"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
Scruffy Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published December 3
05.12.13 4:00 am
I am a very important dog or so my Master tells me.
• Scruffy’s Facebook profile
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: If Scruffy runs I will vote at the elections otherwise I won’t bother. I know Scruffy and she is an honest dog, no bones about it. She can be relied upon totally to do what she says and to be true to herself. Go Scruffy.
• Jack, in Comments: Will Scruffy be giving a press conference? Some questions the press gallery would like to put to him: If he wins a seat in parliament will he be tempted to sniff the arses of all the members? What is his policy on gay marriage and the humping of legs? Is he vaccinated against the usual parliamentary diseases; distemper and foot-in-mouth disease? Will Scruffy represent the interests of blue ribbon poodles as well as working dogs? Has he ever eaten from a pork barrel? He holds his tail proudly, but does he risk it wagging him? Is he trained as a (bull) scat detection dog?
Katherine Wilson* First published December 2
05.12.13 3:45 am
Tasmania is currently reviewing its ban on genetically modified (GM) crops. If other states’ experiences are anything to go by, Tasmania will be facing underhand industry tactics.
Michael Atkin, 7.30. First published December 3
05.12.13 3:29 am
Two Australian millionaires will transform a key Tasmanian woodchip mill into a major tourist attraction, in a blow to the State Government and the forestry industry.
• Bob Brown: “the Abetz view of Tasmania as a quarry and woodpile is not only last century, it is directly responsible for worsening Tasmania’s poorer economic performance and higher unemployment rate ...
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Bloody hell the mill has been closed now for years, how is that going to affect the industry in any way. Woodchipping on mass is dead, otherwise Gunns would still be running Tasmania. Gunns closed the mill because it was unviable, why would a ship travel the extra distance to Triabunna anyway when truck drivers get paid a pittance to take the logs from the southern forests all the way to Bell Bay. What a joke, the real story is more likely that the mill was old, rusting and in need of far too much maintenance to keep it going. The board and management of Gunns have shown themselves to be inept businessmen who relied on taxpayer handouts and a puppet government to survive. Good Riddance. Glad to hear another nasty chapter of the book is closed and hopefully Mr Woods and Ms Cameron will do very nicely with such a lovely site.
• Ben Quin, Triabunna, in Comments: It remains a hopeless position for the old Tasmanian forestry industry. If its leaders believe that economic viability remains rooted in the dream of a revived export woodchip mill at Triabunna, then it is an industry that should rightly be put to bed and lights out. No more stories from that book, thanks. The next chapter is the one about how Gunns was good for Triabunna and all its navvies.We should get enthusiastically behind Woods’ proposal. Triabunna will thrive with a new agenda.
Mercury. ABC. First published December 4. Pic: of Jacqui Lambie
05.12.13 3:20 am
PALMER United Party Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie has hit back at a senior colleague’s label of “Boganland”, describing herself as a champion of the underdogs who live in the real world.
• Labor and Liberals slump in latest Tasmanian poll as Greens’ support surges
• Tasmanian Palmer party candidate Marti Zucco quits over dispute with Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie
• Tim Morris: Growth signs in Tasmanian economy
Kay Seltitzas, Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania MR First published December 2
05.12.13 3:15 am
Experts back new health investigations at Tasmanian lead mining town The Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania (THMTT) has welcomed recent statements made by Professor Ray Kearney from The University of Sydney Medical School in support of the need for new public and environmental health investigations in Rosebery.
• Isla MacGregor: Wightman and O’Byrne must act to give EPA teeth Isla MacGregor said ‘Alex Schaap’s comments are just not good enough coming from the head of Tasmania’s so-called independent environmental watchdog. Apparently he has no intention of regulating an appropriate standard for lead emissions, and better protecting the health of mining town residents’.
• Isla MacGregor, in Comments: Post ABC7.30, will Brian Wightman call Alex Schaap into his office to please explain? Will there be yet another jump in NPI emissions data as a result of the first reporting of the first full year’s emissions data being delivered to the EPA? Will the EPA allow MMG Rosbery mine to keep on emitting levels of pollutants based on guidelines they can meet as opposed to guidleines to minimise public health impacts of Rosebery residents? Why is it left to the Tasmanian public to voluntarily and without any resources whatsoever, do the job that should be done by an independent EPA?
Peter Lloyd, ABC
05.12.13 3:00 am
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended an ASIO raid on the offices of a lawyer in the East Timor spying case, saying it was done in the national interest.
Michael Safi, The Global Mail, via People Before Pokies
04.12.13 4:02 am
The Abbott government is set to strip landmark gaming reforms meant to combat Australia’s world-leading gambling problem.
Dr Robert Moles* Pic: The yacht at the centre: Four Winds. First published Demcember 2
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The Sue Neill-Fraser case Overview The criminal appeal system in Tasmania is in breach of international human rights obligations - and has been so for over 30 years. Most people would think that if that were so, someone would have noticed it and done something about it. Also, if it transpired that a major criminal conviction (the case of Sue Neill-Fraser) was contrary to reason, common-sense and the law, one might think that it would be quickly sent back to the courts for review. Neither of those things has happened yet. To understand why, we need to place the case into a broader context.
Dr Robert Moles* First published December 2
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Angela Marsh, Southern Beaches Conservation Society Dump the Toxic Dump MR.
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The Southern Beaches Conservation Society (SBCS) is deeply concerned about an application received by Sorell Council from Southern Waste Solutions (SWS) to develop a waste remediation facility at the Copping Landfill Site.
Picture: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/ SMH
03.12.13 4:00 am
We don’t need no educashun. We don’t need no Gonski. Nuffink wrong with literacy here in Channel Court, Kingston.
03.12.13 3:28 am
• Secret 5-Eyes document shows surveillance partners discussing what information they can pool about their citizens • DSD indicated it could provide material without some privacy restraints imposed by other countries such as Canada • Medical, legal or religious information ‘not automatically limited’ • Concern that intelligence agency could be ‘operating outside its legal mandate’
Cassy O'Connor Minister for Community Development.Pic*
02.12.13 4:20 am
The Minister for Community Development, Cassy O’Connor, today congratulated the Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support network (TASS) ( who won the Tasmanian Times Tasmanian of the Year Award ) for winning a Tasmanian Human Rights Award 2013 in recognition of their outstanding work in advocating the human rights of people seeking asylum in Tasmania.
02.12.13 4:15 am
Forestry scandals in Tasmania are nothing new. This three-part article summarises some remarkable scandals from 70 years ago. Their exposure was behind the State overnment’s decision to establish the Forestry Commission in 1947, replacing the Forestry Department created by the Forestry Act 1920. The catalyst was a little-known Royal Commission into ‘irregularities’ in forestry administration.
• John Biggs, in Comments: I was fascinated to read about Burbury’s whitewash. That was completely in character of defending the Establishment whatever the evidence. Years later in 1956, Burbury then Solicitor General was chairing a University committee of enquiry into the conduct of Professor Sydney Sparkes Orr. Orr had been largely instrumental in getting a Royal Commission into maladministration at the University; the Commission found the Council and Vice-Chancellor Hytten wrong on several counts. In revenge, Hytten, with Council member Burbury leading the attack, tried to sack Orr, unsuccessfully until a prima facie case of his seducing a student came to light. When Orr tendered his resignation from the Chair of Philosophy (to protect his family not as an admission of guilt, he said) he would be due six months salary, but Burbury said: “What we shall do to Orr will cost us less than six months’ salary.” (It cost the University much much more, including its reputation). When Bill Hodgman, Orr’s lawyer (and father of Michael) accused Burbury’s committee that what it was doing was illegal, Burbury cheerfully admitted: “Of course it is!” Burbury was a thoroughly nasty piece of work but that didn’t prevent him (it probably helped, given the nature of Tasmanian Establishments) becoming Chief Justice then Governor of Tasmania with the main hall at UTAS being named after him.
Nick Mooney, Wildlife Biologist
02.12.13 4:00 am
Ed: TT ran out of time to post all the amazing pictures. Here’s a selection ...
02.12.13 3:45 am
The news recently that the Monty Python comedy team is rising from the dead to present a new series of shows gives hope to their many fans that the famous dead parrot joke from the 1960s will be updated for the 21st century. If the Pythons need new material there could be no more bizarre and farcical notion than that the thylacine somehow survives in the wilds of Tasmania and is just waiting to be rediscovered after 70-odd years. With apologies to John Cleese and Michael Palin, Don Knowler rewrites their sketch.
Evan Whitton. Pic: of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain at the height of the dingo controversy
02.12.13 3:40 am
This is the 29th extract from Our Corrupt Legal System, by Evan Whitton (@EvanWhitton1) available free at netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
Luke Mogelson. Photographs by Joel Van Houdt. New York Times, Nov 5
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More than a thousand refugees have died trying to reach Christmas Island. But faced with unbearable conditions at home, they keep coming.
02.12.13 3:15 am
Tony Abbott has announced the launch of a personal line of premium fragrances that will include a custom scent inspired by Tasmania. The new Incompetence series of perfumes will be released to the public, or not, possibly sometime in 2014, at least before any by-election, or may have already been released but constitutes a matter unable to be confirmed or denied.
Presented by David Obendorf
02.12.13 3:00 am
A FORMER prison chief Barry Greenberry fears for the security of weapons held in Hobart’s Risdon Prison after two men smashed into the jail reception and escaped unchallenged.
• Guardian: Why is Sweden closing its prisons? Sweden’s prison population has dropped so dramatically that the country plans to close four of its prisons. What lessons can the UK learn?
Graeme Wood is only spruiking for the Green vote leading up to the State election.
Tasmanian tourism could not manage…