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Lindsay Tuffin*
29.08.18 6:30 am

At long last! After many false starts, Tassie Times has found a tech who is able to perform the upgrade to become mobile friendly. There’s so many archives - a decade’s worth at least - it’ll take that long. You’ll still be able to comment, apart from the time of migration. Thankyou LN, JBH, PJG, In the Loop, KR, Anon, NJS, JC, Anon for your regular incredible support of Tasmanian Times. Could not do it without you …

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A PM who represents Bondi to a PM who represents Cronulla ...

Thomas Kent*
29.08.18 6:15 am

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Wait wait. You mean we just exchanged a PM who represents Bondi to a PM who represents Cronulla … ?

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‘Spirit of Tasmania owners sued over the deaths of 16 polo ponies amid claim they died on board’

Peta Carlyon, ABC
29.08.18 5:45 am

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The Spirit of Tasmania operator TT-Line is being sued for negligence over the death of 16 prized polo ponies that crossed Bass Strait in January …

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Capitalist globalisation and nationalism: when race and the ethnicity of money debases debate

Dr William Briggs*
29.08.18 5:44 am

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What does Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor and Australia First Party leader, Jim Saleam have in common? It’s a question that is unlikely to pop up in any trivia night, but then what they say is by no means trivial. They very nearly share a point of convergence in a vigorous, and highly questionable anti-Chinese rhetoric …

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Is Low Police Numbers in Rural Tassie Areas The Norm?

Callum Jones* Pic: The Tasmania Police badge
29.08.18 5:42 am

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Is it normal for police stations in rural areas in Tasmania to be under-manned at night? This is the question I asked myself in March 2016, when I went camping at Port Arthur. On the first night of my stay, one particular man was clearly thinking about the tragic massacre that took place in 1996 …

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NATION: You’ve got to hand it to Morrison before he takes all credit for himself

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29.08.18 5:37 am

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… In his two-year career as Immigration Minister Morrison saw at least one major incident where he was shown to lie about an attack 17 February 2017, on a 23 year old refugee Reza Barati, who, Morrison maintained for days, was outside the compound of the Manus Island detention centre, until incontrovertible evidence emerged later that the young Iranian man was in fact attacked by a gang of guards inside the compound. Witness and fellow Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani writes: “Even though four years have passed, the killers have yet to be brought to justice, and there are still no clear answers to the fundamental questions concerning the riot.” Reza Barati’s parents still hold Morrison completely accountable for their son’s death. A senate inquiry found the cause of the riot to be a failure to process asylum seeker claims, stating the violence was “eminently foreseeable”. It also found that the Australian Government failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers, including Barati. Morrison accused Labor and the Greens of using the report “as a blatant attempt to whitewash their own failures in government”. Nice …

… Morrison did admit later that his comments were insensitive and inappropriate. But how many incoming PMs have hung with Hun Sen? Or sipped champagne with Pol Pot’s former Khmer Rouge battalion commander, a mass murderer and his cronies in Phnom Penh, just four years ago, as he sealed a bargain A$55m deal, whereby they would take five of our refugees off our hands … ?

Kevin Rudd, The Age: Cancer eating the heart of Australian democracy

Tim Colebatch, Inside Story: Turnbullism without Turnbull

Will Hodgman: Federal Ministry

ABC, Michelle Grattan for the Conversation: Furious voters deliver their verdict as Scott Morrison’s Government plunges in the polls

ABC: Conservative Liberals moving against newly promoted moderate Richard Colbeck

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Continuous land clearing ...

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29.08.18 5:33 am

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Continuous land clearing, overgrazing, recurring unnatural droughts and diverted water flows allow no chance for vegetation renewal …

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Of Envoy’s Past ...

John Hawkins*
29.08.18 5:30 am

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The word envoy appeals to me …

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The bitter harvest for Federal Tasmanian Liberals continues, 2 years on: The Turnbull legacy

Phil Na Champassak* Pic: of Eric Abetz from his website ...
28.08.18 6:30 am

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… The relations between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the hard right in Tasmania does not bode well for our Tasmanian federal Liberal parliamentarians who had voted for Dutton with the exception of Senator Richard Colbeck, who made a Lazarus-like return to the Senate as a result of the disqualification by Section 44 of the constitution by the then very capable President of the Senate, Stephen Parry, due to dual citizenship. The reasons for Tasmanian Liberals being out of favour by Turnbull is partly explained in my July 2016 article Tasmanian Federal Liberal’s Bitter Harvest: Parts 1 & 2 ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php/article/tasmanian-federal-liberals-bitter-harvest-parts-1-2 ). But this time the three amigos are Senators Abetz, Duniam and Bushby. Back to the dunce corner for them, with them no traction with the incoming Morrison government … !

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Launch: Among the Willows and Wild Things, TFWF Sept 15, 1.15pm

Forty South
28.08.18 6:23 am

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Among the Willows and Wild Things: The Fingal Valley Nature Diary of a Young Girl in the 1930s by Ann Page will be launched at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald, on Saturday September 15th at 1.15pm. It is a free public event …

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Murder by the Prosecution book launch

Andrew L Urban*
28.08.18 6:15 am

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Please find attached your invitation for the book launch of Murder By The Prosecution by Former Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings at 11am on Thursday 6th September in Hobart at Fullers bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart Tas 7000 to follow with a book signing at 5.30pm …

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REVIEW: ‘Refining the definition of wilderness’ by Hawes, Dixon & Bell

Geoff Holloway*
27.08.18 6:15 am

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The first sentence in this booklet states that, “There is at present no consensus on how wilderness should be defined”. This is quite a bold claim given that the IUCN has had a definition of wilderness in its Protected Areas category since 1994 …

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REVIEW: The Power of Hope

Elizabeth Fleetwood*
27.08.18 5:45 am

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I have just finished reading “The Power of Hope” by Kon Karapanigiotidis.  This truly powerful book reminds us just how much power resides with us – you, me, our immediate community, and the people of Australia …

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‘Tasmanian Liberal renegade Sue Hickey’s blast for Abetz, Duniam, Bushby over Turnbull ‘sabotage’’

Selina Ross, ABC. Pic: of Eric Abetz from the Libs' website
26.08.18 6:00 am

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Tasmania’s parliamentary speaker has given a scathing critique of the three Tasmanian Liberal senators who she said were party to the “vicious, vindictive and vengeful” events that culminated in the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull, reserving special barbs for her long-time sparring partner Senator Eric Abetz …

• Read the advice of the Solicitor-General on Peter Dutton’s eligibility ...
Solicitor-General-Advice-24-8-18.pdf

Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation: Minister for Environment a powerless nonentity

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‘Hello Rupert, bye-bye Malcolm’

Analysis by Bruce Guthrie, The New Daily. Pic: Flickr
26.08.18 5:45 am

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Anyone who doubts Rupert Murdoch’s role in the political chaos that has played out in recent days has never worked for him at a senior level …

• Read the advice of the Solicitor-General on Peter Dutton’s eligibility ...
Solicitor-General-Advice-24-8-18.pdf

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‘The Saturday Briefing ... ‘We know where the bodies are buried’’

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25.08.18 6:37 am

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As Malcolm Turnbull stalled on a second leadership vote on Thursday, by demanding those betraying him identify themselves, some of his conservative colleagues were threatening to release damaging information about him to destroy his career …

Guardian, Katherine Murphy: Scott Morrison faces uphill battle after Liberal party bloodbath New prime minister could accommodate Peter Dutton in government and does not rule out return of Tony Abbott …

ABC: Scott Morrison and Liberal Party tasked with reinstating public trust after leadership crisis As they return to their local electorates, Liberal politicians now have to explain this week’s events to voters …

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Scomo!x

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 7:15 am

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Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop have all thrown their hat in the ring for leadership, but must secure numbers to force PM to call a party room meeting at noon. All the day’s politics, live …

Jane Salmon: Human Rights Abuser Wins Leadership

Ross Hart: It’s now time for Australians to decide

Rodney Croome: LGBTI advocates urge Prime Minister Morrison to govern for all Australians

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‘Government shuts down parliament amid leadership crisis – politics live’

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 7:00 am

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Labor’s Tony Burke has pounced on the decision, saying ‘there will be no question time today because they don’t know who their prime minister is’. All the day’s politics, live …

Guardian: Peter Dutton may not be eligible to sit in parliament, Labor’s legal advice says Liberal leadership challenger’s interests in childcare centres could be in breach of section 44, leading barrister says

Kym Goodes, CEO TasCOSS: TasCOSS comment on Federal Leadership issue

Jane Salmon: Human Rights Abusers Lead the Field For National Leadership

Students and community groups call protest against Liberal leader

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‘Malcolm Turnbull survives Peter Dutton leadership challenge – for now’

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 6:45 am

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The home affairs minister resigned and went to the backbench after winning 35 votes to Turnbull’s 48 in leadership spill …

Politics live, Guardian here

Morrison’s Return Rocks Refugee Activists

Facebook Ministry of Satire: Dutton’s early years and background ...

GetUp: How to stop Peter Dutton?

Christine Wallace, The Conversation via ABC: A relationship of mutual convenience between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal Liberal party is drawing to a close. Each used the other for practical purposes. Mr Turnbull used the Liberal Party as his vehicle to enter parliamentary politics and become Prime Minister, having earlier tried but failed to win behind-the-scenes preferment for a Labor seat. The Liberal Party, in turn, used Mr Turnbull to squeeze out another election win in 2016, papering his face over that of his unpopular predecessor, Tony Abbott, who by mid-election cycle had proven a likely electoral loser …

Peter Whish-Wilson: Government corporate tax cut Bill dies with Government … Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This is a victory for civil society over corporate interests. A cut to corporate tax would undoubtedly lead to cuts to the social safety net and public services for all Australians. …

Sue Bailey, Examiner: Malcolm Turnbull holds press conference after corporate tax bill voted down by Senate

SMH: Dutton childcare company received $5.6 million in public money

SMH: Turnbull government’s company tax cuts defeated in the Senate

SMH: Liberal leadership crisis: Peter Dutton vows to challenge Malcolm Turnbull again LIVE

SMH: ‘An absolute budget blower’: Turnbull and Morrison slam Dutton’s first policy

ABC: Solicitor-General to check if Peter Dutton is in breach of constitution

SMH: ‘Decade of dysfunction’: business delivers blast over political crisis

ABC: Malcolm Turnbull’s ministers trying to jump ship — who’s in and who’s out A slew of resignation letters have landed on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s desk since the tight Liberal leadership ballot. Who are the detractors Mr Turnbull can no longer rely on …?

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‘Writers Festival shines light on the Tamar’

Peter Gutwein, Liberal Member for Bass Media Release
24.08.18 6:37 am

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The biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival returns for 2018 with the theme of Tasmania on the Global Page …

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‘Quentin Beresford in conversation with Bob Brown ...’

Fullers Bookshop Media Release
24.08.18 6:30 am

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SPECIAL EVENT: Adani and the War Over Coal
Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart
30 August 2018, 17.30 – 18.30PM

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Julie Bishop loves to speak in code and she saved her best one-liner for last

Royal Hobart Hospital at risk of losing training accreditation again over lack of operations

Tasmania’s House of Assembly approves legislation to enable participation in National Redress Scheme

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Protest outside David Coleman’s Office today

National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018 passes

Speaker Hickey ejects two MPs from Parliament

Giving Robert financial regulation responsibility shows contempt for Royal Commission

Health Minister fails to reveal details of new termination service

Ferguson fudging the figures on Tasmanian crime rates

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No sign yet of millions promised to Latrobe during byelection

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Freycinet Lodge renewal project welcomed as a win-win-win

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