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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Will Hodgman: I’ve never seen my campaign plan or budget …

TT exclusive!

I won’t condemn Woolies.

Premier Will Hodgman hasn’t seen his own campaign plan or budget, and doesn’t know either the total figure. the amount of donations, or the media spend.

He has also refused to condemn Woolworth’s after it was revealed that the supermarket/hotel giant has been coaching staff in how to encourage its hotel customers to gamble.

Speaking at a press conference at the Launceston Gorge today, where he was announcing an announceable*, Hodgman told the Tasmanian Times that he was ‘out there speaking to the people, Ive got a whole campaign team handling the other stuff.’

When asked specifically whether he had seen a campaign plan or budget even once during the campaign, Hodgman repeated his answer.

Hodgman did not refute Labor leader Rebecca White’s claim that the Liberal party alone had put $5 million into the campaign, above and beyond gaming industry peak bodies, Federal groups and hotel chains.

Hodgman also did not specifically reply to TT’s question as to whether the campaign was being run by people behind the scenes, leaving him as a figurehead.

Hodgman would not condemn Woolworth’s, over revelations being made by Denison federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie that the supermaket/hotel conglomerate is coaching its staff in methods of encouraging people to gamble.

“That’s for Mr Wilkie to make the case, and for Woolworths to respond,” Hodgman said repeatedly.

Labor sources estimated the campaign spend as less than 10% of the Liberal spend.

*some doof doof wilderness light show or something

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  1. Lyle Allan

    March 2, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Russian trolls certainly supported Trump and Sanders in the US election. Whether they affected the result is uncertain.

    This is not the first time there has been interference in US elections by a foreign power.

    In 1940 Nazi Germany supported the Republican candidate Wendell Willkie against FDR in that year’s presidential election. They did this by giving money to the Willkie campaign, but the amounts were relatively small and they didn’t influence the result. A New York Times article suggests the Nazis sought to capitalise on isolationist sentiment among a number of US politicians: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/23/us/how-nazis-tried-to-steer-us-politics.html

    Willkie won about four states with a high proportion of Americans with German ancestry who were reluctant to support American intervention in Europe. I have references to this in notes for my uncompleted PhD. I’m not sure where they are as I had a stroke 15 months ago and some of my notes are missing. A cleaner threw out some valuable notes I had of a Conference on multiculturalism in the 1980s, and they cannot be replaced.

    Hitler declared war on the United States after Pearl Harbour, and Americans of German ancestry proved to be loyal Americans. None of this is relevant to the Tasmanian election. I’m only commenting on previous posts about Russian interference in the 2016 US election. There doesn’t seem to be any, or much, of an ethnic factor in Tasmanian politics, unlike parts of Victoria and New South Wales.

  2. Simon Warriner

    February 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I am struck by the comparison between the alleged Russian meddling in the US election, for which no real evidence has been produced but which has produced a volume of whining fit to drown out a launching Saturn 5 rocket, and the extremely muted response to the blatant, over the top, in your face effort by the Farrell tribe and assorted flunkies to get their favoured puppets over the line here in Tasmania.

    I really do hope people have been lying to the pollsters.

  3. Amanda Sully

    February 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Our democracy should not be bought!

    The Liberal’s secret mega $$ in donations from the gambling industry are corrupting our election. Stand up tomorrow at 1pm on the Parliament House lawns to protest this outrage, and call on all political parties to declare their donations.

  4. Ivo Edwards

    February 28, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    If it was OK for the prime minister to donate $1.5 million or so to the Liberals last Federal election, then is it logically equally valid for Federal Hotels to donate (invest) a similar amount to (in) the Tasmanian State election to facilitate a result for its continuing obsene profits well into future decades?

  5. Amanda Sully

    February 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t have lots of $ but I do have my vote and ask everyone to come to Parliament House Lawns at 1pm Friday 2nd March to protest the Liberals corrupting our democratic election with secret gambling megabucks! https://www.facebook.com/PokiefreePolitics/

  6. Ivo Edwards

    February 28, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    That is so great that little insignificant Tasmania is having its own Federal election on Saturday!

  7. Carlton Hobbs

    February 28, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I am a citizen of New York City but would like to add my support to the Tasmanian Labor Party in banning gaming machines in public places, should they be elected. I have seen many lives ruined by this gateway gambling activity and would urge the Tasmanian people to oppose the monopolistic forces that seek to exploit them.

  8. TGC

    February 28, 2018 at 1:57 am

    #2 … “for the common good”. What’s not to admire?

  9. Mary

    February 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Denial is the best defence! Incredible … spoken like a true LAWYER (LLB) Lies, Lies, ‘n BULLSHIT!.

  10. Wining Pom

    February 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    “I know nussing”

  11. John Hawkins

    February 27, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    When did Malcom Turnbull become aware of the fact that the Libs had run out of money at the last Federal election?

    To win Malcom made the largest private donation to an Australian political party in history of $1.75 million.

    These were promises of funding payable after the election so not declarable.

    I think that one Tasmanian company has exceeded this in an effort to buy the election for the Liberals.

    We live in a very sick society.

    TGC do not harp on about the donation to the Greens by Mr Wood for he was not quietly trying to buy the office of Prime Minister nor a gambling licence worth $250 million to all the players he was donating for the common good to protect our landscape for the future pleasure of all.

  12. john hayward

    February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    It is notable that virtually all of this Hodgman’s utterances are in the form of well-worn political cliches, often comically inapt and invariably delivered in a voice devoid of convincing emotion.

    This, combined with his detachment from the management of his campaign, has supported rumours that he is in fact a cyborg or robot of an early design, remotely operated from the office of a Liberal senator from Tasmania.

    John Hayward

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