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At long last! We’re shutting down for a month to upgrade ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
29.08.18 6:30 am

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At long last! After many false starts, Tassie Times has found a tech who is able to perform the upgrade to become mobile friendly. There’s so many archives - a decade’s worth at least - it’ll take that long. You’ll still be able to comment, apart from the time of migration. Thankyou LN, JBH, PJG, In the Loop, KR, Anon, NJS, JC, Anon for your regular incredible support of Tasmanian Times. Could not do it without you …

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A PM who represents Bondi to a PM who represents Cronulla ...

Thomas Kent*
29.08.18 6:15 am

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Wait wait. You mean we just exchanged a PM who represents Bondi to a PM who represents Cronulla … ?

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‘Spirit of Tasmania owners sued over the deaths of 16 polo ponies amid claim they died on board’

Peta Carlyon, ABC
29.08.18 5:45 am

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The Spirit of Tasmania operator TT-Line is being sued for negligence over the death of 16 prized polo ponies that crossed Bass Strait in January …

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Capitalist globalisation and nationalism: when race and the ethnicity of money debases debate

Dr William Briggs*
29.08.18 5:44 am

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What does Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor and Australia First Party leader, Jim Saleam have in common? It’s a question that is unlikely to pop up in any trivia night, but then what they say is by no means trivial. They very nearly share a point of convergence in a vigorous, and highly questionable anti-Chinese rhetoric …

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Is Low Police Numbers in Rural Tassie Areas The Norm?

Callum Jones* Pic: The Tasmania Police badge
29.08.18 5:42 am

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Is it normal for police stations in rural areas in Tasmania to be under-manned at night? This is the question I asked myself in March 2016, when I went camping at Port Arthur. On the first night of my stay, one particular man was clearly thinking about the tragic massacre that took place in 1996 …

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NATION: You’ve got to hand it to Morrison before he takes all credit for himself

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29.08.18 5:37 am

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… In his two-year career as Immigration Minister Morrison saw at least one major incident where he was shown to lie about an attack 17 February 2017, on a 23 year old refugee Reza Barati, who, Morrison maintained for days, was outside the compound of the Manus Island detention centre, until incontrovertible evidence emerged later that the young Iranian man was in fact attacked by a gang of guards inside the compound. Witness and fellow Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani writes: “Even though four years have passed, the killers have yet to be brought to justice, and there are still no clear answers to the fundamental questions concerning the riot.” Reza Barati’s parents still hold Morrison completely accountable for their son’s death. A senate inquiry found the cause of the riot to be a failure to process asylum seeker claims, stating the violence was “eminently foreseeable”. It also found that the Australian Government failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers, including Barati. Morrison accused Labor and the Greens of using the report “as a blatant attempt to whitewash their own failures in government”. Nice …

… Morrison did admit later that his comments were insensitive and inappropriate. But how many incoming PMs have hung with Hun Sen? Or sipped champagne with Pol Pot’s former Khmer Rouge battalion commander, a mass murderer and his cronies in Phnom Penh, just four years ago, as he sealed a bargain A$55m deal, whereby they would take five of our refugees off our hands … ?

Kevin Rudd, The Age: Cancer eating the heart of Australian democracy

Tim Colebatch, Inside Story: Turnbullism without Turnbull

Will Hodgman: Federal Ministry

ABC, Michelle Grattan for the Conversation: Furious voters deliver their verdict as Scott Morrison’s Government plunges in the polls

ABC: Conservative Liberals moving against newly promoted moderate Richard Colbeck

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Continuous land clearing ...

Mark Temby* Pic*
29.08.18 5:33 am

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Continuous land clearing, overgrazing, recurring unnatural droughts and diverted water flows allow no chance for vegetation renewal …

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Of Envoy’s Past ...

John Hawkins*
29.08.18 5:30 am

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The word envoy appeals to me …

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The bitter harvest for Federal Tasmanian Liberals continues, 2 years on: The Turnbull legacy

Phil Na Champassak* Pic: of Eric Abetz from his website ...
28.08.18 6:30 am

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… The relations between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the hard right in Tasmania does not bode well for our Tasmanian federal Liberal parliamentarians who had voted for Dutton with the exception of Senator Richard Colbeck, who made a Lazarus-like return to the Senate as a result of the disqualification by Section 44 of the constitution by the then very capable President of the Senate, Stephen Parry, due to dual citizenship. The reasons for Tasmanian Liberals being out of favour by Turnbull is partly explained in my July 2016 article Tasmanian Federal Liberal’s Bitter Harvest: Parts 1 & 2 ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php/article/tasmanian-federal-liberals-bitter-harvest-parts-1-2 ). But this time the three amigos are Senators Abetz, Duniam and Bushby. Back to the dunce corner for them, with them no traction with the incoming Morrison government … !

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Launch: Among the Willows and Wild Things, TFWF Sept 15, 1.15pm

Forty South
28.08.18 6:23 am

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Among the Willows and Wild Things: The Fingal Valley Nature Diary of a Young Girl in the 1930s by Ann Page will be launched at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald, on Saturday September 15th at 1.15pm. It is a free public event …

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Murder by the Prosecution book launch

Andrew L Urban*
28.08.18 6:15 am

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Please find attached your invitation for the book launch of Murder By The Prosecution by Former Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings at 11am on Thursday 6th September in Hobart at Fullers bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart Tas 7000 to follow with a book signing at 5.30pm …

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REVIEW: ‘Refining the definition of wilderness’ by Hawes, Dixon & Bell

Geoff Holloway*
27.08.18 6:15 am

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The first sentence in this booklet states that, “There is at present no consensus on how wilderness should be defined”. This is quite a bold claim given that the IUCN has had a definition of wilderness in its Protected Areas category since 1994 …

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REVIEW: The Power of Hope

Elizabeth Fleetwood*
27.08.18 5:45 am

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I have just finished reading “The Power of Hope” by Kon Karapanigiotidis.  This truly powerful book reminds us just how much power resides with us – you, me, our immediate community, and the people of Australia …

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‘Tasmanian Liberal renegade Sue Hickey’s blast for Abetz, Duniam, Bushby over Turnbull ‘sabotage’’

Selina Ross, ABC. Pic: of Eric Abetz from the Libs' website
26.08.18 6:00 am

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Tasmania’s parliamentary speaker has given a scathing critique of the three Tasmanian Liberal senators who she said were party to the “vicious, vindictive and vengeful” events that culminated in the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull, reserving special barbs for her long-time sparring partner Senator Eric Abetz …

• Read the advice of the Solicitor-General on Peter Dutton’s eligibility ...
Solicitor-General-Advice-24-8-18.pdf

Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation: Minister for Environment a powerless nonentity

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‘Hello Rupert, bye-bye Malcolm’

Analysis by Bruce Guthrie, The New Daily. Pic: Flickr
26.08.18 5:45 am

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Anyone who doubts Rupert Murdoch’s role in the political chaos that has played out in recent days has never worked for him at a senior level …

• Read the advice of the Solicitor-General on Peter Dutton’s eligibility ...
Solicitor-General-Advice-24-8-18.pdf

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‘The Saturday Briefing ... ‘We know where the bodies are buried’’

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25.08.18 6:37 am

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As Malcolm Turnbull stalled on a second leadership vote on Thursday, by demanding those betraying him identify themselves, some of his conservative colleagues were threatening to release damaging information about him to destroy his career …

Guardian, Katherine Murphy: Scott Morrison faces uphill battle after Liberal party bloodbath New prime minister could accommodate Peter Dutton in government and does not rule out return of Tony Abbott …

ABC: Scott Morrison and Liberal Party tasked with reinstating public trust after leadership crisis As they return to their local electorates, Liberal politicians now have to explain this week’s events to voters …

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Scomo!x

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 7:15 am

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Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop have all thrown their hat in the ring for leadership, but must secure numbers to force PM to call a party room meeting at noon. All the day’s politics, live …

Jane Salmon: Human Rights Abuser Wins Leadership

Ross Hart: It’s now time for Australians to decide

Rodney Croome: LGBTI advocates urge Prime Minister Morrison to govern for all Australians

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‘Government shuts down parliament amid leadership crisis – politics live’

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 7:00 am

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Labor’s Tony Burke has pounced on the decision, saying ‘there will be no question time today because they don’t know who their prime minister is’. All the day’s politics, live …

Guardian: Peter Dutton may not be eligible to sit in parliament, Labor’s legal advice says Liberal leadership challenger’s interests in childcare centres could be in breach of section 44, leading barrister says

Kym Goodes, CEO TasCOSS: TasCOSS comment on Federal Leadership issue

Jane Salmon: Human Rights Abusers Lead the Field For National Leadership

Students and community groups call protest against Liberal leader

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‘Malcolm Turnbull survives Peter Dutton leadership challenge – for now’

Guardian. Satire: Leunig*
24.08.18 6:45 am

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The home affairs minister resigned and went to the backbench after winning 35 votes to Turnbull’s 48 in leadership spill …

Politics live, Guardian here

Morrison’s Return Rocks Refugee Activists

Facebook Ministry of Satire: Dutton’s early years and background ...

GetUp: How to stop Peter Dutton?

Christine Wallace, The Conversation via ABC: A relationship of mutual convenience between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal Liberal party is drawing to a close. Each used the other for practical purposes. Mr Turnbull used the Liberal Party as his vehicle to enter parliamentary politics and become Prime Minister, having earlier tried but failed to win behind-the-scenes preferment for a Labor seat. The Liberal Party, in turn, used Mr Turnbull to squeeze out another election win in 2016, papering his face over that of his unpopular predecessor, Tony Abbott, who by mid-election cycle had proven a likely electoral loser …

Peter Whish-Wilson: Government corporate tax cut Bill dies with Government … Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This is a victory for civil society over corporate interests. A cut to corporate tax would undoubtedly lead to cuts to the social safety net and public services for all Australians. …

Sue Bailey, Examiner: Malcolm Turnbull holds press conference after corporate tax bill voted down by Senate

SMH: Dutton childcare company received $5.6 million in public money

SMH: Turnbull government’s company tax cuts defeated in the Senate

SMH: Liberal leadership crisis: Peter Dutton vows to challenge Malcolm Turnbull again LIVE

SMH: ‘An absolute budget blower’: Turnbull and Morrison slam Dutton’s first policy

ABC: Solicitor-General to check if Peter Dutton is in breach of constitution

SMH: ‘Decade of dysfunction’: business delivers blast over political crisis

ABC: Malcolm Turnbull’s ministers trying to jump ship — who’s in and who’s out A slew of resignation letters have landed on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s desk since the tight Liberal leadership ballot. Who are the detractors Mr Turnbull can no longer rely on …?

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‘Writers Festival shines light on the Tamar’

Peter Gutwein, Liberal Member for Bass Media Release
24.08.18 6:37 am

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The biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival returns for 2018 with the theme of Tasmania on the Global Page …

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‘Quentin Beresford in conversation with Bob Brown ...’

Fullers Bookshop Media Release
24.08.18 6:30 am

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SPECIAL EVENT: Adani and the War Over Coal
Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart
30 August 2018, 17.30 – 18.30PM

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Dr Eric Woehler: Is this the East Coast we want?

Dr Eric Wohler. Sue Bailey, Examiner. All Pics: Vica Bayley
23.08.18 6:15 am

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Presentation to “Future of the East Coast” Public Meeting Tasmania’s East Coast and its remarkable and precious environmental values are under threat as never before …

• Sue Bailey, Examiner ...

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Hobart’s Smart City Strategy: captured by vested interests ...

Don Maisch*
23.08.18 6:07 am

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15 August: Smart Cities: The art of possible ( https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/smart-city/news_feed/smart-cities-forum-the-art-of-possible-15-august )

22 August: Smart Cities: What you need to know ( https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/smart-city/news_feed/smart-cities-forum-the-art-of-possible-15-august1)

29 August: Smart Cities: Building a contemporary Australian city ( https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/smart-city/news_feed/smart-cities-forum-what-you-need-to-know-29-august )

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‘Redneck Liberals Open National Parks and World Heritage Area for Hunting’

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23.08.18 6:00 am

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It’s clear the Liberals have once again kowtowed to the powerful shooting lobby with their decision to open up Tasmania’s protected areas for recreational shooting, under the guise of environmental management …

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Tourism Tasmania goes to war?

The Hag*. Pic: screenshot of Jude Franks' comment
23.08.18 5:53 am

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“We need to make sure the benefits of tourism are not gained at the expense of the destination itself or the social well-being of our local communities. As global demand for Tasmania continues to grow and more investors, developers and tourism operators engage in the sector, we need to make sure our increased popularity doesn’t undermine the many natural and social benefits that Tasmanians enjoy and that make our island so appealing to others. This is especially true of a tourism offer based around the natural environment and historical-cultural heritage.”

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Racists are ugly?

Josephine Zananiri* Pic: of Peter Dutton
23.08.18 5:41 am

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In conservative Australia, increasingly that old adage, racism is ugly, flashes into the collective mind. Given the latest emergence from the coven to the Commonwealth Senate …

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The Can of Worms ...

Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission
22.08.18 5:45 am

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‘Premier misled public over Martine Haley scandal’

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22.08.18 5:30 am

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• Hodgman said Haley resigned. • Resignation would not have triggered a payout. • Liberals rewarded bad behaviour with $45,000 …

ABC: ‘Golden handshake’ for Government staffer who trolled former Cricket Australia employee Angela Williamson Tasmania’s Opposition has accused the Premier of allowing one of his senior advisers who confessed to trolling people online to walk away with a “golden handshake” …

Will Hodgman: Ministerial and Parliamentary staff contracts

Rebecca White: Premier in as deep as Ferguson in Cricket Australia termination affair • Hodgman dodges questions – what is he trying to hide? • Series of serious questions involving Hodgman’s role in Cricket Australia sacking • Full independent investigation is needed

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More than just engineering, science and money ...

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21.08.18 5:46 am

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Earlier this year I visited an area in the Grand Canyon where a development akin to our own kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car proposal was being debated …

Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrine Public Say on Planning Tasmania is at a crossroads, its environment and way of life under unprecedented threat from big development interests lured here by the Liberals’ ‘open for business’ mantra and willingness to keep Tasmanians in the dark. The return of Parliament coincides with both the Hobart City Council’s decision on the cable car tonight and the Town Hall meeting about the proposed Cambria Green development, and the future of Tasmania’s East Coast tomorrow …

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NATION: Dutton circles Turnbull sensing blood in the water

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21.08.18 5:34 am

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… “Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. Most people thought of themselves as Christian of some sort, although most of us didn’t go to church all that often. Everyone, from the cleaners to the captains of industry, had a shared vision of who we were as a people and our place in the world.” They did? In 1968 when anti-Vietnam demos were at their height here? A year of seismic social and political change around the world? A time when single, aged and invalid pensioners were grateful to get another whole dollar rise to fourteen dollars a week? When a quarter of the population lived on less than $58 per week? Bear with Fraser; nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Behind him, Tory Cory Bernardi nods agreement. Cory’s part of a tinpot Oz-Tea Party troika with Fantasy-fabulist Anning and deluded David Leyonhjelm. They have a lot in common. “We want stronger families, limited government, lower taxes ... we want to re-install personal responsibilities front and centre of public life,” Bernardi claims. Seriously? Is this code for Leyonhjelm’s “slut-shaming”, now the subject of a defamation case in which, as he admits, he told Sarah Hanson-Young that “… she should stop shagging men”?

In the topsy-turvy, inside-out and back-to-front world of our upper house of mirrors, reality is bent, shrunk and stretched while ignorance, bigotry and even crypto-fascism, defy government tax-cut theory to trickle up. And up …

Guardian Oz: Government dives in the polls as leadership speculation swirls

Crikey Worm: Bitter Spill The Age repors that supporters of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton say he is leaning toward challenging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the top job, believing the government is “now in an unwinnable position”. On Sunday, Turnbull held a dinner with party colleagues to “stave-off a leadership challenge”. However, The Courier Mail ($) is reporting that Dutton only arrived to the crisis talks “post-dinner”. The Australian ($) reports that a number of MPs spoke with Dutton at the weekend to pledge their support if he were to challenge Turnbull. In light of the speculation, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll has the Coalition trailing the opposition 45 to 55 on a two-party preferred basis …

ABC: Faith in Australian governments falls amid corruption concerns Trust and confidence in all levels of Australian government is continuing to slide as calls intensify for the establishment a national anti-corruption agency …

Guardian Live: Bill Shorten calls Turnbull a ‘white flag prime minister’ Malcolm Turnbull PM says Dutton gave him ‘absolute support’. Leadership speculation Coalition dives in the polls. Comment:  MPs must set aside ideologies in climate endgame

SMH: Leadership twist as report claims Peter Dutton could be ineligible to sit in Parliament Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton may be ineligible to sit in Parliament due to his family’s financial interests in the Commonwealth, according to an explosive report that has added a dangerous new dimension to the leadership speculation gripping the Turnbull government. Network 10 on Monday night reported Mr Dutton could be in breach of the constitution, which rules ineligible anyone who “has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth”. The allegation comes amid fevered speculation Mr Dutton is considering a leadership challenge to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and the report will trigger a frenzy of finger-pointing as to the origin of the story …

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