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Lindsay Tuffin*
29.08.18 6:30 am

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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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Tourism Tasmania goes to war?

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

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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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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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Pope Francisyphus

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

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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 ...

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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?

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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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‘Woodchip fan-girl gets real’

The Hag*
14.08.18 5:53 am

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As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the ‘main bar’ at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days …

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‘Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed’

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11.08.18 5:30 am

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The revised development plans of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) have struck their first council hurdle after a Parks and Recreation Committee recommended to deny the company access to public land …

ABC: Mount Wellington Cableway Company accuses aldermen of ‘undeniable bias’, seeks legal advice

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NATION: Cleansweep ...

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29.07.18 7:19 am

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Counting in all of the 5 Super Saturday seats is now advanced enough that the result is certain, with only a small question mark over Braddon.  Labor has retained all four of its seats with increased majorities, while the Centre Alliance stomped the Libs in Mayo. Here’s what the results mean …

The New Daily: Super Saturday by-elections: Labor wins ‘four from four’ Labor has won all four of the Super Saturday by-election seats it contested and increased its margin considerably in the key Queensland electorate of Longman …

ABC: Super Saturday delivers wins for Labor in Queensland, Tasmania and WA, Centre Alliance holds Mayo against Downer challenge

Labor:The people of Braddon vote for better health and education

Medics for Gun Laws: Medics to Tas government: Uphold Port Arthur Gun Laws

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Freedom FROM Religion

Josephine Zananiri*
27.07.18 4:30 am

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Subsequent to the overwhelming support for gay marriage, the ever conservatives collective of duds in our parliament are hell-bent on making life unpleasant for gay, divorced and adulterous members of our community.  (That pretty much describes any citizen who lives a robust, eventful and fulfilled life!) …

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Media Release: Council may oppose Wellington Park Trust bid to extend pinnacle zone for cable car

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