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Logging rampage given the OK as Tasmanian government gags debate again

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Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change Media Release. Pic: Daniel Haley. Pub: Sept 2
03.09.14 6:00 am

Tasmania is set for a logging rampage in existing reserves and previously agreed future reserves as the Tasmanian government has gagged debate and pushed through legislation that turns back the clock to rainforest destruction.

TT MEDIA HERE for the range of reactions ... including Will Hodgman, Kim Booth, Phill Pullinger,  Warrick Jordan, Josh Meadows, Jenny Webber ...

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Why the Mt Wellington Pinnacle Special Area should be reduced

Ben Jones. Photo: Mt Wellington viewing deck.
03.09.14 5:45 am

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The Wellington Park Management Trust has sought public comment on a proposal to expand the area available for commercial development on the summit of Mt. Wellington. The Trust is seeking public comment on a proposal to expand the zone for visitor services further down the face of the mountain towards the Organ Pipes. The proposed boundary change is being promoted by the Mt Wellington Cableway Company as necessary to cater for its preferred cable car, function centre and restaurant facilities. In his submission to the Wellington Park Management Trust South Hobart resident, Ben Jones, argues that the Pinnacle Special Area should be reduced and only include the near flat area around the summit and down the slope as far as the current viewing deck. Public submissions on the proposed rezoning are open until the close of business Wednesday September 3.

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NATION: Joe Hockey says $6.5 billion hit to budget bottom line is ‘damn good deal’

ABC. Pic*. Pub: Sept 2
03.09.14 5:15 am

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Treasurer Joe Hockey has hailed the agreement to axe the mining tax - which will cost the budget $6.5 billion - as a “damn good deal” for the Australian people.

Peter Whish-Wilson: The Liberal-Palmer Coalition delivers for the top end of town at the expense of small business

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Peter Whish-Wilson: Greens call on banks and other parties to back new Financial Advice Bill

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Pharmaceutical industry code of conduct fails to find favour

Ken Harvey, Monash University. Pub: Sept 2
03.09.14 4:45 am

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering whether to approve the latest Medicines Australia code of conduct for pharmaceutical companies. The code lays out disclosure requirements for payments and other transfers of value (payment for sitting on drug company advisory boards; air-fares, accommodation and conference registration fees; funds for drug company-sponsored lectures). Doctors are influenced by such payments so it’s important that the public (and their colleagues) know the extent of the largesse.

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Tasmanians puffing twice need to seek advice: National Asthma Week 2014 (1-7 September)

AFT CEO Cathy Beswick. Pub: Sept 3
03.09.14 4:15 am

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While many Tasmanians will rejoice in the first day of spring, for some it heralds the dreaded hay fever season, notorious for exacerbating asthma symptoms. The Asthma Foundation of Tasmania (AFT) is warning those with uncontrolled asthma to seek advice.

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The propaganda war on Russia continues unabated ...

Bart Wisse*. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:30 am

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On August 8, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a non-disclosure agreement whereby information on the progress and results of the investigation of the MH17 disaster would remain classified.

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Liberals’ missed opportunity

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: Will Hodgman. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 4:45 am

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Either there wasn’t a budget crisis or the government is yet to find a solution. After five months at the crash repair shop, the budget that emerged is little different to the previous model. If anything it’s worse.

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Kim Booth: Greens Alternative Budget Avoids Public Sector Job Cuts and Pay Freeze

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‘We are part of the war’: Andrew Wilkie and Greens angry at Iraq announcement

Fairfax. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 31
01.09.14 5:00 am

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Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens are fuming the Abbott government has committed Australia to weapons air drops in Iraq without consulting parliament.

Guardian: The rage against Abbott

Pedestrian: Pussy Riot slams Australia’s human rights record

MEANWHILE, asylum seekers ...

Andrew Wilkie: Merits review for asylum seekers

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DPP targets John Gay’s millions ( ... on an equal footing with drug dealing ... )

Mercury. Pic: John Gay walks free (Garry Stannus pic)
01.09.14 4:30 am

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THE hunt for former Gunns chairman John Gay’s illegal earnings is set to become a national test case for how the profits of crime are calculated.

What Christine Milne says ...

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Tarkine - A National Park Beckons

Ted Mead
01.09.14 4:15 am

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Home to the largest single tract of temperate rainforest in the nation, the destined Tarkine National Park will soon become an economic natural goldmine for Tasmania’s northwest.

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Forestry Tasmania, in Comments: Forestry Tasmania is preparing an application to the Forest Stewardship Council® for a temporary derogation to allow the continued limited use of the registered insecticide alpha-cypermethrin to protect eucalypt plantations from severe defoliation by insect pests ...

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Critic of Tasmania’s health reform gets Government invitation to contribute to plan

Mercury. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: Sept 1.
01.09.14 4:10 am

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HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard - A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) - to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.

• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard ...

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Mother Mountain: The Symphony of Birdsong (27)

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01.09.14 4:00 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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Bob Brown Foundation presents 3rd annual Environment Awards

The Bob Brown Foundation
01.09.14 3:50 am

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The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 3rd annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

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The Fearnley dispute: An update by a mate

Stephen McMahon, Friend of Charlie Fearnley
01.09.14 3:45 am

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Ed: Tasmanian Times again presents the basic details of a dispute involving a former Flinders Island fisherman/farmer, Paul ‘Charlie’ Fearnley and Queensland primary industry officials and a property where Charlie’s cattle have been agisted. Charlie says he has been in a desperate fight to rescue and save his beloved cattle. TT cannot verify the details of the dispute ... but one thing is certain and stark: In the Abbottland that Australia has become it is the most vulnerable who suffer, the least able who go under ... in this case, apparently, Charlie’s cows ...

My name is Stephen McMahon and I am writing on behalf of Paul (Charlie) Fearnley in regards to his herd of cattle in QLD.

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A tale of two towns

Greg Cure
01.09.14 3:27 am

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When people ask me what’s my hometown I always say without hesitation, Strahan.

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Norfolk Island dies while Australian Government thieves and thrives

Fiona Hills
01.09.14 3:15 am

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The Australian Government gives Indonesia, and East Timor and other international aid bodies, Billions of Australian Tax Payer Dollars every year… Our same Government withholds ALL the monies derived through the Exclusive Economic Zone of Norfolk Island from that Island’s Government, past and present.

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I could go to jail for this next month

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01.09.14 3:00 am

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New ASIO spy laws are not designed to combat jihadists: they are so ASIO and its “affiliates”can legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November.

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Swedish journalist visiting Australia calls for a stop to surrogacy

Matthew Holloway. Pic: of Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Pub: Sept 1
01.09.14 2:45 am

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Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, activist and feminist visiting Australia as a guest speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to be held in Sydney.  She has stated ...

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The Rotorua Circus

Evan Whitton
01.09.14 2:30 am

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FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English? [1978] This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.

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