Tasmanian Times

About

Tasmanian Times is a an independent platform for news, stories and digital media of all categories about the island of Tasmania, Australia. It is compiled with love and contributions by and for those with an interest in the wonders and life of Tasmania.

For guidelines about contributions, see our Contact page. Volunteer editors and content curators are also extremely welcome and training is provided.

The Tasmanian Times acknowledges the palawa people as the traditional owners and custodians of lutruwita/Tasmania and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the vital importance of reconciliation, and hope to act as allies in providing a voice to Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

TT could not have come into being and grown without the extraordinary goodwill of its readership. Donations to Tasmanian Times and the support of a limited number of advertisers have enabled its continued development and growth. Thank you! A crowdfunding campaign will be launched in 2020 to garner funds for the development of the TT project. Advertising also helps to cover the costs of running the Tasmanian Times site.

Publisher/Editor

Alan Whykes started writing for his school newspaper in high school and has been published on and off ever since. Ranging from 7 years as the Australian correspondent for Indonesia’s second-largest national daily to managing a television station in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, he has broad experience across many types of media. He also describes himself as a poet, bandicoot lover, gardener, vegan chef, Gaelic footballer and sustainability advocate.

Founder Lindsay Tuffin was a journalist for more than five decades, working throughout Australia and in the UK, from roles as a parliamentary reporter to editor. He is passionate about the search for truth and justice, ideas, running and conversation …  always with wine and food. There is a strange joy in bearing witness to a truth about this world. For in bearing witness to the truth about others you discover yourself. And that is my joy … and my life. He founded Tasmanian Times in 2002.

Responsibility for election comment on Tasmanian Times is taken by Alan Whykes, 9 Kelvin Avenue, Moonah 7009.

West wrote this in his History of Tasmania (1852):

“The newspapers of this hemisphere were long mere vehicles of government intelligence, or expressions of the views and feelings of the ruling powers. Malice or humour, in the early days, expressed itself in what were called Pipes—a ditty, either taught by repetition or circulated on scraps of paper: the offences of official men were thus hitched into rhyme. Thus, the fear of satire checked the haughtiness of power.”

Amen to that.

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