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Friday, 24 November

14:20

Lazer Baby "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

 

You may have caught them at The Bird, theyve been very busy gigging around sharing their recent works and release track, So Lonely.

Its Lazer Baby Tasmanian R&B, Soul Group and they came by for a drop into Breakfast with Caitlin to give us a little live taster of their song bau live in the studio.

 

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08:56

Energy ministers discuss new national plan "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Turnbull governments energy plan tipped to save households more than $100 a year on their power bills faces an early roadblock, with at least one state vehemently against the policy.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill reiterated his opposition to the National Energy Guarantee ahead of a meeting of energy ministers in Hobart on Friday.

He believes the plan was focused on extending the life of coal-fired power stations and stalling the development of renewable energy.

His government continues to back an emissions intensity scheme, which would put the onus on power generators, rather than retailers, to bring on more renewable energy, cut emissions and reduce prices.

Every time we offer good faith what we see is essentially the commonwealth using bad faith to advance a scheme which is just about propping up coal-fired power stations, Mr Weatherill said.

Central to Fridays talks will be new modelling commissioned by the Energy Security Board parts of which were released earlier in the week.

It estimated the average household power bill would drop $120 under the guarantee between 2020 and 2030 compared to the business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the plan was recommended by a panel of experts and would deliver a 23 per cent reduction in wholesale prices.

Momentum is building behind the National Energy Guarantee with a large cross-section of business and community groups wanting the states to get on board with this plan for a more affordable and reliable energy system, he said in a statement to AAP.

Its unclear whether Labor governments in Queensland and Victoria will back the plan, but NSW has indicated it will urge all states and territories to agree to proceed with it.

The Business Council of Australia has called on ministers to put politics aside and end the deadlock on climate and energy policy.Australia needs momentum and decisive action to see the National Energy Guarantee implemented, chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

Denying Australians the opportunity for reliable, affordable energy in the name of political expediency would be simply unacceptable.

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Thursday, 23 November

22:25

Glenorchy: What Happens If Most Of A Council Quits While It's Suspended? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Welcome to Glenorchy City Council.  You can be checked out any time they like, but you can never leave.

That was the vibe following recent developments in an already strange and long-running Tasmanian local government dispute, one that is daily creating newer and more exotic flavours of political-law popcorn for electoral ambulance-chasers like me.  My sympathies are with the poor ratepayers of Glenorchy, who are becoming literally poorer ratepayers as they are required to support this niche entertainment as it drags on into season after season.

To begin partway through about book six of Glenorchy Game of Thrones, the GCC has long been wracked with factional strife and hackery (which has often crossed state party lines in odd ways) despite having, at times, some very well regarded Mayors.  The 2014 election saw a team headed by then one-term alderman Kristie Johnston run on an agenda to "clean up Glenorchy and clean out the council".  They were endorsed by Denison federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie - not normally one to put his name to anybody else's bid - who denounced the existing Councillors in no uncertain terms.



Johnston thrashed incumbent Mayor and long-term alderman Stuart Slade with 58.3% to Slade's 22.7% in one of the state's most sensational mayoral wins on record.  Former federal MP Harry Quick was elected Deputy on Johnston's ticket, and two incumbent Councillors were shown the door with miserable primary vote shares.  However, Daenerys and her dragons had no sooner claimed the Iron Throne than her problems began.  Johnston's team had been a small one, and not all of them had won seats, so Johnston arrived as Mayor without the numbers.  This is a common problem with directly elected mayors, the common problem with indirectly elected ones being murky backroom Rats In The Ranks shenanigans, as on display this week in WA.  A similar situation to Glenorchy was also seen on the now-dismissed Huon Valley Council, though their Mayor was much more narrowly (and quite surprisingly) elected, and had nothing resembling the scale of Johnston's mandate.

Johnston's term has therefore been dominated by conflict between supporters and opponents of her reform attempts, and also by conflict between the Mayor and General Manager (a standard feature when the Mayor doesn't have the numbers).  It didn't help her that despite running with Johnston at the 2014 election, Quick has from the start been far from a consistent supporter of her on Council voting, and has fallen out with his endorser Wilkie during the term. I know nothing of the causal issues there.

Councillors all vote independently to some degree, as on Hobart Council, and a lot of motions are unanimous.  Yet a quick browse of the Minutes at various times through the Council's term shows that Glenorchy Council's defining voting patt...

10:08

The Latest Senate Section 44 Cases Dr Kevin Bonham

Time for another - and I doubt it will be the final - roundup of the issues created by ineligible Senators (or in one case, a Senator-who-never-was).  I have had many questions about the Lambie situation but today's resignation of Skye Kakoschke-Moore also requires detailed comments.

Hollie Hughes (Candidate, NSW - disallowed)

The High Court's decision that Hollie Hughes should not be seated in place of Fiona Nash (apparently because of her intermediate holding of an office of profit while the original election was still open, though reasons are yet to be released) creates a new issue.  Hughes was eligible at the time of the original election but her subsequent employment renders her ineligible to fill the position vacated by Fiona Nash.  The Commonwealth is waiting to see whether the court rules that Hughes was incapable of being chosen, or capable of chosen but incapable of sitting.  If the former, Hughes will be replaced by a special count (resulting in controversial Abbott backer Jim Molan becoming a Senator) but if the latter there is some thought (I'm not convinced) that it might be a casual vacancy.

Jacqui Lambie (Tas - resigned)

Lambie has resigned her seat and this has been referred to the High Court for hearings starting December 8, together with the case of Stephen Parry.  As noted in the article concerning Stephen Parry, a simulated special count with just Parry removed creates a major problem - originally elected Senator Nick McKim is replaced by One Nation's Kate McCulloch, so what does the court do about that?  However, if a special count is held for both Lambie and Parry together, this issue is apparently removed, as also noted in the article.  That is, assuming no more Tasmanian Senators are ineligible and ... let's not assume that one too confidently, just for now ...

Assuming both Parry and Lambie are indeed found to have been ineligible and replaced by a single special count, that would lead to Richard Colbeck (Liberal #5) and Steve Martin (Jacqui Lambie Network #2) being new Senators.

However Martin is under a Section 44 cloud because he is Mayor of Devonport and was so on election day, and the question of whether local government is always, sometimes or never an "office of profit under the Crown" has never been tested.  Many federal MPs who were also local councillors have gone unchallenged in the past, but Labor requires its federal candidates to resign from local councils prior to nomination.&nbs...

05:33

People Make 'Security Systems' For Special Wild Parrots To Keep Them Safe "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Swift parrots may be small, but the risks theyre facing in the wild right now are anything but.

Native to southeastern Australia, these tiny, endangered birds migrate to Tasmania each year to breed and settle into nests with their babies. But this year, theyve moved to a different side of the island that is packed with sugar gliders who love to break into nests for a quick snack.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

On average, about half of the adult female parrots that nest in Tasmania are killed by sugar gliders each year, Dr. Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation scientist from Australian National University, told The Dodo. This threat is the reason the parrots were listed as critically endangered [two years ago].

Credit: Shutterstock

In addition to being at risk from sugar gliders during their breeding season, swift parrots have also faced habitat loss in recent years due to the logging industry. Only an estimated 2,000 remain in the wild.

Luckily, some humans are on their side and have raised over $87,000 to save them.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

The money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.

By covering the small entry hole in nesting boxes with a solar-powered door, the birds inside are protected once the door shuts at nightfall (when sugar gliders are out prowling for food). With the light of the morning sun, the tiny door automatically opens again and the birds can carry on with their day....

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