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State Governments can’t control the economy. There, I’ve said it ...

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Tom Ellison* Pic* Pub: Aug 22
23.08.14 6:45 am

At the Federal level, there’s scope for influencing consumer demand and business investment through application of monetary policy, and the labour market through regulation.  As we’ve seen in recent years, a mirage of economic prosperity can also be created through Keynesian stimulus.  But it’s only an illusion, and when the school halls are built and the Family Tax Benefit bonuses spent, the real economic forces at play come back to haunt us.

Virtually none of the multitude of handouts, subsidies, grants, benefits, or waived revenues has made a positive impact to Tasmania’s finances in recent years (as far as we can tell, because in most cases, regardless of the dollar value, there has been no analysis or evaluation of the benefits).  And we’re talking billions of dollars here. Looking at the long and sordid history of corporate welfare in Tasmania isn’t a happy exercise.  It’s the sort of capitalism a committee might dream up – acknowledging the ability of the private sector to create positive community outcomes, then distort the same system by favouring some participants over others or throwing cash around at random.  A level playing field on a 60-degree slope.  Or Robin Hood on acid. So the Treasurer hands down his first Budget next week ...

TT Media HERE for every Opinion including FSC, education, Bryan Green, West Coast roads, police boats, Protest bill, GE, National Parks, Mike Kent mayoral candidate,  Jan Davis, Community Cup, Refugees ... etc etc AND GP tax, SN-F, Mt Wellington, Waterway fears, Bacon on the Budget ... HERE

WHAT MSM says ...

ABC: Tas budget: Treasurer flags six years to turnaround state’s woes

Mercury: Putting the Government Back in the Black

Barry and Examiner: $2.4b wage bill

Advocate: Budget is “all about balance”

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John Gay’s $3.1m illegal trading windfall pursued by Commonwealth

Edith Bevin, ABC Pic*
23.08.14 4:59 am

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The Commonwealth prosecutor’s office has revealed disgraced Tasmanian businessman John Gay made more than $3m through insider trading, and has vowed to pursue the funds.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Interesting how the powers that be could not decide how much money he made from the insider trading, now the commonwealth dpp has found a way. Fairly simple eh just multiply the number of shares by the price he got. Of course he may or may not have got less if he waited to sell them but the facts are that he did not wait. There may yet be some justice done. Not holding my breath though as we all know the laws are written by the rich to advantage the rich.

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Harriss Amendments Threaten FSC

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. ABC pic of Paul Harriss and Will Hodgman. Pub: Aug 21
22.08.14 6:00 am

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The Forests Minister Paul Harriss, must confirm whether he has sought formal advice from Forestry Tasmania regarding the impact of his last-minute amendments to the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Bill upon its application for Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC), said Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP.

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Come clean on Forestry Tasmania subsidies

Peg Putt, Jenny Weber: New Leaflets Raise Alarm Over 1.5 Million Hectare Logging Grab. Includes link to Flyer

• Download Basil Fitch submission: SKMBT_C45214082015230.pdf

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Lost opportunity the real NAPLAN Story

Professor Eleanor Ramsay, Emeritus Professor Michael Rowan, educationambassadors.org.au Media Release
21.08.14 12:55 pm

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Tasmania’s poor school retention rates in years 11 and 12, and unacceptably low Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) completion rates are the real lesson from the latest NAPLAN results, according to a new education alliance.

“But every year the majority of our young Tasmanians leave school before completing year 12, so we are failing to develop and wasting the talents of more than 50 percent of our next generation” Professor Ramsay said.  “This makes it harder for our kids to find jobs, less likely that they will gain higher paying and more secure employment, and has negative impacts on their physical and mental health and overall well-being. It also makes it harder for our employers to find the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses and match their interstate competitors” she added. Professor Rowan added: “It is just not fair that young people in Tasmanian schools cannot simply go back to their school after completing year 10 to undertake years 11 and 12 like students in schools all over the rest of the country.”

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ABC: UTAS could split under pressure of federal funding cuts

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News Corp cuts up rough ...

Lindsay Tuffin
21.08.14 10:35 am

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Media giant News Corp - which controls a majority of the nation’s print media - has cut up rough, threatening legal action over Crikey’s publication of apparently damaging internal financial analysis. It’s not the first time the media Big Boy which loves to dish it out, has shown its super-sensitive side ... • Here’s Crikey’s latest ...

Bill Shorten and the News Corp method of blackmail

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Why a drover’s dog* will win the next federal election

Phil na Champassak Pub: Aug 20
21.08.14 6:30 am

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“The economy, stupid”. Remember that phrase that propelled Bill Clinton to a successful US presidential campaign against the incumbent George H W Bush in 1992?  Well this phrase will come to haunt Tony Abbott, who will have to beware of the drover’s dog. His government has unfortunately worsened the budget bottom line and endangered the economy after 11 months of inaction, and for introducing a harsh and failed budget that has alienated large sections of the community: the retirees, the sick and disabled, the school leavers thinking about a university education, the young about to enter into the workforce and those aged 50 plus looking for non-existent jobs, those from the public service and sunset manufacturing industries about to join the growing legion of unemployed, the parents of schoolkids, small business owners, multicultural Australians, ADF personnel losing danger pay in operational theatres overseas, and I probably forgot a few other groups – all who have to compulsorily vote.

Ross Gittins, SMH Economics Editor: Abbott and Hockey: Why poor people don’t matter

Tony Wright, Age National Affairs Editor: Clan Turnbull again at odds with Tony Abbott, this time over Scottish independence

Marti Zucco: Lambie is a disgrace

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Scott Bacon: China comments condemned

Independent Australia: Ignorance is crippling Australia

TasCOSS: Federal welfare moves would hit thousands of Tasmanian jobseekers and their families ... INCLUDES two Fact Sheets

Will Hodgman: Tasmania’s Door is Open to China I believe they were entirely inappropriate and I repudiate them as offensive and very inflammatory. I will be communicating in very clear terms the views and policy objectives of the Government, which I believe reflect the views of the vast majority of Tasmanians. I will be doing that to senior Chinese Government officials and, most notably, the Chinese Ambassador and also the Federal Government.

Public Forums: Future of Film in Jeopardy

Christine Milne: Economy, Tarkine, Tasmanian Brand, Jacquie Lambie, RET

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian: Crisis, what crisis, asks Coalition, spinning as the budget wheels come off ... Yes, the appropriations bills have passed, but the lack of urgency stands in stark contrast to the rhetoric up until now

ABC The Drum: It’s not you Mr Hockey, it’s the Budget ...

Guardian: Scott Morrison sees detaining children as a ‘consequence’ of border protection. Immigration minister defends hardline policies, saying they discourage asylum seekers from risking their lives at sea

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Triabunna and Government: Victim of cognitive capture by self interested promoters and groups

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk. Paul Tapp picture Pub: Aug 19
21.08.14 5:00 am

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Submission to Inquiry into the Triabunna woodchip mill The committee is to be commended for delving into this period of public policy. If lessons can be learnt and processes, checks and balances established we may be able to avoid a repetition of the disastrous lost decade for Tasmania. More than any other event the hurried sale of the Triabunna mill suggests the insolvency of the previous owner at that time, yet public policy makers and their masters, the willing or unwilling victims of cognitive capture turned a blind eye to the obvious and further delayed the inevitable. The relentless pursuit of a policy objective come hell or high water has proved to be an extremely risky strategy not only for the beleaguered residents of Triabunna but for all Tasmanians.

Nick McKim: New Legal Advice on Radical Anti Protest Laws Legal advice from Mr Greg Melick SC has confirmed that the government’s anti-protest laws carry “...a high risk of capturing individuals who would not in any sense be characterised as extremist”. Mr Melick has also advised that the legislation’s sentencing regime “...diminishes the separation of powers and is likely to lead to unjust outcomes…”, and that “...it is very likely that it could be challenged as to its Constitutional validity…”.

Rene Hidding: Labor hypocrisy over Triabunna wharf

Peg Putt, Jenny Weber: New Leaflets Raise Alarm Over 1.5 Million Hectare Logging Grab
• Link to Flyer
http://www.bobbrown.org.au/protected_no_more

• Download Basil Fitch submission: SKMBT_C45214082015230.pdf

• Graeme Wells, in Comments: Well done John! The probity report on Gunns’ compensation, from Wise Lord and Ferguson, is coy about the advice received from Treasury as to options available to the government regarding implementing the IGA.  But to quote the probity report, “The Treasury advice concludes that there is no right answer with respect to what is required to extinguish the existing contractual arrangements. They have recommended to split the available money equally between the parties”. In the end, of course, Gunns got the whole $23m. As to whether the government did due diligence on the solvency of Gunns, I wrote to the Premier on 4 August 2011 asking whether the government had ever done a study of the commercial viability of the pulp mill, and whether the $23m was just propping up Gunns. I did not get a direct answer on the first issue so I concluded that no study of commercial viability had ever been conducted. Premier Giddings’ reply is reproduced below.

Christine Milne: Economy, Tarkine, Tasmanian Brand, Jacquie Lambie, RET

ABC: Vote on Tasmanian Government’s signature policy to scrap forest peace deal delayed

Kim Booth: Come Clean on Forestry Tasmania Subsidies

• PB, in Comments: In answer to one of John Lawrence’s questions the following information confirms that the $11.5 million payment to FT came from public funds via the IGA.  I raised my concerns with the Auditor-General over the potential misuse of taxpayer funds by email on 20 September 2011 as follows ...

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I sat ... where my ancestor sat, transported for machine-breaking ...

Rodney Croome. Pic* Pub: Aug 18
21.08.14 4:30 am

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Address by Rodney Croome to Rally Against Anti-Protest Laws. City Hall, Hobart 16.8.14 Twenty six years ago in September 1988 the Hobart City Council banned a Salamanca Market stall belonging to the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group because it “didn’t want any homosexuals in its family market”.

Tasmania had come full circle. The wounds of the past were healed. None of this would have happened under the draconian laws being proposed today. Instead of being held in police cells for a few hours, as awful as that was, we would have faced mandatory gaol sentences and fines of between $10,000 and a quarter of a million dollars for disrupting a place of business.

• John Hawkins: Witch hunting in the 21st century requires more than a ducking stool and a hot fire ...

ABC: Loggers back environmentalists over Tasmanian forest industry advisory group

Nick McKim: New Legal Advice on Radical Anti Protest Laws Legal advice from Mr Greg Melick SC has confirmed that the government’s anti-protest laws carry “...a high risk of capturing individuals who would not in any sense be characterised as extremist”. Mr Melick has also advised that the legislation’s sentencing regime “...diminishes the separation of powers and is likely to lead to unjust outcomes…”, and that “...it is very likely that it could be challenged as to its Constitutional validity…”.

Australian Lawyer for Human Rights: UN Human Rights Office asked to investigate protest laws

Miranda Gibson: Anti-protest laws spark national protest vigils

ABC: Anti-protest laws: Nationwide rallies planned over Tasmanian Government’s legislation

Nick McKim: Stubborn Government Refuses to Listen to Legal Experts

Paul Harriss: Labor learns nothing - still joined to the Greens’ hip

Peg Putt, Jenny Weber: New Leaflets Raise Alarm Over 1.5 Million Hectare Logging Grab
• Link to Flyer
http://www.bobbrown.org.au/protected_no_more

• Download Basil Fitch submission: SKMBT_C45214082015230.pdf

Christine Milne: Economy, Tarkine, Tasmanian Brand, Jacquie Lambie, RET

ABC: Vote on Tasmanian Government’s signature policy to scrap forest peace deal delayed

Kim Booth: Come Clean on Forestry Tasmania Subsidies

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Global rock climbers alarmed at cable car proposal

Henry Barber (USA), Chris Bonington (UK). Photo: John Fisher on 'Daedelus', Mt Wellington by Dave James.
20.08.14 5:30 am

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Leading rock climbers from around Australia and the world - including Tim McCartney-Snape, Brigitte Muir, Chris Bonington and Doug Scott - have written an open letter to Premier Will Hodgman expressing alarm about the proposed cable car. “As rock climbers who have had the privilege of visiting your State and who deeply value the unique environment of Mt Wellington,  we are extremely concerned at reports of a proposed cable car being built directly over the Organ Pipes ... The projected line of the cable car, as shown on the proponent’s web site, is of particular concern as it goes directly over some of the most iconic climbs in Australia,  let alone Tasmania,  climbs that we and many others will travel half way round the world to enjoy.”

The Media Release, here

Christine Milne: Economy, Tarkine, Tasmanian Brand, Jacquie Lambie, RET

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Hobart Baroque and the Tasmanian economy

Martyn Goddard. Pub: Aug 18
19.08.14 3:00 am

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When the Tasmanian Premier rejected a request for $800,000 to help stage next year’s Hobart Baroque music festival, the producers were instead offered $300,000 in state funding. Tasmania, the government said, could not afford more. The head of the Tourism Council, Luke Martin, supported the rejection, saying its ‘numbers just didn’t add up’. But an analysis of the economic impact of the festival shows not only that the next festival ‒ if it had been allowed to go ahead ‒ would have produced a stimulus of almost $9 million to the state’s economy but also that the government would have got its money back through taxes and charges. In other words, the government could have got a major festival of ongoing national and international significance for nothing, while permitting a significant economic boost to the state.

Nor do they include intangible assets created by the festival, such as a positive contribution to the image of the state as a destination for arts tourism or as a progressive and interesting place. They also do not include the negative intangibles involved with the event’s cancellation, or the effect on Tasmania’s image of personal and aggressive attacks on the well-regarded and well-known artistic director, Leo Schofield, such as those by the Liberal Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley.

Christine Milne: Economy, Tarkine, Tasmanian Brand, Jacquie Lambie, RET

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NATION: The bewildering Tony ...

ABC. Pic of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 18
19.08.14 2:50 am

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared supporters of Scottish independence are not “friends of freedom” or “friends of justice” in an interview with a British newspaper.

Age: Compromise on Budget, says Julie

MEANWHILE, in America ... is this Christopher Pyne’s vision?

Rolling Stone: Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy

Kim Booth: Abbott Ideological Threat to RET is a Threat to Local Jobs

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Forestry Tas: Devoid of commercial purpose

Dr. Gordon Bradbury, http://www.blackwoodgrowers.com.au Pub: Aug 18
19.08.14 2:30 am

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Having recently spent time in the library doing research I came across this little piece of forest history that might interest some readers. It clearly demonstrates the abyss that exists between forest industry and political rhetoric in Tasmania, and the painful and costly reality we continue to endure.

ABC: Loggers back environmentalists over Tasmanian forest industry advisory group

Kim Booth: Come Clean on Forestry Tasmania Subsidies

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Sue Neill-Fraser – fundamental failure of the rule of law

Andrew L. Urban Editor & Publisher http://www.pursuedemocracy.com
18.08.14 3:50 am

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Several serious legal errors were made at the 2010 trial of Sue Neill-Fraser, any one of which warrants the murder conviction being set aside, according to a legal expert in miscarriages of justice.

Andrew Wilkie: Too much doubt surrounding Sue Neill-Fraser trial

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Well sinners ... welcome to the launch ...

Jo Flanagan
18.08.14 3:45 am

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Well sinners, welcome to the launch of Born Bad: Original sin and the making of the western world, James Boyce’s new history. We’ve all come here to give this wonderful man a big cheer for writing this book and to enjoy that unique institution - the Tasmanian book launch. It’s the launch where everyone in the room is a relative or friend of the author, or they’re asupporter of our precious Tasmanian writers. There’s a lot of love in the room, but speeches have to be kept short because everyone wants to have a drink and catch up with their friends.

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Crude Awakening

Chris Harries
18.08.14 3:30 am

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Travel energy may wreck Tasmania’s renewables advantage – but only if complacency allows it, says Chris Harries ...

Kim Booth: Abbott Ideological Threat to RET is a Threat to Local Jobs

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Who is Nathan Carswell?

Bob Burton. Image: Nathan Carswell's Facebook page.Pub: Aug 13
18.08.14 3:20 am

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Nathan Carswell seems to be a man of strong opinions: he loves the idea of building a cable car up kunanyi/Mt Wellington, admires cable car developer Adrian Bold and derides critics of the proposed project. He has had comments published on Tasmanian Times as well as The Mercury website but – with one minor exception – only ever on the topic of the cable car. Back in late 2012 Carswell even made a detailed submission to the Wellington Park Management Trust, urging the agency to change the management plan to accommodate the cable car. In his submission he even went so far as to argue against the practice of the Hobart City Council clearing the road to the summit of Mount Wellington after heavy snowfall. Who exactly is Nathan Carswell?

• Susan Smith, in Comments: Wow well done - reassuring to see that investigative journalism still alive and well. Thank you.

• Nathan Carswell, in Comments: Wow, what a beat up. Is friendship an offence now? I contribute to these debates under another name (as I’m sure many opponents equally do). I’m still a ratepayer, and my opinions expressed still count. I just prefer not to use my own name for privacy reasons. While Adrian has passed on your number, I have no inclination to talk with the reporter for the same reason.

• Alderman Eva Ruzicka, in Comments: This article raises some very serious concerns for any planning process.  I have asked our Council’s General Manager what safeguards are in place to test the veracity of any representor submissions to a development application generally.  Likewise, can he verify what safeguards that the Trust has? That Aldermen will likely have to assess any development application on its land on kunanyi/Mt Wellington, this article raises a serious allegation of perversion of the planning process.  If people are salting the Trust process for assessing any changes to the Pinnacle Zone, how seriously can the Trust’s deliberations be taken?

• Nathan Carswell, in Comments: I’m Nathan Carswell and so is my wife.

Respect The Mountain Re: Nathan Carswell: Trust must clamp down

• Phil na Champassak, in Comments: This is a forensic examination at its best. Making a public submission under a nom de plume is seriously misleading and has probably consigned the cable car project to oblivion.

Ted Cutlan, ROCC: Mountain assessment process flawed “The current process means that anyone can put in an anonymous submission. We call on the minister Matthew Groom to review the process and restore the integrity of the management of the mountain” “ROCC will be writing to the WPMT today, insisting that the current changes to the management plan should be abandoned until the integrity of the process can be assured.”

• Alderman Eva Ruzicka, in Comments: So I asked the questions: What safeguards does Hobart City Council have for determining the authenticity of development application representations?  Is it possible for a person to fake an identity to lodge a representation and for Hobart City Council to not know?  Further, given the land on Mt Wellington belongs to Hobart City Council, and the issues raised by Mr Burton, what measures can the Council take to test the veracity of any management plan submissions for amendment, either for or against?  Especially now as there is a management plan amendment open for submissions and much is riding on the outcome? And the end result of my enquiries:

• Editors, in Comments: Pilko Steve & Ben: The “Who is Nathan Carswell?” story in the view of the editors does not disclose personal information and therefore the privacy issue does not arise.

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (25)

Don Knowler. Pic: Wikipedia's picture of the Organ Pipes
18.08.14 3:15 am

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The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here

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Bacall and Bogart

Evan Whitton
18.08.14 3:00 am

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TO MAKE SOME kind of sense of the following, rather fraught, interview, we append some brief data on Ms. Lauren Bacall and Mr Humphrey Bogart.

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Abortion-on-Demand Revisited

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
18.08.14 2:45 am

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When I started in the early years of this century to apply a consistent analysis of the consumer revolution that had begun to assemble itself in the 1950s and some aspects of the sexual revolution that had come in its wake ( See Meditations on Post-Modernity at http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1576546-Meditations-on—Postmodern... )  it started to dawn on me that some of the rather blithe assumptions of my youth lacked sufficient substance to withstand rigorous critical inspection; particularly the ideology coming out from the now old New Left libertarian laissez-faire human rights crowd.  But change in my attitudes was slow in coming, for ‘progressivism’ had once been my ideological meat and drink.

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