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Thursday, 24 August

22:30

Takatas killer canisters? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In effect if Australian safety standards are applied, then all Takata-fitted vehicles, I conclude, are a write-off even some late models

22:15

Tony marries Eric ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

First published August 24

16:30

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Pine Avenue, KINGSTON
STATUS: Patrol
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/253945
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:30:37 +1000

10:30

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Victoria Dock, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Victoria Dock, HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: HAZMAT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/253939
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:30:33 +1000

07:30

ReachTEL: Bob Brown Foundation Peddles A Poll Porky "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

ReachTEL (commissioned) Liberal 41.2 Labor 33.3 Green 13.1 PHON 4.4 Ind/Other 8.0

Interpretation Liberal 41.2 Labor 37.1 Green 10.4 Other 11.3
Most likely seat result based on this poll 12-10-2 plus one seat undecided between the three main parties
Disclaimer: Polls are snapshots not predictions.

I may get taken off their media mailing list for saying it, but the Bob Brown Foundation have released a grossly deceptive claim concerning their current ReachTEL poll to the Tasmanian press.  Question two of their poll and its results are as follows:

The question design is a bit odd, but I think it is OK.  The results are 38.3% support, 44.7% oppose and 17.1% don't know/not sure.

On this basis the BBF's press release has claimed:

"A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation shows that a clear majority of Tasmanians oppose Tassal's invasion [sic] of Okehampton Bay with Atlantic salmon fish farms.

[..]

The telephone poll, of 1,617 residents across Tasmania last Thursday, revealed that 44.7% of people opposed Tassal's move, 38.3% supported it and 17.1% were undecided. If the undecided vote is allocated proportionately, opposition to fish farms on the east coast is 54% to 46%."

But from the actual polling figures, the first claim is clearly false. "A clear majority of Tasmanians" means more than 50% of Tasmanians.  A Tasmanian is still a Tasmanian even if they Don't Know or are Not Sure about a proposal on fish farms.  They don't softly and suddenly vanish away just because they pressed button 3 on a ReachTEL poll! It might be that if they did form an opinion that they would break the same way as the support/oppose breakdown (53.9% oppose), or they might break completely differently, but at this stage they don't have a view.  In fact, since not having a view on something is clearly not the same as opposing it, the poll  more correctly shows that for now, a "clear majority" of Tasmania...

07:17

Poll shows most Tasmanians oppose Tassal at Okehampton Bay "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation shows that a clear majority of Tasmanians oppose Tassal's invasion of Okehampton Bay with Atlantic salmon fish farms.

05:43

Tasmania Police: Fire BWS at Bridgewater "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are seeking witnesses following a fire at the rear of the BWS liquor store in Bridgewater which occurred in the early hours of this morning.

 

At 1:38 am today, police came across a fire that that was burning at the rear of the BWS liquor store in Green Point Road.

 

Members of the Tasmania Fire Service were alerted and the fire was quickly brought under control.  The fire was contained to a rubbish storage area at the rear of the business.

 

Investigators from Tasmania Police and TFS have commenced an investigation into the fire. The scene has been examined however the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.

 

Police would like to hear from people who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area at the time of the fire.

 

Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au

 

The post Fire BWS at Bridgewater appeared first on Tasmania Police.

02:15

FixedIt: Child abuse is not a sex scandal "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Mercurys front page yesterday called one of Tasmanias worst cases of child sexual abuse a sex scandal. Why? Because a powerful white man (former state MP Terry Martin) was found guilty of raping the 12 year old and taking pornographic images of her.

As a 12 year old girl and ward of the state, she was sold to up to 200 men by her mother and stepfather.

Only one man was charged with the rape and abuse of this child because police either could not identify the rapists or could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the men who paid money to rape her couldnt tell the difference between a 12 year old and an adult woman.

This is not a sex scandal. It was a monumental failure of state care in looking after a vulnerable child. It was grotesque abuse of a helpless girl by her mother and step father. It was revolting choices by the men who raped her to pay money to rape and abuse a 12 year old girl.

The victim in this case is not a disgraced former MP, its the child who was abused so terribly.

The men who colluded with her step father and mother to abuse her were not committing sex acts they were committing rape and sexual abuse of a child.

And describing it as renting the girl is obscene. She was not an apartment or a car, she was a person and a child who had no ability to consent to what was done to her and no one to help her make it stop.

...

01:54

I Still Call Venestralia Home "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Sing and cry with me ..

I been to cities where economics fall down.
From Darwin to Adelaide and Old Hobart Town.
But no matter how far or how wide I roam.
I still call Venestralia home

Im taxed too much and once I was free.
The government we have is a big comedy.
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Venestralia home

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

01:39

Giant freshwater crayfish gets recovery plan and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The future of Tasmania's iconic giant freshwater crayfish has scored a big win with the state and federal governments signing off on a recovery plan for the unique species.(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The crayfish is the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world, found in remote areas of the state's north-west in river catchments running into the Bass Strait.

Vica Bayley from The Wilderness Society congratulated the Government on its decision but warned "the rubber really hits the road now".

 

Summit Will Empower Kimberley Women 

Wednesday, 23 August

21:00

Why is this? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I took Senator Eric Abetz to the High Court over his right to sit in the Senate as a dual national at my own expense and hopefully - but doubtfully - his

20:45

SNF: Top barrister handed over explosive file on murder - he didnt foresee reaction "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On May 11, Victorias leading criminal barrister, Robert Richter QC, met with Tasmanias Premier, Will Hodgman and handed him a confidential dossier known as the white paper Examiner: New Neill-Fraser appeal set for October 30

17:39

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Green Point Road, BRIDGEWATER "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Green Point Road, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 3
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/253924
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:39:11 +1000

02:47

Job ads not too shabby "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 


Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year., the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.

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