Sue Neill-Fraser murder appeal witness sentenced for perverting the course of justice

A Hobart man has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the part he played in giving evidence to support a challenge to the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser. Stephen John Gleeson was charged with perverting the course of justice for falsely identifying a teenager in a photograph, for the purpose of seeking a retrial … Continue reading Sue Neill-Fraser murder appeal witness sentenced for perverting the course of justice

Wallaby shot with arrow in southern Tasmania left to die slow death from infection

A wallaby is fighting for its life after being shot with an arrow and left for dead, an act described by animal rights campaigners as "deliberate" and "cruel". The young Bennett's wallaby was on private property at Pelverata, east of Huonville in southern Tasmania, and is currently being treated for a severe infection. Wildlife carer … Continue reading Wallaby shot with arrow in southern Tasmania left to die slow death from infection

Catholic Church won’t sell assets to fund redress scheme, Hobart Archbishop says

The head of the Catholic Church in Tasmania believes it will not have to sell property to help fund compensation under the National Redress Scheme. Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Reverend Julian Porteous, said he believed the church had enough money to compensate survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church wrote to the … Continue reading Catholic Church won’t sell assets to fund redress scheme, Hobart Archbishop says

More delays for Basslink cable repair, but Minister says energy security ‘not at risk’

Tasmanians are being reassured there is no threat to power supplies as repairs to the electricity and communications undersea cable that connects Tasmania to the mainland are delayed again. The electricity interconnector attached to the Basslink undersea power cable was damaged in late March by a Victorian subcontractor undertaking routine maintenance. The 298-kilometre cable — … Continue reading More delays for Basslink cable repair, but Minister says energy security ‘not at risk’

Hobart housing crisis: Tourism squeezing out affordable rentals in Tasmania, report finds

A new report has singled out Tasmania as one of two regions in the country where soaring tourism has led to a "rapid decline" in affordable rental properties. Key points: Record 1.3 million tourists visited Tasmania last year The number of rentals being advertised is dropping, and they are becoming more unaffordable, report finds Tasmania's … Continue reading Hobart housing crisis: Tourism squeezing out affordable rentals in Tasmania, report finds

Tasmanian east coast council to consider rezoning land for $100m resort development

A multi-million-dollar tourism development is on the cards for Tasmania's east coast, boasting everything from luxury accommodation to a palliative care facility and an airstrip. Cambria Green Agriculture and Tourism Management, a group of international and Australian investors, bought the Cambria and Belmont properties in March 2015. Now it has a rezoning request for parts … Continue reading Tasmanian east coast council to consider rezoning land for $100m resort development

Hobart possesses same trifecta of factors that drove Sydney real estate to its peak, report shows

Hobart's housing market looks a lot like Sydney's did two years ago, a business outlook report for the March quarter says. The Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook report for the March quarter shows Hobart has the trifecta of factors that led to the massive growth in the New South Wales capital in 2016: The fastest … Continue reading Hobart possesses same trifecta of factors that drove Sydney real estate to its peak, report shows

TUU Review: Do We Just Accept a Union We Think We Deserve?

At the end of March, Togatus broke the news the Tasmania University Union (TUU) commissioned a review into its internal workings, which returned a scathing result. The $120,000 review ultimately concluded that the union is increasingly irrelevant to students. Further criticisms include a lack of transparency, and that their internal structure is “very cumbersome and inefficient”, even … Continue reading TUU Review: Do We Just Accept a Union We Think We Deserve?

Tasmania continues to have Australia’s worst nicotine habit, licit opioid consumption

Tasmania's nicotine usage remains the highest in the country, figures from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program show. The latest report revealed Tasmania still leads the nation in smoking, following nicotine usage rates that exceeded the national average in the previous two. Also, Hobart topped the nation's capital cities in pharmaceutical opioids consumption and in the use … Continue reading Tasmania continues to have Australia’s worst nicotine habit, licit opioid consumption

Christmas pageant in Hobart: The family tradition continues to strengthen

PHOTO: Another big crowd to see Santa riding high in the Hobart Christmas pageant. (ABC News: Erin Cooper) MAP: Hobart 7000 More Tasmanians than ever are continuing the 37-year-old family Christmas tradition of bringing their children to the Hobart Christmas pageant. Offering everything from sausage dogs to Chinese dragons, this year's pageant drew large crowds to the CBD, … Continue reading Christmas pageant in Hobart: The family tradition continues to strengthen

Tasmanian Government’s Royal Hobart Hospital commitment welcomed by Frank Nicklason

The head of the Royal Hobart Hospital's staff association has welcomed the Tasmanian Government's commitment to more beds across the hospital, although the total figure still falls short of demand. Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson used the first day of the new parliamentary session to announce an additional 31 beds, including nine "treatment recliners". Three … Continue reading Tasmanian Government’s Royal Hobart Hospital commitment welcomed by Frank Nicklason

Swim star Ariarne Titmus reveals food poisoning setback before world titles

Tasmanian teenager Ariarne Titmus has revealed her world championship swimming success came off the back of a bout of food poisoning. The 16-year-old represented Australia at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest last week, winning a bronze medal with the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team. Her performance in Budapest also ranked her fourth in the … Continue reading Swim star Ariarne Titmus reveals food poisoning setback before world titles

Lambie slams government inaction on Murray Goulburn closure

While the State Government says it's doing all it can to help Murray Goulburn employees, Senator Jacqui Lambie says it's not nearly enough. Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has called on the State Goverment to "grow a spine" over its response to the Murray Goulburn plant shutdown in Edith Creek. The dairy conglomerate announced on Tuesday … Continue reading Lambie slams government inaction on Murray Goulburn closure