Tasmanian Times

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


Letter to the Editor on the state of politics …

Adam Brooks

Mark Shelton

Dear Editor,

The tragedy for Tasmania is that the right wing fascists  that govern under the thrall of Senator Eric Abetz  do not really care about our beautiful island.

Life is all about power.

The forests are the wedge that divides Tasmania and keeps the Greens from holding the reins in a hung parliament.

To do this the Liberals under Rundle reduced the number of sitting members in the House of Assembly from 35 to 25 and in  the Upper House from 19 to 15 to make it more difficult for the Greens to get elected.

They succeeded.

This was called a Reform of Parliament and to add insult to injury they gave themselves a 40% pay rise!

Allowing for 3 to 4 – completely brain dead  in any one majority party such as Mark Shelton MP (see HERE); or the-lying-to-Parliament Adam Brooks MP (see HERE); or a personal relationships with  the Head of their Department Sarah Courtney MP (see HERE) it leaves the government in the hands of roughly 10 people – none of whom are up to the task.

The heart of Tasmania and its World Heritage landscapes is being destroyed before our eyes.

As our Rome burns they fiddle and  know not  what to do.

A 1000km fire front!

The perfect clearfell and burn.

The Liberals actually applied to the United Nations to have Tasmania and its  World Heritage Forests delisted  in a crass act of wedge politics.

This proposed action was thrown out in under 8 minutes but  showed them in their true colours.

Crass and stupid.

(My Homily for Australia Day).

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  1. Chris

    February 1, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Mandrake the Magician featured in the 50s in the Mockery, and it seems his clone is now active and up to date.

    He states that the feed-in tariff for Roof Top Solar is fair and reasonable along with the assertion (or is it truth?) that it will help to balance Gut Whiner’s imaginary budget.

    In order to cushion the theft of power from many, he INCREASED the tariff to 13.5 cents from 28 cents (a reduction?) hoping beyond hope that 16,500 sheep will not notice the increase in their charges up to $800 to $1,000 a year.

    Like a Taylor, he will rant and rave, and like the Elf Minister and that one in the background also standing still at TFS press conferences achieving nothing.

    Mandrake owned a cloak, a wand and a top hat, so let this clone gesture as I firmly believe he will earn a multiple gesture from 25,000 Rooftop Solar customers.

  2. Kate

    January 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    There are no flies on you, William!

    And you make your own cup of tea. I’m not your slave!

  3. Emmanuel Goldstein

    January 27, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    “Under democracy, one party devotes its chief energies trying to prove the other party is unfit to rule – both commonly succeed, and are right.” (H.L. Mencken)

    At least with the Liberals we know they stand for self interest and living greed, and we expect nepotism, largesse, legal theft of public funds etc. etc. Labor would have us believe they are above these things and champions of the people,but their mealy mouthed platitudes are nauseating. Watch them run and hide like the cowards they are. Kid Bacon and Ms Singh spring to mind, building public personas of saintly measure when in reality they will turn you in to corrupt public servants and bent cops to be set up and verballed, and worse. At least the Liberals are up front about it.

    As for the Greens, there’s no arguing with self-righteous fanatics. At the end of the day they’re all raking in the cash.

  4. Emmanuel Goldstein

    January 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    They are all worthless, and all have their snouts in the trough.

    Liberal, Labor and Green are all parts of the same machine .. all raking in the cash and benefits as long as they can maintain a finger hold.

  5. John Hawkins

    January 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Use your own name, Kate. Be proud of your thinking .. or are you just another Liberal party troll?

    The most intelligent and inspirational Liberal in the current House is Sue Hickey, but the Abezian mates, thinking they had a stool pigeon, tried to be clever (which in their case is not possible) and head her off at the pass, seeing her as a threat to their status quo.

    She fixed that problem by taking the Speakership from a party hack and clone of Abetz.

    The two Greens and Ms White, in fact all four women, are streetwise and well ahead of the rest of the snouters from the Lib/Lab camp, most of whom should be dumped at the next election.

  6. John Hawkins

    January 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I met and had a long chat with Mark Shelton at the Chudleigh Australia Day breakfast, along with nearly 400 others in this small but vibrant community.

    I had written and sent the above before I went.

    Mark is a genuinely good person and his presence and willingness to engage is always admirable.

    Yet my remarks must be seen in the context of Tasmania being the equivalent of a Top 100 company having over 500,000 employees, a turnover of millions, and life and death control over all aspects of our lives .. in our hospitals, in our schools, and how to control the fires.

    The decisions of our elected representatives require them to be true inspirational leaders, with vision and a knowledge of the real world .

    This is expected of the leadership of a large public company.

    Being genuinely good is not sufficient.

    • William Boeder

      January 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Mr John Hawkins for providing the facts that bedevil (de-devil?) the parliamentary political spectrum in our Island State.
      There are no calibre of persons in today’s State Liberal party that are able to rise above the current ennui that continues to retard the minds of Tasmania’s great many unread residents, nor are there any positive proposals put forward by these same to halt the ongoing desecration of the State’s ever diminishing realm of Crown Land indigenous native forests.

      This State’s DPIPWE minister Guy Barnett MP continues to bombard (the State’s people via Tasmania’s major media news sources to the effect of how all of a sudden he and his STT crock of cronies had recently established this new logging behemoth (STT) that has suddenly become a beneficial sustainable logging philanthropic GBE.

      How can Tasmania’s Guy Barnett MP (who is widely known to be another of this State’s anti-the-Tasmanian-people cabal) be possessed with the power to hypnotize Tasmania’s citizens, in the far-fetched belief that STT are renewing the former and currently clear-felled indigenous forests (once so bountiful across Tasmania) by utilizing some credible method (perhaps some soer of secret herbs and spices phenomenon) of a created means that is permitted to masquerade as a suddenly acquired sure-fire method guarantee the ongoing logging of Tasmania’s native forests are being carried out sustainably?

      Fair go Liberal party ministers, the people’s minds are above the era of the comic-book fame of Mandrake the Magician
      armed with his power to gesture hynotically, thus to nab the baddies and save the goodies in those days of his former comic-book self, he featured as being a renowned good guy crimefighter.
      As simple and stupidly as the above reference to Mandrake the Magician actually is, I am unable to determine any difference between Mandrake the Magician with his power of gesturing hypnotically, from the gesturing hypnotically engaged in by the current minister responsible for the ethical conduct supposedly held paramount in the portfolio of Tasmania’s DPIPWE.
      The realm of Tasmania’s exclusives (all with a finger in this government and or Tasmania’s numerous government departments) are the supposed brains trust that determines the fate of Tasmania and the remains of our State resources.
      One has to wonder how this alarmingly deficient brains trust can retain its powers and functions of exercising their unquestioned rules of authority?
      In closing this comment, one must incorporate the legislation enabling powers of Tasmania’s State Governor, which begs the question of how scant is their any whatsoever legislation put forward as worthy of special consideration that could be readily enabled to become a beneficial provision to aid the welfare of the majority of the lesser priveliged, bereft of any emperical academic distinction, to the citizens of this State?

      Now if this commentary on Tasmania’s rule of government differs from the government rule of the 1830’s era of Van Dieman’s land government administration, I would need to be cast into a spell under hypnosis to be convinced otherwise.

  7. Kate

    January 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I agree, the Libs are not up to the task, but based on the evidence they appear to be one or two tads closer to the mark than Labor, the Greens and Hickey.

    • William Boeder

      January 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Kate, your comment is just a speculative one that’s riddled with the power of suggestion.

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