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Mining the Tarkine – Tasmania’s resources bust

August 25, 2015 - 16:39 -- Admin

Situated in Tasmania’s north west, the Tarkine is a globally significant wilderness area containing extensive tracts of Gondwanan temperate rainforest. Although not designated as a National Park, or part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the area contains a wildly diverse landscape with rich plant and animal life including platypus, echidnas, wombats and the famous Tasmanian Devil.

My Thought For The Day

August 25, 2015 - 13:55 -- Admin

Every day on Facebook I post a ”Thought For The Day”. More often than not they evoke some genuine heartfelt responses. Here is an example from a regular reader of this blog. Stephen Tardrow:

‘There is nothing more destructive than the inability to forgive. Especially yourself’.

My thoughts and answer to John’s question:

Paying for promises

August 25, 2015 - 09:55 -- Admin

It seems obvious that Joe’s $25 billion promise to cut income tax was made in haste in the hope it could influence the Canning by election because he has no idea how he is going to pay for it – all he knows is that rich people pay too much tax. One wonders if Joe understands the concept of progressive taxation.

How did the Australian media get it so wrong with Kathy Jackson?

August 24, 2015 - 21:50 -- Admin

The Australian mainstream media has suffered from collective amnesia over Kathy Jackson, writes Frances Jones.

At school, our children are taught “Bullying No Way.” When they feel bullied, they’re taught to say “Stop it. I don’t like it,” and to report the incident to the teacher. Other kids who witness bullying are taught to tell the teacher.

What Do We Mean By Sobriety?

August 24, 2015 - 18:42 -- Admin

What do we mean by sobriety? The phrase gets tossed around a lot, but rarely is it explained in meaningful terms, and so I believe it has come to exist as a vogue word, devoid of much useable content and used for far too broad a range of behaviours. The whole thing seems to be hinging precariously on tacit agreement with some very old and deep-rooted ideas, so let’s get stuck in and see if we can’t squeeze some sense out of the whole mess.

The Rich Need Tax Cuts Or Else They’ll Just Stop Making Money!

August 24, 2015 - 17:05 -- Admin

Once upon a time there was a Treasurer who was very, very concerned about delivering a surplus. But that was in another galaxy far, far away.

In Australia we have Joe Hockey. Who has “spending” under control now, but there’s still more to be done. The deficit is much larger than it was under the last Swan Budget, but he has the solution. We need to give tax cuts to those on the top rate because if we don’t they may stop working.

Mother and the House by the Lake.

August 24, 2015 - 06:41 -- Admin

It was an image that never left me. I carried it as one would a photograph of a loved one in a wallet. Something valuable that never left my person. I can see it now. The old house sitting close to the water’s edge. The water lapping the shore as though in conversation with the front veranda, so close to the house it was. The stillness and tranquillity of its setting seemed to set life free. Purple-breasted Moorhens played friskily at the water’s edge.