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Tarkine Rivers Run Wild and Free

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20.07.18 6:30 am

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May the Tarkine’s rivers flow wild and free! Conservation of primeval places in Tasmania has been founded on battlegrounds over the state’s wild rivers. Last century the magnificent Lake Pedder, and many of the wild western rivers were lost through ignorance and indifference, yet the Franklin River was ultimately saved through the commitment of many with the enlightened ideology of - ‘Wilderness is the preservation of the world’ …

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Rosny Hill: Symptom of a broken system ...

Tom Allen* Pic: Packed to the rafters ... the public meeting
20.07.18 5:30 am

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After an hour or so of Clarence City Council getting a resounding hammering, I almost began to feel sorry for Mayor Doug Chipman. Almost but not quite because Rosny Hill is a shambles entirely of the Council’s own making. Inexplicably, the Council went from talking about a café on Rosny Hill to actively facilitating a huge hotel complex, something it appears not a single local resident wants …

… Third, eminent UTAS Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick spoke of the uniqueness of the nature reserve itself and how the value of the reserve to local people isn’t countenanced by a large hotel complex. He was followed by Tasmanian Conservation Trust’s Peter McGlone, who talked of the uniqueness of the area’s natural heritage, including Tasmania’s only nature-reserve population of leafy sun orchids, and how this would effectively be destroyed by the development.  …

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‘Walls of Jerusalem face threat of Biblical Proportions’

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20.07.18 5:20 am

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Tasmanian anglers are looking to the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg to protect the Walls of Jerusalem National Park from a new tourism development inside the World Heritage Area …

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UTAS properties in the city ...

The Hag* Bill Kinnane, Rosetta
20.07.18 5:15 am

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But wait there’s more ... It’s a planning application for a UTAS development at 40 Melville Street.  Compare the descriptions - UTAS and HCC - and tell me if you think the council’s fudging the details …

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‘Deals behind deals?’

Rachael Trueman, president Save our South Inc. Media Release Pic*
19.07.18 5:00 am

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What is really going on behind closed doors? There seem to be discrepancies between what Will Hodgman and Southwood Fibre’s James Neville Smith are saying. The government is connecting this proposal to an EOI process (ABC Mornings 29 June), whereas Mr Neville Smith is unequivocally denying, that the “Dover Bay Woodchip Export Facility was included as part of the State Government’s 2015 Expressions of Interest process for southern forest residues” (Huon News 11 July). Unless there was another “secret” EOI process, it would seem, that someone is not telling the truth …

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Tasmania, the GST and Peter Pan economics

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18.07.18 6:15 am

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In the Peter Pan pantomime the MC pleads with the audience to shout out that they believe in fairies. Otherwise the beloved fairy Tinkerbelle will fade away. Present politics in Canberra is a bit like that. We are all asked to suspend rational thought and fervently believe in this new era of Pixie Economics where Tinkerbelle Surpluses will not fade away …

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‘Loggers ask Federal Government for more millions – Conservationists outraged’

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18.07.18 6:12 am

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Save the Tarkine and Bob Brown Foundation are outraged that Australia’s Forest Products Association (AFPA) has held out another begging bowl to the Federal Government to log and burn native forests in Tasmania. “AFPA’s opportunistic requests for another $10 million for the already massively subsidised logging industry can only be described as the height of bad manners. They’re talking with their snouts full,” said Save the Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan …

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Tourism and debates we are not supposed to have ...

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18.07.18 6:10 am

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Recently the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ron Christie, had the temerity to raise the question of over-tourism. All but one (Dr Eva Ruzicka) of the aldermen condemned him along with Luke Martin, representing the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT), in an article in The Mercury on 2 July 2018, and no less than two Mercury Editorials …

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Poker machines – a time for change?

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18.07.18 6:00 am

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I was recently asked to provide a 550 word article on any topic for the Advocate newspaper. Whilst, I have publically stated I would prefer Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs/pokies) to be limited solely to Tasmanian Casinos and the TT Line and not be housed in pubs and clubs that probably isn’t going to happen; especially with the current Government negotiating the next twenty year deal. I therefore suggest that we should, as a supportive and responsible community, at least aim to remove 50% of the machines from our communities by 2023. The article below appeared in Monday 16 July Advocate newspaper.  Some of your readers may be interested in this topic.

… Player losses in Tasmania through EGMs in 2016-2017 amounted to $182 million - 60% (approximately $110 million), was attributable to pokies in pubs and clubs.  Some Tasmanian towns which can least afford them have the highest concentration of pokies. Glenorchy has 270 machines with $20 million dollars lost in revenue to that community in twelve months. Devonport has 230 poker machines for a community of 30,000 people. Nearly one poker machine for every ninety adults, one of the highest rates in Tasmania, extracting approximately 12 million dollars annually from locals. While the industry stakeholders claim pokies create jobs, information provided to the Inquiry challenges that position.  The Committee was informed that $1 million in pokies revenue provides three jobs in the gaming industry, in the retail industry, a million dollars would support 10 jobs, and in hospitality, $1 million equates to 16-18 jobs …

Tim Costello: Revealed: Victoria transfers 414 pokies licences from clubs to pubs

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‘Badger cull operation cost taxpayers £76,000 per animal’

The Independent, via Leo Schofield.
18.07.18 5:50 am

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An operation to reduce the spread of tuberculosis in cattle cost £76,000 for each badger killed …

Leo Schofield: It amounts to $134,934.84 ... A bargain. This is what the Tasmanian Government spent on the Fox Force ... and they didn’t even kill one.

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NATION: Who is the real baby, Trump or Turnbull?

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18.07.18 5:30 am

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Who’s the real baby here? A monster orange balloon-effigy of Trump as an angry baby in a nappy, complete with blonde comb-over and blue mobile in tiny hand, scares him off London, Friday. It’s a brilliantly surreal representation, of the inner Trump which also evokes just how untethered this president is from his administration. Or from reality …

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Murder and Mayhem ...

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18.07.18 5:15 am

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... The Murder of the Imperial Family by their executioner Yurovsky This chilling translation from the original Russian was written by the man responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family and their retainers in the early hours of the morning of July 17th 1918 at Ekaterinburg, now the site of the golden-domed Church of the Blood and a host city for the World Cup …

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‘Walkley Award-winning journalist Evan Whitton dies, aged 90’

Rachel Clun, The Age
18.07.18 5:00 am

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Journalistic giant Evan Whitton, most famous for uncovering police corruption and his coverage of the Street Royal Commission, has died …

Obit, SMH: Journalist won five Walkley awards for ground-breaking journalism

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Tasmania’s new electricity smart metering rollout ...

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18.07.18 4:55 am

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... Why opting out may be your wisest, and healthiest choice On December 1, 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) final rule determination, titled: “Expanding competition in metering and related services” came into force in Tasmania, SA, NSW, the ACT and Qld. The rule states that this is a framework which is designed to, “promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions …”

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‘Lack of public information on polo pony deaths after Tasmanian event worries vet, horse breeder’

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17.07.18 5:45 am

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Almost six months on from the mysterious deaths of 16 polo ponies, a senior equine veterinarian is baffled by the “unacceptable” lack of information, while an industry veteran is warning that without any answers the impact will continue …

ABC: Polo pony deaths still under the spotlight, pressure grows for answers

ABC: Minister refuses to release details of probe into polo pony deaths

ABC: Polo pony deaths: Animal welfare expert to quit over delays in Tasmanian investigations

Animal Justice Party: Animal Justice Party calls for transparency and accountability with investigations

Courtney doges question on mass salman escape and seal deaths

Cassy O’Connor: New Minister Walks Away From Predecessor’s Commitment on Animal Welfare

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‘BirdLife Tasmania welcomes DPP’s appeal of penguin killer’s sentence’

Dr Eric Woehler, BirdLife Tasmania Convenor Media Release
17.07.18 5:00 am

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… “Within 24 hours, people around the world were expressing their feelings about the killing of the penguins and the sentence imposed,” Dr Woehler said …

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The Inconvenient Truth: Geelong Star and Basslink

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17.07.18 4:45 am

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... Opportunity, motive, means ...

The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago.  More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land …

… I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable …

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‘McKinsey’s catastrophic part in the CBA – Bankwest takedown’

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16.07.18 1:50 am

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The McKinsey firm appears to develop academic theories for banks to use in clinical trials on their customers. Dr Evan Jones reports …

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Why Co-operatives ... ?

Stephen Cameron*
14.07.18 6:45 am

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Co-operatives, and the closely related Mutuals, are not a common subject of conversation, but we think they should be …

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Environmental damage at Chauncy Vale

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14.07.18 6:15 am

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NEW STORY ... … Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission …

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Mr Trump visits Europe ...

Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission
14.07.18 6:00 am

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Max Atkinson ... And the Importance of Values ...

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14.07.18 5:53 am

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… But the heart of the problem, and a reason why major parties are now so much on the nose, has been a self-serving view of the duty of an elected representative, which puts party policy (and especially the need to avoid an appearance of internal dissension) above the duty members owe the public, which includes the duty to act in accordance with community values Max Atkinson

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Lest we Forget ... Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918

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14.07.18 5:49 am

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John Maynard Keynes, prominent mid-century economist, is often cited as having answered a challenging question with ‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’^ Happily for us, and even more so for our future generations, there has been a lot of mind-changing, reinterpretation and revision (not to be confused with any ideologically biased ‘revisionism’) our ‘Great War and modern memory’ …

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‘Patients spent up to six days waiting in Royal Hobart Hospital ED for psych bed, stats show’

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14.07.18 5:45 am

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Mental health patient wait times in Tasmania’s emergency departments are the worst in 20 years, a senior representative of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry says …

Advocate: Mental health wait times revealed in new figures from government

Andrew Wilkie: Mental health crisis dragging police off the beat

Labor: Hospitals at new crisis point as Michael Ferguson – again – fails to act • What will it take for Michael Ferguson and the government to act? • Frontline staff assaulted, staff safety at crisis point• Code Blacks instigated, ambulance ramping at unacceptable levels while Ferguson turns a blind eye …

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‘Australia broke the law in East Timor scandal’

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13.07.18 4:45 am

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… Mr Wilkie said Australia’s unlawful use of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service to bug East Timor’s cabinet office during gas and oil negotiations had never been investigated and that must now be remedied. The Federal Government is going after Witness K, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, but leaving the substantive matter unaddressed,” Mr Wilkie said …

ABC: East Timor bugging: Politicians call for AFP to investigate Australian spies’ role in 2004 operation Intelligence whistleblower turned independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to launch an investigation into the role the nation’s intelligence services played in the bugging of East Timor’s cabinet room …

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Addressing demand in prostitution, which political party has the courage to do it right in Australia

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12.07.18 7:00 am

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While European countries have been moving towards “society without prostitution” and gender equality, Australia and NZ has been experimenting with various legislations but failed to address and diminish demand for it. While the focus of legislation has always been on the prostituted (vast majority of who are female), the buyers have not been scrutinised, but instead buying has been normalised, in effect signalling that buying another person’s body is ok in our society …

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‘First US land-farmed Atlantic salmon go on sale’

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12.07.18 6:45 am

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Wisconsin land-based fish farmer and hydroponic vegetable grower Superior Fresh has begun selling its first Atlantic salmon in Festival Foods stores in the northern US state …

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The missing argument ...

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12.07.18 5:33 am

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... Do environmentalists ignore it because it’s too complicated?  I am restating an argument here that environmentalists could use to support any and all of their campaigns, but which they ignore. This seems disastrous to me, because it might end their interminable conflicts with developers and politicians - and it could do that by showing everyone that they are making much more sense than their opponents …

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French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family

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11.07.18 6:00 am

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Part V: King Edward VII and his French Bulldogs The French Bulldog portrait statuettes of Cody and Custer belonging to Elizabeth Balletta and the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich and the two portrait statuettes of King Edward VII’s Norfolk wire fox terrier, Caesar and the Clumber spaniel Sandringham Lucy in the British Royal Collection are the finest known hardstone Fabergé carved dog statuettes …

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8th Hobart Oration - Justice for the Next Generation, Julian Burnside and Behrouz Boochani

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11.07.18 5:50 am

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July 23, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm

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