Tasmanian Times

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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


Dear Premier Hodgman …

First published April 11

Dear Mr Hodgman,

I’m well aware of your dislike of answering emails, I’m just sending my views and facts … I don’t require any answers. Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and tell the truth.

Personally, I don’t think it is a good look that your wife works at UTas as a Senior Executive Officer ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicola-hodgman-0517a220/ ), particularly as UTas is currently under investigation.

The IC haS sent a complaint about the misuse of taxpayers’ money by UTas to the Auditor-General; this time it involves $9 million dollars. It is so slow, so a little ‘get a move on boys’ from you would be appreciated.

I don’t understand why the IC can investigate TasTafe but not UTas. Don’t panic I’m not asking a question it’s just an observation.

Mr Peter Rathjen was at the helm of UTas when $12 million dollars of taxpayers’ money was given to Mr Ali Sultan ( http://sultanholdings.com.au/ ) and Mr Robert Rockefeller ( http://www.garynairn.com.au/a-short-overview-of-the-lives-of-the-property-magnates-behind-hobart/ ) the buck has to stop somewhere.

And out in the real world executives, managers etc are held responsible. It might be argued that the good Professor didn’t know, doesn’t matter; he’s still responsible but the bad news is, he did know. He was given full details and proof in an email sent in 2015. If you would like a copy of the email I’ll forward it to you. Sorry sir, of course you don’t want it, you aren’t in the habit of letting the truth get in the way of a good cover-up.

I’m at a loss to understand why you went to an election back in 2014 promising to clean up corruption, got into office and want to get rid of the Integrity Commission and refuse to give them more power. To be honest I have more respect for Rockefeller and Sultan; at least they don’t hang the word integrity on their office door. To be fair it isn’t the fault of the IC, I won’t remind you what Mr Murray Kellam ( TT: ‘Public servants getting away with misconduct, corruption, watchdog chief Murray Kellam says’ ) said when he left the IC, pointless pouring water on a duck’s back.

I wonder why Professor Rathjen didn’t hang around to see the result of moving UTas from Sandy Bay to the city and from Newnham to Inveserk, a distance of four kilometres, in Launceston.

Probably climate change, Tassie is getting decidedly warmer.

The University of Adelaide was warned of the good professor’s penchant for the good life, in 2015 he received a $250,000 pay rise, bringing his salary to $855,000 a year, plus racked up $50,000 travel expenses in six months.

Please tell me it wasn’t for good ideas, no I’m sure it was for the disgraceful, mindboggling waste of taxpayers’ money. 10,000 waiting for dental care, to name but a few of the very serious problems facing this state.

I recently saw Professor Rufus Black on the TV news talking about UTas’ new Melville St purchases, for student accommodation – by the way 4 million dollars over market value.

I was disappointed that he seemed very concerned about the welfare of student saying … ”student are living in conditions we aren’t happy about’… strange, I don’t recall seeing any uni students living in tents at the Showgrounds. Didn’t UTas recently complete a new $65 million accommodation complex in Melville St?

In July 2014 the State Government ordered the Department of Justice to do an investigation into allegations that Unions Tasmania misused a $190,000 grant. You were informed Mr Hodgman in October of that year that UTas had paid Ali Sultan $5m and Rockefeller $2 million over market value for properties.

Nothing was done, yes, of course I can send you the email to jog your memory.

Just one more thing: I believe a request was sent to you asking you how much rent the state government is paying Mr Rockefeller, a response is expected and would be appreciated.

I’m sure you would agree the taxpayers of Tasmania would love to know.

Second thought … maybe not the Royal Hobart Hospital. It would never cope will all the sudden heart attacks …

Have a nice day,

Annika Schmidt.

Annika Schmidt is “just a proud Tasmanian who is sick and tired of the blatant corruption and the cover-up by the mainstream media”.

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  1. RT

    April 23, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Mentions of traffic congestion, Utas moving from Sandy Bay, whistleblowers and shooting the messenger, secrecy, trickery, corrupt practices, no accountability or transparency…all happening in north of Tas as well. Try the Launceston Utas planned move: from perfectly good purpose-built campus with all facilities, parking, accommodation etc at Newnham to set up 3-4 kilometres down on the tidal flat/flood plain, with worst traffic conditions in North Tas, merely because it is closer to the CBD. Unnecessary Burnie Utas to move away from existing educational precinct to tiny area squashed between busy road and the sea. No modelling, no statistics, secrecy, lies and more lies, intimidation, bullying…Utas staff risk job if they speak up, staff email audits apparently orderd by Rathjen when the story of his holiday spend up in Georgia broke on the ABC in 2016. Like Mr Hodgman’s wife, wife of ABC radio morning presenter Leon Compton, also works at Utas, which could explain why Compton supports Utas moves and was so whimpy with Rathjen or anybody else pushing the moves. City Councils fully supporting and giving land gifts to Utas. Libs, Labor, Greens and Lambie all fully supporting of dishing out $$$$ millions – all without doing any checking up of their own, no real questions asked. So nowhere for public to go really, even if UTas is subject to the IC (which it is). It would be a brave person who’d spill the beans.

  2. Kevin Moylan

    April 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I have just witnessed the most statesman-like and profound and disturbing oratory since Martin Luther King Jnr. 1964 speech, “I have a dream.”

    Congratulations to Richard Flanagan and the ABC’s National Press Club of Australia for informing and educating us further about who we are and why we are the way we are, and what decent Australians can do to rectify the historical injustices imposed upon us in our Indigenous and ANZAC name and their bogus legacies. Shame on us.

    Every dinkum Australian, educator, student, and homeless person must view and absorb this historical, literary and democratic masterpiece; projected from the goodness of Mr Flanagan’s heart.

    Maybe there is HOPE? Without public advocates we are doomed! We are no-one, and your future is theirs.

    “This Country ‘OUR’ Country belongs to the dreamers. If truth doesn’t matter anymore, all we have is opinion – owned by the rich and powerful.” Thanks Richard, you’ve got guts and intelligence.

    WE, the Tasmanian/Australian people, need more of that, but people are too afraid to tell their stories for the real fear of state sponsored reprisals. Democracy is dead without free speech.

    But what’s next? Shoot the messenger of sinister news? Sleep tight my comrade, you’ve done your bit, for now. Maybe the young ones will take charge.

    “At first they laugh at you, then they will ignore you, and then THEY will fight you.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  3. Kevin Moylan

    April 17, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Ms Schmidt’s original article/expose’ – Dear Premier Hodgman, exposed copious mind-boggling examples of entrenched legal, corporate and political wrongdoings to the extreme.

    It takes stoic guts, all your deep faith and integrity to publicly muster the (reckless?) courage to challenge and ‘alert’ our Honourable Representatives by calling them to Royal account. THEY really hate and despise that.

    You are now a troublemaker target, some-one to be watched, monitored and feared, instead of being acknowledged and treated as a decent and worthy democratic tax-paying citizen of The Commonwealth. “You may well say – May God Save the Queen” – but no-one will save ethical Whistleblowers! It’s a lonely and frightening road.

    I commend you Ms Schmidt. Stay strong, focused, healthy, be alert and very alarmed, so watch your back and don’t trust anyone wearing a suit.

    There is HOPE! The downtrodden natives are getting restless and beating their sad and forlorn drums. Other caring tribes and FEDS across The Strait have taken notice and will respond appropriately, shortly. Tassie is finally under the microscope.

    Why won’t Tasmanians overtly support their own Advocates and Whistleblowers? FEAR – FEAR – FEAR?

    In pre-industrial societies the most extreme punishment short of death was not prison, but banishment or declaration that the felon was an ‘Outlaw’ – a person not entitled to the protection of the law. Such a person was stripped not only of social status but also of personal identity. – THE MIND MANIPULATORS: Alan W.Scheflin & Edward M.Opton

    I lost my status and identity when I fled TasMANIA to live in my Whistleblowing tent on The Murray River NSW in search of PTSD Peace. There’s a hard and mean lesson in fighting for justice.

  4. John Maddock

    April 15, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Further to George’s post #30 – volcanic soils tend to be deficient in selenium because the metal dissipates as a gas during vulcanism.

    The effect in my herd of cattle was an excessive number of difficult calvings and retained afterbirth (placenta).

    In sheep (more specifically, in lambs) it is commonly known as white muscle disease.

    As George says, the simple solution is to dose with two selenium slugs.

    I suspect there could be similar effects in women, but I expect Dr. Google would add more information.


  5. George Smiley

    April 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Human selenium shortages are an outcome of bad diet or malabsorptive diseases of the digestive system #40, like Crohn’s or coeliac, generally auto immune problems. #41, you may medicate yourself first hand and be assured by health supplement sales literature that someone’s micrograms/unit nostrums at $10,000 per kilo of selenium will cure everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

    But a better alternative may be the use of selenium slugs which are available in the correct sizes for both cattle and sheep. They are administered through a length of PVC pipe down the animal’s gullet and are retained and slowly dissolve in the rumen, counteracting the shortage in most soils. If treated animals can also be registered on the voter’s list we will be well ahead, or at least keep them here for slaughter locally rather than the mainland market. That’s a permutation of a Kiwi joke that their unfettered emigration to Australia raises the IQ of both nations.

  6. Peter Black

    April 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    # 27 … “Don’t forget the trace element SELENIUM”

    What is it with Selenium ?

    Do tell ..

  7. Peter Bright

    April 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Kevin Moylan at #24 asks [i]”As a worldly and well rounded 31 yo professional nurse, did I sacrifice all and transcend on Tas-MANIA (1990) 50 years too early, or 50 years too late? The mystery continues.”[/i]

    Kevin, it’s a mystery no longer. Your innocent and blameless ‘error’ was in coming here at all.

  8. Kevin Moylan

    April 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    #26 … Spot on, Mr Bright! We’re getting warm now. Some people describe it as ‘Social Engineering.’

    After relentlessly shaking my dumbfounded head for five years within the dumbed-down Health Department, I still can’t work it out. As a worldly and well rounded 31 yo professional nurse, did I sacrifice all and transcend on Tas-MANIA (1990) 50 years too early, or 50 years too late? The mystery continues.

    Go to Acton Shopping Centre, sit back and watch and listen. It’s scary, sad, and within a cretin-filled generation, totally ‘preventable.’

    Thailand has recently acknowledged and treated its iodine deficient population and its co-contaminant ‘Intellectual disabilities and mental retardation.’

    In 1994 my Deputy Psychiatric Nurse in charge of an acute psych ward, bumbling Betty, didn’t know who our Prime Minister was! Far Out! A challenging patient said to Betty, “You need an IQ test.” Betty replied, “No I don’t! There’s nothing wrong with my eyes.” I rest my case, your honour.

    This mentality is what you’re up against. It’s no wonder this curious and perceptive mainlander slowly went bonkers!

    Don’t forget the trace element SELENIUM, either.

  9. Peter Bright

    April 14, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Thankyou for taking this up, Kevin.

    I had heard of this iodine deficiency as the [i]‘preventable’ cause of mental retardation and intellectual disability[/i] and that its cause was Tasmania’s glaciation wherein ice scraped over the landscape and its melt-water swept its naturally iodised soils out to sea. I invite those academics who know to expound on this.

    But I’ve also heard of other causes, for example the intellectual handicaps of its original settlers from the UK, and this state’s subsequent history of incest and its damaging congenital consequences.

    Believing that there would be professional literature on this subject I visited the Menzies Centre over twenty years ago and asked for it. The lady at the counter could not understand my simple question, so I left.

    I’ve been told, and I believe it, that some Outsiders who’ve settled here for Tasmania’s wonderful natural qualities sooner or later wake up that they have actually landed in an intellectual vacuum .. an awful realisation which leaves them in perennial despair if they cannot leave.

    The ease with which the last Tasmanian election was absolutely corrupted by those so deeply corrupted themselves, and the speed at which the result was accepted by its sleepy population, and the conscienceless eagerness with which the lucre-loving Liberals embraced that manufactured wickedness, is supportive of the view that, in a generalised summation, this lovely place is indeed an intellectual backwater.

    Other than for the administration of iodine tablets to selected schools half a century ago, I am wondering what has ever been done to secure a truly permanent solution to this absolutely hideous problem.

  10. Kevin Moylan

    April 14, 2018 at 8:44 am

    #22, Mr Bright … Here’s a few more intelligent clues …

    Research TAS ENDEMIC IODINE DEFICIENCY. Also known as Hypo-thyroidism – ie Cretinism, Goitre – the most ‘preventable’ cause of mental retardation and intellectual disability. This is why in the 60s and 70 ‘privileged’ Tasmanian school students were prescribed and administered IODINE tablets. Many were overlooked. It could be argued that this was an orchestrated and deliberate dumbing-down of the population. These Cretins never had a chance in life.

    Extract KOOKABURRA. Page 148. TASSIE FEAR AND SILENCE. Tasmanian MERCURY, February 29 2004.

    [i]”In Tasmania the hunt for the truth is a confrontation with a culture of intimidation.”[/i] – Lindsay Simpson.

    Veteran 60 Minutes journalist Charles Wooley, who began his journalistic career in Tasmania in the 1970s, describes this island as …

    [i]”A Darwinian mutation, separated by time and space. I have always found from my first work as a journalist as a young bloke (Outsider) that it’s a strange kind of shady world. The world of governments in Tasmania, where nothing is transparent and nothing is what it seems,”[/i] he said.

    Having interviewed subjects ranging from bikie gangs to serial killers as chief political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald (another Outsider) I am inclined to agree.

    I have rarely encountered such a code of silence as operates in Tasmania, nor such a code of accepted intimidation towards the person who breaks that silence, nor towards those who aspire to find ‘the truth.’

    It seems to be regular practice in this state for journalists to be subjected to the same sort of intimidation faced by sources. It is nearly impossible to investigate stories when faced with a wall of silence. We need a media that can pursue the role of The Fourth Estate and sources can supply that information without fear of intimidation. Transparency in this state is long overdue – Lindsay Simpson 2004. Co-ordinator of journalism – media studies at University of Tasmania.

    FEAR – FEAR – FEAR! That’s Tassie all over, again and again. Only fascist governments and regimes operate in this sociopathic and criminal manner.

    [i]”You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.”[/i]
    – Mahatma Gandhi

  11. Peter Bright

    April 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Wikipedia defines a troll as: [i]”Someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response, or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”[/i]

    Trolls, in this forum, are perfect examples of inferior Tasmanians.

  12. TGC

    April 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    #22 … “Its (Tasmania’s) people are inferior, that’s why.” But not #22 who alone amongst us is ‘superior’?

  13. Peter Bright

    April 13, 2018 at 10:58 am

    A justifiably outraged Kevin Moylan at #21 states [i]”Tasmania is not ethically, legally and morally able to Govern itself”[/i]

    Quite right, Kevin.

    Its people are inferior, that’s why.

    A federally administered status change to turn Tasmania into the Tasmanian Territory (similar to the Northern Territory) is required to effect remedial action from outside, difficult as that would surely prove until long overdue reforms and enforced integrity permeates the entire system here.

    The current mob is incapable.

    Its people are inferior, that’s why.

  14. Kevin Moylan

    April 13, 2018 at 9:39 am

    #12 … “This is sick and criminal behaviour in the extreme. Only in Tasmania.”

    Thanks Russell (and Emanuelle) for publicly acknowledging the shocking fact that a dedicated public-servant Whistleblowing psychiatric nurse was systemically subjected to State Sponsored FEAR, terror and trauma. Swatting Paranoid Schizo!

    Stalking, assaults, deaths threats, attempted murder, psychological and legal warfare, thuggery, then refused and denied Natural Justice.

    Sadly, I am not the only Tasmanian nurse to be victimised and terrorised in this sick and evil culture. Standard procedure. Yes Sir! No Sir!

    Extract KOOKABURRA Page 203. Launceston EXAMINER.
    HERO NURSES STILL OUT IN THE COLD. Alison Andrews reports, June 15, 2008.

    Four nurses who blew the Whistle at Launceston General, Psychiatric Ward 1E, [Staff having sex with patients] have been let down at every turn.

    All four women say they have considered SUICIDE “to end the hurt to themselves and their families.” They felt helpless as their families struggled to bankruptcy and those identified as the perpetrators were reinstated.

    “I was so full of anger for such a long time. I felt contemptuous at the way we were treated for doing the right thing. We had ‘death threats,’ it was unforgivable, they could have completely destroyed us. There was no support, no compassion.” – Jo Ottoway Whistleblower.

    Who exactly are THEY? Who gave the orders? Who?
    Never investigated! Why didn’t The Australian Nursing Federation protect its members? I was told by ANF point blank, “It was none of my concern.” In bed with Labor. Damn pesty nurses.

    What other Commonwealth State, Territory or Colony threatens to kill and attempts to kill their ethical and outspoken nurses? It’s sick, evil and twisted alright; but why won’t the people we spoke out for (the public) help and support us? FEAR? Ignorance? Don’t care? Too busy? No information? Peak hour traffic more important?

    Where are The FEDS when we really need them? Tasmania is not ethically, legally and morally able to Govern itself. This rabble must be stopped. Real lives have been ruined, forever.

  15. Robin Charles Halton

    April 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    #19 … Pat we have not seen these frequently running buses and car parks afloat with commuters cars happen despite having Nick McKim who to his credit at the time had already attempted this trick using Kingston as the base and trialling priority lane buses battling with Metro when he was a State Minister for what not!

    The Southern outlet is rapidly become more congested by increasing numbers of newbies moving to the region, as well as increased heavy haulage as development rapidly expands to the south of the city.

    Are you not a Cygnet Synge? Then you should have some idea of traffic movements from at least Huonville to Hobart if not beyond the city where all of the heavy haulage in either direction originates! You should be aware much of the heavy haulage as gravels coming from Duggans Quarry at Cradoc, for example!

    So Daily commuter traffic overall would amount to 60%, allowing around 40% who have no other option than use the one and only access through the middle of the city.

    Bob Cotgrove from UTAS should have more up to date figures on traffic flow within Greater Hobart.

    I do believe that handing over Davey St and Macquarie St from the HCC to the State Government should show some promise as eventually some vastly improved physical infrastructure will be required if the entire region is going to benefit as the Greater Hobart region being a favourite hub for investment, a place to live among the hilly and greener landscapes of southern suburbs.

    With a focus on excellent road transport infrastructure supplemented with other forms of traffic movement as population demands would be supplemented when necessary, which will probably mean significant population growth within the next decade or two.

  16. pat synge

    April 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Re #18 … I note that you have not provided any of the requested evidence supporting your assertion that “much of the traffic is only using the city as a thoroughfare”.

    What percentage is “much”?

    You make statements as if they are incontrovertible and immutable facts – such as “nor are buses suitable for most commuters” and “preferably by car as being the most affordable, reliable, convenient and flexible for the daily commute”.

    “Most affordable”? A fast, frequently running, comfortable bus/train service that picks up from free “satellite” car parks and drops off close to work may well suit a high proportion of commuters, and might be cheaper than driving. It could even be free if funding it avoided having to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a city by-pass. City centre parking is not cheap either.

    How many would use such a service if it existed? I don’t have the data. Do you?

    “Convenient and flexible”? Many of us have to deal with emails etc first thing in the morning, or simply wish to catch up on social media. Easy to do on public transport: not so easy (or legal) when driving.

    Human behaviour can be influenced by a combination of education and targeted taxation, eg look how many fewer people smoke nowadays.

    A modest, time-based “congestion tax” could be considered. The proceeds could help subsidise an efficient public transport system. If such a tax only targeted single passenger vehicles during the rush hours (currently the majority) it would encourage car sharing which would, in itself, reduce congestion.

    There are many ways to skin a cat.

    PS: This “clown on the loose” never suggested that trams should be introduced into Hobart, but simply pointed out that our neighbours in Melbourne use public transport extensively, and are proud of their efficient system.

  17. Robin Charles Halton

    April 12, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Hobart has an impending problem with through traffic particularly during the morning and afternoon peak hours, Hobart is geographically restrictive, hemmed in by steep descending ridge lines from the mountain making the engineering for road access making it difficult to cope with increased vehicular usage.

    Much of the traffic is only using the city as a thoroughfare while travelling beyond the city as there is no other option, especially from the region to the south of the city.

    Road transport is significant in this region, both for heavy transport and daily commutes by the workforce, and preferably by car as being the most affordable, reliable, convenient and flexible for the daily commute.

    The car, delivery van and truck and trailer all fall into that category.

    #15 … Any clown on the loose should know that Melbourne trams cannot be substituted for Hobart’s daily grind, nor are buses suitable for most commuters.

    A bypass behind Hobart would provide the physical infrastructure to save the city/ CBD from impending traffic chaos. This is currently well on the way as the demands of population and modern day car ownership increases where public transport is unable to provide for the flexible lifestyle of most of the population on the move for work, leisure and travel.

  18. TGC

    April 12, 2018 at 12:23 am

    #14 [i]”re #9 … demonstrating his complete idiocy, yet again.”[/i] Gee thanks .. but the competition on TT is getting tougher.

  19. Ian

    April 11, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    #15 … Re keeping traffic manageable in the city – it will also end early bird parking as this encourages the morning rush, and the reduced cost of that acts as a disincentive to consider alternative forms of transport.

  20. pat synge

    April 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    #10 RCH … Re your call for a city centre by-pass ..

    How many vehicles per day actually pass through the city without stopping? Have you any idea? Can you cite a study?

    Rather than spending hundreds of millions on building more roads it might well be better to offer really modern high quality bus transport to/from Kingston and the equivalent light rail service to/from the northern suburbs.

    Good, fast public transport (with wifi) coupled with a modest time-based “congestion tax” (possibly only applied to single passenger vehicles) might help solve the traffic problems, and almost certainly be more cost-effective than a by-pass.

    Look how much Melburnians use (and appreciate) their tram system.

  21. Simon Warriner

    April 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    re #13 … Or if you work for the TFS in their NW Region Clerical Office, and your bizarre and damaging conduct causes distress to others, you get sent to the SES office. I count at least 5 individuals damaged from their experience in that place, and the cause is still sucking on the public tit.

    re #9 … demonstrating his complete idiocy, yet again.

  22. Adrian Burns

    April 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    In Tasmania if you are a Public Servant, and you stuff up, you don’t get the sack, you don`t get berated, you don`t get a warning .. YOU GET PROMOTED !

  23. Russell

    April 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Re #12 … This is sick and criminal behaviour in the extreme!

    Only in Tasmania.

  24. Kevin Moylan

    April 11, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Dear Ms Schmidt and other decent outspoken citizens and Tasmanians: Before you proceed any further trying to secure Natural Justice, you need to be warned and very alarmed about what happens to those who expose and challenge our elected leaders and their parasitic-nepotistic mates and cohorts in Club Tasmania.

    Extract: “One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest.” CHAPTER 13 – Who let the Dogs out? Who? Who gave the orders? Who?

    Page 168 – A week after delivering my letter to Health Minister Jackson, and Peter Patmore, Attorney General – Minister for Justice – Police and Prisons (who blew my whistle in parliament) after warning of a Mental Health class action, the following crimes and reprisals were subjected upon me:

    Put under surveillance and paid a ‘surprise’ home visit by police.

    Terrorised, bashed and threatened with murder by a hired-gun spook ‘messenger’ who claims he’s a psychiatric of mine with his “Back off or you’ll disappear! Six-foot under!” My left knee is in need of a public funded surgical operation.

    Attempted murder. Grievous bodily harm. Using a motor vehicle. (Currently TAS registered). 1989 Red Holden Apollo SLX sedan – CS0034. Resulting in acute relapse of Post Traumatic Stress, panic attacks and reactive depression, hyper-suspicion, fear, anger, hurt, ‘victim of crime’ syndrome.

    Publicly challenged and exposed a British stalker, then discover my psychologist’s practice was burgled and ransacked the same black night I almost get killed. (Was my file-dossier accessed?)

    Stalked, physically intimidated and emotionally terrorised by two heavily clad, faceless motorcyclists.

    Everywhere I turn, Chris (Spook) Firth (not his real name, yet to be disclosed as my lawyer advised, “Not yet, keep your powder dry”) is in my face and under my skin, toying with my fragile psyche. A listening cum tracking device (pretend?) is strategically planted unto my possession.

    Sue Hyslop, my only psychological advocate and support, is undermined and withdrawn. “Kevin, go back to Victoria, now!”

    This is tot one of my better weeks here on psycho-planet democratic Tasmania.

    Worse still, questions abound. What have I stumbled upon? Who’s giving the orders and when will it stop? Who can, and will, help me? Who can I really trust? What’s next? To fight, flight – or do what’s right?

    Boarding the plane to Melbourne, Australia. I’m shell-shocked and gutted to the core of my humanity. I suspect my enemies are watching me board and perhaps even on board. A mighty roar, the freedom wheels leave the tarmac and I’ve nothing left. Please God – help me – I think I’ve finally broken down.

    Beware of The Unrecognised Socialised Sociopaths! They will become your downfall and despair.

    Health Minister Ferguson wonders why Tas-MANIA cannot attract and retain their (ethical) nurses.

    “I will stand in the truth even if no other will stand with me or even if no other were to see what I see.” – Malcolm Mc Clure

    KOOKABURRA on sale – Fullers bookshop – Hobart Salamanca bookshop – Petrachs Launceston – Burnie Bookshop – Wynyard Newsagent – http://www.dromanabooks

    My only income is the Disability Support Pension, the DSP.

  25. Robin Charles Halton

    April 11, 2018 at 3:08 am

    I thank Annike has brought up the subject of the Universities move away from the serene surrounding behind Sandy Bay into the increasingly disorganised clutter of the City!

    In many respects it goes to show either the public are simply not engaged enough or could care less to bother with the consequences!

    I am disappointed the public at large have let this situation pass them by, however it may not be too late to stop the entire Sandy bay campus to be sold of to Chinese interests, there should be time to salvage some if not most of the Sandy bay asset.

    Yes the problem seems to be our cream for the future our “younger generation” have been too busy chasing up the bad things that forestry is doing in the Tarkine and everywhere else with forestry for that matter!

    Too many other distractions, Light rail, Ferries Mona, Mac Point, aborigines, refugees, salmon farms, cable car and the usual modern age hypothetical bull crap getting in the way of reality!

    The university moving process is nothing more than a grab for Federal money by Hobart city Council, favored by CBD business and the Hobart citycentric State Government all to win votes and imagining Hobartians will feel proud of their progressive city

    The process has been stampeded beyond belief as the city itself is suffering from the daily inward and outward bound traffic, much of it now is increasing heavy transport thundering through the cities two main streets.

    The Greens and alternative transport advocates say more bike lane, a more pedestrian friendly cityscape !

    These people including our adjoining councils and the State government live in fairy land, the bubble will burst, the sooner the better!

    Nobody on the god forsaken TT commentary has ever supported essential modern road transport infrastructure needs to include a major traffic bypass behind the city as a worthwhile solution to calm the CDB to the extent the city would benefit from those measures.

    Anyway the Sandy Bay Buddist community backed by China’s powerful Communist government is ready to progressively take over the Sandy Bay site to benefit their terms of resettlement and culture!

    There are some serious issues confronting the government as it continues along the same path, blind to the consequences of crowding the CBD with educational and accompanying accommodation facilities.

  26. TGC

    April 11, 2018 at 12:49 am

    So, there’s a couple of dozen corrupt people in Tasmania and they all happen to be in the public service.
    Well, that’s not so bad then.

  27. Ted Mead

    April 11, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Yep – As far as Tasmanian governance goes – Things are crook in Tullarook.

    And this is likely to descend to new depths over the next few years. However according to a world standards list we aren’t the worst around.

    Here’s a link listing the most deplorable governments in the world. Funny that Tasmania never made the list, but then again most people in the world don’t know where Tasmania is, nor is it on many of the global maps.

    I suspect that is the only reason we weren’t included.


  28. Peter Bright

    April 10, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Steve #6 … Thankyou for your Comment.

    It’s my view that Tasmanians are the nation’s worst for intelligence because of its island status, and its people’s rotten history of early settlement.

    I believe that things are different down here, hideously different, because of the people-movement barrier offered by Bass Strait. Numerous beneficial interactions between islanders and mainlanders just don’t occur anywhere near as much as those taken for granted, and relished, in the conjoined states.

    Emptying Bass Strait would mend this problem wonderfully well.

    But for the time being the difficulty in emptying Bass Strait would compare with the challenge of fixing many Tasmanians’ mental health problems.

    I don’t see this challenge being addressed anywhere here, by anyone. Only the unintelligent wouldn’t try.

  29. Steve

    April 10, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    #4 … It’s historical Peter. All the States of Australia are subtly different. If you look at the history of them, you can see it.
    It wasn’t that long ago that they came into being, and culture is slow to change.

  30. Mary

    April 10, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Dear Annika, the reason the mainstream media covers all this up is the fact that when the Tasmanian Government decided it no longer needed OUR PAT (Printing Authority of Tasmania) all the printing works for all the Tasmanian Government were given without any tender whatsoever to, yes you guessed it .. DAVIES BROTHERS Limited.


  31. Peter Bright

    April 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Straight-talking “Emmanuel Goldstein” at #3 bewails Tasmania’s endemic corruption in its public service.


    [i](of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people .. [/i]

    A distressed old acquaintance of mine from Melbourne repeatedly and most vehemently put Tasmanians’ attitudes and behaviour down to ‘congenital unintelligence’.

    For years I did not want to disagree openly and perhaps hurt his feelings by suggesting that he was really quite wrong, so I said nothing at these many times.

    I invite “Emmanuel” to expand on the causes of Tasmanian’s ‘disease or condition’ which he, and I, have come to realise is so monstrously abhorrent, and which confirms my observation that Tasmanians are too ignorant, inadequate and inferior to govern themselves with integrity and capability, and that therefore this state should be administered from elsewhere.

    But from where? Victoria, or Canberra?

  32. Emmanuel Goldstein

    April 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Premier Hodgman is not alone in avoiding any accountability for ongoing rampant corruption.

    Jeremy Rockliff was approached with allegations of corruption within his portfolio, but refused to take any action.

    Peter Mooney (DPIPWE) resigned rather than face scrutiny for his part in perverting a multi-million dollar Maria Island contract tender. Other serious allegations were reported to DPIPWE secretary Kim Evans, HR officer Michelle Moseley, National Parks District Ranger Ashley Rushton, and others, but all ignored the allegations.

    Senator Lisa Singh’s office entered into a conspiracy with corrupt Police that saw the whistle-blower verballed and subject to manufactured evidence by corrupt police. The labeling of “lone wolf schizophrenic” is standard procedure. Minister Rockliff, Secretary Kim Evans, District Ranger Ashley Rushton, Chief Ranger Peter Mooney, Police and IC are aware of allegations and actual cases of corruption.

    No action is taken other than to conspire to silence the whistle-blower. This is standard procedure in Tasmania. There is no remedy in Tasmania. These things may be reported to our Commission for Corruption (IC) who will forward all details of allegations to the department in question alerting all concerned to the identity and specifics of the allegations and whistle-blower. Forget any notion of justice in Tasmania. Will Hodgman, Jeremy Rockliff, Lisa Singh, Tom Lynch, Ashley Rushton, Kim Evans and countless others will ignore allegations of corruption whilst stealing from the people of Tasmania to hand our collective wealth to their chums and enrich themselves in the process.

  33. john hayward

    April 10, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    UTas has done some great things, Annika.

    As well as hosting the forestry CRC for years, they later teamed with Private Forests Tasmania in a survey to discover, inter alia, which private rural land owners were interested or engaged in having their native forest levelled.

    Earlier, as a CRC partner, they also hosted a covert scheme to develop GM plantation trees which may well have employed the popular plant mutagen which was later found to be mutagenic for mammals as well.

    The creative re-appropriation of public funds to areas offering more immediate and targeted returns is one area where Tas is world class, in the third tier.

    John Hayward

  34. Kevin Moylan

    April 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Be warned Annika! The more you rattle their cages and call our pretend Government and media to public account, the more you’ll be targeted, set upon, treated as a troublemaker who must be taught the sinister Van Diemen lesson – Never speak out in this sham democracy.

    Your life and future will slowly but surely be decimated, piece by piece, until you surrender, helpless, depressed, homeless and destitute .. a broken being of your former self. That’s their sick fascist game; to deliberately and systemically break you into submission, conformity and bankruptcy.

    As an ‘Involuntary’ Mental Health Whistle-blower, THEY ‘did me slowly’. Nine years of PTSD mental torture and terror, culminating in stalking, physical and psychological assault(s), death threats and attempted murder using a motor vehicle. Tasmanian registration number – CS0034. (Currently registered) Then refused and denied Natural Justice, by four ex tainted lawyers.

    All on the public record. Please read – “One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest.” Non-fiction. Second edition 2017. A story about what evil things happens to Whistle-blowers in backwater Tas-MANIA!

    Premier Hodgman was sent a copy. September 2017. NO reply. No denials or rebuttals either.

    Deputy Premier Rockliff advised by email, that I (again) supply my evidence to Tasmania Police. The same mob of State Sponsored thugs who stalked and terrorised me to exile my home, farm and beloved Tassie back to the mainland where I used to belong.

    My nursing career, life and future has been ruined .. all because I wrote to Liberal Health Minister Roger Groom alerting him to serious crimes and breaches of care, nepotism, bullying, and Human Rights violations. I became their big problem.

    December 1999. I should have given up, subjugated, when the Ombudsman and Health Complaints Commissioner, Jan O’Grady, informed me. “I’m very sorry Kevin, but WE can’t find your file.” (The Ombudsman has lost my sacred file!) What a SHAM Democracy.

    There are only two solutions: Former Senator Xenophon’s Federal Parliamentary Report tabled in September 2017, calling for ..



    Tas-MANIA has NEVER had an ethical watchdog.

    “If you must sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy NEVER will.” – Admiral Hyman Rickover

    Annika: Need any HELP? Call me anytime.

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