Martyn Goddard. ABC Pic: of Michael Ferguson, Health Minister. Pub: Sept 22
23.09.14 7:00 am
Despite the Tasmanian government’s fervent hopes that its pay freeze legislation will slash its budget into shape, employment costs in the biggest area ‒ public hospitals ‒ are likely to be pushed upwards instead. Apparently simple one-size-fits-all measures like the pay freeze, when applied to complex situations, can have unexpected and perverse effects. This is, perhaps unintentionally, the most radical piece of industrial relations policy to emerge from a government in Australia for many decades. The government does not appear to have thought through the ramifications.
• Download Martyn Goddard’s analysis of the pay freeze effects ...
ABC. Transcription by a Radio Listener. Paul Tapp picture of Triabunna mill
23.09.14 6:50 am
One of the new owners of Gunns former Triabunna woodchip mill says the government may still force him to sell it back to them. A government inquiry is examining the sale of the Gunns mill to millionaire environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron. The business partners have decommissioned the mill and plan to develop it as a tourist attraction. Mr Wood told ABC Radio his plans for Triabunna are uncertain because the government could still compulsorily acquire the site. “But still, I repeat the Premier has not ruled out the possibility of a compulsory acquisition of the site, so from a pure business investment point of view, how much money am I going to invest in it to have it all torn up?”
• AND, 3.50pm ... Uncertainty over Triabunna mill tourism plan, owner Graeme Wood says
• AND, Blair Richards, Mercury: Triabunna mill site could be revived, Tasmanian businessman tells parliamentary inquiry
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Multicultural Affairs spokesperson.Media Release. Pic: of Brett Whiteley. Pub: Sept 22
23.09.14 6:45 am
The Tasmanian Greens called on Premier Hodgman to join them in condemning the small-minded, xenophobic comments of PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie and the unlikely support given to her by Federal Liberal Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley around Australians wearing burqas. Greens Multicultural Affairs spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said that Senator Lambie’s comments about burquas were offensive and bigoted, but Mr Whiteley’s support was more concerning. “The Liberal Member for Braddon’s sympathy towards Senator Lambie’s xenophobic views are alarming, and I would hope that Liberal Premier Hodgman has the sense to distance the Tasmanian government from his Federal colleague’s views.” Ms O’Connor said.
• Dr Kevin Bonham: Jacqui Lambie And The British Thug Far Right (If you wish to comment on Dr Bonham’s article, do so on his website)
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Satire* Pub: Sept 22
23.09.14 6:30 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has responded to John Howard’s embarrassment over the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. ``Former Prime Minister John Howard says he is embarrassed that no WMD was found in Iraq,’’ Mr Wilkie said. ``He should instead feel deeply ashamed but grateful that he hasn’t been charged with conspiracy to commit mass murder. ``The fact is Mr Howard deliberately misled the community every time he exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq. ``He knew full well there was no hard evidence that Iraq had a massive arsenal of WMD or was cooperating with Osama bin Laden.’’
Alderman Jeff Briscoe, HCC Chairman of Parks Media Release. Pic: of the old Springs Hotel. Pic: Sept 22
23.09.14 6:15 am
On Monday night the Hobart City Council will consider calling for Development Applications for a suitable development at the Springs, Mt Wellington.
• Eva Ruzicka: Just what scale of development do we really need at the Springs? No, I’ve said, no, to the large scale accommodation/resort/conference/restaurant styles of development. And for darn good reason. Living on the Mountain at Fern Tree for twenty years sharpened my appreciation for how easy it is to spoil a natural place. So distracted have we all been by various cable car and resort proposals for kuyanyi/Mt Wellington, by continuous reviews of the Wellington Park Management Trust’s Management Plan, that, really, we’ve often missed opportunities to capture appropriately scaled development that is both the benefit of the bio-reserve that is kunanyi/Mt Wellington, as well as all the people that want to go there. For twelve years nothing was done while Council chased the ephemera of a so-called eco-resort development then a cafe/restaurant development while the existing public facilities deteriorated and car parking started to clog the Springs out. More here
• (Ald) Jeff Briscoe, in Comments: UPDATE: HCC approved (9:3) the recommendation from the Parks Committee last night. Now the HCC will call for appropriate DAs to be lodged by end of January 2015. I believe this is a sensible way forward for commercial developments on the Mountain. Any DA will be assessed in an open and transparent way according to the planning laws. It should be noted that DAs are not popularity contests in social media but will succeed or fail on its merits and the safeguards that are built in the motion that was endorsed last night by majority of Council. Authorised by Jeff Briscoe 318 Liverpool Street Hobart (required by electoral laws )
Ten Days Artistic Director David Malacari Media Release
23.09.14 6:00 am
Ten Days today unveiled a new name for its acclaimed biennial international multi-arts statewide festival, the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.
Hobart City Council Alderman Eva Ruzicka. Bob Burton's pic of the Hobart Town Hall
22.09.14 2:24 am
Will old age and treachery always overcome youth and inexperience in getting a seat in local government?
There hasn’t been anyone below the age of 30 in Hobart since Greens Alderman Mat Hines and he didn’t last his whole term either. But he certainly made it clear that what mattered to his demographic was yet to get on the radar of the older Aldermen. His concerns were deeply green and people centred. He saw local government as the policy arena to get some change for how young people were treated in the City. His values, and how they were to be applied, were very different from the sitting Aldermen. The look of purple outrage on the face of one Alderman when he commented that he would never likely own property and so didn’t have any interest in local government policy about it, was fascinating. You’d think he’d uttered some heinous blasphemous curse, given the reaction, and yet, there it was.
Chris Sharples. Pub: Sept 22
22.09.14 1:30 am
A response to: James Boyce, 2014: Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World; Black Inc., 260pp. If I have understood him correctly in his recently published book, James Boyce considers that modern western theories of human behaviour which assert that we have innate (i.e., evolved) tendencies to behave in dysfunctional ways are a direct ‘carry-over’ from the Christian doctrine of Original Sin into modern scientific thought, and that the scientists who have developed these more modern understandings are largely unaware of this intellectual legacy.
UN Climate Summit 2014,. New York Times
22.09.14 1:15 am
Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
• Heidi Gill, People’s Climate March: Successful Hobart Pop-Up Climate Gathering at MONA attracts hundreds, while 310,000 march in New York ...
22.09.14 1:10 am
Alina Thomas EO of Domestic Violence Counselling service, SHE Media Release
22.09.14 1:04 am
Domestic violence continues to be a series issue for our community and a recent Vic-Health survey has revealed some disturbing attitudes and statistics which only scratch the surface of an issue that is also affecting the Tasmanian community.
Don Knowler, http://donaldknowler.com/ Pic*
22.09.14 12:50 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
John Green LLB. Letter to the Editor
22.09.14 12:40 am
Dear Sir, I am writing to protest against the killing of more than 1,000 civilians - mainly women and children in Gaza - by the Israeli armed forces.
Even more depressing is the butchery by ISIS or whatever they call themselves in Iraq. Obviously ruthless, crazed psychopaths. What it reminds me of is American’s boast that they would bomb Indo-China into the Stone Age. They didn’t quite succeed in that but they managed to bomb the Cambodians into the lunatic asylum and produce the Khmer Rouge.
via Dr David Obendorf, Veterinary Pathologist. DPIWE graphic
22.09.14 12:37 am
22.09.14 12:35 am
Background: I began Can of Worms (1986) with this: It has been said that Sydney is the most corrupt town in the western world, except of course for Newark, New Jersey, and Brisbane, Queensland. I didn’t know the half of it. Alan Saffron, son of Abraham Saffron (1919-2006), said in 2008 that in the 60s his father paid Premier Sir Robin Askin and Police Commissioner Norm Allan $5000-$10,000 a week to protect his brothels and illegal casinos, and that he loan-sharked Kerry Packer, Sir Peter Abeles and Sir Paul Strasser, who were also corrupt, when they were short of the readies, from gambling in Packer’s case. Alan Saffron said Abe controlled prostitution in every state except Tasmania. Saffron was still untouched well into the period of Premier Neville Wran (1976-86). Finally, the chief investigator for the National Crime Authority, Carl Mengler, arrested Saffron and charged him with tax evasion. He got the maximum, three years, and served 17 months.
South China Morning Post
22.09.14 12:00 am
How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe For centuries, the roots of Cheng Ling’s family burrowed deep into the wheat and potato fields of Shandong province. Yet one family member ventured far away, farmer Bi Cuide. The family has one memento of that journey, in fact the sole possession Cheng has to remind her of grandfather Bi. It is a bronze medal bearing the profile of a sombre King George V on one side, and St George on horseback, clutching a sword, the steed trampling the shield of the Central Powers. The sun of victory rises above. The sun of victory rises between two years: 1914, 1918.
Ben Peelman. Pic: of a marijuana leaf
19.09.14 5:30 am
People-Power pushes conservative Prime Minister into progress? “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates… If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here it should be available. I agree that the regulation of medicines is a thicket of complexity, bureaucracy and corporate and institutional self interest. My basic contention is that something that has been found to be safe in a reliable jurisdiction shouldn’t need to be tested again here.” … So reads part of a letter from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to 2GB presenter Alan Jones dated August 23. It has been confirmed by a staff member of the PM’s office.
• TT MEDIA HERE ... for Premier Hodgman’s latest statement on medicinal marijuana … and Kim Booth says Premier has broken No Gag Promise on Pay Freeze Bill … and Bunnings, TasTAFE, Emergency Services, ‘Conflict Forests’, Day of Peace, Climate: Sunday Sept 21 MONA, Spring Barn Market, SARRAH, whaling, failing small business, Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC, seadogs, West Papua, Deb Hurley, Le Tour De Norfy Challenge 2014 etc, etc, etc ...
19.09.14 5:00 am
Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top Nav bar) for breaking news on the referendum result ... or ...
• BBC HERE
• ABC HERE
Christine Milne, Kim Booth, Peter Whish-Wilson, Cassy O’Connor, Nick McKim, Bob Brown, Peg Putt, Austra Maddox Pub: Sep 16
19.09.14 4:15 am
It’s with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of a valued colleague, friend and long-term Green: Jeremy Ball.
• TT MEDIA HERE ... For tributes to Jeremy Ball, from Premier Will Hodgman to Helen Burnet ....
John Lawrence, Tasfintalk Pic* Pub: Sept 18
18.09.14 5:00 am
After the unprecedented financial success of the past two financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14, Hydro’s earnings are projected to plummet. Returns to government lag profits by a year and hence payments from Hydro for the current year 2014/15 will be based on the record profits expected to be announced next month when Hydro releases its 2014 Annual Report. But thereafter the future is bleaker.
However it was not only the carbon price which assisted Hydro achieve a cost advantage over competitors. So too did the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme which mandated a minimum amount of electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and which is now being reviewed following a report by Tony Abbott’s handpicked climate sceptic, Dick Warburton.
The Guardian. Pic* Pub: Sept 13
18.09.14 4:45 am
Terrorism alert level raised to high, but Tony Abbott says no attack is imminent Prime minister says the change should make no difference to normal activity, but people might notice more security
• Andrew Wilkie: The withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport “The consequences of the withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport are even worse than we first feared,” Mr Wilkie said. “I have learned that the two AFP detection dogs have already gone. One detected drugs and cash, and the other detected explosives. “And I have also learned that the Hobart-based AFP officers who are being removed were in the practise of inspecting Launceston Airport on a weekly basis, visits that will obviously no longer be possible. “In other words, Hobart Airport will be the only capital city airport without a permanent AFP presence and Hobart, and Tasmania more broadly, will be left without a range of law enforcement capabilities and advice.
• Fairfax: Public beheading fears: Tony Abbott confirms police believed terrorists planned ‘demonstration killings’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out in the name of militant group Islamic State. Mr Abbott’s comments come as police say they have thwarted a “serious act of violence” after arresting 15 people and charging one in the wake of counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday.
• Guardian: Scott Morrison says 12 asylum-seeker boats stopped under turnback policy Immigration minister breaks his silence weeks after the government rejected a freedom of information request for the same details
Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader Media Release. Pic*
18.09.14 4:40 am
Mercury Background: Tasmanian Greens Facebook poster hits out at Liberal forest policy Resources Minister Paul Harriss is under pressure to formally apologise for deliberately trying to smear Greens MPs, and members of the public who may also disagree with the Liberals’ forestry policy, for using the word ‘conflict’ in context of the Tasmanian forestry debate. “The disgraceful new low the Liberals dragged the Chamber to today continues the pattern of arrogant abuse of the Parliament we have seen on more than one occasion this week, and is a disturbing taste of what is to come under a regressive majority government.” “To seek to trivialise the outrages of rape and mass murder, slavery and extortion to politically intimidate non-government members of parliament and other members of the Tasmanian community who may agree that the Liberals forestry policy will entrench divisions and conflict, is a breach of ministerial responsibility on behalf of Mr Harriss.”
• What Paul Harriss says: Conflict Slur a Green Disgrace, here The Greens are once again trying to demonise Tasmania’s forest industry with disgraceful slurs linking it to mass murder, rape, slavery and extortion. A poster on the party’s Facebook page, authorised by Kim Booth, says: “Tas forest products are conflict forest products”. The deliberate use of the words “conflict forest products” is an attempt to link Tasmania’s forest industry and forest workers with “conflict minerals” and “conflict diamonds” in Africa.
• Karl Stevens, in Comments: I think ‘blood diamonds’ is used more frequently than the term ‘conflict diamonds’. Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor is doing a 50 year stretch for crimes against humanity in return for ‘blood diamonds’: HERE Incredibly, a company thrown out of Liberia for illegal logging ( HERE ) is operated by the same cartel that runs a factory (Ta Ann,) in Harriss’s own electorate. Mr Harriss has even accepted gifts from a company (Ta Ann) involved: HERE
Andrew Denman* Pic*: Denman Marine Huon Pine dinghy ... Pub: Sept 17
18.09.14 4:30 am
THERE has been much comment by the environment movement in the wake of the State Government’s new forestry legislation. This commentary has been alarmist, inflammatory and most decidedly incorrect when it comes to the issue of specialty timbers and, disappointingly, is a far cry from the exalted position previously advocated for the sector by its new-found detractors over the past decade.
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Andrew Nikolic. Pub: Sept 15
18.09.14 4:15 am
In the small town of Scottsdale the loss of more than 300 jobs in a community of 7000 is virtually the kiss of death.
Eva Ruzicka, Eva Ruzicka's blog. Pic: of Eva Ruzicka
18.09.14 4:00 am
*with apologies to Tom Wolfe and Tim Flannery MOU – Memorandum of Understanding: n. (1) a carefully worded ‘all care and no political/legal responsibility’ document used to paper over the cracks of difference in public relationships, or demonstrates to the voting public support for outcomes that are important to them but can be dropped once the popularity fades or gets too politically hot (negative definition); (2) a document of aspirations for a relationship that has opportunities for social, cultural, environmental and economic development worded so at the end of the time period specified, all participants can see the real value of getting together in the first place despite the naysayers, and why it is important to build on the relationship into the future (positive definition).
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome Media Release. Pic*
17.09.14 6:00 am
Australia’s smallest territory is taking on one of the nation’s biggest issues with Norfolk Island set to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Chris Harries. Pub: Sept 15
16.09.14 6:00 am
Some years ago, founder of the Gaia theory, James Lovelock, predicted that Tasmania and south New Zealand will, in time, become overrun with hoards of refugees as climate change shifts from chronic to calamitous around the world.
AND, as more climate refugees arrive ...
• Antarctic sea ice cover hits new recorded maximum Sea ice researcher at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) Dr Jan Lieser said new satellite data today showed the extent was continuing to increase, with a peak expected within the next fortnight. Dr Lieser said about 150 days this year have been new daily records. “It might seem surprising that the extent of sea ice around Antarctica is growing, even as the globe warms and as the massive ice sheet that covers the continent itself is shrinking,” Dr Lieser said. “This phenomenon does not in any way negate the reality of the global warming. Rather, it is one of the many surprising and paradoxical effects of changes in the Earth’s climate over recent decades.” “To understand why this is happening, we need to keep in mind that temperature is not the only factor in the formation and distribution of sea ice.”
• TT MEDIA HERE ... ... as Tas farmers welcome new forest body – and the prospect of change, says Jan Davis, as Nick McKim says Parks are unsafe in Liberal hands, and Andrew Wilkie fears the implications of The withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police from Hobart Airport etc etc etc
Adam Burling, Sea Shepherd Australia Media Release
16.09.14 5:50 am
Tuesday September 16th, 2014 – Hobart, Australia. Following Sea Shepherd’s victory of saving 784 threatened, endangered and protected whales during the 2013/14 whaling season, the International Court of Justice delivered a landmark ruling declaring that the Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal.
• Mick Mcintyre, Director, Whales Alive, http://www.whalesalive.org.au Please find below Mick Macintyre’s day one (Monday Sept 15) report in note form from the International Whaling Commission meeting in Slovenia. Mick of Australian Whales Aline group has attended every IWC meeting since 1993 ...
• DAY 2
REPORT by Mick McIntyre
Director, Whales Alive ...
16.09.14 5:45 am
In the great tradition of Tasmanian journalism (?), Examiner Editor Martin Gilmour has moved seamlessly from editorship into advisership ( Voice of North takes Hodgman role ) ... following a long line of disinterested, objective predecessors ( think Rod Scott et al ).
Martin McKenzie-Murray, The Saturday Paper. Pic: ABC, of Eric Abetz
16.09.14 3:15 am
As Tasmania lags behind Australia, Eric Abetz is reigniting old battles.
• John Hawkins, in Comments: Erich, Facts. You renounced your German citizenship on the 9th March 2010. You cannot renounce a German citizenship you do not have. You must therefore have been a dual national sitting in the Senate illegally for more than 15 years prior to 2010. Erich please sue me if I am wrong.
• mr t, in Comments: HERE is the link to the original ABC Fact Check article that apparently caused Mr Abetz such distress. I remember after the Fact Check was posted Senator Colbeck issued a supplementary Media Release that was then attached to the article. Further, a comment that challenged the indendence of the TFA scientific assessment was deleted. I remember this as I subsequently posted a response questioning the independence of the “Independent” Paul Harriss Legislative Council review. Of course, the independent Paul Harriss has since come out of the closet (so to speak). I still wonder who was the original poster as the ABC monitor stated he/she “has been blocked by our staff.” Obviously the offices of the honourable senators were monitoring the article at the time.