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A horror budget for patients

Martyn Goddard. Photo: Bob Burton
27.05.16 6:56 am

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Deep, deep behind the back-on-track guff, the state government has hidden the details of its ongoing evisceration of public hospitals. You will find the figures, if you look hard enough, in Table 25.2 on page 108 of the second volume of Budget Paper Number Two. You can’t get much more hidden than that without disappearing altogether.

• John Lawrence in Comments: Pete(#1) your observations are spot on as usual. I addressed some of these matters HERE .As you say the solutions are easy. Separating people from their prejudices and preconceptions is the problem.

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Writers | Martyn Goddard | Politics | State | Health | News

Peter Gutwein’s 2016-17 Budget Speech

Peter Gutwein. Photo: Rob Walls
27.05.16 9:33 am

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This is the third Budget I have handed down as Treasurer, and I can confidently say that under the Hodgman Liberal majority Government, Tasmania is back on track.

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Politics | State | Economy | Education | Health | Planning/Heritage

Huon Valley Guessing Games: Huon waits on the real umpire’s call

Bob Hawkins.
25.05.16 4:30 am

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Nothing I have seen or heard since the new council was elected in October 2014 has dissuaded me from believing that the dysfunction that the board appears to have found at Huon Valley Council is a direct consequence of a vendetta on the part of those who wield the power at council against a man who believes that, if local government in the valley is to best serve the interests of the whole community, reform of the system and an opening up of the valley to communication with the outside world are vital.

• Bob Hawkins in Comments: For the record: Cr Ken Studley resigned early in tonight’s council meeting, and immediately left the chamber, briefly pausing for a comment by the mayor. His departure appeared to have been premeditated. Studley was elected to council in October 2014 on the Heart of the Huon ticket.

• Geoffrey Swan in Comments: … I wrote a comprehensive letter of formal complaint to the General Manager of 7HOFM on 10th April which I said in part: The behaviour and conduct of Michael Newell in his interview with Mayor Peter Coad was totally reprehensible, abusive, rude, dominating and frankly, disgusting. Michael Newell’s vocabulary and continued aggression demonstrated: …

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Writers | Bob Hawkins | Politics | Local | State

Damning findings on training company spark calls for Tasmanian Liberals to return donations

Bob Burton. Photo: A Careers Australia webpage.
24.05.16 5:17 am

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The Tasmanian Liberal Party is under pressure to return a $23,500 political donation after an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) led to the private training company repaying $44 million in public funds and cancelling the enrolments of over 12,000 students.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Politics | National | State | Education | Editor's Choice | Legal

Stop the nonsense Mr Turnbull

Urban Wronski. Photo: Rob Walls
23.05.16 6:11 am

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NBN Bust! A brief, grainy, almost noir, news item, with not much action and an eerily silent soundtrack screening repeatedly on national TV Thursday night wins feature of the week, Le chat mort or the dead cat award, in the Federal Election campaign, the latest episode of the long-running Canberra political soap opera, Days of our Knives, (M for mature audiences only.)

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Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | National | State | Opinion

Australia’s soaring housing costs signal need for a new economic consensus

Tom Bentley, RMIT University and Jonathan West, University of Tasmania.
23.05.16 12:13 am

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The questions we need to ask now are not so much whether house prices will slump, or whether they are too high. Instead, we should ask: what is investment’s role in the wider economy? And how can the underpinning consensus, which is outliving its usefulness, be renewed?

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Media Releases: May 23 to 29, 2016

Editor
23.05.16 12:01 am

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If you have a media release you want published, please submit it as a comment on this thread and the editors will review it as soon as possible and publish it if appropriate. This thread will only be open for the week of May 23 to 29, 2016. For the following week a new thread will be created.

• May 24, 2016: Standing up for CSIRO public meeting

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Lamby

Photo: Bob Burton.
22.05.16 12:25 am

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Lamby by Anna Williams. Lamby - which is made from old spark plugs and steel - currently resides on the Sculpture trail at the Birchs Bay Art Farm. The trail is open until July 17th, 2016.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Arts

Peter Dutton: a menace to multicultural Australia

Michelle Grattan. Photo: Kate Ausburn (Flickr)
20.05.16 6:37 am

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If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry.

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Southern hemisphere joins north in breaching carbon dioxide milestone

Paul Krummel, CSIRO and Paul Fraser, CSIRO. Photo: Paul Krummel
19.05.16 4:40 am

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As we predicted last year, the background atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured at Cape Grim on Tasmania’s northwest coast have officially passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. Our measurements, compiled by our team at CSIRO together with the Bureau of Meteorology, show that the milestone was reached on May 10 ... That is an increase of 43% in scarcely more than two centuries, largely as a result of human activities. The time to start reversing that trend is now.

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Politics | International | Environment | Science

Paul Mason warns political journalists: ‘You have no real idea what is going on’

Martin Belam Guardian in Perugia
18.05.16 11:59 pm

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Ex-Channel 4 News economics editor tells International Journalism Festival that making a film about Greece gave him new insight into reporters’ knowledge

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The Australian Financial Review goes missing on Unaoil scandal

Bob Burton
18.05.16 12:01 am

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The leaking of a treasure trove of internal documents to The Age unmasking corruption in the global oil industry has triggered global media coverage and triggered police to launch anti-corruption investigations in a raft of countries. But the Australian Financial Review (AFR) – Australia’s only national business newspaper – paid scant attention to the scandal.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Politics | International | National | Media

Media Releases: May 16 to 22, 2016

Editor
17.05.16 1:55 pm

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If you have a media release you want published, please submit it as a comment on this thread and the editors will review it as soon as possible and publish it if appropriate. This thread will only be open for the week of May 16 to 22, 2016. For the following week a new thread will be created.

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When the going gets tough on the campaign trail ...

Urban Wronski. Photo: Rob Walls
17.05.16 11:09 am

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When the going gets tough on the campaign trail, Australians discovered last Wednesday, the tough may just get up and leave.

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Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | Local | National | State

Council Recommends Public Apology to Maori Trust Board Following 1080 Poison Article

Clyde Graf – Councillor - Waikato Regional Council
17.05.16 8:28 am

Waikato Regional Council determined in its Public Excluded, Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday the 10th of May “THAT Councillor Graf issue a written public apology to Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.”

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It’s a ferry good idea

Shane Humpherys Photo: Michael Coghlan (Flickr)
13.05.16 2:28 am

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An integrated and comprehensive ferry service is a no brainer for Hobart and to address my increasingly problematic parking fines and associated shares in Myer along with those other little issues around traffic congestion, energy consumption, atmospheric pollution, and public amenity.

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More young Tasmanians take up smoking

Martyn Goddard. Photo: Tony R, Flickr
12.05.16 11:26 pm

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New figures showing an unexpected increase in smoking among young Tasmanians will put pressure on the state government to move forward with its announced plan to raise the smoking age.

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Writers | Martyn Goddard | Politics | National | State | Health

Turnbull stumbles into election campaign

Urban Wronski
12.05.16 11:10 pm

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Giving a new spin to Ambrose Bierce’s view that politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage, Tony Abbott surges above a pack of hopeful contenders to set the seeking of advantage as a key theme of the week in politics on Wednesday night as other MPs past their use-by-date are farewelled.

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Regulars | Urban Wronksi | Politics | National | State

Why we need a Royal Commission into banking and financial services

Max Atkinson. Photo: Bob Burton.
11.05.16 4:23 pm

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There is now a heated debate over the need for a royal commission into banking and financial services, with the government continuing to defend its controversial inquiry into trade union corruption while rejecting moves by Labor and the Greens, backed by two-thirds of voters, for a comprehensive look into the murky world of money-lenders.

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Writers | Max Atkinson | Politics | National | State | Legal

Tania Rattray Supports the Real-Time Reporting of Drinking Water Data

Tim Slade
11.05.16 1:04 am

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On Saturday Tania Rattray defeated three candidates to extend her twelve-year reign as the member for Apsley in the Legislative Council. Tania Rattray has supported the reporting of all drinking water data, and in real-time.

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Writers | Tim Slade | Politics | State | Environment | Health

While the cat’s away …

Editors. Photo: Rob Walls
08.05.16 4:54 pm

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For the next couple of weeks Tasmanian Times is going to be operating at a slightly slower pace than normal and in a slightly different way.

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Another Eagle Electrocuted

Nick Mooney
08.05.16 3:45 pm

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Late in the evening of 4th May a staff member from Richmond Primary School reported to my home what they thought to be a dead or badly injured eagle near the side of Pittwater Rd they saw while walking their dog. The bird was indeed dead and had classic signs of a massive electrocution.

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Writers | Nick Mooney | Environment | Editor's Choice | Science

Media Releases: May 9 to 15, 2016

Editor
06.05.16 7:42 pm

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If you have a media release you want published, please submit it as a comment on this thread and the editors will review it as soon as possible and publish it if appropriate. This thread will only be open for the week of May 9 to 15, 2016. For the following week a new thread will be created.

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Tony Abbott, an envelope with $5000 in cash and a Liberal campaign donation

Bob Burton
05.05.16 10:02 pm

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In what he thought were passing comments at the tail-end of parliament, Tony Abbott has inadvertently reignited debate over the need for a federal anti-corruption agency.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Politics | National | State | News

Tasmanian Liberals land private training company as a major donor

Bob Burton. Photo: screenshot of Careers Australia webpage
05.05.16 4:15 am

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The Tasmanian Liberal Party has revealed that one of its major political donors is the controversial Careers Australia Group, Australia’s largest privately-owned registered training organisation.

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Writers | Bob Burton | Politics | National | State | Legal

TT: It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends ...

Editors. First published May 2
04.05.16 6:30 am

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It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends. With the rise and rise of online readership via mobile devices, Google is making some big changes to how its search engine ranks different websites. Those which rank as having a mobile-friendly design will be upgraded in its search-engine rankings. Those which aren’t considered mobile-friendly will end up becoming far, far less visible to those searching the Internet. So Tasmanian Times needs to upgrade the software the site runs on as soon as possible to make the site mobile-friendly. We will also be making some changes so that articles unique to Tasmanian Times are eligible to be included in the Google News Index, which will help project contributors’ articles out to a much wider audience. Of course, it would be great if the changes cost nothing, but they don’t. All up the changes might cost in the order of $3000 …

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Writers | Bob Burton | Lindsay Tuffin | Politics | Editor's Choice | Media | Society

BASSLINK: Tasmania’s power crisis

John Martinkus, The Saturday Paper. Pic* First published May 1
04.05.16 6:15 am

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Mismanagement of Tasmania’s once-abundant hydro-electric resources combined with the driest year on record see the state on the brink of wintertime power cuts.

Examiner: Renewables a focus of second Basslink study: Warwick Smith

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

BASSLINK highlights State’s budget woes (includes links to earlier TT BASSLINK stories

The SATURDAY PAPER gives one free read a week. Take your pick ...

James Wheeldon (a former ASIC lawyer): Heads must roll at corporate regulator ASIC

Manus, Nauru detention: this is not our Australia

The Strange Politics of Negative Gearing

French subs builder’s record of corruption

Paul Bongiorno: Coalition attempts to win win votes with submarine politics

AND, from REUTERS ...

How France sank Japan’s $40 billion Australian submarine dream

WEDNESDAY May 4 ...

ABC: ‘Grave concerns’ Tasmanians will face high power prices due to energy crisis A Senate inquiry report has raised “grave concerns” that Tasmanians will be slugged with higher power costs as a result of the ongoing energy crisis. The state remains in an unprecedented crisis brought on by record low hydro dam levels and a broken Basslink cable. The committee heard from a range of stakeholders, including Energy Minister Matthew Groom, the head of Bell Bay Aluminium, Ray Mostogul and economist John Lawrence. It made five recommendations, including that the State Government commission an independent inquiry into the circumstances leading up the energy crisis …

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What is wrong with our Environmental Science?

Murray Dench* First published May 4. Main Pic*
04.05.16 6:10 am

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Recent headlines on Tasmanian Times ( HERE ) state that Hobart’s reputation as a global centre for excellence for science and research is at risk. We have seen the loss of almost 200 CSIRO jobs in Tasmania in recent years. Why has science suddenly lost integrity and its importance? Is it funding-related Bias that is the problem; what exactly is wrong with our environmental science! This is a widespread issue noticed not only in Tasmania. Science has a problem. Murray Dench discusses the issue at length from his side of the ditch.

• Jack in Comments: Rarely has an article on this topic taken us back far enough from the trees so that the forest may be seen. This article does that task very well. This one is going straight to the Pool Room. Yes, yes and yes. The prime issue is not whether you believe one side of a scientific argument or the other. All hinges upon the embrace of skepticism and the resourcing of public science as an enterprise capable of ‘self-correction’. That can’t be done where self-interest is the driving force and independence has been abandoned. As was brilliantly pointed out, science is not the truth but the search for truth. It is a way of dealing with uncertainty, not a way to promote a monoculture of certainty. Our policy makers don’t seem to have the first clue about what science is. Perhaps a parliament of lawyers and bankers can’t really be expected to? …

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The Budget ...

Lenore Taylor, Political Editor Guardian. ABC pic of Scott Morrison. First published May 3
04.05.16 6:05 am

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Budget 2016: ‘jobs and growth’ pitch costs wealthy retirees, smokers and multinationals Scott Morrison’s first budget offers company and personal tax cuts – for those earning over $80,000 – but nothing for families on $37,000 to $80,0000

• Use the TT NEWS dropdown menu for other sources of breaking news/comment on The Budget ...

Guardian: Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead The poll shows 57% support for Labor’s carbon emissions policy and 43% of voters in favour of negative gearing

• Andrew Wilkie in Comments: A bad Budget for Tasmania

• Sinead Colee, NUS, in Comments: Dates for Budget protest

Mark Shea: One small step that could make Australia the Innovation Nation!  ... TT Travel HERE

• Jarvis Cocker in Comments: ScoMo had that look about him tonight. You know the one: the lost, defeated, tortured look of a bloke stuck in the wrong job, with no way of escaping it. Actually, in light of his recent D-Grade media appearances, he put on a half-decent show. The Murdoch papers will say it was a ‘steady-as-she-goes’ performance, and a responsible Liberal Budget. Whatever news outlets lefties read these days will scream about the lack of funding for Gonski/asylum seekers/doctors/furries (delete fave self interest group where relevant). And for anybody actually looking at the Budget forecasts, well, they’ll probably wonder where it all went so horribly wrong for this government …

• In Comments: What TasCOSS, AEU, Will Hodgman, the Three Amigos etc, reckon ...

WEDNESDAY May 4 ...

Guardian Politics Live: Turnbull government unleashes the Big Sell

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Regulars | Jarvis Cocker | Politics | National | Economy | Environment | Editor's Choice | History | Planning/Heritage | Personal | Society

It’s nothing personal, Eric ...

Hans Willink. Pic of Eric Abetz, ABC. First published May 3
04.05.16 6:00 am

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… If Eric’s Senate team perform poorly, his influence within the Liberal Party and the Government would drastically decline. Who knows? He might even retire, having recently acknowledged that he would be paid more from his parliamentary pension than if he kept working as a backbencher.  …

TT Satire: Bullshit Ahead: Next Eight Weeks ...

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