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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

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And, so it’s come to this …

(First published March 5)

… the end of Tassie Times …

Nothing lasts forever, we’re in our 18th year and it’s time to call it quits.

I’m exhausted…

It’s been an enormous pleasure providing a service to you guyz over those 18 years.

It has been an enormous privilege, particularly from those who are regular supporters, both in terms of contributors and cash.

First, I’d like to  thank Susan Muffin, wife and mother of all the little Muffins: Richard, Rachael and Thomas.

Richard was very sensible over the years; an admirable trait of first borns; Rache for her advice over the years (and Rache was all prepped to go mad on advertising, she’s a marketeer) and Tom, ‘cause he set up the entire Tassie Times system. He’s in IT in Gothenberg, Sweden.

Son-in-law Travers Nuttall for his very sensible suggestions.

Shame I didn’t listen…

I want say a very big thankyou to the moderators over the years: xxxx xxxxx, Bob Burton, James Dryburgh, Peter Fagan.

xxxx xxxxx enforced Bob Burton’s code of conduct (https://tasmaniantimes.com/the-legal-bits/). I’m very grateful he did so …

Mike Ward, for setting up the original jurassic site: http://cdn-src.tasmaniantimes.com.s3.amazonaws.com/archive/jurassic/index.html . I knew nothing about IT. Wardy did … so this was the result … I’m sooooooooooooooooo grateful to him …

And Peter Cox for his amazing aid over the years … including setting up a table. And his IT aid …

Also, a grateful thanks to all those who have helped with the IT side of things, including the two times we have redesigned the site from the ground up: I’m very grateful to Andrew Greirson at Pixel Key …

www.pixelkey.com.au

And Andrew Preece at Andrew Preece (andrew@aandcp.com). Andrew, years ago, designed the Expression Engine site and was ALWAYS available for uploading absolutely anything.

And Simon and JD at Total Networks: http://www.totalnetworks.com.au/ . Always available …

There are sooooooooo many memories…

I had prepared a lengthy screed as a farewell note. But the KISS principle has applied, with lots of links to earlier articles.

A potted history of TT…

The inspiration for TT came some 20 years ago when I was on a panel with Phillip Adams: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/tt-as-embryo-on-late-night-live

Then there was the editorial written by me (I was already disillusioned with The Mercury and accidentally found myself in charge of the editorial joystick).

Alone among Rupert Murdoch’s some 144 newspapers worldwide, The Mercury editorial opposed George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

A quote from that editorial:

It would be wrong for the US to pre-emptively attack Iraq. It would be wrong for Australia to ride shotgun to any unilateral US assault on the hated regime of Saddam Hussein. The consequences of a pre-emptive strike are so unpredictable, so unknown that every avenue towards other solutions must be fully explored. And the United Nations holds the key – despite its failure in the past four years to gain access to Iraq for its teams of weapons inspectors. Australia must side with those nations urging President George W. Bush not to abandon the 50-year political doctrine which has underpinned the interests of the West.In the case of Iraq this has been the policy of containment – backed by the threat of force; force carrying the ultimate sanction of the UN.”

http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/murdochs-war

But the inspiration for TT didn’t happen till I was running off a hangover. My original plan had been to create a newspaper to sell at Salamanca Market on a Saturday. Problem was I had no money (and still don’t). As I jogged along, I thought “The internet is free … why not use it”. Within months I had converted these thoughts into action, put some words together and released them to the aether.

Here’s the first edition of TT: http://cdn-src.tasmaniantimes.com.s3.amazonaws.com/archive/jurassic/index.html . Scroll to archives and see edition 1.

I asked some (free) writers to contribute and ended up with 2014 Booker winner Richard Flanagan, Julian Burnside, Pete Hay, Bob Brown, Hilary McPhee, Natasha Cica, Danielle Wood and Greg Barns.

That is so enormously long ago. A few dozen read it … then a few dozen more and now the little site has grown to get 50,000 unique visitors a month and 3.5 million general page hits … and that was even before the wonderful redesign to make it mobile-friendly. Now we get, for the three months from October to December 120,000 unique users and for the three months from October to December, 10 million general page hits …

There are soooooooooo many memories. I honestly couldn’t count em …

There were my incursions into journalism. Here’s a quote from a piece called “The Great Spin Machine”

“No Way. Difficult buggers, the whistleblowers or the journos questioning and writing outside the tent are dealt with in very specific ways. Let’s call it the Four-Step Response. Response Number One:  Deny the issue oxygen. The issue doesn’t exist, ignore it. Response Number Two: It’s not going away, so threaten it. Toe the line or you don’t work in Tasmania. Issue a veiled legal threat; verbal initially, then written.  (Tasmanian Times’ first experience as a fledgling website was perfectly ridiculous … an absurd email from Premier Jim Bacon’s minder Ken Jefferies threatening legal action (Kenny became a spinner after being senior ABC parliamentary reporter, for the ABC he was very good ). The alleged crime: Reprinting a translation of an article on — you guessed it — forestry, from the great French morning daily newspaper, Le Figaro. Kenny was insistent it be taken down forthwith because of its defamation of the Premier; “Jim would be happy” if this was done; This was accompanied by a further threat that I would be dealt with by a government lawyer, one Simon Cooper, who I later discovered happened to be overseas at the time. I asked what Kenny was planning to do with Le Figaro. He replied that that was a tad more difficult. Kenny was thanked for his request, which was then politely refused. I’m still waiting for the writ.  Response Number Three: Still around … still not doing as you are told …  invite the Dissenting One to a private briefing which involves releasing selected private information which locks the Dissenter into confidentiality. Response Number Four:  Ostracise. Send the Dissenting One to the gulag, withdrew all contracts and contacts. General Response: Allow free rein to the Rumour Mill. She/He is: Eccentric, uncooperative, unwell, lost the plot, drinking too much, using drugs, gone all religious, relationship/marriage is in trouble etc, etc, etc. Over a long, sometimes chaotic career filled with a myriad sordid pecadilloes and little enhanced reputation (which as Richard Flanagan once elegantly put it,  is, anyway, a soul-crushing notion of how we ought live, of who we might be), I do confess to most of these sins, except for a marriage in trouble …” 

Then there was proper investigative journalism in association with good mate, Margaretta Pos:

http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/the-curious-case-of-dr-raj-mattu-and-tasmanian-health-department-head-david 

A quote from Anthem for Beaconsfield:

“David Llewellyn  — Minister for Gunns — as Peter Henning so eloquently puts it, and I once dressed up as Anglican Lay Readers at St Thomas the Apostle Howrah.  It was another time and another place. Thank God we change. Or some of us do … I’m far more fringe-dwelling liberal Christian bordering on Dissolute Buddhist Pagan these days (is there such a category?); with a string of pecadilloes trailing after me like the sordid tail of a comet. David, meanwhile, remains a powerful establishment figure; perhaps most representative of a corporatist Labor elite loathed and derided by thinking Tasmanians desperate for a paradigm shift in the island’s philosophy; a shift away from Cargo-Cult, Golden Calf of corporate, extractive and consumer dominance. It is a loathing and a derision which will have a powerful expression in Beaconsfield on Sunday: A confrontation with the State Government is set for Beaconsfield on October 4th

Then, there was the time the three of us (Bob Burton, James Dryburgh and I) did Tasmanian of the Year awards. The first one was awarded to Dr Alison Bleaney: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/alison-you-beauty

They lasted for some six years, then I was just too tired to organise another one…

Then, there was the time I “helped” mate Richard Flanagan write his incredible “Gunns Out of Control”: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/gunns-out-of-control1 .

“Gunns Out of Control” was also published in the Daily Telegraph in Pomland.

There have been such a rich vein of memories … including those of a more personal nature when I made my first attempt at the Bruny Ultra (64 kilometres): http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/the-bishops-finger

And of course, I have had to deal with a few threats of defamation over the years: from Greg Barns and the former Forestry chief in Tassie, Evan Rolley, to then Premier Jim Bacon. Much of this occurred in the period when Gunns was on the rise.

And, http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/here-we-stand1

I don’t answer my phone (for obvious reasons) and generally threats of defamation arrive by snail-mail, including three letters from Rolley.

The only one to reach the Supreme Court was the venerable Barns; for a Directions Hearing.

I roped in Tame Beak James Crotty – who has been my free legal advisor for many, many years. He was mates with SC Leigh Sealey who would go on to become Solicitor-General.

Mr Barns said … “Where did you get them?” at the Directions Hearing. Then, he didn’t proceed!

My memories are exhausted, but there are so many more. However, now I leave you to a few recollections from some of TT’s dear readers and contributors.

It’s been an absolute joy and privilege. I only hope that Tassie Times legacy will live on: not just through its archive, but in the continuation of furiously independent media in the State in some form or other.

Linz!x

PS: From today I will no longer be receiving any contributions for posting. If you have already sent me something, I will endeavour to get it up over the next week. If you have begun work on an article and this announcement has caught you off-guard, send it to me, because I do have the ability to post it for the next week. As I said, the site will remain, providing Tasmania with an important news archive.

 

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77 Comments

77 Comments

  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    April 17, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Lindsay, sad to be valeing this your venture, one which (to me) ventured boldly where few had done before, giving vox pop a path for the 99.94% of us who are not in the identity sub-set of homo sapiens digitalensis.

    And there’s the rub – TT got so over-engineered that it ceased to be fit for purpose, namely, as a platform for the 99.94% of us who are homo sapiens digitalensis/nesciens.

    It dysevolved down to a look-at-me look-at-me plaything of the 0.06% who comprise the IT ingroup. The start of the end began when the last ‘plain text’ version was engineered out, which put that 99.94% of us on the outer.

    In the last fine-tuning of the ‘plain text’ version we had these features:

    ~ comments numbered chronologically which put them on one page, which made accessing them easy by scrolling up ‘n’ down ‘n’ up . . ., and which made referencing them by number the way to go; which

    ~ helped to keep the conversation / discussion / debate ad rem and avoid the trap of descent into ad hominem a la social media; and

    ~ the [Comments] box had these two end steps: [Preview] and [Submit]; and

    ~ we vox poppers could look forward to email inboxes with “Someone has responded to your comment’, and a click or two took us straight there.

    The newer version turned TT into a Wehrmacht on WWII’s eastern front or a US Army in Vietnam: absolutely brilliant technologically but almost totally unfit for the environments they were in it. The Red Army’s robust, quick-to-build and easy-to-repair T34 won the world’s largest tank battle at Kursk in mid 1943 (the US Shermans were similar after D Day), and North Vietnam’s black pyjama-wearing flipflop-shod infantry survived, thrived and won against the most highly technological armed force of its day (with more than a bit of tech help from Moscow and Beijing).

    Like camping being shoved aside by glamping, when TT was kardashianed, when style outranked substance, when absurdly high heels replaced blunnies.

    TT lost this IT nescient (a nicer word for ‘ignoramus’) when articles became ‘posts’, when the conventions of attribution were (apparently) set aside, and a digi-queue of clicks were needed to access both. As for digi-trekking through the IT tulips – got better things to do.

    Sorry, Lindsay.

    • lindsaytuffin9537

      April 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Fear not Leonard, the new owners may return to EE.

      There’s a coupla standout EoIs, but it is an immensely slow process … I’m largely not involved.

      The kids, son-in-law Trav, Richard, Rachael, and Thomas are though … and they’ll make the decision …

  2. Karen Hillman

    April 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Lindsay – a late entry here – just found out at a committee meeting last night that TT is shutting down! (been in WA for 4 weeks – grandson no. 2 arrived).
    Am still in shock and dismay, but soooo understand where you are coming from. Thank you so much for giving MARRA a voice when no one else was interested. And though (like many others) I am wondering where to go to now for independent commentary and analysis, you have my fervent wishes for a joyful and rewarding retirement. You’ve earned it.
    warmest wishes, Karen Hillman

  3. Rob Dalton

    March 21, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    You’ll be missed I’m sure. It was so good to have an alternative news source and as an ex pat living in Cairns you kept me plugged into the pulse of Yes. Sad.

  4. Lindsay Tuffin

    March 11, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I say again … thankyou thankyou guyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!x

    • Rob Halton

      March 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Lindsay when are you actually going to retire from TT, after all I believe that was your intention and I respect that!
      Considering that comments are now starting to flow again after a brief pause by the commenting brigade it appears that everything is up and running again!

  5. Andreas Wagner

    March 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for a great service to the TAS community over many years. Retirement is a natural step, but is anyone taking up the baton? PHOENIX anyone?

  6. Chris Sharples

    March 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Well done Linzx! TT provided an all-important place for news and ideas that the mainstream media would not touch – for a range of reasons. The downside of this was that some quite boringly repetitious crap got published but that’s the price we pay for the occasional diamonds to shine out! For me personally, TT provided an incentive to clarify ideas and have a go at getting them out there, with a view to subsequent massaging. Although I must say that the comments received were mostly of little value as critical analysis (with some notable exceptions) and were mostly people venting or trying to swing a discussion away from the writers point and towards their pet topics (true for most internet media of course), the value of putting ideas out and seeing what happens was very important.

    I hope somebody else will pick up the baton!

  7. Maureen Austin

    March 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Now good people this needs saving it is far too important for Tasmania. RCH who the hell is going to read anything that MIGHT be published in the Penny Dreadful’s and you won’t have the freedom that we enjoy on TT and I think much of the stuff that you put up won’t see light of day in The Muckery or Extraminer
    I am sure there will be offers which will be good but I think we must keep Lindsay at the helm as either The Fat Controller or as the Patron Saint, but he must be compensated for his efforts, so we need to cough up a bit more than we have been.
    So put your thinking caps on and come up with some ideas a for ongoing management and methods of improving the bottom line. I note the Derwent Valley Gazette is being restored to its rightful place. I buy the Highland Digest a great means of keeping in touch with my heritage.
    Lindsay maybe the days of altruistic ideation need to go and a bit more of the commercial stuff needs to kick in, so you need to contribute ideas as well
    Luv Maureen Austin

    • Rob Halton

      March 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Hello Maureen, I think there is more to the TT closure than meets the eye!

      For a start I am not impressed with the new Moderator, his belittling attitude does not go with me and probably the same for the few other reasonably well informed forestry contributors as well !

      Its no longer an independent Press, its become a stage more about personal judgement!

      If you want to offer TT a reprieve then good luck, less articles on the same subject may be a good start as there is too much overlap and essentially discussion gets lost. The less editing the better ! Cheers from RCH

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      This Moderator is not impressed with the garble sent in by uneducated, lazy readers who refuse to improve their English.

      His choice is to approve the worldwide publication of garble, or to spend lots of time and effort in trying to make sense of it, and then editing that garble into something comprehensible for TT’s readers.

      The latter choice might then be immediately followed by another barrow load of garble from the same source. More time, more stress, more effort.

      We are in agreement, Rob: the less editing, the better. Make it so!

      Garble: To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible.

      — Moderator

      • Kate

        March 11, 2019 at 11:57 am

        I think that after 18 years, Mr Tuffin finally woke up to the fact that the” loony left” were only good for a bag of dope, a bowel of hummus, and a constant stream of unprotected sex, as long as you are prepared with a cloths peg for your nose, and don’t worry about turning on the peddle/solar powered candle.

      • Rob Halton

        March 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm

        We’ll see how it goes!

  8. Jeff Briscoe

    March 10, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Dear Linz
    Decisions like this must be very hard to make but totally understandable but what a loss!

    TT always published the important stories/articles/press releases that the main stream media didn’t.

    Getting behind the Nathan Carswell mystery stands out as my favourite and the exposing a Gunns company work on a Premier’s pile of stones brilliant!

    In the current period of “fake news”, social media lies and marketing spin, TT stood as a giant force for truth against cronyism/ nepotism/ influential mates/big business etc that sometimes affects Tassie’s civic life. TT gave hope to many of a different future.

    The last time I felt this bad (in that Tasmania is losing an important voice for truth ) was when S. Neales left the Mercury.

    All the best and many thanks

    Jeff Briscoe

    Alderman and teacher
    City of Hobart

  9. Emmanujel Goldstein

    March 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    What about some techy type setting up a ‘kick starter’ and giving the keys to the cash box to Linz? Maybe that way some bright spark can come up with a way to keep this thing running in one shape/form or another?

    https://www.kickstarter.com/

  10. Monte John Latham

    March 9, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Bigger things from little things grow; my pixel intolerance has nothing to do with buckets of awesome pollination amid Tasmanian Times. It’s been a comfort knowing it was all happening and a discomfort knowing the principle is now tenuous relying on water and dna for its fertility,,,.

  11. chrish618

    March 9, 2019 at 10:54 am

    The word ‘tireless’ often comes up in relation to very committed people. From my experience it’s not quite the right word. They do get really tired. But they carry on. Until they can’t any longer. Being highly committed carries rewards but also personal and financial and emotional costs.

  12. Jean Walker

    March 9, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I can understand you being exhausted , Lindsay, but thanks for the opportunities to voice my opinion on our toxic education department (management not teachers) and have a wonderful “proper” retirement.

  13. Emmanuel Goldstein

    March 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    With the passing of Tasmanian Times a pall of darkness shall fall upon the land.

    • Donald Cameron

      March 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

      You begat this beautiful baby.
      ‘Tis still only but a teenager.
      Too many of our brightest and best leave the state.
      Surely there must be an alternative to closure!

  14. Pete Godfrey

    March 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Hi again Linz. What comes across big time is that we are all feeling a sense of grief.
    The tribe has lost its champion.
    You have been a beacon for us, allowing us to put up articles telling our stories.
    Allowing those who need help in their cause to call out in the night.
    Breaking all the stories that we would never have heard of without you and your wonderful TT.
    Lay down the sword Linz, hang the shield on the wall but remember that you have made a difference.
    That there are many out there who greatly appreciate your efforts and sacrifices.
    You have battled hard, taken plenty of prisoners and avoided injury yourself.
    Well done.
    Thankyou from the bottom of my heart
    pete

  15. Doug Nichols

    March 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    All the best Lindsay, of course, and very sincere thanks for all your work. You definitely deserve a break. But I think I’m in denial. I keep thinking this can’t possibly be true – as if I’ve woken to the news that whoever does gravity has decided to retire! How will we manage without TT? I, for one, sincerely hope that someone will find a way to produce TT2. Well? Any takers?

  16. james boyce

    March 8, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Linz, you and the TT have become a big part of the history of Tasmania. Your contribution to transparency, truth telling and keeping democracy at least half alive, has been so big that you are now part of the story. This would be a different place without your work. BUT there is one last job to do. Have you been in touch with Archives Office yet? Really important a conversation is had to make sure this absolute treasure trove is protected for ever, and available to future writers, journos, historians…. Fare thee well good man and THANKYOU! James Boyce

    • Patrick Synge

      March 8, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Good point, James.

    • Kate

      March 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      “Truth telling” to the point of a heavy (morbidly obese) left wing bias!

      • Russell

        March 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

        Obviously the intellectually challenged, lowlife gutter crawling, lazy, do-nothing, anti-social, negative and obscenely selfish right wing pigs have been able to have their say as well as everyone else.

        But you’ve got no answers, no solutions, nothing positive to contribute. You spend your entire life as a social troll.

        The ONLY good thing about TT closing would be that we won’t hear from you lot again.

        • Kate

          March 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

          That was somewhat of an elongated “Death rattle” Russell!

          Monty Python-Bring out your dead!

          • Russell

            March 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

            It’s only a flesh wound.

            Feeling a bit guilty Kate?

  17. Philip Harrington

    March 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

    What a fabulous job you have done over all these years. My hat is off to you all.

  18. Lindsay Tuffin

    March 8, 2019 at 8:51 am

    oh guyzzzzzzzzzzzzz … you are so veryveryvery kind to me … THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

    • Kate

      March 8, 2019 at 10:26 am

      On behalf of the Hodgman faction of the H/H government, we wish you all the best Lindsay. TT has always been a thorn in our side, and we are expecting a significant rise in our popularity with your closing.

      Disclaimer: some of the above may contain factual errors (journalism?)

  19. Dr Peter Lozo (Adelaide)

    March 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    A very big thank you to Lindsay and the various people who supported him on an incredible service that TT had provided to the Tasmanian community. Since about the April 2015, even though I am not from Tasmania, I enjoyed reading TT Articles and Comments, although I was primarily focused on the Susan Neill-Fraser case. I also enjoyed interacting with many people. I think that I submitted close to 100,000 words on TT. I will miss TT!

    Best wishes to Lindsay.

    Peter

  20. Elizabeth

    March 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    We shall miss you enormously, Lindsay. Reading TT was the one hope for sanity and truth to shine through…thank you for giving us so much of yourself and for being such an upholder of decency and all worthwhile things, May you be blessed in whatever comes next.

  21. Gwenda Sheridan.

    March 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Lindsay and associated,
    My very great and sincere thanks for the daily critical Tasmanian news feed spanning decades. You and the newspaper will be so sorely and very, very sadly missed. Across this time Tasmania lost our ABC 7.30pm news report, and lost any semblance of critical reporting in the dailies. TT news became a vital probing balance, shining the torch in places that too often remained dark and non transparent. Issues vital to us all were aired online, comment followed; we all became so, so much better informed. It was such a vital community service.
    There comes a time when those of us getting older must draw back. Take a long deep bow, have a terrific hug. I understand your decision very well, wish you all the best, warmest and enduring health outcomes for the future.
    Gwenda Sheridan

  22. chrish618

    March 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Ugh! I’ve just caught on belatedly. Frankly have been wondering how Linz has defied the normal laws of gravity for so long. Many of us are dedicated to important causes. We all tire. Linz’s stamina has been truly inspirational and astonishing. I connect with so much of the praise heaped on you above, Linz. Go well, stay well.

  23. Kathryn Barnsley

    March 7, 2019 at 10:55 am

    So sad to see the end of Tasmanian Times. Lindsay you have always been a wonderful supporter of my anti-tobacco and public health advocacy.

    ……..And my seemingly endless crusade against corruption and cronyism in Tasmania. Which appears to be going nowhere.

    You can be very very proud of your efforts and I hope you enjoy time with your feet up and a good book.

  24. John Biggs

    March 7, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Linz, you just can’t! But I understand why you will. You have been a shining light beaming on the horrors of Tasmanian governance for all these years. The Tasmanian press has its failing that you counterbalanced so well.Your generous acceptance my scribblings has been so much appreciated. May you continue to dissipate many a hangover as you pound the pavements of the Eastern Shore.

  25. Patrick Synge

    March 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Thank you, Linz, for your huge contribution to our community over the years.
    I’m sure you have explored all options available for keeping TT going. Such a pity.

    Social media will fill the gap to some extent but, without the editorial input of you and your team, valuable comment tends to get swamped by irrelevancies and trolls.

    Again, thank you.
    Pat

  26. Rob Halton

    March 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Thank you Lindsay for the great work by putting up my comments that the majority of your readers dont agree with anyway! To remain effective in the public domain I hope to continue writing this time to the Mercury and the Australian newspaper, I hope that others can do the same!
    Have a happy retirement, and most important of all remain fit and enjoy good health.
    Rob Halton

  27. Philip Lowe

    March 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Didn’t see this one coming.

    Ouch. Been good to know you.

  28. Mandy

    March 6, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    So many terrific articles and subscribers.

    I suppose everything comes to an end but it’s still a sad day.

    Well done Linz, x.

    Wishing you a faabulous retirement xx

  29. Lynne Newington

    March 6, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I wholeheartedly add my bit to all who have written here.

    https://www.thecultureconcept.com/lindsay-tuffin-man-of-influence-tasmanian-times-a-legacy

    I think you’re wonderful too. Thanks for all your support.

    Good luck, and a parting song ..

  30. Kev Rothery

    March 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    NOOOOO! Tragic news indeed, though somewhat offset by knowing that the crew of the good ship TT will finally disembark after one gloriously long journey and without ship-wreck.
    A huge and heartfelt thank you to all involved, and especially to Linz. What a wonderful contribution has been made towards moving this state forwards over 18 years through this progressive community forum.
    It is a lamentable shame that TT’s torch will no longer shine light into those murky depths that other media are too afraid to cover.
    Cheers Linz and crew……may you enjoy long and happy futures doing whatever floats your boat!

  31. Andrew Lohrey

    March 6, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks Linz, for helping to keep progressive hopes alive for the last 18 years. You have made a monumental contribution to the sanity of many Tasmanians.

  32. poppy Lopatniuk

    March 6, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Dear Linz .. Your good works will live on in all of us, and your blazing trail will never be extinguished.

    I was lucky enough to have known you from the very beginning of TT when I had no other lifeline to cling to.

    I wish you Merry days, and plenty of them.

    Poppy Lopatniuk

  33. Simon Warriner

    March 6, 2019 at 8:27 am

    As I go through the stages of grief, it occurs to me that those who might be celebrating the imminent demise of Tassie Times might be wise to consider carefully their enthusiasm.

    TT has acted as a pressure relief valve for many of us over the years when the actions of the powerful have intruded upon our lives in unacceptable ways. If we cannot state our case via TT, what recourse do we have left? The ABC will wait until after the embers have cooled “to see where the story goes” and the rest are useless.

    As they say, be careful what you wish for .. you might just get it.

    On another, more positive note, how do you nominate someone for an AO for service to the community? These have been awarded for far, far less than our wonderful Linz has done over the years. It is the very least I can do.

  34. George Smiley

    March 6, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Though you have just ruined my day you’re not the only one. A teary thanks for everything.

  35. Rick

    March 5, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Only a marathon man could have endured 18 yrs doing this stuff for free. The finish line now beckons. Well done Lindz.
    Total respect. You gave many Tasmanian’s like me a forum, a voice & a community when we so desperately needed one.
    TT inspired me to write. To get all the rage and sense of injustice out & in print.
    I well remember sitting in my office surfing the net in Perth in 2003 when Tasmania was calling me home & by accident found the Tasmanian Times. You just couldn;t read the sort of insider, dark view of Tassie power & politics anywhere else. The inside running, the unpleasantries, the deconstructing of the carefully spun political guff Tasmanians were being fed on the nightly news & front pages. TT content in those days was utterly fascinating & so powerfully written & presented by Boyce, Evers, Tuffin, Hay, Flanagan & many others. It wasn’t long before i wrote my first clumsy piece & became hooked on TT.
    Those early days of TT were electric.The first 10-12 yrs, Bacon & Lennon, Gunns & the Woodchip yrs, Ralphs Bay, Walker Corp, Federal & the Pokies licence, shredder-gate, Bryan Green, the TIC & the issue of the decade – The Pulp Mill, and along with it the emergence of writers & citizen journo’s from all corners of the island. People whose stories & opinions didnt fit with the safe cookie cutter narratives preferred by Tasmanian print & electronic media. People whose stories & opinions were too hot for a lukewarm media cowering under the oppressive hand of the corporate/political axis.
    Lindz you had the guts to publish content critical of Gunns when the rest of the #politas pack were prepared to pull their punches. When were being desensitize to the corruption. And you copped your fair share of threats & lawyers letters for doing so. Respect and thanks again to you & all the TT team. See you on the trails mate.

  36. John Hawkins

    March 5, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    It will be a great shock to all his admirers that Lindsay Tuffin is to close the only independent organ of truth on our island, his very own and our very special, Tasmanian Times.

    I, like many others, have always assumed that the great man was indestructible, that he could continue forever getting up at the crack of dawn, master and battle the complex and ever evolving technology, keeping the lawyers at bay and inspiring his followers with his very special ethos and integrity.

    All that is Tasmanian Times was achieved on a shoestring, and for no financial reward.

    The likes of Abetz, Lennon, Gay and Rolley, who have reaped the rewards of power by relentlessly leading the gullible into the island’s darkest corners, will be mightily relieved that this particular shining light is about to be extinguished.

    The evil, the self-serving and the predators cashing their cheques on the public purse, will now press on regardless for they have financially constrained their natural enemies in the Tasmanian media using the power and influence that only money can buy.

    For his integrity Tasmanians owe Lindsay Tuffin a debt that can never be repaid.

    He asked for no reward. His editorial skills could not be bought, and his bicycle was his friend.

    This is a such a sad, day.

    We will miss you Lindsay, and your wonderful creation.

    I am very proud that I can call you my friend.

    John Hawkins

  37. Heather Donaldson

    March 5, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Terrible news Linz! You will be SO missed. But thanks for all the years. Tassie Times has been a beacon in a sometimes dark Tasmania. Enjoy a well deserved rest good man.

  38. Ralph Wessman

    March 5, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Good job, Lindsay, you’ll be missed.

    Lindsay Tuffin: ‘I’ve got the Kurtz quote. “In a stinging piece for CNN marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion, Howard Kurtz wrote ‘Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration’s march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door, and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.’ ” ‘

    Peter Greste: ‘Yes. That’s exactly what I was arguing. Who knows what sort of position we would be in if journalists had actually done their job, had been more diligent about it? I don’t know if we’d be in a better situation or not but it’s really hard to escape that kind of conclusion.’

    LT: ‘Well they ignored millions marching around the world in their march to war….’

    PG: ‘They did. The journalists really failed….’

    LT: ‘Yes, we did!’

    PG: ‘We did! Some of us – I take my hat off to you Lindsay – stood up and wrote editorials against the invasion. But the vast bulk of the media did not, and that was a massive problem.’

  39. Alan Mason

    March 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Being a cricket tragic myself …

    Scorecard from game:

    Tuffin, L. Retired Exhausted, 100 not out ..

    Well played Sir …

  40. Trevor Burdon

    March 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Wow! Linz!x, we greatly appreciate all that you and your community of helpers have done, but you simply cannot pull up stumps like this! There’s a lot of camaraderie here, and I’d miss those I’ve agreed with, as well as those I’ve argued with. And thank you always for words of support and encouragement.

    Take as much time as you need now, but reflect on setting up an Advisory Board to direct the passing of the baton to others with fresh legs. And here’s one quick time-saver. How about encouraging authors to draft online, freeing up your editor(s)/managers(s) to focus on well – editing.

    What an effort! In awe. Trevor

  41. Steve Wilson

    March 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    ‘Thank you Linz’ seems an inadequate response but the best I can do, as others have said it all. Best wishes in ‘retirement’.
    Ivo and John if you come up with any ideas please keep me in the loop.

  42. Chris

    March 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for your insights and help, who out there will take over the mantle and who out there will give a fortnightly contribution to keep this GEM alive.

  43. Wining Pom

    March 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Great shame Lindsay, but, whatever is good for you, do it.

  44. Tim Thorne

    March 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Sad news indeed, but understandable given the effort required over the years.

    Thank you so much, Linz, for the contribution Tas Times has made to the Tasmanian discourse. Whatever you do next, mate, may it bring you the blessings you deserve.

  45. Russell

    March 5, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks very much Linz. Tasmanian Times was no doubt one of the main reasons why Gunns failed in its attempt to build the stupid toxic bankrupting Pulp Mill, and why so much Government corruption has become public knowledge.

    I wish/hope you could/can find someone to keep it going instead of just ending, especially after you have just revamped it.

    I fear the bastards will be rubbing their filthy corrupt hands with glee and pissing on till all hours when TT is gone, and Tasmania will descend back into the dark ages.

    God (and I don’t believe in any) help us! Where is the bloody new generation?

  46. Lindsay Tuffin

    March 5, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    God … sorry, I’ve been away exercising and come back to this wonderful commentary. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for those too kind words … I’m blushing. On we charge… haven’t a clue how much it would cost to keep TT goin IVO …!x

  47. Simon de Little

    March 5, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Bless ya Linz. An incredible achievement and testament to your superhuman endurance, generosity, fairness and most importantly- naughty sense of humour & affection for the absurd.
    Look forward to another deep dive into the shiraz with ya some time down the track. But first, get some bloody rest you crazy man.
    Chin chin!
    Simon D xx

  48. Geoff Holloway

    March 5, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you Linz, the Tasmanian Times has been a pillar of Tasmanian democracy where all the other pillars have been collapsing. It has also been one of the few independent news and information outlets in Australia and the contribution of the Tasmanian Times team to freedom of speech has been immeasurable – you deserve a medal (and a gold watch)! Enjoy your retirement!

  49. Adam Burling

    March 5, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Lindsay, you are an absolute bloody legend. From your early interview with Bob Brown on your (and his bike) in Launie to this glorious space that allowed so many of us a voice on an island where, death threats, legal action and ostracizing abound for those who dare challenge the establishment and common mentality of chop it, mine it, develop it. Thanks for all you have done for me and the community at large. Much respect.

  50. Kevin Kiernan

    March 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    No words I could write could go anywhere near being enough. You have done an amazing and massively important job for a long time Linz, and with excellence. Your efforts with TT wil, be very much
    9 missed. All the best from here on in and huge, huge thanks mate.

  51. William Boeder

    March 5, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Elder Statesman Tuffin, with a moving poignant song soft lilting in the background, a song made famous by the chairman of the board Frank Sinatra; …….through it all, you stood tall,and did it your wayyyy…….
    Thank you from my heart……Love to your wonderful Susan.

    William (Rattle) Boeder.

  52. Isla MacGregor

    March 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Thanks you Linz and to all at TT, your dedication to free speech and giving a platform for those who want to speak truth to power.
    The engaged Tasmanian community have been so fortunate having TT and I often hear from colleagues interstate just how much they wish they had a Victorian Times etc etc.

    The loss of TT will have a huge impact on the political sphere and our democracy in Tasmania.

    Much gratitude and a happy and peaceful future to all.

    I am at a loss for words.

  53. Emmanuel Goldstein

    March 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

    That’s very sad, that’s very depressing. There will be nobody to criticise what’s going on. We are doomed.

  54. joannapink

    March 5, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Dear Lindsey,

    Thank you for your amazing work to create a truely independent, local online media, accessible to,.in particular immensely valuable to voices ignored by the mainstream media.

    This is indeed a sad news, but all contributors and readers understand that your work has been extremely demanding.

    Thank you to all technicians, designers and moderators.

    Thank you for giving a platform to women who work on women’s rights issues, such as sexual exploitation and rights to preserve female only spaces and organisations.
    We would have really struggled to hear our perspectives if it wasn’t for Tasmanian Times.

    Thank you for supporting free speech, radicals and activists.

    I wish you and your family all the best!

    Joanna Pinkiewicz

  55. Keith Antonysen

    March 5, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Thank you Linz for all you have done.
    Tasmanian Times has been great in providing a resource covering topics the mainstream media don’t cover.
    Enjoy your retirement.
    Keith Antonysen

  56. Kelvin Jones

    March 5, 2019 at 10:51 am

    My three years contributing to TTimes and as a senior, has given me a unique opportunity to give back using my life accumulated knowledge and experience. A point of productive interest in my too comfortable life, doing something I had never done before, with a little excitement and tension. Ingredients that are essential for a fulfilling life.

    A too high a concentration of such ingredients over eighteen years is exhausting.

    Enjoy some well earned escapism, as long as it takes, it will not destroy your talented abilty and spark but put place them in a new perspective for future fulfilling life.

    Thank you … my best wishes for the future.

    Kelvin Jones

  57. max

    March 5, 2019 at 10:27 am

    And, so it’s come to this … Thanks for all you have done for us. For nearly 18 years you have been a reason to wake up, and race to the computer for a daily fix of Tasmanian Times.

  58. Simon Warriner

    March 5, 2019 at 9:19 am

    And another era comes to an end.

    My most profound thanks for giving me a voice, and for letting me hear the voices of others. Without your excellent and selfless work Tasmania would have been a much poorer place.

    It has been an education, in so many ways. Thank you.

    Linz, the invitation to share my hospitality any time you are on the NW Coast stands. I look forward to you having the time now.

  59. Ivo Edwards

    March 5, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Hey Lindsay – that is terrible news!. Tasmanian Times is just indispensable as a true independent commentary on all things important in Tasmania. It has been the sole voice of reason and clinical analysis is so many issues including the sagas of Gunns, the fox eradication program, bushfire and forestry questionable issues, government wrong doing here and there, and some wonderful things that have happened here and there!.

    Thank you so much for your simply amazing contribution to keeping us all informed so clinically, for so long!

    While it might mot be a great money spinner, who cares?. Surely there are contributors who could take over from you, with a bit of guidance for a while?. I could help if anyone or any group could continue to keep it going?

    It seems such a shame to close down now, just when the new and improved TT is back with a vengeance?

    How much money and time would it take to keep it running, could you please comment? Just what commitment would be involved?

    • John Maddock

      March 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Ivo

      My thoughts also. Time for someone (not me, I’m overcommitted with age, time and money already) to take an interest, and call for shareholders to buy Linz’ company (so he gets some recompense, at least) and let TT rip!

      JV

  60. Lola Moth

    March 5, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Thank you for giving me a voice Linz. When I first saw my story on the computer screen I nearly wept with relief and joy. Please give the punctuation fairy a big hug from me.
    Lola Moth

  61. Lyndall

    March 5, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Dear Linz,

    I’m in complete shock; stunned.

    But when I got to thinking about it, it makes sense. You battled for so long working ridiculous hours to bring us some truth and transparency and provide a forum for ‘keeping the bastards honest’ and allowing for informed criticism, spleen-venting, ideas and discussion. Just thinking about what you’ve done is exhausting – and it would’ve been very stressful for you often I’m sure. It takes someone with great integrity and strength of character to create and run an online newspaper like TT.

    You deserve a good and different life now away from the stresses of TT life. I sincerely hope you have a fulfilled and very interesting next stage to keep that fine mind and spirit of yours well nurtured.

    Thank you Linz. You are a beautiful human being. Big hug.

  62. Pete Godfrey

    March 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Linz, fantastic, you have been such a great person. Allowing all of us to communicate with each other, to share views, agree and disagree with each other. Tas Times has been a great resource to get to understand others views and opinions.
    It has also been fantastic for blowing the top of the secret squirrel operations that our governments have been involved in.
    I wish you a fantastic joyful retirement. May you have many years of peace and wonder in your life.
    Pete Godfrey

  63. Mark Temby

    March 5, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I could also quote many memories or many wisers heads, but I’ll bless you with my own farewell offered to my kids and grandkids over many decades. It’s a bit like ciao or au revoir… toodles.

    • Donald Cameron

      March 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Dear Linz,

      Congratulations on a job well done, your tireless work will not be forgotten quickly.
      You have built a valuable organ that adds a vital balance to the current discourse.
      On behalf of both the past and present contributors and readership,
      surely it is beholden upon the man-in-black
      to find a way to pass on the baton, not bury it?

      With All Best Wishes,

      Donald Cameron

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