Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader Media Release Pic: of Damien Mantach First published August 25. ABC pic of Eric Abetz
29.08.15 10:30 am
The Premier continued his empty ‘nothing to see here’ rhetoric in Question Time today when repeatedly asked about the Tasmanian Liberal Party’s dealings with its former State Director, Damien Mantach.
• Bryan Green: Questions to answer over stolen funds “The Premier’s response to serious questions in Parliament today was pathetic and his defence that the stealing allegations were dealt with ‘appropriately’ is just not believable.”
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• PB in Comments HERE: From the Australian dated August 22, 2009 by Matthew Denholm: Liberals admit role in hate ads THE Liberal Party has come clean about the extent of its involvement in hate advertisements placed by the Exclusive Brethren sect in the last Tasmanian election campaign. Despite having once denied any co-operation over the advertisements, the Liberal Party yesterday confirmed its staff had transferred the text to electronic format, vetted the ads for compliance with the electoral laws and forwarded them to its advertising agency. The advertisements, which ran in local newspapers in the 2006 state election campaign, targeted the Greens, claiming the party’s policies on transgender and intersex people would ``destroy families and society’‘. In March 2006, then Liberal state director Damien Mantach insisted there was ``no co-operation’’ between the party and the Brethren over the ads. But The Australian revealed documents in January 2007 showing the ads were billed by three separate newspapers to an advertising account held by the Liberal Party. Mr Mantach then admitted meeting Brethren members to discuss ``tactics, themes and messages’’ in the lead-up to the election campaign. But he continued to deny the party paid for or placed the advertisements … • And there are further reproductions from MSM by the wonderful PB, HERE …
• John Hawkins in Comments: … The missing link is that Stephen Hales of the Christian Lobby Group but in fact of the Exclusive Brethren was a sponsored and declared Lobbyist in the Federal Parliament sponsored by non other than one Senator the Hon Eric Abetz. Was it as a result of Abetz as the sponsor that, Mark Mackenzie, Stephen Hales and Bruce Hales met the Prime Minister in his parliamentary Office. This fact I suggest links between the Exclusive Brethren, Hales, Mantach, Abetz and the cover up in Tasmania that has now cost the Liberals some $1,500,000 in Victoria. What say you Senator Abetz?
• John Hawkins in Comments: The senior and key player in this saga that has now cost the Victorian Liberals one million five hundred thousand dollars is a man who was at the time sitting in the Senate illegally as a dual national, a Tasmanian, one Senator Erich Abetz. Abetz was willing to accept $50,000 on behalf of the Liberal Party from Gunns three weeks after being made Minister for Forests, Gunns was a company then pushing a pulp mill in his home state Tasmania run by John Gay ... now a convicted criminal. Not a good look Erich - will the “Mantach Gate” prosecution make the words of Lady Caroline Lamb ring true?
• Senator Nick McKim on Liberal’s Mantach Scandal Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz, has serious questions to answer given revelations yesterday by Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman that Senator Abetz was briefed on Damian Mantach’s Tasmanian credit card scandal in 2008. Questions that Senator Abetz must now answer include: • Exactly when was he briefed and by whom? • Exactly what was he told? • Why did he allow himself to become complicit in a cover-up of the real reason behind Mr Mantach’s resignation? • Why did he not inform his Liberal colleagues in Victoria of the real reason behind Mr Mantach’s resignation? • Why did he not insist that the matter be referred to Tasmania Police? • When did he become aware that entitlements of Victorian state and federal Liberal MPs were channelled to a printing company which allegedly paid kickbacks to Mr Mantach? • Were his or any other Tasmanian Liberal MP’s allowances used in this way? • Was he the Senator who was a member of the Tasmanian Liberal State Executive Committee under Part VII 1. (h) of the Liberal’s Tasmanian Division Constitution at the time that he was briefed? …
• John Hawkins in Comments: Now Senator McKim. Stand up in the Senate under PP and ask Abetz all those questions as detailed above. It is called conviction politics …
• John Day in Comments: Where are the Auditors, Company Secretary’s, Public Officers, CEO s and Managers of these organisations? Are they deliberately being kept in the dark, and excluded from the truth? How come Liberal Party Office bearers, senior and official Liberal Party spokespersons can allow this alleged fraud to be kept in-house and not reported to the Police? Can a complicit spokesperson or official representative overrule a senior spokesperson or elected representative or official office bearer? Can they continue to cover this up, and let only “those in the know” – wink wink, have some secret explanation of a fanciful version of the actual events, let alone the truth? Where is our media / fourth estate? Who claim to “ask the hard questions and report without fear or favor”? Without the benefit of an investigation how can our Prime Minister claim to have faith in the key player of this alleged fraud? I have worked for a wide range of companies from blue chip companies, international companies, large divisional companies to small owner operators, and if any – any employee had be found to have filed a fraudulent claim say over $50.00 (let alone $A48K and $A1.3M)– they would be dismissed and the matter handed to the Police, the same day.
FRIDAY, August 28 ...
• Mercury: Senator Eric Abetz denies knowing details of Damien Mantach’s departure from Tasmanian Liberals SENATOR Eric Abetz has broken his silence on the Damien Mantach affair, issuing a statement denying he knew the details of Mr Mantach’s debt to the Liberal Party … Last week Premier Will Hodgman said he and Mr Abetz had been briefed on Mr Mantach’s repaid debt in 2008.
• Mercury: Damien Mantach fraud claims: Top Abbott Government Senator, Eric Abetz was briefed on credit card abuse: claim Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman told Parliament that he and Senator Abetz were briefed by the then state president, state treasurer and senior vice-president of the Tasmanian Liberal Party about Mr Mantach’s departure and his $48,000 debt to the party. “The facts are that I was spoken to and briefed … and appropriately so, as was Senator Abetz as the Leader in the Federal Parliament,” he said …
• The Australian: Damien Mantach returns downloaded emails to Liberals The Victorian Liberal Party — reeling from the alleged $1.5 million Mantach fraud — has secured a hard drive full of emails from the former state director that could have exposed the organisation in the run-up to the federal election campaign … The hard drive — packed with emails downloaded by Damien Mantach and deleted from the party’s system — is in the possession of investigators from forensic accountants PPB Advisory … The scandal is also causing strife for the Tasmanian Liberals, including the state government led by Will Hodgman, and senior federal minister and Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz. Labor is demanding both men explain why, despite being briefed about Mr Mantach’s alleged wrongful spending of $47,981 of party funds on a credit card in March 2008 when he was Tasmanian party director, they did not refer the matter to police. Labor has also asked the Tasmanian Electoral Commission to advise whether the failure to declare Mr Mantach’s repayment of the funds constituted a breach of electoral funding laws …
• Pete Godfrey in Comments: #18 Yes Mr T, I too read Mr Abetz strange ramblings in the Mercury. It struck me that he was practicing more sophistry than he usually does. His usual level of sophism is pretty high, I guess being trained in the art it is hard to let go of. The way the law works is that if you are poor, the long arm wraps around you and you are persecuted to the max. If you come from the right section of society or you have a good family name, the blinkers go on fast.
• Bryan Green: Labor refers Mantach affair to Tasmania Police for investigation This week the Premier Will Hodgman has refused to answer serious questions in relation to the Damien Mantach credit card scandal. Outstanding questions still remain: How was the misappropriation of $48,000 uncovered? What was the money spent on? Over what period was the money spent? Why wasn’t the matter referred to police? “Labor has concerns that illegal activity has occurred, and that’s why we have taken the very serious step of referring the matter to police for investigation. “I have written to Police Commissioner Darren Hine seeking a full and thorough investigation. “It is clear that a police investigation is now the only way to get the bottom of this matter.”
• John Hawkins in Comments: … The remaining payment of $5606.36 has not been disclosed as it is under the required legal threshold for disclosure. Why be so secretive over the smaller amount? Who are they trying to protect? Why are we not allowed to know what these sums represent? …
• Nigel Crisp in Comments: Good work John Hawkins, and as you and others say, we await the local media to do their job.
• Bryan Green: Liberal credit card scandal deepens … “Labor is now seeking legal advice as to the fiduciary responsibilities of Mr Hodgman and Senator Eric Abetz as members of the State Executive of the Liberal Party.” “Who was responsible for the so-called administrative oversight? “If the failure to disclose those payments was an administrative oversight, why wasn’t it picked up by the Liberal Party’s auditors?’ “It raises ethical as well as legal questions over whether the repayments made by Mr Mantach were deliberately withheld from the auditors given the strict guidelines for chartered accountants in relation to the failure to report criminal offences.
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ First published: August 24. Pic: Tony Abbott ...
29.08.15 10:00 am
‘Man overboard! Cabin boy Hunt squeals from the crow’s nest where he’s been sent to practise spotting endangered species. A waterlogged periwig bobs uselessly, oddly, among the sodden crusts, fag ends, and potato peelings of cook’s galley slop in a dirty scum off the stern. Losing Dyson Heydon is a cruel but not unfamiliar blow. Abbott’s captain’s picks seldom stick. The ship of state, now utterly rudderless, idle, all projects stalled or shelved, drifts helplessly in foul seas listing further to starboard by the minute and leaking like a lobster pot. Now even a show trial seems beyond it.
• Peter Martin, The Age: National Reform Summit: We are ‘sleepwalking into a real mess’, says ex-Treasury boss Martin Parkinson Australia is facing the equivalent of a recession in the next decade as incomes grow at only a fraction of the officially forecast pace, the National Reform Summit has been told. The past head of the Treasury, Martin Parkinson, told the Sydney summit that unless Australia acted quickly, it would sacrifice as much as 5 per cent of the economy in the next ten years, the equivalent of a recession.
• The Drum ABC: Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia’s super-rich Research reveals a huge proportion of Australia’s richest people amass their wealth via political connections rather than via innovative businesses - which is helping them at the expense of everyone else, write Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster.
• Jacqui Lambie: I have come to the decision I can conditionally support the legislation ... I have since changed my position. In recent months I have undergone intensive consultation with key stakeholders and community members affected by this legislation and I have come to the decision I can conditionally support the legislation. I have also written letters to the Royal Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, John Heydon. In response, Commissioner Heydon todate has refused to share with the Senators all the reports and information on criminal activities and corruption in Australian politics that he has received and/or drafted. I believe these secret reports hold information vital for making an informed decision on the aforementioned legislation. The Premiers of Australia do not have the privilege to vote in the Senate, yet they have been provided the opportunity to access these secret reports. My three conditions are …
• Brian P. Khan in Comments: The Federal Executive should intervene in the Tasmanian Branch as since the passing of Jim Bacon they are inept .Tasmania deserves better and the loss of Lisa Singh will only compound the problem. State parliamentarians of the quality Rebecca White and Scott Bacon are being let down by the selection process. Can you imagine the Liberal advertising Bill Shorten the assassin from “The One Dagger Club ” wants your vote after initiating the demise of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard .We took action and cost Bronwyn Bishop the Speakership for rorting travel expenses
SATURDAY, August 29 ...
• The Saturday Paper: Abbott and the Christian Right. As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott. troducing himself to the Liberal Party’s West Australian state council meeting a week ago, the newly endorsed candidate for the Canning byelection, Andrew Hastie, recalled one particularly happy memory of his childhood. “I was born in regional Victoria in a town called Wangaratta,” he said. “My father started a church there from scratch and I travelled with him in the early years around the vast parish… I have sweet memories of those times.” A little later in his speech, he identified himself as a regular churchgoer and spoke about the work he and his wife do with their church group. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, of course. But ask yourself this: how many job applicants in Australia would feel the need to stress their piety in the interview?
• The Saturday Paper: Nauru’s systemic dysfunction With a new tender imminent for Nauru’s detention centre operations, and a senate inquiry report still due, stories continue to emerge of mismanagement, dysfunction and extra-judicial governance.
Martin Flanagan, The Age. First published August 28
29.08.15 6:00 am
The AFL Commission meets today in Hobart … The question is: Will it continue to treat Tasmania as an early 19th century Governor Arthur-style Colony? It’s regrettable that the AFL Commission, when it meets in Hobart on Friday, won’t get to hear the authentic and significant Tasmanian football voice of Thane Brady. In part, this is because Brady, the president of the North Launceston Football Club, is prepared to state his views on Tasmanian football publicly. Others I contacted from Tasmanian Statewide League clubs asked not to be named because they feared recriminations for their clubs from AFL Tasmania …
• Mercury Editorial: We, literally, want a level playing field THE stark contrast between the facilities available for Gold Coast teenagers who want to play footy at the highest level and young Tasmanians who want to do the same says it all. Gold Coast Suns academy teens train on the silky, green turf amid the first-class facilities of the multi-million dollar Metricon Stadium, supported by highly skilled and well paid AFL coaches and the very best available resources. Their Tasmanian equivalents train on a primary school field with no goalposts. It is a straightforward, and all too common, example of Tasmanians being treated like poor, distant cousins. Young Tasmanians who dream of playing in the AFL at the highest level have to compete against NSW and Queensland boys who have benefited from a far better deal …
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• Ben Cannon in Comments: The Tasmanian government sadly seems to get all its football advice from former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett. It’s probably the same reason they inexplicably decided to kill the A-League bid despite everything pointing in it’s favour. When it comes to market expansion, just looking at participation rates, all FFA needs to do is bide its time.
Lissa Johnson*, New Matilda. First published August 24
29.08.15 5:15 am
This is a long read ... but immensely rewarding. Take the time. You won’t be disappointed ... Activists and environmentalists take note. In this special essay, Dr Lissa Johnson explains how to make people give a damn.
Ted Mead. Pictures: By Anonymous. First published August 24
29.08.15 5:00 am
More lies and deception revealed on the 3 Capes project …
• George Smiley in Comments: Of course the construction materials arrive by helicopter. And these are not opulent. Speaking as a a tradesman outside of material transport costs I could build one of these units for around $100 thou. each with my own little hands. Or using a chainsaw mill and helper, a nice bush hut from trees felled on the spot for the cost of petrol, roofing iron, nails and a summer’s wages. No spas though. But these monkeys have friends in industry, and this is an oversight and integrity-free state. So the previous comment was tongue in cheek. In fact the whole forest renaissance/tourism bonanza is BS. There isn’t enough quality forest left anywhere and you are about to see Chinese and other tourism dry up. Even if I am wrong, any accommodation income won’t even cover staff and catering costs, like the Dismal Swamp fiasco.
• Clive Stott in Comments: Thank you Ted Mead for the article. What a disgusting waste of resources when we are being led to believe there is no money for essentials and we have to tighten our belts. Doesn’t seem the way to bring a budget into surplus, when the cream is being scraped off the top with stunts like this. It seems to me someone’s mates must be benefiting from this project, and who is going to benefit afterwards? Who benefited from the wilderness timber removed from the site? Look at all the people that have been put out of work to build this blot on our landscape. Michael Ferguson, as Health Minister how can you be a party to this when our broken health system is crying out for money that would be spent more wisely by dedicated staff and benefit more people … and where there is some accountability.
• Max Edelweiss in Comments: I happened to be reading a Department of Education report for 2012-2013 last night and noted $129,000 was paid to relocate a demountable classroom from Brighton to Cygnet. So the typical ‘government quote’ cost of this is unsurprising as one imagines the same kind of cronyism and incompetence in project management and oversight pervades all departments, especially ones such as Parks or Tourism which would bear little public scrutiny.
• Clive Stott in Comments: #1: There is more money in that steel thing than there is in the shacks. Is it the base for another structure; a bus depot, train station, or something? Bronwyn Bishop will have no trouble coptering in for the official opening. Well there you go, aren’t they still procrastinating over a helipad at the RHH? Dr Marcus Skinner how can you be refused after this squandering? As I was saying in #9 it just shows you someone has got their priorities all wrong!
• Ted Mead in Comments: #13 Clive – I have qualifications in structural steel engineering so I can assure you that this hot-dipped galvanised, completely over the top monstrosity of a walkway is ridiculously designed to the max. This 4 metre wide extensive platform will most likely be where all the pollies, bumbling bureaucrats and hanger-on’s celebrate their fanfare opening replete with copious crates of Grange Hermitage and gluttonous luncheon. It pretty well looks like the correct dimensions for outdoor carpet bowling. Maybe spa baths after all? Who knows what the intent is, but nothing is beyond the imagination or budget here! A treated pine structure would have sufficed at a fraction of the cost. The only consolation is that the frame will survive the next inevitable bushfire. What really needs to happen is for an inquiry to be undertaken on this taxpayers flouted project. But considering that all 3 political parties in Tasmania support this loopy lemon then that will never happen!
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release Pic: of Josef Stalin
28.08.15 5:28 am
A statement on Border Force random Visa checks ... Joseph Stalin would be proud of Tony Abbott. Just as East Germany’s Stasi would be delighted with the Australian Border Force. Why even General Pinochet would be impressed.
• phill Parsons in Comments: As I stood before the Clockwork Orange I pondered what runs through Australia’s veins. Where has a fair go gone, where is my miners licence, will the Eureka flag have to fly again? Shades of the Border States asking people looking like Latinos “Que es tu pueblo?” Trump may trump US all yet but I for one do not want to regret what has made Australia, its good and bad, to live in fear of my neighbours. Lest we forget, because the Tony government has.
Adam Beeson Acting Principal Lawyer Media Release
28.08.15 5:25 am
This week the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund (SGF) was announced by Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin and EDO Tas was excluded ( Vanessa Goodwin’s Media Release, here ).
Martyn Goddard, Analyst First published August 24
28.08.15 4:45 am
Tasmania has the nation’s highest rate of labour force under-utilisation ‒ the number of people either unemployed or underemployed ‒ according to official figures.
Taster ... Tasmania has a two-speed economy: Greater Hobart is doing reasonably well; the rest of the state is far behind. This shows up clearly in employment data. Launceston and the north-east has an unemployment rate of 6.8%, compared with 5.6% in greater Hobart. The west and north-west continue with the worst rate: 7.5% in June.
• Kim Peart in Comments: How could we step back to 1948 and rebuild the nation of the Fair Go? I explore this question in my recent TT article Creating a future that works ...
Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc Media Release Pic*
28.08.15 4:35 am
The Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania have responded to a review of the Tasmanian Government Policy for Maintaining a Permanent Native Forest Estate with a submission highlighting the inadequacies of the policy to meet its stated objectives and properly protect native forests and the critical values they hold.
Rebecca White MP Shadow Human Services Minister Media Release
27.08.15 4:26 am
Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma has failed to take responsibility for her own failings throughout the child protection crisis on the North West Coast.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Media Release First published: August 26
27.08.15 4:25 am
In Parliament today, Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels’ bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018. The Treasurer is using MONA’s desire to establish a boutique, high-rollers casino as a Trojan horse to extend the Federal monopoly deal which was negotiated and signed in secret back in 2003. Mr Gutwein is talking about the five year rolling extension of the monopoly deal to 2023 as if it’s a given, when the Deed makes it clear any extension is at the discretion of the Minister …
• Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS: Tasmanians deserve transparency in all dealings of the Hodgman and any other government. There are procurement processes in place and these should be followed for large and small contracts and deeds alike. This is a perfect chance for the Hodgman Government to walk the walk it has been talking about and ensure all deals done are transparent and pass a fairness test. Tasmanians deserve to get the best possible deal from whoever eventually signs the Deed with Government. We are sure the Government and the Treasurer in particular would see a lot of value in working with Tasmanians to get the best deal out of this for all of us. The opportunity to talk about the content and consequences of this Deed only comes around once in a while: it’s a wonderful chance to ask Tasmanians what they want the money raised by it to be spent on. Let’s not miss this golden opportunity.
• Ben Cannon in Comments: The deal between Farrell family (owners of the Federal group) and the Lablibs is a prime example of bottom feeding, offshore funnelling, crony capitalism. The sooner it ends the better off the state will be. I assume the Farrells would be against any gambling at Mona because it might impact on their dole vacuuming business across the road at 666 Main road Berriedale.
Rebecca Hubbard, Jon Bryan, Nobby Clark, Tooni Mahto Media Release
27.08.15 4:23 am
Nine dolphins have already died as a result of the Coalition Government allowing the operation of the European freezer factory trawler, the Geelong Star, in Australian waters. As dolphins are more likely to be killed at night, a ban on night trawling was imposed in an attempt to stop more deaths and allay public concerns. Unbelievably, the Abbot Government and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority are considering lifting the night-fishing ban, which will undoubtedly result in more dolphin deaths.
Over 100,000 people have petitioned the Abbott Government to stop the Geelong Star fishing, and over 15,000 people have contacted their Federal Politicians to support the Small Pelagic Fishery Pledge to ban all freezer factory trawlers in this fishery. When is the Abbott Government going to start listening and protect our marine environment and important recreational fisheries?
John Powell. ABC pic of Paul Harriss
27.08.15 4:15 am
Just where is this man? What is he doing? Should we send out the SES? The internet and parliament is full of valid community concerns about the proposed logging of coupe FD053A also known as Lapoinya. MIA Harriss failed to appear at the Public Forum held at Wynyard on 9 August ( John Lawrence: Carbon accounting & FT profitability ), did not respond to email invitations, or indicate why he did not. RUDE! MIA Harriss has not responded to this series of questions sent to him on 14 August and seeking a response by 21 August.
26.08.15 4:45 am
Good god … look at the talent: Cate Kennedy, Don Watson, Bob Brown, Jane Caro, Rodney Croome, Melanie Tate, Julian Burnside, Amanda Lohrey, Robert Dessaix, Matthew Evans, Kirsha Kaechele, Danielle Wood, James Dryburgh … and that, Punters, is just the start … The 2015 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival surely shapes as the most incredibly talented collection of Creative Chattering Classes in Tasmania’s recent history. This, Punters, is one extraordinary festival not to be missed …
Bronwen Hayes, Love Makes A Way Media Release
25.08.15 4:00 pm
Six Christian leaders have been arrested while holding a peaceful protest today in the office of Tasmanian Senator David Bushby.
EARLIER today on Tasmanian Times ...
Local, state and national church leaders ask Senator David Bushby to publicly support the urgent release of 127 children and families from immigration detention.
• Pete Godfrey in Comments: Good on those people for holding a vigil. It is confusing to me how they could be charged with trespass. Senator Bushby’s office would be funded by taxpayers, so in effect the office is public property. It is time that the public were allowed to be on public property without being charged with criminal offences. I find it offensive that the politician found it necessary to call the police in to arrest people praying.
Rob Messenger for Senator Jacqui Lambie, Senator for Tasmania
25.08.15 8:42 am
Letter to Bill Shorten Over recent months, I’ve really enjoyed our informal meetings and policy discussions. The Bill Shorten I met was very different to the untrustworthy, tricky Bill Shorten that the Liberal Party has constantly talked about. And until yesterday, I stuck up for you when people asked my opinion of you. I told those who asked, that ordinary Australians could make a hand-shake deal with Bill Shorten and trust you to deliver on your promises.
Martin Flanagan, The Age. First published August 24
25.08.15 6:12 am
Dear Gil, You strike me as a decent bloke. I take your expressions of concern to do with community football to be genuine. So, ahead of the AFL Commission’s meeting in Hobart on Friday, there’s a couple of things you should know. The first of these is that Tasmanians aren’t mugs. You said last week ( The Age here ) that Tasmania is “too poor” to have its own AFL team. Half the clubs in the AFL are “too poor” to be in the national competition. These clubs are only in the AFL because the AFL subsidises them. So the question is not whether places are “too poor” to have a team – the question is whether the AFL chooses to subsidise them and why. And we all know why the AFL has not chosen to subsidise a Tasmanian team in the AFL – because, as a television market, from the AFL’s viewpoint, Tasmania is assured. Tasmanians will watch AFL football on TV whether they have a team or not.
The AFL treats Tasmania like a colony. There’s got to be an end to policies imposed from above by football bureaucrats. The AFL has to start talking to the people in Tasmania who are the blood and sinew of the game. It’s called showing some respect, Gil.
• Anthony John in Comments: Of all the injustices and indignities heaped on this State by inept, vision-less clowns masquerading as political and business leaders, denying us our own team in a so-called national competition, ranks with the worst in recent times - and there have been some stinkers! Dudded by snake-oil salesmen from the AFL, and other vested interests, those responsible continue to disrespect the people by advancing spurious reasons why the status quo is to remain. We need more people like Martin Flanagan going in to bat for a fair go for the Tasmanian people. There is no better time than now for us all, football fans or not, to make our voices heard on this iniquity.
Royce Millar, Mark Kenny, Benjamin Preiss The Age. Pic: of Damien Mantach First published August 22
25.08.15 6:10 am
… Victorian Liberals have sought to blame the Mantach scandal on the failure of the Tasmanian Liberals to inform them of the extent of Mantach’s credit card problem. One insider senior in the Victorian Liberal party from 2008 noted that Mr Mantach’s father had been party Tasmanian president, and that the island’s small and insular branch appeared to have kept the credit card problem under wraps to protect the family name. Current Tasmanian Liberal president Geoff Page said he could not comment about the circumstances of Mr Mantach’s departure in 2008 because he was not involved at the time. He referred Fairfax Media to former president, Dale Archer. Nor would Mr Archer comment to Fairfax Media, claiming he was no longer authorised to speak on behalf of the Liberal party …
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
• PB in Comments: From the Australian dated August 22, 2009 by Matthew Denholm: Liberals admit role in hate ads THE Liberal Party has come clean about the extent of its involvement in hate advertisements placed by the Exclusive Brethren sect in the last Tasmanian election campaign. Despite having once denied any co-operation over the advertisements, the Liberal Party yesterday confirmed its staff had transferred the text to electronic format, vetted the ads for compliance with the electoral laws and forwarded them to its advertising agency. The advertisements, which ran in local newspapers in the 2006 state election campaign, targeted the Greens, claiming the party’s policies on transgender and intersex people would ``destroy families and society’‘. In March 2006, then Liberal state director Damien Mantach insisted there was ``no co-operation’’ between the party and the Brethren over the ads. But The Australian revealed documents in January 2007 showing the ads were billed by three separate newspapers to an advertising account held by the Liberal Party. Mr Mantach then admitted meeting Brethren members to discuss ``tactics, themes and messages’’ in the lead-up to the election campaign. But he continued to deny the party paid for or placed the advertisements … • And there are further reproductions from MSM by the wonderful PB …
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson Media Release
25.08.15 6:05 am
Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has endangered Tasmania’s clean, green land, water and air by denying funding to the Environment Defenders Office of Tasmania.
Tim Beshara for Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release Pic*
25.08.15 5:30 am
… “The Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley, should apologise for his rash attacks on Greenpeace when he accused them of flouting the laws of another country and said they should reimburse Australia for diplomatic costs. “Whiteley wanted Greenpeace to apologise for their actions. Whiteley was wrong and he is the one who should apologise to Greenpeace and to Russell. “This entire case raises questions about whether the Australian government used all the diplomatic and political tools it had available to support Russell, or whether the fact that Russell was an environmentalist influenced the amount of effort that was made. …
• Mike Moore in Comments: Good luck with obtaining an apology from Whiteley. No matter how wrong-headed comments made by members of this government are, apologies are never on the agenda. For example look at Peter Dutton and his vile criticisms of Hanson-Young. Wrong, wrong, wrong and no hint of an apology. The only utterances that our federal Liberals fall over themselves to make are those that will keep their dolt of a leader wearing his silly grin.
24.08.15 4:35 am
Why are the ‘10s more drug-fuelled than the ‘60s and ‘70s?
24.08.15 4:30 am
Why don’t we expect more of our elected representatives, such as independence honesty, egalitarianism, transparency and commitment to the common good? Simon Warriner responds to articles by Christine Milne, Tim Dunlop and others . . .
• ABC: Non-profit, non-partisan initiative offers to train federal politicians in how to do their jobs After the latest round of revelations about politicians abusing their travel entitlements, it’s hard to find anyone with a good word to say about our elected representatives. And there seems to be even less respect for the job they’re supposed to be doing — to make the right policy decisions, even when they’re hard decisions, for the benefit of the country. Indeed, there are plenty of critics of our so-called broken politics — but not too many offering solutions. One organisation, though, is stepping up to the challenge. The non-profit, non-partisan Australian Futures Project is offering to train our federal MPs in how to do their jobs better. It’s even offering an Executive Certificate in Parliamentary Leadership from La Trobe University for those who complete the course.
Dr Gordon Bradbury, http://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/
24.08.15 4:15 am
… Should it be subsidised? Yes it should ...
Jayde Psysista in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia
24.08.15 4:00 am
The first week of my new job working in the Aboriginal community of the Fitzroy Valley of WA has proved to open my heart to a new, but
disturbing understanding of our beautiful country Australia ...
24.08.15 3:45 am
24.08.15 3:30 am
Tasmanian football fans are celebrating tonight with the announcement that the State has been granted a licence to field an AFL team from 2016 onwards.
Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) via Dr Alison Bleaney
24.08.15 3:15 am
Glyphosate/Roundup, falsely claimed by Monsanto to be safe and harmless, has become the world’s most widely and pervasively used herbicide, especially with glyphosate tolerant GM crops; it has brought rising tides of birth defects, cancers, fatal kidney disease, sterility, and dozens of other illnesses. Read the devastating evidence & ban glyphosate herbicides from you home and local community
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji & Dr Mae-Wan Ho with Dr Medardo Ávila-Vázquez, Dr Don M. Huber, Dr Rosemary Mason, Ib Borup Pederson, Prof Peter Saunders, & Dr Nancy Swanson
George Smiley. Pic: William Blake: Job rebuked by his friends ...
24.08.15 3:10 am
“Matin’s one thing the Lord and I see eye to eye on but durned if I can figger why He went and created them consarned green-gutted turnip worms!” from ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell
24.08.15 3:00 am
The wombats … don’t you love it … I have now come to understand how the pleasures of pollies can be enjoyed beyond those of their own shores by the linking of some spurious public activity.
Sam Ferris, cricket.com.au
24.08.15 2:25 am
From Sophia Gardens to The Oval, Australia and England fought out five incredible Tests