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Tuesday, 12 September

21:59

Revisiting the good, the bad ... and the ugly ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tonight (Thursday, September 7) represents the end of what has been a cathartic experience for Julian.  Anyone who takes on a task like this where the writer reflects on their life -  revisiting the good, the bad and the ugly encountered along the mortal path, has a kind of purgative experience.  I can presume it leaves some shattered, others calmer and wiser about themselves. Only Julian can tell you how it left him but I suspect somewhere between elated and exhausted!

21:44

The Liberal National [Coalition] Power Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met again with the head of AGL (having met with the heads of all major energy companies). We are faced with a coal and gas promotional show lubricated with a study of an old idea, pumped hydro. Australia can only be saved from increasing power prices by - wait for it - the corporations using the fuels under the Coalitions preferred system that made the power expensive Guardian: Australias energy policy is a world-class failure and Abbott wears the gold medal of blame If youve watched the inglorious spectacle of the failure of Australian politics on climate and energy policy over the last 10 years, its a bit hard to look out on the wreckage without feeling sick to the stomach Fairfax: Stand-off between Turnbull government and AGL deepens over conflicting statements Guardian: For energy security, the failing Liddell coal plant is the last thing we need EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... The latest on coal ...

16:00

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Plymouth Road, GAGEBROOK "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Plymouth Road, GAGEBROOK
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 4
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254472
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:13 +1000

14:30

A Free Speech Problem With Marriage Law Survey Safeguards "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Advance Summary

1. This article raises concerns about specific "hate speech" prohibitions in the Government's Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017.

2. This article argues that Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) place unreasonable constraints on free speech by making political opinions attributes that are protected from "vilification", contrary to the normal practice of anti-vilification laws.

3.The ability to express strong criticism of people who present offensive or unfactual opinions serves as an important deterrent against expressing such opinions in the first place.

4. Many aspects of the proposed Sections and the limited exemptions available are insufficiently clear to a lay reader and involve a novel area of Australian anti-discrimination law.

5. Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) should be amended so that they apply only to intimidation and threats and not to "vilification". 

6. If this does not occur, then the debate surrounding the postal survey is not an adequately and clearly free and fair environment for the frank exchange of opinions and criticism.

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Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about possible safeguards surrounding the conduct of the postal survey on same-sex marriage which is now starting.  I covered this in detail in a previous article Will "Hate Speech" Be Illegal In The "Plebiscite"?

The process of introducing these safeguards has come very late, partly because the pro-same-sex-marriage parties were unwilling to support legislation until the High Court challenges against the postal survey were completed.  As a result we have had weeks of unregulated campaigning, involving large quantities of often unauthorised and offensive material.

The good news is that, with a lot of the campaigning already over, the major parties have found belated common ground on a need to provide election-like protections (authorisation, misleading material surrounding the mechanics of "voting" etc) around the survey.  Moreover, they have managed to put tactical games aside and reach in-principle agreement on a need to go further than normal electoral law allows, and provide for some special short-term protections from intimidation, vilification and threats.  These protections are vaguely similar to those in anti-vilification laws in some states as discussed in the above-linked article.  The Bill to be introduced is here:...

12:44

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Flagstaff Gully Road, WARRANE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Flagstaff Gully Road, WARRANE
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEHICLE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254469
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:44:01 +1000

11:43

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Elboden Street, SOUTH HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Elboden Street, SOUTH HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254468
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:43:17 +1000

08:57

Okehampton Bay Court Proceedings Put Off "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Federal Court proceedings by three groups opposed to Tassals fish farm at Okehampton Bay on Tasmanias east coast have been put off, Bob Brown Foundation said today.

Okehampton Bay Court Proceedings Put Off "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Federal Court proceedings by three groups opposed to Tassals fish farm at Okehampton Bay on Tasmanias east coast have been put off, Bob Brown Foundation said today.

06:02

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Ballawinne Road, LINDISFARNE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Ballawinne Road, LINDISFARNE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254456
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:02:15 +1000

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Monday, 11 September

23:02

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Crooked Billet Drive, BRIDGEWATER "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Crooked Billet Drive, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254449
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:02:53 +1000

21:45

NATION: Our little Aussie Bwana "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

His Pacific Leaders blue shirt a size too tight Malcolm Bligh Turnbull winces at the camera like Gulliver awakening to find himself tied to the ground by pieces of thread. He can only look up and the tropical sun prevents him from seeing anything but he knows the locals are hostile.  He has never been more ill at ease in his political career Amanda Devine pens a piece entitled, Fascism has a new flag and its a rainbow, in an echo of a Breitbart piece from two years ago. She wins Orwellian double-speak of the week The Pacific has been rising by 4mm per year since 1993. It will inevitably swamp Samoa and other Pacific Islands unless global warming is halted. Mad Mals response is to drown our neighbours by increasing carbon emissions - not because he believes in coal but because it fits his selfish political agenda. Talk about make yourself popular Bernard Keane, Crikey: There might never be a deal to end the climate wars While everyone has assumed the Prime Minister wants to get a Clean Energy Target through his partyroom, what if his goal is actually to demonise Labor instead?

21:35

If only Turnbull had some authority ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On 7 September 2017, the High Court ruled it was lawful for the Federal Government to go ahead with a voluntary, non-binding public opinion poll on whether all consenting adult couples in Australia should have the right to marry. The tax-payer funded survey will cost $122 million and will have no direct effect on legal rights

21:15

Cucumber Straighteners: Well done Charles Vivian ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is not what you (probably) think it is. It is, in fact, a glass cucumber straightener from the mid-nineteenth century, invented by George Stephenson, who also happened to build the first public railway line in the world

21:10

Letters to my grandchildren (25) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, When I was a little boy my mother often said to me, children are to be seen and not heard.  Do you believe that?  Thinking back on it now I find that hard to believe as well

16:16

TURNBULL MUST PROTECT TARKINE HERITAGE "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


The Australian Heritage Council found the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania of outstanding national heritage significance.
[Australian Government, Dept. of Environment and Energy, Australian Heritage Council, National Heritage Assessment, The Tarkine


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13:56

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Tottenham Road, GAGEBROOK "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Tottenham Road, GAGEBROOK
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 3
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254445
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:56:30 +1000

13:41

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Lamprill Circle, HERDSMANS COVE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Lamprill Circle, HERDSMANS COVE
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: FIRE INCIDENT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254444
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:41:51 +1000

11:26

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Letitia Grove, BRIDGEWATER "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Letitia Grove, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: FIRE INCIDENT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254439
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:26:31 +1000

07:48

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Collins Street, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Collins Street, HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254431
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:48:08 +1000

05:16

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Collins Street, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Collins Street, HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254428
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:16:35 +1000

04:48

Response From ABS to Marriage Law Postal Survey Questions "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On 16 August I sent the ABS a list of fourteen questions regarding the conduct of the Marriage Law Postal Survey, in particular regarding count quality assurance issues.  Some of the questions were answered in subsequent public debate.  The response below was received today, September 11, from Michael Wilson of ABS and is reproduced in full.  My questions as sent are in italics.  My thanks to the ABS for their detailed responses at this busy time.

I have added some comments of my own below the responses, and may add more later.

ABS Responses To Questions
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1. Will, as appears to be the case, survey responses be being processed and counted while the time window for submitting responses is still open?  
The survey responses will be data captured during the collection period, which is a common process for the ABS. The survey responses will not be finalised until after the 7th of November.

2. If yes to 1, what will happen if a respondent reports that their survey has been stolen (or that they did not receive a survey) after their vote has already been received and processed.  
If an eligible Australian reports that a form has been stolen, the ABS will mark the original barcode as invalid. The ABS will count the replacement form when it is returned, rather than the original form. The processing of valid and invalid forms will be conducted at the end of the collection period so there is no risk the survey return is already processed.

3. Will automatic character recognition be used to count survey responses?  
No. The ABS will use optical mark recognition not character recognition to identify Yes and No responses.  

4. If yes to 3, will there be manual verification (eg by checking images on a computer screen as done in the 2016 Senate election) that every survey response has been scanned correctly?
There will be processes for q...

04:21

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Paddys Lane, FRANKLIN "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Paddys Lane, FRANKLIN
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: RUBBISH FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254425
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:21:01 +1000

03:31

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Gordons Hill Road, ROSNY PARK "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Gordons Hill Road, ROSNY PARK
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254422
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:31:26 +1000

02:17

Leaked takayna 4WD track decision a betrayal of reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 10:00am


The Wilderness Society today condemned the action of the Hodgman Government to seek approval to expand destructive 4wd tracks across an Aboriginal cultural landscape on the takayna coast, describing it as a betrayal of trust and goodwill that run counter to any notion of reconciliation.

The announcement of the referralthrough a Friday afternoon exclusive to a single media outlet, without release of documentation or discussion with key Aboriginal stakeholderslacks transparency and goodwill and demonstrates this move is motivated by base, divisive politics in the marginal electorate of Braddon.

"Ignoring the wishes of the Aboriginal community and expanding 4WD tracks across a nationally significant Aboriginal cultural landscape is indictment enough on Premier Hodgman and Environment Minister Matthew Groom, but to do it for pure political gain is shocking.

"Just one month ago, Premier Hodgman stood on the stage