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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


Letter to the Editor on Will Hodgman. Mr Hodgman replies …

Will Hodgman ... Pic: ABC

Hello Premier Hodgman …

This is a new low for you and I for one am offended by your ill-considered remarks. 

I am, like many Tasmanians I know, fast becoming Anti-Liberal-Party-Brigade and your numbers are on a fast downward spiral, so you might need my vote or support more than you obviously realise; I still have in my minds eye of you marching up to a rent a crowd (They were told to be there by the boss and in paid time) at New Norfolk in the early days of 1st Term, hands on hips, sleeves rolled up, with that smart fool Harris by your side.

My Mother always said “Don’t talk about anyone on the bus in Tasmania as you don’t know who is in the seat behind” and of course my cousin spilled the beans about rent a crowd. 

Stupidity!! and I was hoping you had grown up … obviously not,  perhaps we had better listen more carefully to the gossip of who is waiting in the wings.  In some quarters they are taking bets.  It does not appear you have very much political capital.

Members of my family have done more for this state over many years than any Hodgman, Abetz, Courtney, Hiddings etc who are fast becoming irrelevant fools and get to be, in their eyes important, because they attend Liberal Party meetings and when you ask how come Abetz gets elected you are told by all and sundry make sure you get top of the ticket and remove any threat; ask Senator Colbeck about that. 

I note some of my hard working family make good travel companions and I can give you a list of good things done by good ordinary people to make this state great and create real jobs not by you or the Treasurer, those raspberries had no bloody help from you, as that business was started before you were born.

To me Premier Hodgman it shows a very small weak man who uses such language; for what purpose I ask? It does not fit well with the image of Mr Nice Guy. 

Just listening to an article on RPH Ms Courtney says every Tasmanian should be able to go about their business Blah Blah, we all know how smart she is – hair the right colour!!

My Grandfather a Legend of the Bush – the Best Bushman ever of Tasmania – would not countenance that kind of nonsense he would work it out for the benefit of all concerned, best thing you can do for Tasmania is to shut her up.  

I think you owe us “Anti everythings” an apology and I can assure you I am very proud of the fact that I am an activist and you can take your crap laws for which the Blonde is promoting  and shove them. 

Because Tasmania is a precious place and you have reduced yourself to a very low point as those of us with memories of how complicit you in were opposition – eg Gunns and Forestry etc. – and I will always look after Tasmania and stupid blondes can bugger off.

I might suggest you take a leaf out of the Lindsay Fox playbook – Ask him about loyalty and I can vouch for that, also make everybody your friend and I know he would not insult his worst enemy as you have done. 

So my advice to you is ‘Grow up you should  have moved on from kindergarten’  and manage the state for me and everybody. 

We are sick and tired of crap politics and spin.

Maureen Austin

Brooke Street,


A reply from Will Hodgman …

Dear Ms Austin,

On behalf of the Premier, I acknowledge and thank you for your email dated 8 March 2019.

The matters you have raised have been noted and your correspondence is currently being considered.

Kind regards,


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  1. Formally Just Kate

    March 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Ms Austin,
    I am somewhat surprised that the premier’s office sent you an acknowledgment (not a reply) to an email that does not actually ask or propose anything meaningful! It gladdens me to hear that you think your family is pretty good.

  2. William Boeder

    March 21, 2019 at 11:24 am

    How is it that Tasmania’s Liberal party ministers can tell lies, and/or make feckless promises until they are blue in the face, yet no law court action follows on from this purposeful engagement in story telling?

    Such behaviour would land an Australian citizen in Court.

  3. Chris.

    March 21, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Yesterday 20th March he used his “kind to animals face” to state that he was looking into the RSPCA.
    Im looking into it is my mirror solution, I always do it!

  4. Chris

    March 19, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Have you seen this Willy?
    Is Rupert an American citizen?
    Does he have his hackers-oops- fingers in Sky?
    Where are Willy’s gun laws now?
    Where is Hidding hiding?
    If you buy Murdocks rags are you complicit?

  5. Chris

    March 15, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Why would anyone take any notice of a Hodgman Pokiest Standard reply,…..here staff member send a reply!

  6. William Boeder

    March 11, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hello Maureen, good to hear from you over Devonport way. You letter to the editor has incorporated the views of a great many like-minded Tasmanian people, even though they may not articulate the tough spirit of the Austin Family.

    As for the Liberals, they are best known for their Health and Welfare services budget cutbacks and lies to the people, other than that is the snout of Eric Abetz that will continue to sour the hopes of Will and his team of freeloaders.

    I thank you for speaking up on this subject matter re the nothingness of the State’s feckless Liberal party, not much has changed since the Liberal mob had sat on the opposition benches, I am unable to recall any positives since Will had become Premier back in March 2014.
    Were it not for the injection of ‘pokie profit’ funding by Greg “Pokie Manopoly” Farrell, there would not have been any extended term of Liberal State leadership.
    A great many people from the bogan element in this State had been befuddled or perhaps bedazzled by the colour of ‘Liberal Blue’ hanging like tinsel on a Xmas tree spread across Tasmania, that stunt will not work next election.

    To quite a large extent Will Hodgman and his sidekicks had emulated the election winning strategy of both John “Fibber” Howard and Tony “The Tosspot” Abbott ‘just tell the ’em a pack of lies.’
    That kind of charima or Ignus Fatuus wont cut it come the next election.

    Rebecca White had better dust off her stand-by Premier’s hat as she will need it post the next election, perhaps her glowing futures may even be kicked along by the Greens and largely independent others.
    Of course one cannot be sure unless the forecast of Dr Kevin Bonham makes that a thundering certainty.

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