09.12.13 4:30 am
With a subsidy of about $2.3 million dollars for each biennial event, the Ten Days on the Island festival is the Tasmanian government’s second-biggest investment in the performing arts. Only the state’s symphony orchestra gets more ‒ and, of course, it performs much more often.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison MR
09.12.13 4:20 am
Today Tasmania’s House of Representatives members will go head-to-head debating the Government’s economic plan for Tasmania. TIME: Debate commences at approximately 11.40am TODAY 9 December 2013 WHERE: FEDERATION CHAMBER, Federal Parliament LINK: View live at http://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Parliament and click on the Federation Chamber prompt
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk
09.12.13 4:15 am
Almost the entire Tasmanian hardwood plantation estate of 193,000 hectares owned privately is on the market, along with much of the underlying land. Land and tree interests are likely to merge. Landowners will end up owning the tree on their land.
The MIS experiment will finally end.
Nick Mooney, Wildlife Biologist
09.12.13 4:10 am
This is pretty well it. All chicks are fledged now and I may try and get some free-flight snaps of the youngsters to post but essentially it’s finished ...
Hans Willink, Independent Candidate for Denison, MR
09.12.13 4:05 am
Former Liberal, Police IT Director and Army Officer, Hans Willink, has announced that he will contest the State seat of Denison as an Independent next year. Mr Willink most recently contested the Legislative Council seat of Nelson, held by “Independent” Jim Wilkinson, in May. “Moderate Liberal voters have every right to be disgusted by the Abbott Federal Government and it’s backflips on Gonski, the NBN in Tasmania, increasing the National debt ceiling and reversing poker machine reforms,” Mr Willink said. “Voters are caught between a rock and a hard place. A choice between a tired State Labor/Green government, responsible for and presiding over the only State in economic recession and an untried an unproven Liberal Party that can’t be trusted.” “I hope to provide Denison voters with a third choice. A moderate and experienced Independent who can be trusted.” … “I hope to model my campaign on that of Andrew Wilkie, whose last three campaigns I have supported.”
John Hawkins, Chudleigh
09.12.13 4:03 am
Page two of today’s Weekend Australian states that Erich Abetz is promoting the tearing up and unwinding of the TFA and hence the roll back of the World Heritage Listing of Tasmania’s Old Growth/ Native Forests as agreed under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA).
The Idiot Tax blog*
09.12.13 4:00 am
Occasionally I feel sorry for Adrian Kelly (State President, The Real Estate Institute of Tasmania). No, that’s not true. There’s no sympathy here at all. His ongoing media appearances ensure that. Contradicting stats and market trends, while continuing to make knee-slapping predictions that always prove heart-breakingly wrong (for buyers). Those things make him the type of guy who always makes the top of your “ugh” list.
09.12.13 3:45 am
This is the 30th extract from Our Corrupt Legal System, by Evan Whitton (@EvanWhitton1) available free at netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
09.12.13 3:30 am
D’Alton and Alstergren: Loongana One of the more interesting findings of the 1946 Royal Commission into forestry administration (and some earlier inquiries) was that sometime-Minister for Forests ‘Tommy’ D’Alton had a long and close relationship with the Melbourne-based Alstergren group.
09.12.13 3:00 am
Today I sit here in my office typing this ...
Dr Kevin Bonham, http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/
09.12.13 2:45 am
A lot of prestige is attached to getting a final poll right, because it is the one time when it is easiest to look at the actual results and work out which pollster was correct. But in a way, it’s a bit silly, because the last poll is the easiest one to get right, because it is the one where the most other polls are available to enable fine-tuning of assumptions.
Amanda Bates Lecturer in Macroecology at University of Southampton, via Christian. NYT
09.12.13 2:35 am
Southeast Australia is an ocean warming “hotspot” – a region where temperature at the ocean’s surface is increasing more rapidly than elsewhere. That means this part of Australia is like an outdoor laboratory for understanding nature’s response to climate change.
• The New York Times’ Editorial Board: The value of Marine Reserves ...
Greg Bearup, The Australian
09.12.13 2:33 am
Greg Bearup has written a superb article in The Weekend Australian magazine on war’s terrible cost: The Army’s Top Brass claim the extent of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans is minimal. But try telling that to soliders like Liam Haven ...
Graham Bannister, Kettering
09.12.13 2:30 am
After a gestation period of two decades, work on upgrading Ferry Road at Kettering finally commenced in early October. Detailed plans had, months earlier, revealed extensive waterfront earthworks. Locals called upon Kingborough Council to capitalise on these plans to accelerate construction of their long-promised foreshore walkway.
James R. Boag
09.12.13 2:00 am
My book FLYING BASS STRAIT began with a question I asked myself. Who was the first person to fly over Bass Strait, and when? It was easy to get the answer from Google. Arthur Long in 1919. But then I asked myself, was he the first to fly in Tasmania? And the answer was no, he wasn’t. The first man to fly in Tasmania was Andrew Delfosse Badgery in 1914 in a flying machine he bought in England, where he learnt to fly, had it shipped to Sydney and assembled it himself with the help of some friends.
09.12.13 1:50 am
Found this amazing photo via @hobnobby from a FB page on WA Country Hour, on Margo Kingston’s Tweeted Times ... I’ve never seen such a thing. This may be the solution FEP have been looking for! Perhaps Mr Mooney ( My, how you’ve grown (6) ... a (final) update on the Peregrines ) could trial an adaption of the Peregrine to this cause?
09.12.13 12:09 am
Travellers’ Good Buys for the week beginning December 9 ...
David Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org Pic*
09.12.13 12:08 am
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a travel agency in the UK has accidentally sent a couple who wanted to catch up with their daughter in San Jose Mexico, to San Jose in California - some 2,400km away from where they thought they were going.
09.12.13 12:07 am
Angullong 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
09.12.13 12:05 am
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
ABC. First published Dec 6
08.12.13 5:24 am
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died.
Jeff Hansen, Australian Director, Sea Shepherd Australia. Pic: of Minke Whale, like 'Spot'
08.12.13 3:52 am
Japan sets its sights on Australian Minke whales like “Spot” The Japanese Whale Poaching Fleet has left Japan, setting sail for the Australian Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. The factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru left Innoshima port today and the refueling vessel, the Sun Laurel, left a couple of days prior. The harpoon ships no longer have their AIS (Automatic Identification System) on and appears are underway as well.
Australin Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome MR
07.12.13 4:32 am
Tasmanian equality activists have congratulated Australia’s first same-sex married couples who tied the knot today under the ACT’s marriage equality law, saying it highlights the opportunity Tasmania missed to become the first place in Australia to allow same-sex marriages.
Scruffy Hawkins, Chudleigh. First published December 3
06.12.13 4:00 am
I am a very important dog or so my Master tells me.
• Scruffy’s Facebook profile
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: If Scruffy runs I will vote at the elections otherwise I won’t bother. I know Scruffy and she is an honest dog, no bones about it. She can be relied upon totally to do what she says and to be true to herself. Go Scruffy.
• Jack, in Comments: Will Scruffy be giving a press conference? Some questions the press gallery would like to put to him: If he wins a seat in parliament will he be tempted to sniff the arses of all the members? What is his policy on gay marriage and the humping of legs? Is he vaccinated against the usual parliamentary diseases; distemper and foot-in-mouth disease? Will Scruffy represent the interests of blue ribbon poodles as well as working dogs? Has he ever eaten from a pork barrel? He holds his tail proudly, but does he risk it wagging him? Is he trained as a (bull) scat detection dog?
Katherine Wilson* First published December 2
06.12.13 3:45 am
Tasmania is currently reviewing its ban on genetically modified (GM) crops. If other states’ experiences are anything to go by, Tasmania will be facing underhand industry tactics.
Michael Atkin, 7.30. First published December 3
06.12.13 3:29 am
Two Australian millionaires will transform a key Tasmanian woodchip mill into a major tourist attraction, in a blow to the State Government and the forestry industry.
• Bob Brown: “the Abetz view of Tasmania as a quarry and woodpile is not only last century, it is directly responsible for worsening Tasmania’s poorer economic performance and higher unemployment rate ...
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Bloody hell the mill has been closed now for years, how is that going to affect the industry in any way. Woodchipping on mass is dead, otherwise Gunns would still be running Tasmania. Gunns closed the mill because it was unviable, why would a ship travel the extra distance to Triabunna anyway when truck drivers get paid a pittance to take the logs from the southern forests all the way to Bell Bay. What a joke, the real story is more likely that the mill was old, rusting and in need of far too much maintenance to keep it going. The board and management of Gunns have shown themselves to be inept businessmen who relied on taxpayer handouts and a puppet government to survive. Good Riddance. Glad to hear another nasty chapter of the book is closed and hopefully Mr Woods and Ms Cameron will do very nicely with such a lovely site.
• Ben Quin, Triabunna, in Comments: It remains a hopeless position for the old Tasmanian forestry industry. If its leaders believe that economic viability remains rooted in the dream of a revived export woodchip mill at Triabunna, then it is an industry that should rightly be put to bed and lights out. No more stories from that book, thanks. The next chapter is the one about how Gunns was good for Triabunna and all its navvies.We should get enthusiastically behind Woods’ proposal. Triabunna will thrive with a new agenda.
06.12.13 3:27 am
It’s nearing that time of year when Christmas decorations are all over town, the end-of-year celebrations have begun and the Summer issue of Island Magazine is being launched!
Come along to Rosny Barn where the amazing guys at TacoTaco will be selling their delicious foodstuffs. We’ll also have Pagan Cider on sale to quench your thirst – as well as a few more to be announced shortly! Go HERE:
06.12.13 3:25 am
Greens Leader Nick McKimnt has indicated it is willing to help any potential investor in a Tamar Valley pulp mill. State Opposition leader Will Hodgman met the Prime Minister and senior government ministers in Canberra this week and says they are prepared to consider assistance to develop the mill.
• John Lawrence, Tasfintalk: A new forest way? There are occasional sightings of the pulp mill ghost. Korda Mentha says there is considerable interest in the pulp mill. They said that about Gunns’ sawmills which we now discover was sold to New Forests for $21 million plus stock? Recently Leg Co member Ivanasarus Dean urged fellow members to vote for a motion affirming support for the pulp mill and State Opposition leader Will Hodgman reportedly met the Prime Minister and senior government ministers in Canberra this week and says they are prepared to consider assistance to develop the mill. That sounds like an expression of disinterest, implicitly confirmed by Mr Hodgman when he refused to speculate about what kind of help the Government might offer.
06.12.13 3:23 am
Holden has made the decision to pull out of Australia as early as 2016, according to senior Government ministers.
06.12.13 3:23 am
Labor and the Greens have cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Government’s border protection policy after an asylum seeker boat made it to Christmas Island undetected.