IndyWatch Hobart News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed was generated at Australian Local News IndyWatch.

Thursday, 17 May

21:31

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Ballawinnie Road, LINDISFARNE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262625
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 18 May 2018 05:31:53 +1000

21:04

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Ballawinnie Road, LINDISFARNE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262624
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 18 May 2018 05:04:19 +1000

13:56

Legislative Council 2018: Hobart and Prosser Live And Postcount "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hobart: CALLED (7:15) Rob Valentine (IND) retain
Prosser: Howlett (Lib) leading Lambert (ALP) and expected to win.  Mav (IND) out.

Welcome to my live coverage thread for the 2018 Legislative Council elections for Hobart and Prosser.  After the craziest week in the Lower House in decades, we now come to the voting for two Legislative Council seats - Hobart, where Rob Valentine faces his first defence and Prosser, a new seat created by a redistribution.  The left currently has the numbers in the Legislative Council, care of four Labor MLCs and four left-wing independents, and that's not changing unless the Liberals can pull off a big upset in Hobart.  Indeed, should Prosser go badly for them, the balance will become even worse for the Hodgman government.  By the way, should a party-endorsed candidate win either seat then the party representation will reach a new all-time high (see the chart at Poll Bludger to see how the parties ebbed and flowed in the last several years.)

Comments will follow below the dotted line, scrolling from the earliest upwards. All the seats will be covered together.  I'm leaving this bit of text at the top to try to prevent colours from the heading running into the main text.



------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Preference Throw

5:56 Looks like the final margin is 8776-7889 (52.7%:47.3% of non-exhaust).  Lambert made a small gain on Mav's preferences but nowhere near enough.

It was never that clear what to expect from this new seat and the Liberals would have gladly taken a win by any margin.  In the end it's a fairly close result but the preferences have done basically nothing from the primary standings, a big contrast to Huon 2014.  So the Government has its first LegCo gain since taking office in 2014 and party representation in the Legislative Council reaches an all-time high.

5:47 Report from a Liberal source that Howlett has won.

4:24 Mav's out!  Howlett leads Lambert by 975 with...

13:15

EMRS: No Real Change Since Election "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

EMRS: Liberal 47 (-3.2 from election), Labor 30 (-2.8), Green 14 (+3.7) Ind/Other 8 (+1.2)
Interpretation: Liberal 49.5 (-0.7) Labor 31.5 (-1.3) Green 11 (+0.7) Ind/Other 8
Outcome if election "held now" based on this poll: Liberal majority government (c. 13-9-3)
However it is unlikely in practice Greens would be in a position to regain Bass so quickly.
Poll provides no evidence that any party's support has changed.

The December 2017 EMRS poll, taken three months out from the 2018 state election, proved to be completely unpredictive of the outcome.  It had a 17% swing against the Government (the actual swing in the end was 1%), a 3.2% swing to the Greens (the actual swing was 3.5% against) and an 8% vote for the Jacqui Lambie Network (who in the end got 3.2).  If a poll taken three months out is predictively worse than useless, what can we say of one taken two months into an expected four-year term?

Predictively, nothing at all.  However, the May 2018 poll still does provide some data we can consider.  Just not as much as it used to do, because EMRS have changed the report format.  The new presentation provides pretty graphs in the PDF but no longer includes the old "Table 2" (a breakdown including "undecided" voters), and the number of undecided voters isn't stated in the new report anywhere.  Other Australian pollsters don't generally provide tables including "undecided" either (except for ReachTEL who define the term differently to everyone else) but the percentage of undecided respondents should be published.

What did we learn about EMRS polling at this state election?  The previous four elections EMRS polled at all featured Labor governments and this one featured a Liberal government.  EMRS had been especially prone to underestimate Labor support in the past, but in this case underestimated Liberal support even in its final poll (by 4 points, outside the poll's claimed "margin of error", but this could have been down to voting intention changes over the last week).

What we've seen suggests that if there was a specifically anti-Labor house effect in EMRS polling, it isn't there anymore, but it could be that EMRS polling underestimates the government of the day (whoever it is).  One thing that did follow the script was that EMRS overestimated the Green vote (this time by 1.7 points), as it did in 2006 (by 3.4 points), 2010 (by 6.4 points after redistributing undecided), 2014 (by 3.2 points, albeit a month out).  The pattern here seems to be that the poll is prone to exceed the Green vote by more when the Green vote is high and less when the Green vote is low.  My approach to modelling the Green vote in EMRS this term will be to reduce it by around 20%, and to split...

09:32

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Macquarie Street, SOUTH HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262616
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 17 May 2018 17:32:18 +1000

08:32

Media Release: Conservationists stage demo for Tarkine protection at MCG. "Give the Tarkine a sporting chance at the G" "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Mothers Day Sunday, when some mums may be given cards, flowers or a ticket to the footy, Bob Brown Foundation supporters are standing up for World Heritage protection of Tasmanias Tarkine for future generations of mothers.

"An equivalent to 15 000 MCGs worth of native forest are threatened by chainsaws and bulldozers in Tasmania's Tarkine," Bob Brown Foundation campaigner Emma Wasson said.

 

32489692_10156216583125928_4785152231320059904_o.jpg

07:04

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Collins Street, HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262610
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 17 May 2018 15:04:18 +1000

05:05

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Briggs Road, BRIGHTON "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Briggs Road, BRIGHTON
STATUS: Going
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262608
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 17 May 2018 13:05:01 +1000

04:44

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Wilks Road, LENAH VALLEY "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Wilks Road, LENAH VALLEY
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: RESCUE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262606
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 17 May 2018 12:44:05 +1000

01:46

State loses $188 million GST ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

... because Public Sector wages are too low The state budget will be docked by $188 million in GST funding in 2018-19 because government employees in Tasmania are paid less than in any other state or territory. The Commonwealth Grants Commission, which administers the GST, will redistribute this money to states which pay more, particularly to Western Australia. The Commission does this to even out the cost between the states of providing services

00:25

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Roslyn Avenue, KINGSTON BEACH "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Roslyn Avenue, KINGSTON BEACH
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262600
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 17 May 2018 08:25:10 +1000

00:00

May 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Wednesday, 16 May

21:30

Oh god! Too Many Trucks ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Do you enjoy a drive to Mt Field or the South West or perhaps you enjoy fly fishing in the Tyenna River? If so, Im sure you are aware of the condition of the underfunded section of road from Maydena to Westerway EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Ivo Edwards: Please help me. I am in serious trouble ...

21:30

How come this quarry has been granted 80+ years of life ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Do you enjoy a drive to Mt Field or the South West or perhaps you enjoy fly fishing in the Tyenna River? If so, Im sure you are aware of the condition of the underfunded section of road from Maydena to Westerway EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Ivo Edwards: Please help me. I am in serious trouble ...

21:00

McCarthy review a dud ... live export ban the only option "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is all the proof we need that the Government has no intentions of reining in the cruel live export trade, Mr Wilkie said. Turns out that the public was right to be sceptical when this review was announced. The small changes that are recommended by the McCarthy review will not stop the horrific animal welfare abuses in the live sheep export industry because the fact is the industry is systemically cruel. Therell still be tens of thousands of animals sweltering in the heat on these hell ships and making minor changes wont stop this ABC: Government admits live export industry hasnt been held to account until now

13:41

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Brodie Street, CLAREMONT "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Brodie Street, CLAREMONT
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262591
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 16 May 2018 21:41:55 +1000

08:31

Women in NSW a step closer to safe access to reproductive healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council tomorrow.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.

"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.

The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.

"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.

Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.

Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.

For interviews Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights....

06:30

Turnbull's Cradle Mountain Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbulls $30 million taxpayers transfer to help co-fund a cable car from Cradle Valley Visitors Centre to Dove Lake comes with no idea how to handle 500,000 people a year stepping off the system into the Dove Lake precinct, Bob Brown said today.

04:36

Wages growth undershoots (bonus time) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wages soft, again

Wages growth came in at 0.5 per cent for the March quarter 2018, with the prior quarter also revised down to 0.5 per cent.

Year-on-year wages growth held at just 2.1 per cent.


Bonus time

And if you were looking for any positives from this release?

Well, including bonuses year-on-year growth was better at 2.63 per cent, which was the best result since all the way back in December 2014 (2.73 per cent). 

To some extent this may reflect what we've already seen reported in the average hourly earnings figures, which also reported the best result since December 2014

Although public sector wages growth has been reasonable at 2.35 per cent over the year, private sector wage price index growth remains remarkably weak at 1.92 per cent. 


Around the traps

Victoria and Tasmania recorded the stronges...

03:58

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Birdwood Avenue, MOONAH "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Birdwood Avenue, MOONAH
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262576
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 16 May 2018 11:58:34 +1000

03:58

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Nelson Road, SANDY BAY "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Nelson Road, SANDY BAY
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262575
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 16 May 2018 11:58:06 +1000

03:34

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Macquarie Street, HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262574
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 16 May 2018 11:34:23 +1000

01:30

In Vanessa Goodwins Memory Something New at Risdon Prison "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Goodwins funeral at St Davids Cathedral, Hobart.  (Photo by Sam Rosewarne)

by Mary W Maxwell

Vanessa Goodwin passed away at age 48 on March 3, 2018. That was a sad day for GumshoeNews, as Vanessa had helped us get information on the Martin Bryant case.

She was Tasmanias Attorney General.

After graduating from University of Tasmania Law School, Vanessa did a degree in criminology at Cambridge University, and later a PhD in Hobart.  She became interested in the family life of prisoners. I imagine she was the only Attorney General in the world who ran Kids Days at the prison.

This week the government of Tasmania announced that a new facility at Risdon would be built for women prisoners to help them bond with their babies. It will have five bedrooms for mothers with children up to two years of age.

The facility will be named after Vanessa Goodwin.  As reported by ABC News, Vanessas cousin Maggie Saunders...

Tuesday, 15 May

23:50

Vacancy rates a big tighter in several capital cities "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Brighter in Brisbane for landlords

Brighter news for Brisbane landlords as the vacancy rate declined to 3 per cent from 3.7 per cent a year earlier, according to SQM Research figures reported yesterday. 

Asking rents for Brisbane units increased by +0.4 per cent in the month, too, mainly driven by the upper end of the market (renting good quality property in inner Brisbane still doesn't come cheap, despite the soft market overall). 

Brisbane appears to have a turned a corner as population growth picks up and dwelling commencements now decline sharply. 

The 6mMA figures attempt to capture the latest trends, but do incorporate the Christmas period, when vacancy rates tend to be high. 


Hobart appears to be through the worst for renters with vacancy rates rising slightly to 0.7 per cent.

Adelaide is building plenty of houses, but hasn't experienced the surge in investors seen in the larger cities, and accordingly vacancy rates keep tightening, now down to 1.3 per cent.

Melbourne was also tighter again on strong population growth at 1.3 per cent. 

Sydney's vacancy rates was flat at 2.3 per cent in the month, but plenty higher than a year earlier when it was 1.7 per cent, while Perth continues to turn the corner. 

...

23:33

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Cascade Road, SOUTH HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Cascade Road, SOUTH HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/262568
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 16 May 2018 07:33:53 +1000

21:00

Tyenna Valley traffic concerns "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Do you enjoy a drive to Mt Field or the South West or perhaps you enjoy fly fishing in the Tyenna River? If so, Im sure you are aware of the condition of the underfunded section of road from Maydena to Westerway EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Ivo Edwards: Please help me. I am in serious trouble ...

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Hobart News Feed was generated at Australian Local News IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog