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Wednesday, 14 February

18:24

Tasmanian election nominations close "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Nominations were announced today for the Tasmanian election. 109 candidates have nominated, with six parties running candidates.

This is a drop from 126 candidates running 2014, but it is still more candidates than ran in 2010 or 2006.

Labor, Liberal and the Greens are running full tickets across all five seats. Labor is actually running a sixth candidate in Lyons.

The Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) is running 12 candidates across three electorates, while the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) party is running 11 across four electorates, and Tasmanians 4 Tasmania are running 4 candidates across Braddon and Denison. The Shooters are running multi-candidate tickets in Braddon and Lyons, but only running a single candidate in Denison and Franklin.

There are also six ungrouped independents running in three electorates.

The Palmer United Party and the Nationals ran candidates in 2014, but are not running this time (although you could argue that the JLN is the successor-party to PUP in Tasmania).

Denison and Franklin are shaping up as simple Labor-Liberal-Greens contests, with only four other candidates between the two electorates. They are joined by substantial JLN and SFF teams in Braddon and Lyons. JLN is running a ticket of four in Bass, but theres no Shooters candidates.

Ive collated the full list of candidates, which you can download here.

As usual, Ive coded the gender of candidates. Of the parties running large numbers of candidates, Labor and the Greens are running more women than men: 15 out of 26 Labor candidates and 13 out of 25 Greens candidates are women. Just nine out of 25 Liberal candidates are women (36%), and the balance is even more skewed for the Jacqui Lambie Network (3 out of 12) and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (2 out of 9).

All candidate names have now been updated on the seat guides, which you can read here.

Antony Green has also blogged about the candidate announcement, with additional historical information.

17:58

Trolls ... Tasmanian Times

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15:40

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Lyons "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I've left the most interesting one for last for alphabetical reasons.  This is my Lyons electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Lyons (Currently 3 Liberal 2 Labor). 
Most of the state
Rural and outer-suburban including many forestry towns

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

The order of parties across the ballot paper is JLN, Liberal, Labor, Greens, SF+F, Ungrouped.

Candidates

Liberal

Rene Hidding, incumbent, former leader, Minister for Police, Minister for Infrastructure, yet to produce promised audit into media coverage of same-sex marriage debate.
Guy Barnett, first-term incumbent, former Senator, Minister for Resources
Mark Shelton, incumbent, became Speaker on Elise Archer's promotion to ministry
Jane Howlett, businesswoman, previous candidate for seat (and Federal seat of Franklin) in 2010
John Tucker, farmer, Break O'Day councillor, now one disqualification away from a Senate seat.

John Tucker has an interesting ad.

Labor

Rebecca White, incumbent, Labor lea...

15:20

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Braddon "GroovUs Feed Anews"

This is my Braddon electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Braddon (Currently 4 Liberal 1 Labor). 
North-west and western Tasmania including Devonport, Burnie and Ulverstone
Regional/rural/remote

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

The order of the parties for Braddon is Liberal, T4T, Labor, SFF, Greens, JLN, Ungrouped

Liberal

Jeremy Rockliff, incumbent, Deputy Premier,
Adam Brooks, incumbent, mining industry businessman, backbencher, briefly a minister
Roger Jaensch, first-term incumbent, backbencher, former Cradle Coast Authority chairman
Joan Rylah, first-term incumbent, backbencher, businesswoman
Felix Ellis, plumber, social media stirrer, strong chess player (#7 in state March 2017 - we've never played)

Labor

Shane Broad, first-term incumbent (elected on countback during term), agricultural scientist (PhD)
Themba Bulle, Burnie doctor with international experience
Anita Dow, until recently Mayor of Burnie, nurse predominantly in palliative care
Danielle Kidd, manager of Cradle Coast University of Tasmania campus
Wayne Roberts, teacher

Greens
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12:11

Tasmanian Leaders Program "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

From Thursday to Sunday I was lucky enough to be up on the relatively remote West Coast of Tasmania, in the Tasmanian-style resort town of Strahan, attending the first residential of the year-long Tasmanian Leaders Program (TLP).

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08:00

February 14 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"


1779 - Jimmy Cook aka Captain Cook met a sticky end at the end of a sharp stick aka spear on the Sandwich Islands aka Hawaii.

1788 - Norfolk Island was reserved for the Lt Gidley King party, who sailed off on this day on the ship Supply, to found a settlement between ordering the entrees and desserts.

1792 - The first shop in the NSW colony opened (to rip off the customers) for business.

1792 - The convict ship Pitt rocked up to purge its cargo of Lieutenant Governor Grose and the company of the NSW Corps.

1800 - Robert Campbell returned to Sydney from Calcutta and established a trading and importing business.

1802 - John Murray pottered, peered and prodded around Port Phillip.

1807 - Spoil-sport party-pooper Gov Bligh stamped his foot and imperiously declared the banning of the use of spirits to barter for food...clothing...rumpy-pumpy...and, the very odd case, of gaining a ball and chain (wife).

1827 - Frederick Tooth, Aussie brewer, was poured into the world.

1830 - Feeling all generous, magnanimous and with many digits crossed an experimental farm was established at York (West Oz).

1837 - A river boat was observed to sink shortly after leaving Birchs Bay, Tasmania, with a cargo of timber for Hobart, with her two crew drowned.  The incident was seen by timber splitters who made no attempt to rescue them, despite having two dinghies ; they later being strongly condemned in the press.

1840 - The ship, the Adam Lodge arrived from Cork with 272 government emigrants, having made the passage in three months and one day. They were described as ,
".... The people with a few exceptions were of a very inferior description, and were moreover burdened with large and useless families, consequently the greatest difficulty was experienced in disposing of them and many remained disengaged in the Barracks for a very long period...."
1841 - SA Police pursued the French ship Ville De Bordeaux for evasion of Customs regulations Glenelg and Pt. Adelaide. It was a major French / British diplomatic incident.

1843 - Foundation stone of the Australian Subscription Library's new building in Macquarie Street, Sydney, was laid by Alexander Macleay.

1846 - Start strutting your neck to knee costume, Myrtle!
Robinson Baths in Sydney's Domain played host to the first ever Aussie swimming championships with Mr Redman taking a very un-Olympic-like 8 mins and 43 seconds to win a 440 yard freestyle splash 'n' dash.

1858 - The first mass was celebrated in the newly completed St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

1879 - Ballina was a lovely old iron paddle steamer of the top drawer who was probably most embarrassed to have run her ample derrier...

04:50

Cable Car scandal a case in point Tasmania needs robust planning laws "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The revelations that the Hodgman Government secretly approved an Authority for the Mt Wellington Cable Car Company to enter protected land on the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to begin drilling as part of the controversial Cable Car project, just days before the State Election was called, highlights the lack of proper process and need for robust planning laws

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Tuesday, 13 February

18:00

Mental health services are in crisis ... "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Speech on mental health services in Tasmania ... But in fact its being overlooked once again. Yes, both the Liberal Government and the Labor Opposition have promised theyll boost mental health funding and open more beds. But while these are steps in the right direction, they simply dont go far enough because its an undeniable fact that mental health services in Tasmania are in crisis and the Royal Hobart Hospital is bearing the brunt Andrew Wilkie: State Government misleading the community on cable car ABC: Tasmanian election: Cable car works get green light before March poll called, documents show

11:13

City Deal Transport Forum - this Thursday - 6pm, Town Hall "GroovUs Feed Anews"


https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Events-and-activities/Upcoming-events/Integrated-Transport-Urban-Development-and-Affordable-Housing-Public-Forum


There are more details of the forum here.  The focus of this forum, with lots of expert advice from professionals in the areas of urban development and transport planning, will be on the northern suburbs transit corridor project and the housing development opportunities it will present
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But of course if this takes off, there will be benefits for all, including West Hobart - we can expect some of the northern suburbs "through traffic" to switch to an efficient rapid transit option.

Do come along to the forum and hear the latest on the proposal.  Just ring up and book your seat/s:

05:41

Martyn Turner on the Tory Party ... Tasmanian Times

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Friday, 09 February

04:30

Wilkie takes on poker machine lies in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Deputy Speaker, as Tasmania prepares to vote to remove poker machines from hotels and clubs, its disgusting to see the blatant lies the poker machine industrys peddling. For instance the lie jobs will be lost. The lie these are lovable little businesses. The lie people will switch to online gambling. The lie the State relies on the tax revenue from poker machines. And the lie that gambling addiction isnt a problem The fact is, Deputy Speaker, $1m on gambling creates about three jobs, but on drinks and food up to 20 Labor: Premier confirms hes bought and corrupted by poker machine money Advocate: New pokies figures spark donations dispute between major parties Ted Mead Satire: The new Lib-rals Nick OMalley, SMH: Sydney family takes 54 times more revenue than Tasmanian clubs from their pokies With the Tasmanian election becoming a battle over pokie machines, new research shows Tasmanian clubs keep just 0.9 per cent of their pokie revenue, while the Sydney-based family that owns a monopoly license over the machines in the state, keeps 49 per cent READ for yourself ... The Australia Institute: Tasmanian club and pub pokies revenue: 0.9% to clubs, 48% to Farrell Group A report released today by The Australia Institute Tasmania written by Dr Charles Livingstone from Monash University has found that The Farrell Groups share of EGM revenue (47.8%) far exceeds that of the clubs that house many of the poker machines, with the Farrell family reaping fifty-four times more than that derived by clubs which took just 0.9%. The big winners from pokies in Tasmania are the Farrells, taking nearly half the net revenue, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Dr Charles Livingstone said. Clubs end up with less than 1% of the money that goes into the pokies. The Farrells take nearly half, Livingstone said. Leanne Minshull, the Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania commented on the report: The clubs and hotels are not getting much, and neither is the taxpayer. The Farrells a reaping $19.4 million more than the Tasmanian government

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