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Discover the Spirit of Tasmania ... and Western Civilisation

Shannon Davey* http://discoverthespiritoftasmania.ic1m.com.au/
30.03.15 5:00 am

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When Tolpuddle Martyr’s leader and Methodist preacher George Loveless was exiled to Tasmania it sparked popular unionism in Britain which led to a better life for millions and helped create greater social justice and broad-based democracy in Britain and Tasmania. The sentences, along with using the ’terror of Tasmania,’ were designed to destroy the union movement in Britain. However by turning six ordinary men into martyrs the government started a ‘whirlwind of outrage’ throughout Britain. In sycophantic Tasmania the Tolpuddle Martyr leader, George Loveless, was seen as a notorious rebel, initially hobbled in a chain gang. But in England the six became a national cause. Governor Arthur in time became impressed with Loveless’ ‘Jesus-like’ moral and pacifist qualities as well as the depth of his Christian convictions, and later placed him as a convict stockman on the Domain farm in Hobart. Meanwhile in England ...

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The terrible consequences of fundamentalism ...

Julian S Punch* AM
30.03.15 4:45 am

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Letter to The Editor, Changing the TADA 1999 I am writing to you regarding the legislation being introduced into Parliament by the Liberal State Government in collaboration with fundamentalist religious sects to alter the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1999.  I write as someone who three years ago supported my Brother and sister-in-law who lost their gay son to suicide following a severe period of bullying in a Sydney Catholic School.  I also write in concern as a Catholic Priest supporting several groups of Catholic parents who suffered the same terrible loss as my brother and my sister-in-law.  These parents tried desperately to change the Catholic persecution of LGBTI people ... to no effect.

Rodney Croome: Defending Australia’s best Anti-Discrimination Act

• Steve, in Comments: There’s a distinctly Orwellian feel to this proposed change. It’s against the law to discriminate on grounds of religion because we are all equal. However some schools are more equal than others so it’s OK for them?

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Australia ... be outraged by the real terror

Josie Young*.
30.03.15 4:30 am

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When inflicted by an unseen perpetrator, we have been conditioned by the media and the political agenda of a few to fear violence no matter how abstract the threat may be. We lose sleep over the impending attacks that unknown Muslims might make; we fear Sharia law without understanding anything about it ... Yet, when an actual threat presents itself to us, a violent yet silent killer which has taken 22 women from Australia in the past 11 weeks alone, we remain quiet.

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Stop flip-flopping Abbott and help all women

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: Mar 30. Pic: Tony Abbott's wink ...
30.03.15 3:15 am

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The Week that was ... In another fabulous action-packed week of fantastical spinning, bewildering back-flipping, delusion, parliamentary hullabaloo and other manifestations of ‘good,’ ‘adults-in-charge,’ open for business, government, its multi-million dollar turd-polishing media unit was in overdrive. Abbott’s avid fascination with Goebbels lingered on like a fart in a sleeping bag, a noxious emanation impossible to disown or disavow.

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The Pioneer Cup – Horse-trading for safe drinking water in Tasmania

Tim Slade*
30.03.15 3:00 am

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What an unlikely trifecta of letter writers in last week’s North-Eastern Advertiser!  Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater; Michael Ferguson, Tasmania’s Minister for Health; and Barry Jarvis, Mayor of Dorset. But the punters lost out.  Reading these letters, it is hard not to feel devastated for the residents of Pioneer.  And personally, it was disappointing to be targeted by one of the letter writers – Tasmania’s Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson. Minister Ferguson’s letter was, in my view, a deliberate spilling of ink, designed to confuse readers and to save his own skin in relation to the Pioneer water issue ... 

• Dr Alison Bleaney, in Comments: DHHS - Public Health- has direct responsibility for Tasmanian reticulated drinking water quality. It appears the Local Council environmental health officer needs to inform DHHS that ‘Houston, we have a problem’, and then DHHS has responsibility for instigating further investigations and taking action to correct any problems and can direct TasWater to do so. To say it is the Local Council problem is perhaps technically correct but so disingenuous. DHHS do not wait for this line of command to be taken with contagious outbreaks, so why take this line of action other than to perhaps save their own skins/ jobs? Can you imagine the outrage that would have occurred when the lead poisoning story first leaked into the media if Pioneer had a population of 1 million? And yet our laws are the same. This unfolding long long story of poisoning of the reticulated water supply with no appropriate remedial action let alone honest information sharing is shameful. How many other similar stories are there? I shake my head in wonder and despair ... it is 2015 isn’t it?

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HERETIC: Why Islam needs a Reformation NOW

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall St Journal
30.03.15 2:45 am

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“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.”

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FEA’s Receivers Deloitte has at last found a buyer for FEA’s land and trees

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: http://www.tasfintalk.blogspot.com.au/ Pub: Mar 30. Pic*
30.03.15 2:30 am

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Resources Management Services LLC (RMS) a forestry investment manager from Alabama paid $125.5 million for land belonging to FEA and trees belonging to FEA’s MIS growers. The sale price confirms that forest assets have continued to plummet in value. The sale price is a disaster for everyone waiting for a distribution, the secured and unsecured creditors and the growers. The insolvency practitioners stand the best chance of getting paid in full ...

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Legal persons at risk for cartel conduct

Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp Pic: of Garfield Barwick
30.03.15 2:15 am

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Rodney Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said on 25 March: “… there are civil and criminal penalties for both cartel conduct and attempts to engage in cartel conduct.” Evan Whitton suggests that the ACCC take a look at certain legal persons.

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Tassie Pine - Episode 4 - Horse’s Greyhound Scandal

Hon Terry Aulich Chair Aulich & Co PO Box 3122 WEST HOBART TAS 7000 Australia E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Website: http://www.aulich.c
30.03.15 2:00 am

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If only he was leading our country ...

Tom
30.03.15 1:45 am

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Great speech. Shame the senate is always empty when he speaks. If only he was leading this country!

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Flabbergasted ... !

Stan
30.03.15 1:30 am

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I was just having a little look around for parliamentary salaries etc and I happened upon their expenditure reports and I was flabbergasted at the variance, I wonder if the general public know what their money is actually paying for? If an accountant was looking at this in relation to the running of a business I wouldn’t doubt there would be an audit and serious questions asked! Having clicked on a few of the names on the listings (a pdf has a fuller breakdown) ...  What an trove of fantasy reveals itself! Parliamentarians’ Entitlements Reporting, HERE

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Vanuatu latest ...

SBS
30.03.15 1:14 am

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The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for nearly 38 million dollars to help 166-thousand people in the Pacific archipelago after the cyclone hit on March 13.

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And the implications federally are ... ?

Editor. Pic: Luke Foley, left and Mike Baird by ABC
29.03.15 10:09 am

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Labor’s Luke Foley squared off against popular Liberal Premier Mike Baird on Saturday in NSW. And the implications for Tony Abbott and his embattled government are ... ?

• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top nav bar) for breaking news/comment on Saturday’s poll. And don’t forget to consult the venerable Dr Kevin Bonham, here ...

ABC: NSW election 2015: Coalition wins NSW election with reduced majority Key points at 8.10pm AEDT: •Coalition on track for 52 seats to Labor’s 31. The target is 47. •ABC election analyst Antony Green: “The government is definitely back”. •Ministers claim result is mandate for electricity privatisation. •Labor’s Carmel Tebbutt: “This election was never about us being able to take government”.

Jeremy Rockliff: Strong Team, Clear Direction Wins NSW Election

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University Stands up to Political Bullying

Dr Michael Powell* Professor Susan Dodds. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic MP from the Libs' website Pub: Mar 26
27.03.15 5:00 am

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• Nikolic Refuses to Debate Dr Powell

• The letter from Professor Susan Dodds and Dr Michael Powell

The Guardian, The Observer: We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals Universities have a particular responsibility to resist this kind of bullying

Andrew Wilkie: Pyne holds UTAS to ransom

• Wining Pom, in Comments: ...“He may have faced the Taliban, but he hasn’t the courage to face an unarmed civilian constituent.” Well, he did have a lot of armed soldiers and planes and tanks to help him. Maybe he would be open to debate if a team of government funded lawyers were there to back him up.

• Garry Stannus, in Comments: Well, Lindsay.  This article is a bit of a disappointment.  You seem to have published something which flies in the face of our own TT Code.  I refer to the “A short man is never short of problems.” statement in Dr Powell’s article. In general, I thought Dr Powell strayed too far from the academic freedom-of-speech issue and into attacks on the personality of Andrew Nikolic.  However, in context, it was understandable, and forgiveable … that is, to describe Nikolic as a bully is reasonable, in light of the manner in which he has recently and previously sought to counter opposing points-of-view.  But to resort to a reference to his shortness was quite ‘unacademic’ and also inconsistent with the TT Code.  (Let it be noted, that I’ve long opposed the Code, while preferring peer evaluation as opposed to editorial intervention)

• Steve, in Comments: #8; Interesting point Garry. When I first read the quote in question, I thought the same as you. Then I re-read and decided that “short” was being used more as a generic term to cover an individual’s feelings of inadequacy rather than a specific reference to any vertical challenges Nikolic may face; hence the quotation marks. I must confess my interpretation was partially based on the supposition that Dr Powell would have more sense than to resort to physical slurs. He’s comfortably capable of running rings around Nikolic in intellectual argument. Why would he bother with school yard insults? Perhaps if Dr Powell is following this thread, he could clarify the point?

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Worse than the TPP?  Defence pilloried

By Bill Rowlings, CEO of Civil Liberties Australia. Pub: Mar 26
27.03.15 4:00 am

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The Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015, expected to become law within weeks, regulates high-tech research and development in Australia … and may drive the nation’s best researchers and academics overseas for good. If they don’t leave for their own sanity and safety, they face $400,000 fines and 10 years in jail just for sending an “inappropriate” email. Who decides “appropriate”? Big Brother, the Government. The new law is a government assault on freedom of speech and association, and entirely disproportionate to the legitimate protections it is trying to put in place. The penalty regime can literally take a researcher’s life’s work away. Some critics say the DTCA law will have a worse effect on Australia than the useless-but-dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.(1)

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Specialty Timbers Scandal Lingers On

Ted Mead*. Pics: Ted Mead. Pub: Mar 26
27.03.15 3:30 am

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Trashing of the Tarkine forest primarily for woodchips has been going on for decades, and now Forestry Tas is claiming that some harvesting coupes are dedicated specifically for the extraction of Specialty Timbers.

Janet Rice: Coalition quashes debate on the future of our forests

Eric Woehler: BirdLife Tasmania calls for immediate cessation of logging of Swift Parrot habitat

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Julie Bishop gets her message out

Urban Wronski http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: Mar 26. Pic: of Liberal brains trust ...
27.03.15 3:00 am

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An astonishing event in Canberra has seized the nation. Reeling from a record-breaking run of defeats, self-sabotage, own goals and sundry other debacles, a terminal Abbott government has defied the odds and at last notched up a win – of sorts. It has got its message out.

• John Biggs, in Comments: Thank God for Urban. We should be howling with anguish at the nastiness and gross incompetence of those who are trying to run this country and failing miserably, yet Urban makes us laugh instead. I have always felt uneasy that my ‘seventies loathing for Fraser became latter day admiration for that very same rockface. Urban has corrected that inconstancy of mine.

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Welcome ‘home’, Richard ...

Lindsay Tuffin. Pub: Mar 25
27.03.15 2:15 am

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It was as if he was welcomed ‘home’. Tasmania’s reviled ‘traitor to Tasmania’ yesterday was accorded that most gracious of Tasmanian gestures: a State Reception in Parliament House, Hobart. Man Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan - courageous champion of an alternative future for Tasmania other than the ‘dig-it-up-chop-it-down-if-it-doesn’t-move-root-it” establishment mantra - was celebrated by Premier Will Hodgman and Minister for Arts Vanessa Goodwin. The word gracious must be repeated endlessly; gracious were the speeches by Will and Vanessa…

TT Arts, Will Hodgman: Honouring Richard Flanagan & Awards to Inspire Our Writers

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Welcome home indeed Richard, you have done a lot of good for your home. I am glad that you are finally being recognised for the wonderful work you do.

Pat Synge in Satire here

• Jack Jolly, in Comments: Welcome home future Governor Richard the Tasmanian lion heart. I will look forward to much more sedition in the future. From the leading photo it seems to me that there is some strange convergent evolution between wankers and traitors. For a second I thought it was Linz being honoured upon the podium. Another day perhaps? Anyway, ‘The Wanker and Traitor’ is a great name for a Hobart pub.

• Barbara Mitchell, in Comments: So, a born and bred Tasmanian wins perhaps the most prestigious literary prize in the world, and it takes our piss-ant government nearly six months to afford him any official recognition? And, why wasn’t the reception a grander, more public event? Mr Flanagan must be a truly gracious individual to have accepted Mr Hodgman’s belated offer of an official reception. If it were me, I would have told them to shove their very ordinary canapés and sandwiches, served in the crappy reception room - the ‘nice’ room upstairs was hosting a 20th anniversary shindig for Quit Tasmania – up their collective arses. Can you imagine the pollies all bent over, with curried egg and salami protruding from their ‘chocolate starfish’? And, who took the photos?  Is that the shiny pate of the member for Huon, Mr Armstrong, nudging the edge of one frame?  Was he given a very abridged version of the book, with pictures, so he’d have some idea what the modest fuss was about?

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No ‘Super Dump’ for Tasmania

Shane Humpherys, Southern Beaches Conservation Society, Media Release. Pic*
27.03.15 2:00 am

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Response to Mercury story, Wasting Away: Delays over super dump puts Antarctic link at risk Southern Beaches Conservation Society (SBCS) has always maintained that the Copping C Cell is a bad idea. This has been further validated by Southern Waste Solutions (SWS) now admitting on record that their proposed C cell, to be located at the ‘super dump’ at Copping lacks a viable business case.

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Miserable reading ...

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release.
26.03.15 2:00 am

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A STATEMENT ON THE THIRD SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY OF GAMBLING IN TASMANIA The Third Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania, tabled in the State Parliament today, makes for miserable reading.

Peter Gutwein: Problem gambling rate declines

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BirdLife Tasmania calls for immediate cessation of logging of Swift Parrot habitat

Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor, BirdLife Tasmania Media Release
26.03.15 1:18 am

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BirdLife Tasmania today called for the immediate up-listing of the Swift Parrot to Critically Endangered (from its current listing of Endangered) and for the immediate cessation of all logging operations in Swift Parrot habitat following the publication of research that showed the species meets the criteria for listing as Critically Endangered.

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BirdLife Tasmania disgusted by 3-year olds being “licensed to kill”

Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor, BirdLife Tasmania Media Release
25.03.15 2:14 am

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BirdLife Tasmania today expressed its absolute disgust in response to the news that the Tasmanian Government issues “licences to kill” Short-tailed Shearwaters (also known as Tasmanian Muttonbirds).

Peter McGlone, Chris Simcox: DPIPWE confirms that three-year-olds are obtaining licences to kill shearwaters (muttonbirds)

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NZ’s 1080 blackmail letters’ threat to poison dairy products: The Fallout for Tasmania

Penelope Marshall and David Obendorf. Pic* Pub: Mar 23
24.03.15 4:00 am

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The Land of the Long White Cloud, (or green dust cloud) and the Apple Isle, two islands both with a large dairy industry, both claim to trade on the Clean, Green status and both use 1080 to kill wildlife.

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The Surplus Fetish ...

John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic* First pub: Apr 10
24.03.15 3:30 am

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… Borrowings by the Australian government will always exist. They are necessary. …

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Mussel Growers Raise New Alarm About Salmon Farm Impacts

Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania Media Release. Pic: ABC, of fish farms
24.03.15 3:21 am

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Dover mussel growers today raised new concerns about the impacts of salmon farming on Tasmanian industry and the environment. Citing impacts on their own business, mussel growers joined a chorus of community and environmental concern over the aggressive expansion of salmon farming.

Wilderness Draft Plan should be withdrawn ... includes links to other viewpoints, including (the predictable) greenie-bashing of Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff ...

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

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The Wisdom of The Elder

Malcolm Fraser. Pic: of Malcolm Fraser
24.03.15 3:05 am

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Radio National re-broadcast the 2012 Whitlam Oration last night on Radio National’s Big Ideas. It’s a brilliant lecture with immense wisdom for today’s (most inadequate) political leaders.

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Team Clean’s record haul of rubbish

Ula Majewski, Matt Dell
24.03.15 2:55 am

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Team Clean sailed into Hobart last week after removing a record 79,084 pieces of rubbish from remote beaches in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.

Watch Michael Atkin’s 7.30 report, read the transcript

• Steve, in Comments: Amazing stuff. I recently watched “North of the Sun” which gives a perspective from another part of the globe. The saddest thing about all these volunteer clean-ups, is the complete absence of any Government help. Given the importance of our clean image, you’d think they’d be at the forefront but, as usual, nowhere to be seen. Volunteers can only scratch the surface. A properly funded program could make a real impact and also follow up with measures to tackle the problem at it’s source.

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Recreational Fishers And Conservationists Demonstrate Together To Stop Latest Super Trawler Proposal

Bec Hubbard, John Edwards, Jon Bryan, Tyson Clements, Tooni Mahto Media Release
24.03.15 2:49 am

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Members of recreational fishing and conservation groups met today in Hobart to show that they will not back down from their request to the Federal Government to stop the latest factory freezer trawler Dirk Dirk (aka Geelong Star) from fishing in Australia’s Small Pelagic Fishery.

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A Curious Episode in Sarawak

Peg Putt, Markets For Change.Pics* Pub: Mar 24
24.03.15 2:00 am

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How the Indigenous People describe the visit of Senator Eric Abetz

Some of the areas are in a logging concession allocated to Ta Ann visited by Senator Eric Abetz in 2012. He is now the Australian Minister for Employment and Leader of the Government in the Senate. The people had been strongly opposing the logging in their traditional lands and told the tale of the visit and their fears for the future in these excerpts ...

The role of Abetz as an advocate for this company in the face of strong opposition from the indigenous customary owners of that forest area is inexcusable.  He previously claimed inaccuracy on the part of environment groups despite their release of a letter from 6 customary chiefs rejecting logging on this land signed with their thumb prints. Now we have the word of those present. They are clear that he also gave them no opportunity to state their case.

• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: It is outrageous that our politicians are going to Sarawak to help hoodwink indigenous people, as if they don’t do enough of that here. This article should be in every newspaper in the world, so that the world can see just how corrupt Tasmania really is. To assist a company to destroy the habitat of one of the last people who live by hunting and gathering in rainforests is criminal behaviour.

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NATION: The Energiser-Bunny ...

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: Mar 23. Pic*
23.03.15 3:30 am

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… Laughter, of course, must not distract us from the hard facts. Pyne is a major contemporary political figure. Whilst he may entertain and divert us, he also busily refines the essential absurdity of his fantasy government, a surreal government which came to power in a puff of smoke, not by virtue of any real platform but by dint of simply not being Labor, a Dada government which took office with its feet permanently planted in the clouds, its head turned firmly away from Labor and the sordid, fallen world of the ordinary voter.  …

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