Tasmanian Times


A Poisoned Chalice …

Sarah Courtney, from the Libs' website

Building and Construction Minister Sarah Courtney will today release a new set of revised Liberal hate-driven draft amendments to the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act.

Hold it a moment! I thought this woman had been sacked over a workplace matter!

Ah, but I see the logic. Hodgman has treated her lapse as work experience with her fall from grace making her the current expert in this minefield for the unwary, and so the parcel Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amended Bill 2019 stayed with her when the music stopped.

Liberals are experts on the Turnbull Bonking Ban after the Barnaby .. ‘I am not sure if I am the biological father; it’s a grey area’ .. as all 50 shades of it brought the matter to public attention.

Sarah may yet have need to sue for protection from workplace protesters, so she had better get it right this time around.

The last effort in this field by our divide-to-rule government was thrown out by the High Court which ordered the Hodgman Liberals (aka all Tasmanians) to pay Brown and Hoyt’s costs .. some $350,000.

Courtney states: “We’ve twice taken this policy to two elections and received the support of Tasmanians.” Bollocks! We have a badly hung Parliament which you control with a thinking Speaker’s vote, and only thanks to gambling money which bought the last election.

Hardly a ringing endorsement!

When the State of Tasmania was ordered to pay $350,000 for the last lot of bungled legislation, who lost their job for drafting the law under Ministerial direction?

Not Hodgman, not Abetz, and certainly not the then minister Barnett who was removed from this portfolio to concentrate his talents on improving the bottom line at Unsustainable Timber Tasmania.

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  1. John harris

    January 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Will they stop Paramedics protesting about ramping, or 72 year olds sleeping on the floor of Emergency?

    Teachers striking at the gates of schools? Take ’em to court. Why not use the money to actually increase the pay of our hardworking servants .. no, no, not a 40% increase – that’s for the overlords.

    This legislation is just to protect forest practices that make tourists shudder. Goodness knows why they keep bringing it up. Brown et al ain’t going away anytime soon.

  2. MJF

    January 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

    It’s about time this revised legislation emerged from the Hodgo mire. Make it stick this time, you morons.

    How many chances does one government need? One thing is for sure, when the flames die down and the PM 2.5 particulate matter clears, these clowns will be back obstructing and inhibiting lawful activities in the scrub, urged on and justified by the usual coterie of reservists and protectionists.

    Presumably Ms Minister, a change of consulting law firms took place following the initial implosion of legislation at the hands of the High Court.

    It’s a pity our elected officials never thought with expansive enough minds going back to Farmhouse Creek days.

    Brickbats to the whingers lamenting a precious $350,000. The Parliamentary bar would make that in profits over a week of sitting government. It’s probably even in the tips jar. Put your hand in and remove your equivalent tax contributions – if it’ll make you feel better.

    • Ted Mead

      January 30, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      MJF … Dragging up Farmhouse creek seems desperate and futile.
      And gee, I only received a petty fine and a ‘hit on the head with a feather’ trespass charge for my tree sit there.

      That protest was the catalyst for the massive lock up of old growth forest and high conservation areas.

      Best money I have ever invested!

      Another arrest in the Sumac forest protest beckons!

      The same result will prevail.

    • max

      February 13, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      MJF … How many chances does one government need?

      One thing is for sure … when the flames die down and the PM 2.5 particulate matter clears, these clowns will be back obstructing and inhibiting lawful activities in the scrub, urged on and justified by the usual coterie of reservists and protectionists.

      Quite so, how many chances does one government need? How much money can a government throw at a forest industry that is clear felling the forests into oblivion and without profit?

      How long can a government enterprise, namely STT that has lost $641,025 every week for the last 30 years, justify it’s existence?

      Now that STT has proven that it has no way of controlling fires in a global warming world, and it has lost 75,000 hectares of forest and plantation, it will now be looking for more protected forests to exploit.

  3. John Hawkins

    January 29, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Has Unsustainable Timber Tasmania been burnt out, along with Ta Ann at the Newood site, having failed to take suitable Fire Precautions, and if so, what is the Minister going to do about this?

    On the day of the release of the new draft Legislation she could have shot herself in the foot as a key part of her portfolio went up in flames.

    Was either party insured?

    We have gifted $45 million to Ta Ann. Another payment may break the camel’s back.

    The fires in this area, if the wind stays strong and hot and dry, will drive an inferno through the plantations behind Mt Wellington into Hobart.

    This might bring Hodgman back from his holiday.

    • William Boeder

      January 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      John Hawkins, do please continue your hard-hitting articles written for Tasmanian Times. This state’s more intelligent people have no hesitation in standing by your claims and contentions. The same goes for you, Ted Mead.

      Facts will always expel the bulldust and propaganda straight out the open window.

      The present Liberal leadership is an increasing danger to the spirited goodwill held by the people of Tasmania.

    • Chris

      February 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

      He is not on holiday. He is standing still at the back of a TFS press conference somewhere, contributing nothing and displaying an extreme vacant look.

      No strings?


    • John Hawkins

      February 12, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      On tonight’s TV, Rolley wants more public money for Ta Ann.

      Rolley, we have paid Ta Ann some $40 million! When is enough, enough?

      As above .. did you arrange proper Fire Insurance to cover the damage, and if not, why not?

      • Simon Warriner

        February 12, 2019 at 8:36 pm

        Perhaps Rolley should start at the start, by asking why it was that a little fire took four days to grow to 6.5 hectares, and then had the resources applied to it reduced while it grew to 38.6 hectares, after which it took off and became “big enough to fight properly”.

        Maybe Rolley and Ta Ann’s insurers will be able to get to the bottom of why this pattern of mismanagement is so repetitive.

  4. Ted Mead

    January 29, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Yes, even more bollocks from this farcical government. So it assumes it can get this desperate legislation up by merely removing the word or reference to ‘protester’.

    What have they replaced it with – adversary, antagonist or nemeses?

    Maybe they should be up front and clearly define it as foe!

    I’m sure they think it’s worth a try .. after all it’s only taxpayers $$$ readily spent again!

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