David McKnight, Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW Australia. Pic*
22.05.15 5:30 am
When journalists justify what they do, they invariably say: “We hold governments to account. We act in the public interest.” It justifies the most noble investigative journalism. It is a sacred catechism taught in journalism schools. But the same public interest arguments are also trotted out by the types of journalists who hacked mobile phones to produce sex scandals for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World. All of this makes The Guardian’s Nick Davies a very unusual journalist. Davies did what few other journalists do. He undertook investigative journalism on journalists themselves. For this, says Davies, the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, jailed for hacking, called him a “traitor”.
Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Media Release. Dr David Obendorf. ABC Rural. Pic*
22.05.15 5:28 am
… The Greens and environmentalists have warned for years that the rapid growth of the salmon industry in Macquarie Harbour was potentially a ticking time bomb due to deteriorating oxygen levels. “This is not about the stocking rates of any one company; this is about the cumulative load of farmed salmon in the Macquarie Harbour system. Concerns have been raised that there is only so much excess nutrient load a semi-closed system like Macquarie Harbour can tolerate. —
• ABC Rural: Petuna says up to 85,000 fish killed in Tasmanian West Coast storm event a ‘one-off’ Tasmanian company Petuna rejects claims that the loss of hundreds of tonnes of salmon in a West Coast storm event calls into question fish farming expansion plans in the region. …
via Veterinary Pathologist Dr David Obendorf ...
Benedict Bartl Solicitor, on behalf of 10 signatories* Pic: of Jacquie Petrusma
22.05.15 5:25 am
Dear Mrs Petrusma (Human Resources Minister), Re: Salvation Army Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program We are writing to express our concern at the decision to cut funding to the Salvation Army’s Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program (‘the REO Program’). In our opinion, the decision is short-sighted as the failure to provide ongoing funding will result in increased cost and reduced community safety.
• Steve Biddulph, in Comments: As the very qualified list of signatories demonstrates, this is a terribly misjudged decision by Ms Petrusma and her department. It costs almost half a million dollars a year to incarcerate a prisoner in Australia. And the human suffering - for prisoners and their families - of reoffending and reconviction, is very great too. The research is clear that its in the early weeks and months of leaving prison that a person is vulnerable to returning to crime through lack of ways to make a meaningful alternative path in life. These services were devised and developed for a good reason, and have proven effect. That’s not something you throw away.
Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie Media Release
22.05.15 5:15 am
“Cadbury’s announcement today that it is sacking 80 staff is a terrible blow to the greater Hobart community. This is 20 per cent of the chocolate factory’s staff, many of whom live in the Glenorchy City area which already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state,” Mr Wilkie said.
• Jack Lumber, in Comments: An absolute disgrace ... BTW, FFS even I am embarrassed by the continuation of funding to the forest industry vis a $3.5M grant for “excellence and innovation ” .... please they know what to do and it will all be frittered in overheads ...
The Editors. Pub: May 18
22.05.15 5:00 am
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Dr Michael Powell*. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: May 18
22.05.15 4:45 am
Vilification of that order is extreme yet it is the language applied by government to young mums accessing both workplace and government paid parental leave. Such payments were legal and intended in legislation and less inequitable than Mr Abbott’s preferred scheme, yet it is now loaded with condemnation. So what has Mr Nikolic done to justify any vilification? As a member of parliament he receives a very handsome salary but in addition he is entitled to a very generous army pension, something you would kill for. A full time salary plus a pension while still working?
• Karl Stevens, in Comments: Peter Henning. The Liberal ‘two-tiered system of entitlement’ goes beyond anything I had imagined. This week we saw Prime Minister Abbott supporting two multinational mining giants against Australian miner Andrew Forrest. The two big miners both use Singapore to avoid paying billions of dollars of tax in Australia. No wonder Fortesque Minerals cannot compete with them but they have PM Abbott on side because they are bigger. I really find it hard to believe Abbott even represents Australia. His number one cheer leader Andrew Nikolic popped-up in Braddon this week opening a sausage factory. Maybe he has a reciprocal arrangement with fellow ‘Amigo’ Brett Whiteley? Nikolic is your quintessential Gemini in my view. Except he is in some kind of dark realm inhabited by the ghosts of 19th century white supremacy.
• Peter Henning, in Comments: Your comments are closely related to the free trade agenda of the neo-libs of course. If they can get the same kind of free trade arrangements which the US got with South American dictatorships some years ago, they can trash national legislation applying to public health and the environment. The current free-trade agreements being negotiated by Australia - eg the Trans-Pacific - will give transnational corporations the power to sue those who protest against any environmental destruction they inflict on places where they operate. This is a major reason why the Abbott government supports such agreements, because they override national and state jurisdictions re protection of the health and welfare of the public and the environment. The Abbott government is committed to undermining and unwinding the federal legislative framework currently in place which recognises the public interest is best served by imposing standards of conduct on capitalists. Free trade arrangements which give corporations legal power to override national legislation are just fantastic for governments like Abbott’s. It’s nirvana. The bold Duke Prince Philip’s knighthood is a mere bit of icing on the forelock compared to the incomparable glory of gifting Australia’s political autonomy to the highest bidders in the globalised free market.
The Hag. Pub: May 20
22.05.15 4:30 am
Unbelievable. Monday May 18 was International Museum Day ( Read all about it HERE ). Guess what? The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was closed! Is this Hicksville?
BUT it seems the elite have special opening powers ...
• Jane Rankin-Reid, in Comments: The recent auditor’s report on TMAG’s performance indicates the dangerous extent of Labor’s poor ministering of the institution over the last decade or so. With $5 million+ missing from TMAG’s coffers and the selective debasement of the institutions collecting and exhibiting integrity among other problems, it’s clear the previous government continually turned a blind eye to major issues affecting our state’s museum and art gallery. I’m not in favor of the early closing or for shutting TMAG one day a week, but at least Minister Goodwin has gone after an experienced real world museum professional in appointing ex director of the Royal Museum of Ontario Janet Carding to run TMAG. This is the first professional museum directorship for the institution in over a decade. Let’s hope TMAG can begin to reach its incredible potential at last.
• Paul Taranto, in Comments: Dear Hag, I have found other locations that also qualify as “Hicksville”. .London - Museum of London, Paris. - Musee d’Orsay, Florence - Uffizi Gallery, Athens - New Acropolis Museum and Byzantine Museum, Los Angeles - The Getty, Barcelona - Museum di Picasso, Museau d’Historia, Munich - BMW Museum, Prague - City of Prague Museum, Dvorak Museum….... All closed on Monday!
Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. ABC pic of Kim Booth in Parliament. Pub: May 20
21.05.15 7:30 am
Greens Leader Kim Booth MP has today announced he is resigning from the State Parliament, and as leader of the Tasmanian Greens effective immediately, citing both family reasons and the need for Party renewal.
• Garry Stannus, in Comments: I wish I had his courage and his clarity. He never won any election easily, such is the disposition of the ever-present anti-green forces here in this state, and here in the north, in Launceston and so on. He fought the pulp mill, just as did so many others of us. He carried a huge weight on our behalf, and on behalf of our coming generations, on behalf of the environment – the world in which we live. I wish him well in his political retirement and I know that very, very many throughout the state will be of the same mind. These blokes and women don’t plan to end up as leaders and that sort of stuff.
• Anthony John, in Comments: #4 : Well put Garry - most people who knew Kim at all would agree with your sentiments. It was interesting that he was labelled a “warrior” in this mornings Ex Editorial. He was this, and much more :I was always impressed by his courage, conviction and commitment. Had we more representatives of his calibre in the Parliament, the political class would not now be held in such low regard; and the state of our State would be much improved. He was an outstanding servant of the people, in every way.History will treat him kindly.
Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Media Release
21.05.15 7:00 am
Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it’s time for Australia to step up and help huge numbers of people fleeing persecution in our region.
MEANWHILE ... Tony says NO ...
BUT ... poverty-struck Gambia says ...
• Guardian: South-east Asia migrant crisis: Gambia offers to resettle all Rohingya refugees The impoverished west African nations says it is its ‘sacred duty’ to help fellow Muslims and will set them up in refugee camps
Carly Rusden, Tom Crawford, Fossil Free UTAS Media Release
21.05.15 6:45 am
As many as ten students from the University of Tasmania have occupied the office of the Vice Chancellor, refusing to leave until UTAS cooperates with their requests for the university to send an official representative to a Divestment Q & A organised by Fossil Free UTAS.
Jess Feehely. EDO Tasmania Media Release
21.05.15 6:30 am
A new EDO Tasmania report, Lifting the Standards: Opportunities to Improve Tasmania’s Environmental Laws, finds that Tasmania’s laws do not meet national best practice standards, but are strong in several areas.
20.05.15 4:24 am
High school students should be given drugs to fuel their creativity, an artist appearing at Hobart’s Dark Mofo festival says.
ALSO on ABC ...
Michael Atkin, Gregor Salmon, ABC. Pub: May 19
20.05.15 4:00 am
Off-road motorists are taking down protective fences to ride roughshod over Aboriginal middens, Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson says.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times (a small selection ...)
Andrew Wilkie, Peter Whish-Wilson Media Releases. Pic: Bob Burton Pub: May 18
20.05.15 3:45 am
• Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie: The deal announced today to lower the Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours, to fully exempt trade-exposed industries from the target, and presumably to include the burning of forest waste, is a shocking betrayal by the Liberal, National and Labor parties.
• Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: “While the two old parties are giving themselves a pat on the back after looking after their dirty industry backers, we have global warming and a parliament that won’t act in the best interest of future generations.
• John Francis, in Comments, HEREJust remember, Jacqui, that the woodchip industry began in Tasmania as a means of making money from the waste left on the forest floor after logging operations. Then we ended up with a woodchip-driven industry and look where that got us ...
• Kim Booth: Forest Furnaces in RET Will Lock in Logging, Public Subsidies The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in onging public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today. “Including the burning of timber waste generated by industrial scale logging of our native forests into the RET will lock in an unviable logging business model and lock in ongoing public subsidies to prop it up,” Mr Booth said.
Dr Alexis Wadsley Vice President, Tasmanian Branch Economic Society. Pic* Pub: May 20
20.05.15 3:30 am
“Any economist could tell you, a two-course meal at the Astor with selected beverages included for $70 is a great deal, throw in the Executive Director of the Australia Institute as a dinner speaker and you have a deal that is almost too good to be true*.
Dr Denniss will be speaking at the dinner on the recent Australian Government’s Intergenerational Report (remember the ads with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in the polka dot shirt?), its relevance for Tasmania, including federal financing arrangements.
Andy Hazel, Junkee
19.05.15 4:15 am
In a nondescript building on the outskirts of Washington DC a man stands nervously on a low stage, illuminated by intermittent camera flashes and dull fluorescent lights. A lustrous russet wig, a billowing cream wedding dress and rows of fake pearl bracelets offset his strong jaw and broad shoulders. He reaches into his stuffed brassiere, pulls out a piece of paper and unfolds it before fixing his gaze on a small pile of graphic novels sitting on a stool.
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of John West*
19.05.15 4:00 am
The Sunday Examiner (17th May) published a Hate Letter aimed at Senator Milne and written by one Jim Campbell from Ulverstone.
• Examiner: Forico sees big future EMERGING timber giant Forico says there are huge growth prospects in plantation wood that will boost the entire state’s economy. The Launceston-based company is quietly confident that it can achieve a stringent green environmental tick for its products, helping it reach more markets in northern Asia. Forico chief executive Bryan Hayes said for the first time in several years there was activity coming back into the industry, with the company looking to expand throughout the North. The company will be audited in July for its bid to receive Forest Stewardship Council certification for forest management.
Jay Bennie, GayNZ.com Daily News. Pub: May 19
19.05.15 3:30 am
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2. (noun) affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy.
• Rodney Croome’s Media Release ...
Rebecca White MP Shadow Health Minister Media Release
19.05.15 3:00 am
Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today called on Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey to explain his comments about ice abuse in Tasmania.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Eva Cripps* ABC pic
18.05.15 5:45 am
Paid parental leave is contentious. Parents get fiercely protective over their right to reproduce. Non-parents get angry about subsidising ‘personal choices’. Politicians turn it into a populist game which divides the community. First it was the baby bonus. Then Labor copped flack in 2011 with its paid parental leave scheme. People were outraged at Prime Minister Abbott’s lavish 6-months-at-full-pay policy. Now the Government’s Mother’s Day backflip on Paid Parental Leave has thrown again into the spotlight the right of a woman to have access to tax dollars on the birth of her child.
Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: May 18. Pic: of Joe Hockey
18.05.15 5:30 am
Joe Hockey’s second Budget set a new backflip benchmark even for the Abbott government which has elevated flip flops into a key political strategy. For stop-go Joe and for his do-whatever- might-work party, Budget number two was either a dramatic reinvention or a breathtaking political quick change from neo-constrictor to big stimulus spender.
Charles Wooley. Pics*
18.05.15 5:00 am
On a stormy night, on the other side of the earth, in an entirely different time, Eliza Wilson Small, blond and piercingly blue-eyed from her distant Viking ancestors, was blown into the world. It was the second of March 1917 and early spring in the ancient, grey stone, Scottish town of Paisley. As far as I can tell, her arrival was of little importance in the greater process of history, but of vital importance to me. Ella Wooley (nee Small) is my mum and amazingly, she is still around, at the age of ninety-eight.
• Philip Lynch, in Comments: Nice article Charles. She used to come into our cafe in Cygnet for coffee and scones. A charming lady who oozed charisma. And she certainly enjoyed a strong latte or two.
Martyn Turner, Irish Times, http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner
18.05.15 4:53 am
I wrote this piece for the Irish Times after a five week visit to Australia in 1999. Those who concur with the present Australian Prime Minister John Howard that policy towards indigenous Australians is nothing to apologise for can dismiss the piece as propoganda since I should declare that part of my trip was organised by an Aboriginal right group.
Peter Coad, Mayor of Huon Valley Council
18.05.15 4:45 am
… For the Huon Valley to grow its employment opportunities, we must review all options that will help to improve services for residents yet retain our unique lifestyle. Kingborough’s experiences could be of help to us. In 1993, I opposed the amalgamation of Port Cygnet, Huon and Esperance councils for the very same reasons that Councillor Studley is today opposing researching voluntary amalgamation options. With the benefit of 22 years of hindsight, I now realise I was wrong in 1993. And today, I believe it would be wrong for councils not to at least talk to one another about whether voluntary amalgamation, cooperation or resource sharing could be mutually beneficial. I would like all valley residents to consider whether, once again, it is time to review what type and form of local government structure we should have for the next 22 years. …
• Dave, in Comments: It is very refreshing to read this from a mayor of the HV. I can’t see how communicating and discussing options with Kingborough is a bad thing or in fact how you would vote no. Seems pretty narrow minded on the face of it to not at least explore options. It is hard to imagine how the current state of play will be able to meet all costs and also aim to improve the region into the next 30 years or so. If we are struggling to meet costs now, how will be also get things pumping for the local community and businesses? Not moving with the times = stagnation. Good work Peter and I hope you continue to fight for sensibility.
18.05.15 4:40 am
… If only the Australian Government had the will and desire to implement the Gonski vision for education, we would have no need for Education Hothouses or think-tanks or Education Ambassadors or Foundations of Educational Excellence - all of whom are no doubt well-meaning but who will probably come up with the same old same old, couched in the latest Edspeak, very little of which will ever actually be implemented. …
Peter Brohier, National Public Lobby. Pub: May 18
18.05.15 4:30 am
ALL PETER BROHIER’S ARTICLES ON BASS STRAIT ...
18.05.15 4:15 am
Yes, I know, betting in sport is big business. I accept that the genie is well and truly out of the proverbial bottle. But sometimes it’s okay to take a stand and to say enough. So this year, I’ve flicked footy tipping. Believe me, it wasn’t that difficult.
Kim Williams, Robin Williams' Ockham's Razor ABC RN. Pic: of Kim Williams
18.05.15 4:00 am
Kim Williams on science and the arts Kim Williams has reached a remarkable level of achievement. First as an learned man of music, film and broadcasting, and secondly through his appointments - chairing the board of the Sydney Opera House, running Foxtel, CEO of News Corp, the list goes on. Williams also has strong views on Australian culture, the Gonski report, and science education.
Isla MacGregor, Simone Watson
18.05.15 3:45 am
Members of Amnesty International Australia last Saturday (16th May), put a No Confidence Motion in the Amnesty International Australia Board over their actions on Amnesty’s proposed new sex law policy.
Barbara Etter, http://www.betterconsult.com.au/ Pic: of Lucille Butterworth
18.05.15 3:30 am
Inquest Proper to Begin 31 August 2015 This morning (May 11) I attended a Case Management conference concerning the Inquest to be held by Coroner Simon Cooper into the 1969 death/disappearance of Lucille Butterworth from a Hobart bus stop.