex workers are under-represented’ stance, repeated by liberal media and prostitution advocates, ad-nauseum, Daily Life has published yet another article repeating the myth. The author, Kate Iselin, aside from being a self-described “sex worker” and published writer, is also “furious.”

In TT Books: Flanagan at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival

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FIRST DAY ... August

All Photos © Giles Hugo 2016.
01.08.16 5:00 am

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On the first day of each month Tasmanian Times celebrates the natural world ... Prints of Giles Hugo’s stunning photographs are available from The Nolan Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart.

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

ABC. Image: Supplied to ABC First published July 27
28.07.16 6:05 am

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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.

• Lynne Newington in Comments: Wonderful article by Stan Grant who said it all. HERE

Peter Bright Satire:  Courageous but outnumbered officers facing huge danger from an overwhelming threat

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ABC: Fresh commitment to regional Australians

What they say, Christine Milne, Scott Ludlum, Adam Bandt: Media reform, Andrew Wilkie

Willkie – don’t abandon the public interest on media reform

Internode extends $20 discount to 2800 exchanges

Taxpayers’ money shouldn’t be invested in cigarette companies

Battery Point Sullivan’s Cove Community Association Newsletter

ABC Tasmania invites you to an exhibition ...

No-one is buying GM canola in WA

Edge Radio 99.3FM Celebrates Eight Years of Youth Radio

Freshly Squeezed onto the airwaves –SEAFM Northern Tasmania’s The Juice starts Monday

Northern Tasmania’s only dedicated talkback radio program

Radio is once again Live & Local in North-West Tasmania

Green Left Weekly’s Environment Film Festival Friday Oct 8th & Saturday Oct 9th

Grant Broadcasters acquire new commercial radio licence in Launceston

It will matter to the ABC who is elected on Aug 21

Book Launch:  ‘Standing Strong: Stories of Courage and Activism’

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