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Tuesday, 17 October

19:08

High Court to rule on Bob Browns challenge to Tasmanias anti-protest laws "GroovUs Feed Anews"

MEDIA ALERT

At 10:15am Wednesday 18 October the High Court of Australia will hand down its decision in a landmark case which argued that Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

The case centres around the arrest of Dr Bob Brown on a public road while he was trying to film a video about a controversial logging project in Tasmanias native Lapoinya forest. A second plaintiff, Ms Jessica Hoyt, was separately arrested in the Lapoinya Forest in similar circumstances.

The Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, said the decision would be important for Australias democracy.

Free political communication and expression and the right to protest are absolutely essential for a healthy, vibrant democracy. Tasmanias laws go too far in shutting down important debate and criminalising peaceful protests. These laws need to be scrapped or significantly wound back, said Mr de Kretser

The Human Rights Law Centre was granted permission from the High Court to provide its expertise on human rights law and filed submissions that support the challenge to the validity of the Tasmanian laws.

For further comment once the decision has been handed down, please contact Hugh de Kretser on 0403 965 340.

The Bob Brown Foundation will hold a press conference with Jessica Hoyt at 12 noon Wednesday 18 October at Level 4, 116 Bathurst St, Hobart. Contact Jenny Weber on 0427 366 929 for further information.

18:37

Steady-as-she-goes "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Rental price growth to stabilise

One of the contributors to weak inflation in recent times has been the soft growth in rents, driven by record apartment building, a surfeit of rental accommodation in some pockets, and falling demand in the resources capitals.

The latest vacancy rate release from SQM Research suggests that the peak of the disinflationary impact may now have passed.

In other words, rental price growth has probably stabilised nationally. 

In fact, SQM records very strong growth in asking rents for houses in Hobart and Canberra - there are very, very few homes advertised for rent in Hobart, where the vacancy rate is just 0.4 per cent - while Adelaide's rental market appears to have been steadily tightening. 

Adelaide's vacancy rate of 1.6 per cent in September was well down from 2 per cent a year earlier. 


While vacancy rates are still elevated in the resources capitals, it looks as though Perth and Darwin might be through the worst now, at least as measured by vacancy rates. 

September vacancy rates in Sydney (2.1 per cent) and Melbourne (1.9 per cent) suggested markets close to equlibrium, reflected in moderately rising asking rents year-on-year in both cities, for houses and apartments. 

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14:15

Hodgman Must Now Demonstrate Maturity Dont treat takayna / Tarkine as political football Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation

Aboriginal heritage in takayna is one step closer to permanent protection, with federal agreement that the Hodgman government cannot continue its destruction there without assessment and federal approval. This is what Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has been seeking in court hearings since 2014. A major achievement for us on our way to Aboriginal control and protection of our own heritage, Sharnie Read, spokesperson for Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre said.

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09:01

Tasmanian Premier should abandon plans to damage National Heritage listed takayna / Tarkine coast "GroovUs Feed Anews"

In an embarrassing blow for the Tasmanian governments attempt to open controversial off-road vehicle tracks on the takayna / Tarkine coast, today the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has decided that the tracks cannot proceed without assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.  

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Tasmanian Premier should abandon plans to damage National Heritage listed takayna / Tarkine coast Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation

In an embarrassing blow for the Tasmanian governments attempt to open controversial off-road vehicle tracks on the takayna / Tarkine coast, today the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has decided that the tracks cannot proceed without assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.  

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09:00

Episode 1, Justice In The Lucky Country The Port Arthur Massacre "GroovUs Feed Anews"

By Dee McLachlan

The 10 minute video above is the start of a series from Gumshoe News on false flags and other crimes. This one is on Port Arthur. [Much of the video is sourced from Channel 7s Mike Willesee series that damned Bryant]

When I immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s I made the assumption, as had most Australians, that Martin Bryant was the shooter in Tasmania. But as soon as I looked beyond the official narrative, I realized that something was terribly wrong. The entire case is a diabolic miscarriage of justice. For starters, it seems the defence, John Avery, was working or the prosecution.

In the video, I only concentrate on the case and not on the actual perpetrators. There are many articles on Port Arthur on Gumshoe, and in Mary Maxwells recent artic...

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Monday, 16 October

16:52

Security measures ... Tasmanian Times

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08:05

Richard Di Natale Adanis Carmichael coalmine wont go ahead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Adanis Carmichael coalmine wont go ahead, Greens leader says
Richard Di Natale confident if project cant be stopped in parliament or for financial reasons, Australians will stand in front of bulldozers, Guardian, 
Amy Remeikis, 15 Oct 17, Adanis Carmichael coalmine wont go ahead, the Greens leader Richard Di Natale said, predicting many, many thousands of Australians would come together to protest any moves to stop the project.

Di Natale said he believed Australians largely stood against the Carmichael coalmine, choosing the Great Barrier Reef and the environment over the construction of what has been billed as the largest coal project in the southern hemisphere.

Di Natale said he would absolutely 100% join in any on-the-ground protest against the mine, if it went ahead, predicting it would be as big as the protest movement which stopped the Franklin Dam from going ahead in Tasmania three decades ago.

Ill be more than happy to join those activists right across the country, many of whom I know are preparing, should we fail in the parliament, to ensure that we win it by standing in front of the bulldozers.

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Friday, 13 October

18:00

Is Talking About De-Extinction a Moral Hazard? - Facts So Romantic "GroovUs Feed Anews"


 

Theres a saying, in conservation biology, credited to the plant ecologist Frank Egler: Ecosystems are not just more complex than we think, theyre more complex than we can think. With doomsday narratives swirling about nuclear war, the existential threat of artificial intelligence, and runaway global warming, its one we might want to constantly bear in mind. We are deeply interconnected with myriad species disappearing from complex ecosystemsand we might be next.

The end may not necessarily be the end, though. At least not for our genomes. In case an extinction event ever wipes us out we could theoretically (at some future point) program an artificial intelligence to survive the fallout and bring us back in a genetically similar form. Projects are already underway to recreate close versions of extinct species. Most advocates of de-extinction argue that it might allow us to restore depauperate ecosystems with animals that can carry out the ecological roles of extinct species. Some even say that bringing back a woolly mammoth, Tasmanian tiger, or passenger pigeon could help us atone for our ecological sins since we (though it is still debated for the mammoth) made those
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