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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 …

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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’

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader and Parks spokesperson Media Release Pic*
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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The sad story of St James, Montagu Bay ...

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21.08.18 5:25 am

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… This put St James in a very healthy financial position, also one of the long-term church members had passed away and left a generous bequest to the church. All up, using the reserve bank’s calculation tables, in today`s values the money was in the area of $100,000. Unfortunately for St James the financial position at St Aidans was rather bad and without the consent of any of the committee or indeed the treasurer, somehow the money was removed from the control of St James and has effectively disappeared. Since then St James has been the poor cousin of St Aidans with the entire collection going to St Aidans and very little being returned despite parishioner numbers steadily increasing …

Examiner: Upper house votes to back community in church sale debate

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‘I am not a Woman’ - Transsexuals and Transgender Women Speak Out

Bronwyn Williams with contribution from Isla MacGregor – Women Speak Tasmania
21.08.18 5:15 am

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This article is Part 3 in the series ‘Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights Debate’ Today, the dominant discourse in the transgender rights debate insists that transgender women are ‘women’.  It is not uncommon to hear the argument that, because they are women, their biology is female and it is ‘transphobic’ to suggest they are biological males. The term ‘lady penis’ is often used to describe their genitalia, without a trace of intellectual embarrassment, by trans rights activists and others who style themselves as ‘trans allies’ …

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights debate (1)

Silencing and Cencorship in the Trans Rights debate (2)

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‘Future of the East Coast in focus – Hobart public meeting’

Sophie Underwood Co-ordinator of the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania Founder of the Freycinet Action Network Media Release
21.08.18 4:45 am

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In response to an unprecedented wave of development pressure and calling for a strategic and consultative approach to planning the future of the East Coast, fifteen community groups are hosting a public meeting to raise their concerns and seek leadership from all levels of Government …

ABC: Development proposals on Tasmania’s east coast alarm community groups

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‘Mount Wellington cable car backers vow to push on after Council land setback’

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21.08.18 4:28 am

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The Mount Wellington cable car proponents are vowing to push on, after the Hobart City Council voted to deny the controversial proposal access to council-owned public land …

Greens: Hodgman refuses to Rule Out Further Support for Cable Car In Parliament today, the Premier refused to rule out further tangible support for the proposed cable car. Over the past five years in government, the Liberals have done everything possible to get a cable car across the Organ Pipes to the summit of kunanyi …

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‘Prof Robert Jensen: ‘There Clearly Is No Decent Human Future Possible in Capitalism’’

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21.08.18 4:16 am

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the silence of Western media and governments regarding the massacre of the people of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the strategic ally of the US … ?

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We were warned about climate change in 1912 ...

Waitemata & Kaipara Gazette via Vivienne Luke
21.08.18 4:00 am

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We were warned about Climate Change in 1912 …

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Smoke and mirror madness ... Forestry burns legal, yet backyard BBQs could be censured

Ted Mead* Pic*
19.08.18 7:33 am

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Just when you think our bumbling bureaucrats can’t lose the plot any deeper, some public service cuckoo comes up with the loony idea to curb urban smoke. That’s right, unbelievable as it sounds, excessive smoke emissions from the backyard barbeque may soon become a punishable infringement … !

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‘The National Picture: overwhelming reminder of wilful gaps in Australia’s history’

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19.08.18 7:06 am

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Symbolically named for a Duterrau painting that has long been missing, exhibition in Canberra interrogates the stories we haven’t told

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Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt

Ted Mead* Pic*
18.08.18 7:00 am

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Even after the 2017 fire sale of the state’s hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

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Reviewed! Eroding the Edges of Nature

Geoff Holloway*
18.08.18 6:45 am

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Book review by Geoff Holloway: Eroding the Edges of Nature by Kevin Kiernan. Fullers Publishing, Hobart.  ISBN 978-0-6482180-2-9

“… But tourism can be a double-edged sword. The quest for money that might be earned from tourism has the same potential to result in excess and over-reach as can occur in any other form of commercial enterprise. Its environmental consequences can be severe. An old axiom cautions that tourism is like fire, because while it can cook your food and keep you warm if managed properly, if poorly attended it can also burn down your house. The key determinants of whether good or bad is delivered by tourism are the degree to which the natural, cultural and social values present are recognised” – an observation that we can only hope all levels of government might heed …

 

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Did you know ... ?

Rob Walls* Satire. Satire: Hag
18.08.18 6:30 am

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How many people know that in mid-summer the very first light of each new day that touches the continental land mass of Australia, does so on the pinnacle of Mount Wellington? The deeply spiritual significance of this is without compare. Do we want that light to illuminate a place that should be sacred to all Australians, or would we rather it lit up a crass commercial project, devised primarily to loot the wallets of visiting tourists … ?

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‘Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals’

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17.08.18 6:07 am

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Huon Aquaculture’s installation of salmon pens in Norfolk Bay, without public consultation or independent assessment of social and marine impacts, has angered and frustrated Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula residents …

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Government a joke after gag attempt ...

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17.08.18 6:00 am

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Willy Hodgman’s government in Tasmania is crawling with Christians and now we know that one of its God-fearing number dobbed in Angela Williamson to her employer, Cricket Tasmania, for the sin of terminating her pregnancy …

Michael Ferguson: Cricket Australia matter I welcome the finding by Tasmania Police yesterday in relation to the complaint from the Labor Party. As I have said all along, I absolutely refute any claims that I passed on private medical records or any information that was not in the public domain. I simply cannot have done so as I do not have access to Ms Williamson’s private medical information …

Will Hodgman: No Code of Conduct breach

Labor: Michael Ferguson’s explanation just not plausible

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Pope Francisyphus

Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission
17.08.18 5:45 am

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Jobs for the boyzzzzzzzzzz ... ?

The Hag* Pic: of Matthew Groom from his then website ...
16.08.18 5:20 am

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The Hag has some news to report ... it seems former Minister for Energy Matthew Groom - who quit the government before the election and oversaw the disastrous and very costly Basslink failure which led to the importation of some 40 diesel generators - has a five-year sojourn on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ...

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Anna Reynolds, Independent for Mayor ... not Green ... ?

The Hag*. Pic: of Anna, right, at her launch ...
16.08.18 5:15 am

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So, why is Anna Reynolds running as Independent for Mayor ... rather than a Green?

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Letter to Eric Abetz on UTAS properties ...

Scott Heares* Pic: of Rufus Black
16.08.18 5:09 am

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Hi Mr Abetz* ... I’m sure you will have plenty to say about this, how dare Ms Willsmore ignore a request by your esteemed colleague the Attorney-General Ms Archer. I also have some more bad news for you concerning Mr Bingham* the Integrity Commissioner, he told me he didn’t have the power to investigate the extraordinary prices, involving $15 million, paid by UTas for CBD properties …

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Is NZ No Longer a Trout Fisher’s Paradise?

Tony Orman* Pic*
16.08.18 5:00 am

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New Zealand’s world famous trout fishery is at the crossroads. The warning comes from a noted American fly fisherman Howard West, just turned 71, who has made regular visits to New Zealand to fish its crystal clear streams and catch big trout. But now he says the Kiwi trout fishery is at a dangerously critical stage …

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Reflections on a Queensland senator’s recent remarks …

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15.08.18 1:02 pm

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I find Fraser Anning’s comments re banning Muslims from Australia, and the implied intolerance driving them, most distasteful.  But even more so, I find his ignorance frightening …

Senator Whish-Wilson calls on Bob Katter to expel Anning from his party

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The sounds of the Silent Majority ...

Rex Beamish*
15.08.18 5:45 am

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The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka …

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Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ...

John Hawkins*
15.08.18 5:30 am

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Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 ... ?

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