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  1. Thank you Lindsay:

    His motto seems to be:
    Never answer such a straight question.

    He does not like it to be asked such straight questions, that’s why he keeps bringing the stress of his family into the debate, possibly it was not Paul but his family that chose the building company?

    Dear oh dear, Tassie Isle - what hope is there?
    Rene was the best gift for him!

    Just Frank again

    PS: Watch out night workers/trouble makers before they close you down!

    Frank Strie
    82 Brady’s Lookout Rd.
    Rosevears, Tasmania 7277

    Posted by Frank  on  15/03/06  at  02:19 AM
  2. Tony Harrison, owner of Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd and the Eastern Shore Sun free ‘newspaper’ as well as being a ‘spin doctor extraordinaire’, is the name behind the mysterious group “Tasmanians for a Better Future”. The ‘Public Relations Institute of Australia’ has this to say about Corporate Communications:- 

    “Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    Owners
    Tony Harrison FPRIA

    Address
    Level 3, 85 Macquarie Street GPO Box 1600, Hobart
    TASMANIA 7001, Australia

    Phone
    03 6270 2250

    Fax
    03 6270 2265

    Web
    http://www.cctas.com.au

    Email
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Description
    Corporate Communications is Tasmania’s largest, longest established and most successful integrated communications consultancy, the only such consultancy in the state. Our business is helping to make our clients become more successful by using innovative and cost-effective techniques and the most up-to-date communications tools. We do this by working closely with them to understand their business needs and helping them to achieve the results they are seeking. The best testament to the effectiveness of this approach is our commercial success growth. We’re proud of the strength of the partnerships we build - some clients have been on our books since the day we opened our doors for business. We have a team of experienced and professional consultants in public relations, marketing and government relations, ensuring around-the-clock service seven days a week. With offices in Hobart and Launceston and representation on Tasmania’s north west coast, we have the facilities and infrastructure required to satisfy the needs of large and small clients.

    Speciality
    Advertising, analyst/broker relations, association management, B2B, B2C, branch/network communications, brand management, case studies/white papers, change communications, channel relations, clinical trial announcements, communication audit, communication counsel, communication strategy, community consulation, conferences/exhibitions, copywriting, corporate affairs, corporate identity, crisis communication, employee communications, ePublic relations, event management, government relations, healthcare communications, integrated communication programs, investor relations, issues and crisis management, lobbying, marketing communications, media relations, media training, new media, newsletters/brochures, online communications, photography/design, presentations/presentation training, product launches, promotion/sponsorship, public affairs, publicity, reputation management, research/evaluation, risk communication analysis, speech/script writing, stakeholder communication, strategic PR planning, video news releases.

    Industry
    Agriculture, arts, automotive, aviation/aerospace, biotechnology, construction, defence, education, energy/natural resources, entertainment, fashion, financial services, FMCG, food & beverage, gaming, Government Federal, -Local and State, health/community, hospitality, insurance, IT, manufacturing, media, mining, pharmaceutical, professional services, publishing, real estate/property, recreation, retail, sport, telecommunications, transport, travel and tourism, utilities and infrastructure, wholesale.”

    So, given the line espoused by our mystery group, who is Tony Harrison ‘fronting for’ this time? (edited)  Or perhaps someone who lives in the Broadmarsh area? 

    After scanning good ol’ Tony’s ads in the Mercury, I’m convinced that the sun won’t rise tomorrow and mothers will eat their babies if we don’t give ‘President’ Lennon another majority government. After all, we daren’t risk a minority government - there’s a real danger that could lead to democracy!

    Posted by Barry Chapman  on  15/03/06  at  04:09 AM
  3. Democracy…..mmmmm…....now there’s a novel idea!
    Nah…that’ll never work in Tassie…what would we do with all the redundant troughs?

    Posted by DaveGroves  on  15/03/06  at  01:16 PM
  4. The transcript, I take it, is of the answer prepared for Mr Lennon, who is ill-equipped to manufacture such things. In any event, the premier has pretty well defined himself by a seemingly unending series of deeds.

    A more tantalising question remains to be put to Rene Hidding, namely “why are you so shrilly warning against minority government when it is the only sort you have any chance of attaining, and when that message will work to Lennon’s advantage?”. Making all allowances for the traditonal stupidity of Tasmanian pollies, the only plausible explanation is that Rene is deferring to the Big Boss, the one for whom a minority government would be disastrous to the quest for the Grand Coup.

    Carmen Lawrence’s comment last week that Australia now has political corporations, rather than parties, flatters Tasmania. Here, they are mere subsidiaries of the same corporation.

    John Hayward
    Weegena

    Posted by lhayward  on  15/03/06  at  01:56 PM
  5. An absolutely fair question has been asked, on this site, in The Mercury and on ABC, and the answer is not good.

    In this case, it flounders all over the evasive issue of privacy. “I just hope that my family can have some of its privacy back ... the way our pivacy has been invaded as a family is something that has disturbed me ... I do not think that frankly it is any of Lindsay”:s business what is happening with our private family home ... there needs to be undersood here that there has been an unreasonable invasion on my family, it has been quite distressing for my wife and for my children ... I just do not see what business it is of Lindsay Tuffin’s ... I do not see what business it his of his and what relevance it has been to my public life, what my private affairs are with my family ...  I just hope hope Lindsay undrstand the distress he has caused my family, particularly my wife…”

    Join all the dots and there is bugger-all between them in those short few minutes on the ABC and that is sad. Our Premier seems to be under the control of spin merchants and it has become a farce.

    I am prepared to believe that all this was a pragmatic situation dealt with privately by Mr Lennon with people/contacts he was familiar with and who were happy to oblige, and go our of their way, with -  perhaps - no favours ever expected in return.  But we are given no hint that anything like this may the case.

    Let’s not worry about the petty crap of looking after mates, as the Libs would have it. Let’s worry about the party machinery,  and the media advisors whom we employ as taxpayers, that have our state leader chanting such pathos to evade such a simple question that would have been dealt with simply, if that could have been the case.

    York St,
    Sandy Bay

    Posted by Guy Parsons  on  15/03/06  at  06:24 PM
  6. Dear Editor

    RE: That ABC 936 interview with the current Premier Mr Paul Lennon on Tuesday 14 March.

    I listened but was totally shocked with Lennon’s reply to Mr Tuffin’s question about the ethics of engaging a Gunns Company to renovate his house when that company is engaged in major contracts with the Government including the RHH and the proposed pulp mill. 

    The Premier first attacked the messenger, rubbished the TT website, brought in irrelevant points about his building renovation was legal with the council and the lack of privacy for his family but didn’t answer the question.  What was more worrying was that the ABC (ie Tim Cox) let the Premier get away with it!  There is more to this issue I believe that has yet to surface publicly. The
    evasion reminds me of Queensland in the 70’s.

    I believe in what the TT is trying to do ( as do many others) with your independent Web site so keep asking those good questions Tuffin. One may have to wait for Parliament to sit to find the answers.

    Yours faithfully
    Jeff Briscoe
    318 Liverpool St
    Hobart

    Posted by Jeff Briscoe  on  16/03/06  at  02:17 AM
  7. Just imagine…...if we’d heard Paul Lennon tell ABC listeners that yes, he had used this Gunns’ subsidiary company to do the private renovations on his family home. And yes, he now realises it could be seen as a significant conflict of interest in his public office as Premier and Treasurer of Tasmania. And yes, it was inappropriate.

    Then ask yourself, why Paul neither would not, nor could not say that?

    I believe Paul couldn’t admit this because it would be very public and personal admission of his own nakedness. It can be worrying enough for others to see one exposed and revealed but to admit it to oneself! That would be going too far and quite fearful.

    Posted by David Obendorf  on  16/03/06  at  04:54 AM
  8. “The question” got the thumping it deserved. 

    It required an assumption of the absolute accuracy of the Age quote as presented in the context of the question. 

    It required acceptance of the truth of the querist’s understanding and characterisation of HWM’s business. 

    The penultimate sentence is a grotesque simplification. 

    The question was obviously incompetent and unfair.

    Mr Tuffin,when DID you stop beating your wife?

    Posted by Michael Daly  on  16/03/06  at  05:09 AM
  9. Does TT (or anyone else in the electorate) have to get all questions to Lennon drafted up in legal interrogatory format from now on by the barristers at Malthouse Chambers to ensure there is no oppression involved?

    For goodness sake Michael Daly, the question was simple enough even if it did contain assumptions.

    If the quote in the Australian was inaccurate Lennon only had to say that it was inaccurate.

    And as to the truth of the querist’s understanding and characterisation of HWM’s business, anyone who cares to visit their website’s FAQ page at http://www.gunns.com.au/construct/faq.html to find out what type of work they specialise in, may see that the querist’s understanding seems quite accurate.

    The question may have been incompetent and unfair in the Supreme Court, but the TT blog is hardly that. TT is mainly a forum for the layperson or average punter, who may like to ask an arrogant politician a simple question which can be simply answered perhaps by anyone other than, apparently, a politician or a lawyer.

    Further, unlike the Lennon saga, there is not the slightest evidence in the public forum to suggest that Mr Tuffin does beat his wife, thus, your analogy proposition is ridiculous.

    Posted by Pat  on  16/03/06  at  07:58 AM
  10. Does TT (or anyone else in the electorate) have to get all questions to Lennon drafted up in legal interrogatory format from now on by the barristers at Malthouse Chambers to ensure there is no oppression involved?

    For goodness sake Michael Daly, the question was simple enough even if it did contain assumptions.

    If the quote in the (Age) was inaccurate Lennon only had to say that it was inaccurate.

    And as to the truth of the querist’s understanding and characterisation of HWM’s business, anyone who cares to visit their website’s FAQ page at http://www.gunns.com.au/construct/faq.html to find out what type of work they specialise in, may see that the querist’s understanding seems quite accurate.

    The question may have been incompetent and unfair in the Supreme Court, but the TT blog is hardly that. TT is mainly a forum for the layperson or average punter, who may like to ask an arrogant politician a simple question which can be simply answered perhaps by anyone other than, apparently, a politician or a lawyer.

    Further, unlike the Lennon saga, there is not the slightest evidence in the public forum to suggest that Mr Tuffin does beat his wife, thus, your analogy proposition is ridiculous.

    Posted by Pat Dermody  on  16/03/06  at  08:08 AM
  11. Re: ‘Tasmanians for a Better Future”

    Today, Weds. 15 March, the following was sent to Woolworth Limited - if any other TT correspondents or readers are as offended as I am by the big end of town’s attempt to frighten the Tasmanian electorate, you may wish to communicate your concerns to Woolworth as well.

    “I am a trustee of a SMSF that is a shareholder in Woolworth Limited, as well a customer of your supermarkets, BIGW and Dick Smith stores, who lives in Tasmania. Over the past 4 weeks, a shadowy group calling itself ‘Tasmanians for a Better Future’ has been running a well funded scare campaign on television and in newspapers, in an attempt to influence voters in the lead up to the Tasmanian State Election on March 18.

    Today, Michael Kent, Woolworth’s former General Manager in Tasmania, confessed to being involved with this reactionary body and to having provided it with funding. Prior to today, the ‘public face’ of this group has been one Tony Harrison, ‘spin doctor for hire’ of Corporate Communications Pty Ltd, Hobart.

    As a shareholder and customer of Woolworth, could you inform me whether:-
    1)Michael Kent is in anyway still connected with Woolworth Limited or its subsidaries.
    2)Corporate Communications and/or Tony Harrison or his associates or other companies associated with Harrison are retained or commissioned to carry out any activities on behalf of Woolworth Ltd.

    Thank you.

    Barry Chapman”

    Posted by Barry Chapman  on  16/03/06  at  11:03 AM
  12. Pat “2-answers” Dermody has missed the point entirely. 

    If he’s an advocate of transparency, surely he doesn’t advocate the abandonment of fairness in its pursuit. It might be said that the fairness of a question is some legal nicety - but the question was obviously unfair and it was treated with the disdain it deserved. 

    Get over it. 

    People are so committed to the conclusion in the question that they’re willing to abandon and denigrate any reasonable calls for fairness in the enquiry. 

    Of course an issue exists relating to the appropriateness and transparency of using a Gunns company to renovate the home.

    Why not just use some proper methods to explore those issues? Surely “2-answers” understands that the question wasn’t asked in this e-backwater but on Cox’s radio show by Lindsay Tuffin - hardly a “layperson or average punter”!

    Posted by Michael Daly  on  17/03/06  at  03:38 AM
  13. Thank you for your response Michael Daly.

    The reason for 2 answers was that I neglected to sign my name to the first one and didn’t intend the first one to be published.

    OK, back to what my original question was about. If you are so concerned as to the format of the question, together with the appropriateness and transparency of the issue, would you be prepared assist by re-formating the question and asking it yourself?

    Posted by Pat Dermody  on  18/03/06  at  01:05 AM
  14. (!)....
    By the way. If the Pulp mill had remained a project of state significance and been allowed full and diligent consideration then MAYBE we would allow the gvernment to take land for the proposed pipeline of water. Is this a response to concerned citizens getting bullied by Gunns staff to let the pipeline go through their land? I am told that some of these people contacted TAP and said NO you cannot bully us and now Premier Lennon is looking for ways to get around the supply issue.
    Make it a closed loop pulp mill or rack of somewhere else.
    There is a great cry in Tassie now that .... and .... Lennon and Gay better get and soon.
    The saying is ” over my dead body” will we allow this mill in this place with our taxpayer subsidised money.
    Someone will end up in Jail for this process and it won’t be forest angels.

    Posted by peter  on  03/03/08  at  11:07 AM

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