Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change Media Release. Pic: Daniel Haley
02.09.14 9:00 pm
Tasmania is set for a logging rampage in existing reserves and previously agreed future reserves as the Tasmanian government has gagged debate and pushed through legislation that turns back the clock to rainforest destruction.
Martyn Goddard. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 8:00 pm
It is, as usual, extremely difficult to cut through the spin and work out, in real terms, how the budget cuts affect hospital services. What is clear is that savings being made in administration do not appear, for the most part, to be going into patient services.
• TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor, Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ, crucial marriage equality fundraiser, Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers, Johnston on living in the municipality, Peter Coad wants to be Huon Mayor, AFL backs marriage equality etc etc ...
ABC. Pic: of Joe Hockey
02.09.14 6:42 pm
Treasurer Joe Hockey has hailed the agreement to axe the mining tax - which will cost the budget $6.5 billion - as a “damn good deal” for the Australian people.
Isla MacGregor. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 5:45 am
Mt Wellington ... looking to the South-West.
• But wait, there’s more ...
(On the first day of every month TT publishes a celebratory shot (or more) of Tasmania ...)
• TT Media HERE for the axing of Pathway Planners, Philip Cocker running for Mayor, Marti urges council amalgamations, LGBTIQ, crucial marriage equality fundraiser, Andrew Wilkie on Asylum Seekers, Johnston on living in the municipality etc etc ...
Ken Harvey, Monash University. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:40 am
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering whether to approve the latest Medicines Australia code of conduct for pharmaceutical companies. The code lays out disclosure requirements for payments and other transfers of value (payment for sitting on drug company advisory boards; air-fares, accommodation and conference registration fees; funds for drug company-sponsored lectures). Doctors are influenced by such payments so it’s important that the public (and their colleagues) know the extent of the largesse.
Bart Wisse*. Pub: Sept 2
02.09.14 5:30 am
On August 8, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a non-disclosure agreement whereby information on the progress and results of the investigation of the MH17 disaster would remain classified.
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic: Will Hodgman. Pub: Sept 1
02.09.14 4:45 am
Either there wasn’t a budget crisis or the government is yet to find a solution. After five months at the crash repair shop, the budget that emerged is little different to the previous model. If anything it’s worse.
Fairfax. Pic: of Tony Abbott. Pub: Aug 31
01.09.14 5:00 am
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens are fuming the Abbott government has committed Australia to weapons air drops in Iraq without consulting parliament.
MEANWHILE, asylum seekers ...
Mercury. Pic: John Gay walks free (Garry Stannus pic)
01.09.14 4:30 am
THE hunt for former Gunns chairman John Gay’s illegal earnings is set to become a national test case for how the profits of crime are calculated.
01.09.14 4:15 am
Home to the largest single tract of temperate rainforest in the nation, the destined Tarkine National Park will soon become an economic natural goldmine for Tasmania’s northwest.
Forestry Tasmania, in Comments: Forestry Tasmania is preparing an application to the Forest Stewardship Council® for a temporary derogation to allow the continued limited use of the registered insecticide alpha-cypermethrin to protect eucalypt plantations from severe defoliation by insect pests ...
Mercury. Pic: of Michael Ferguson. Pub: Sept 1.
01.09.14 4:10 am
HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard - A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) - to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.
• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard ...
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
01.09.14 4:00 am
The “Respect the Mountain” forum ( here, here, and here ) at the Hobart Town Hall earlier this year prompted Don Knowler to return to a diary he compiled after daily rambles on Mt Wellington during the previous year. In what promises to be a momentous year in the modern history of Kunanyi, the weekly diary gives the mountain and its wildlife its own voice. All Don’s Mother Mountain columns - and much more by this superb writer - can be found under the Category, Don Knowler, here
The Bob Brown Foundation
01.09.14 3:50 am
The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 3rd annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.
Stephen McMahon, Friend of Charlie Fearnley
01.09.14 3:45 am
Ed: Tasmanian Times again presents the basic details of a dispute involving a former Flinders Island fisherman/farmer, Paul ‘Charlie’ Fearnley and Queensland primary industry officials and a property where Charlie’s cattle have been agisted. Charlie says he has been in a desperate fight to rescue and save his beloved cattle. TT cannot verify the details of the dispute ... but one thing is certain and stark: In the Abbottland that Australia has become it is the most vulnerable who suffer, the least able who go under ... in this case, apparently, Charlie’s cows ...
My name is Stephen McMahon and I am writing on behalf of Paul (Charlie) Fearnley in regards to his herd of cattle in QLD.
01.09.14 3:27 am
When people ask me what’s my hometown I always say without hesitation, Strahan.
01.09.14 3:15 am
The Australian Government gives Indonesia, and East Timor and other international aid bodies, Billions of Australian Tax Payer Dollars every year… Our same Government withholds ALL the monies derived through the Exclusive Economic Zone of Norfolk Island from that Island’s Government, past and present.
Bill Rowlings OAM CEO, Civil Liberties Australia http://www.cla.asn.au/ Pic*
01.09.14 3:00 am
New ASIO spy laws are not designed to combat jihadists: they are so ASIO and its “affiliates”can legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November.
Matthew Holloway. Pic: of Kajsa Ekis Ekman. Pub: Sept 1
01.09.14 2:45 am
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, activist and feminist visiting Australia as a guest speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to be held in Sydney. She has stated ...
01.09.14 2:30 am
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?  This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.
The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am
Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga
Alderman Jeff Briscoe, HCC, Media Release, Picture: of the Organ Pipes
31.08.14 8:42 am
... before any consideration of rezoning of the Natural Zone … The HCC will now provide a submission to reject the amendment as the Trust has not demonstrated the proposed amendment furthers the vision, principles and objectives of the Management Plan, and the purposes for which Wellington Park was set aside. Whilst the Chairman of the Trust has indicated that the rezoning is not for the controversial Cable Car, every one knows why this amendment has come forward.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Tom Ellison* Pic: of Peter Gutwein in Parliament, with Will Hodgman, left, and Rene Hidding, right. Pub: Aug 28
30.08.14 7:30 am
Nobody doubts why the Hodgman Government won so convincingly in March – it was viewed as a better economic manager than its predecessor. Its primary mandate could be likened to that of the administrator of a failed company – tasked with keeping the place afloat and making some tough decisions. Like restructuring, cutting staff, increasing efficiencies and removing the dead wood accumulated over the course of 16 years. This Budget goes some way towards achieving that.
• TT Media HERE for all the responses - from Labor to Greens, unions to conservationists .... • And, use the TT NEWS dropdown menu (top nav bar) for MSM reports
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania. Pub: Aug 29
30.08.14 7:00 am
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens senator for Tasmania offers the following comments on the impact of the Government’s climate policies on Tasmania: “The reckless climate policies of the Abbott Government such as repealing the price on carbon will have dire consequences for Tasmania as was clear in yesterday’s state budget. “Hydro Tasmania is the leading producer of clean energy in Australia, generating approximately half of all the country’s renewable energy, and Abbott’s climate sceptic policies have just smashed it. “Hydro has been providing a river of gold to state government coffers. Abbott has made these rivers of gold run dry.
ABC. Pic: Daniel Haley. Pub: Aug 27
28.08.14 7:30 am
The Tasmanian Government is on the cusp of repealing the historic forestry peace deal after the Legislative Council voted in favour of the broad plan to overturn the deal.
WHAT CONSERVATIONISTS SAY ...
• TT Media HERE for the range of viewpoints, including Kim Booth’s MR revealing that taxpayers are continuing to subsidise Forestry Tasmania, and Nick McKim’s MR revealing that the anti-protest laws have been sent to an Upper House committee ... Legislative Councillors explicitly outlined that they were ignoring a swag of personal messages received in the past week from Tasmanians opposed to new forestry legislation which scuttles promised ‘peace deal’ reserves and also opens hundreds of existing protected areas for logging. The Premier has also received and ignored over 1500 letters of concern sent to him since Friday over the opening of 1.5 million hectares for logging. A dire situation for conservation has arisen after amendments of the Legislative Council were adopted that aim to ensure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is achieved by Forestry Tasmania despite the abandonment of environmental commitments and a new assault on forests. “The government has gone much further than tearing up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and has shamefully maintained their intention to open protected reserves of many years’ standing to environmentally destructive logging for specialty timbers, despite an outpouring of community concern,” said Tasmanian Conservation Trust Director Peter McGlone.
• Paul Harriss goes all King Canute-ish and ‘turns back the Green tide’ (for the first time in Tasmania’s history), Vanessa Goodwin reports on shunting the Workplace Protection from Protesters Bill to committee, and there’s learner drivers, hearts, and Eric Abetz ‘s backdown. PLUS Christine Milne saying the Tasmanian Brand is trashed. All in TT Media HERE
• Anne, in Comments: Apparently Ivan Dean (who couldn’t wait to vote according to Harriss and Hodgman’s dictates) reckoned 90 per cent of the emails he received were from people urging him not to repeal the bill. Ivan, however, chose to disregard everything that was said by all these concerned members of the community - and people he was elected to represent - on the arrogant assumption he’s better informed. The arrogance (and ignorance) of these MLCs is appalling.
Bob Hawkins. Pic: of HVC Mayor - and MLC - Robert Armstrong. First pub: Aug 26
27.08.14 6:58 am
Huon Valley guessing games Claytonesque seems the best fit for Mayor Robert Armstrong, MLC these days. Huon Valley Council’s sometime mayor, for the second time in a row, wasn’t there for his council’s monthly public meeting (Wednesday, August 20). Last time, he was visiting his new grandson in Melbourne. This time, he was away in Hobart playing law-maker in the Legislative Council and delivering his maiden speech — neither of which activity can be deemed unreasonable.
Bob Burton. Pub: Aug 25
27.08.14 6:30 am
“Nathan Carswell”, it seems, is back from his reported recent trip to Brisbane. Friday week ago “Nathan” called, a little over two days after the “Who is Nathan Carswell?” story first went live on Tasmanian Times. “Nathan” was a man on a mission: he wanted a full retraction of the original story with no ‘ifs’ and no ‘buts’.
• ROCC: Hobart City Council stalls Pinnacle rezoning The Hobart City Council tonight sent a clear message to the Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT) calling on them to provide information on how the proposed amendment to the Pinnacle Specific Area furthers the vision, principles and objectives of the Management Plan for the mountain. As landowners, the Council asked for the process to be suspended until, as landowners, they were given more information about the justification for the proposed amendment. “ROCC fully supports the council motion,” said Mr Ted Cutlan, spokesperson for ROCC. “The chairperson of the trust Dr Christine Mucha has repeatedly claimed that the amendment to the pinnacle is not related to any particular development and yet tonight Alderman Freeman said repeatedly that ‘we all know it is about the cable car’. Who is right?”
Jane Teniswood* Pub: Aug 25
27.08.14 5:15 am
Since the 1980’s I have worked both in Burnie on the North West Coast and now in Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast. With this experience I was appalled to read in last week’s Weekend Australian Magazine article “Down & Out” ( By Greg Bearup in The Australian here ), of the simplistic, callous response of Local Member Brett Whiteley, to the unemployment issues facing the once-thriving industrial town of Burnie.
I wonder if Brett Whiteley used “controlled crying” on his own children, who I understand live interstate.
• Idiot Tax Blog: When you have no economic value Local Liberal stooge, Brett Whiteley bagged the seat at the last election on the “he’s not Labor” vote and was up in arms about the article. Whiteley too wanted a focus on positivity. Look at his motivations and it’s easy to understand why. He’s walking a fine line. The sunshine and lollypops routine is needed or else his unwavering support for brain dead welfare reduction schemes becomes farcical. Playing on the lie that jobs exist and the unemployed are little more than children who need a paddling, allows him to puff his chest out and offer the following … The type of blindness you’d expect from a certain type of Liberal. The type, who as far back as I can remember, has been under the employ of the local, state or federal taxpayer. I couldn’t put my finger on one notable thing he’s done. And in 25 years time, when he croaks, we’ll be encouraged to remember his “loyal public service”. While the CEO of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence raised the prospect of the poor becoming destitute under the new welfare regime, Whiteley rejected it. Whiteley also likely rejects poverty being the parent of crime and revolution. Brett loses either way, because if it’s not social upheaval, maybe it will be political. • Read more HERE
Age. Pic: of Tony Abbott
27.08.14 5:05 am
Will Prime Minister Tony Abbott follow the fine example of Tassie’s Michael Ferguson ( Red-faced Ferguson pays back $776 luxury taxi fare AND More luxury taxi revelations of Ministers’ abusing the system ) and repay the cost ...
Joe Duggan Media Release Pic*
27.08.14 5:00 am
Fear, anxiety and exasperation are some of the worrying feelings being expressed by Australia’s leading climate researchers in a new science communication project by Australian National University (ANU), Masters Student Joe Duggan.
• Chris Sharples, in Comments: Yep too! That’s how I feel. Appalled at the inane simple-mindedness of most climate change denier arguments: their instinctive use of cherry-picking (seeing only the evidence that they think supports their denial); repeating refuted arguments so often that most people forget they have been refuted (“no warming for 17 years” etc); imagining that with no background in climate science at all they can easily spot fallacies in the painstakingly studied evidence of thousands of scientists who have spent their professional lives studying the climate; resorting to absurd theories of a global conspiracy amongst climate scientists (to explain the fact that an overwhelming majority of those scientists agree anthropogenic climate change is real), etc, etc. Frustrated by the huge irony that the “success” of climate change denial campaigns and the resulting political and public complacency only means that things are going to get much worse than they would have if we had acted smart enough soon enough. Saddened ...
Nick Mooney Wildlife Biologist Pub: Aug 25
25.08.14 4:00 am
In 2013 the editor/moderator of Tas Times kindly posted several hundred still photos of the development of a brood of Peregrine falcons in Tasmania. The photos were taken by myself with equipment supplied by Simon Plowright of Natureworld. Despite my more than 30 years experience with this species in the wild the camera revealed many things I had not seen before – original observations such as the adult female feeding the adult male while he brooded hatching chicks.
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