Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

With male candidates outnumbering females by almost two to one at next month's Tasmanian local government elections, one young hopeful says she nominated because she was sick of "old, boring men making decisions about things they don't understand or care about". In July last year, then-Hobart lord mayor Sue Hickey made headlines by referring to … Continue reading Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Huonville police have revealed a fourth incidence of alleged fruit contamination reported on Wednesday. A royal gala apple bought on Monday from Woolworths in Huonville was found to contain a pin. The contamination was discovered when a nine-year-old boy was eating the apple, which had been cut in half. Police have seized the pin, and … Continue reading Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have both called for more acute beds in Tasmania due to the state's ageing population and high rates of substance abuse. According to the Productivity Commission's 2018 Report on Government Services, Tasmania had 53.7 beds per 100,000 people in … Continue reading Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Jobs in hospitality and retail are among the occupations in Tasmania most vulnerable to automation, according to a new report into the future of jobs in regional Australia. The Job Vulnerability in Australia report by the Regional Australia Institute breaks down at-risk jobs by local government area, and estimates what percentage of jobs are ripe to … Continue reading Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

The operator of southern Tasmania's only direct freight service has announced it is pulling out of the state in two weeks, forcing customers to transport goods to northern ports by road or rail. Singapore-based company Swire Shipping has been operating out of Hobart every nine days since 2015, but are stopping the service due to … Continue reading Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s next prime minister is a career public servant from Sydney’s southern suburbs who rose to prominence by stopping asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat and has steered the country’s fiscal direction for the past three years. Morrison, who has served as the country’s treasurer since 2015, represents the predominantly Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

By Jonathan Barrett, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Peter Dutton, who has launched a challenge to become Australia’s prime minister, is a polarizing former police officer who forged a hard-line reputation enforcing tough immigration policies and making unpopular cuts to the health budget. Dutton has emerged in recent months as the leader of the Liberal … Continue reading ‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

By John Mair, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s opposition Labor Party looks to be in the envious position of having to do little to ensure victory in the next election after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a damaging leadership challenge on Tuesday. Polling and growing dissatisfaction with Turnbull’s fractured center-right government, led by his … Continue reading Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

By Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a … Continue reading Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

By Colin Packham and Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday stripped requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions from his centrepiece energy policy in the face of political opposition, although the country remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement. The National Energy Guarantee had mandated that greenhouse emissions from … Continue reading Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. About 75 fires are burning across New South Wales state, fanned by dry conditions that prompted authorities to declare a drought across the state last week. … Continue reading Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast of more warm, dry weather suggests hopes for a reprieve from … Continue reading No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. The measure, which targets platforms the Australian government says could be used for criminal activities or to plan a terror attack, … Continue reading Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Wild winds which had lashed Tasmania causing some property damage and delaying Hobart flights have eased. An airport spokesman said the velocity of the winds made it unsafe for workers to handle baggage and for passengers to walk across the tarmac. Passengers had reported being kept on the tarmac on at least one flight after … Continue reading Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed

PHOTO: The company says the cost of the project remains about $50 million. (Supplied: MWCC) The revised development plans of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) have struck their first council hurdle after a Parks and Recreation Committee recommended to deny the company access to public land. On Thursday night, the committee of five aldermen unanimously passed … Continue reading Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed

Hobart’s 10 Murray Street office block bites the dust after almost a year

Hobart's 10 Murray Street office building has all but been removed in what was Tasmania's largest-ever demolition project. The 14-storey building, known for its brutalist-style architecture, was first flagged for removal in 2009, but was subject to an appeal to the Resources Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal, delaying the project. The appeal, which was brought … Continue reading Hobart’s 10 Murray Street office block bites the dust after almost a year

Mount Wellington cable car plan revamp dismissed by opponents as spin

An anti-cable-car group has dismissed an overhauled cable car proposal for Hobart's kunyani/Mount Wellington as nothing more than "spin". The Mount Wellington Cableway Company has released revised plans for the project, which would now start near McRobies Road in South Hobart and travel over the Organ Pipes. The route will be shorter at 2.7 kilometres long, compared … Continue reading Mount Wellington cable car plan revamp dismissed by opponents as spin

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’

Coverage of 2018 Southern Tasmania Floods

Last Friday I was (fortunately) rostered on while the floodwaters lashed the Hobart CBD and surrounding suburbs. I was the morning reporter while the news was breaking, filing hourly for bulletins not just locally, but nationally. I know it aired in Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne and Brisbane and on Triple J, but is likely to have … Continue reading Coverage of 2018 Southern Tasmania Floods

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

Abetz optimistic about Tasmanian agricultural future

In spite of recent setbacks, Senator Eric Abetz says Tasmanian agriculture is thriving. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz was on-hand at Agfest today, where he spruiked the state's positive agricultural outlook. “The agricultural sector has a great future in Tasmania," he said. "It's doing very well." Sen. Abetz was keen to discuss the Federal … Continue reading Abetz optimistic about Tasmanian agricultural future

Politicians’ breeding ground a broken cradle for democrats

WITH the public support from the Tasmanian University Union (TUU) for the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act came the admission that it cares little for thoughts of university students, and even less for the general public. Last week, the TUU announced that students the section 18C changes, with state president Clark Cooley saying: … Continue reading Politicians’ breeding ground a broken cradle for democrats

App to give youth control

“I don’t know how many times I’ve been told ‘it’s just words’,” said Janine Kemp, as we chatted over coffee. ‘It’s just words’ was the response from both teachers and the police to threats on her daughter’s life. It was still ‘just words’ when her daughter was physically threatened, and it was still ‘just words’ … Continue reading App to give youth control