Tasmania

An Australian Refugee tells her story

Today’s post was written by an Australian woman living in Australia. I think that her story deserves? a wider audience because I know deep down that if it is happening in Australia then it will happen in New Zealand. We are not safe in our little island nation. We can tell ourselves that Europe is far away and we won’t do what The United Kingdom, Sweden,Holland, Denmark, France, Italy and others have done. We can tell ourselves that our government won’t make the same choices but that can only happen if we recognise the threat now, not when it is too late. We need to wake up and we need to wake up now!

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Wind power project canned in Tassie, not economically viable

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If Tasmania, with all its wind, can’t make a wind farm economically viable then no one can.

Hydro Tasmania has killed off a $2 billion wind farm planned for King Island.

The state-owned power generator said the project was not economically viable.

Hydro had planned to build a 600 megawatt wind farm on the island, with the power generated to be connected to the National Electricity Market via a high-voltage underwater cable across Bass Strait to Victoria. ? Read more »

The toxicity of the Greens and lessons from Tasmania for Labour

Labour faces a dilemma.

They can’t win the election without some sort of formal accommodation with the Greens.?They also can’t win without Winston Peters.

And thus their dilemma is apparent. The Greens are toxic. David Cunliffe knows it, Shane Jones knows it, Winston Peters knows it.

But the problem is Moira Coatsworth is shrieking at Cunliffe that the attitude tot eh Greens must end, that they are the preferred coalition partner and that Labour needs to be nicer.

Russel Norman is exerting pressure behind the scenes as well. ?But the fact remains that the Greens are toxic in any support or coalition deal.

This is a position that Tasmanian’s saw only too well and punished both Labor and the Greens over in their state elections last weekend.

Labor and the Greens have blamed each other for the loss of votes in Saturday?s Tasmanian state election, while the South Australian Liberals insisted electoral boundaries prevented them from claiming a ?deserved? outright win.

The simultaneous state elections resulted in a?decisive Liberal win in Tasmania?and a?likely hung parliament in South Australia, where the focus is now turning to negotiations with two independents.

The Liberals have raised questions over the South Australian electoral system given the party could miss out on forming government despite securing about 53% of the two-party vote.? Read more »

Tony Abbott says no to bludging

Tony Abbott is signalling the end of bludging, especially corporate bludging in Australia.

Australia’s rent seekers are firmly on notice: it is the end of corporate welfare. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has never been so direct: no government has ever subsidised its way to prosperity, he declared, adding a good kick from his R.M. Williams boot to the stupidity of ”knee-jerk piecemeal deals”.

What a difference a few months makes. During the election campaign, Abbott flew to Tasmania and blithely handed a gift of $16 million to the Cadbury chocolate factory. Cadbury is owned by a multinational firm that had reported a 64 per cent rise in its profit to $74.9 million last year.

Abbott at the time argued that Tasmania had been ”left behind, big time” on almost all economic measures, and his was a pragmatic approach to a special case in aid of ”job, jobs and jobs”.

It was, of course, an election campaign, and Abbott, who was not yet prime minister, had his eye on a number of juicy Tasmanian seats. You could call his gift politically pragmatic, but you could also call it corporate welfare and a campaign-motivated knee-jerk piecemeal deal.

Dislodging a Big Dick

This must be one of the funniest moments of the Oz election coverage!

Minister of Defence/Labour MP Stephen Smith, who opted not to run in the election – was talking about how the legendary Lyons electorate in Tasmania, Dick Adams, was looking like he was going to lose his seat (he did).

The golden moment came (no pun) without Mr Smith even realising.? Read more »

Will Labour take notice of this?

It’s probably a bit late for David Cunliffe…he has already effectively committed to not?fighting to get votes off the Greens with his comments about having?them as part of the economic team.

Shane Jones already hates the Greens, but if he wins it will be interesting to see how he deals with the electoral poison that they are. Polls in Tasmania are showing that ?the ALP will be wiped out…and commentators are blaming the Greens.

Tasmanian federal Labor MPs told The Australian they in large part blamed the party?s relationship with the Greens at the state and federal levels for the potential slide back into oblivion.

Dick Adams, a stalwart of the party who the latest polling suggests will fail to defend a margin of 12.3 per cent in rural Lyons, said the party should review its power-sharing deal with the Greens in the state?? Read more »

ALP is stuffed, even in Victoria, Gillard is only just holding on

The ALP is going down hard, NSW is lost, the rolling maul of corruption scandals has killed them off, now Victoria is lost to them.

Leadership challenges are still brewing and not just from Kevin Rudd.

It is a measure of the Labor Party’s current desperation that a single minister, Bill Shorten, has emerged as an emblematic figure supposedly invested with almost super powers.

If Shorten shifts his support from Julia Gillard, as the headlines and the barely muted whispers go, then her grasp on the prime ministerial chair will be gone.

It is as if he is being considered a latter-day Senator Graham Richardson, the old powerbroker from the Hawke era who is credited with orchestrating much of the unpleasantness that ended in Paul Keating wresting power from Hawke in 1991.

Bet she smells and needs her legs waxed

I bet this smelly hippy will be off for a long hot bath followed with some serious pruning:

A SLOW and silent descent from a platform 60m up a giant, 400-year-old tree marked the end of Australia’s longest tree-sit protest.

And a simple hug from the grandfather of forestry protests, Bob Brown, celebrated the reign of Miranda Gibson as Tasmania’s leading eco-warrior.

A nearby bushfire forced Ms Gibson from her treetop vigil as her feet touched the ground for the first time in 450 days yesterday.? Read more »

Quote for the Day

? Sydney Morning Herald

Tasmania moves to allow same-sex marriages, the Labor Premier, Lara Giddings, had this to say:

“There will always be excuses, arguments and questions of timing when moving on difficult and controversial issues.

“But just as we have responded to other forms of discrimination throughout history, there comes a time when no amount of excuses should stand in the way of doing what is right.

“If Parliaments of the past did not have the courage to respond to changing community values then Tasmania would still be a state where homosexuality is illegal, where women don’t have the vote and no apology has been made to the Aboriginal stolen generations.

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