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06/01/20 The future of climate protests in a weak Tasmanian democracy

Greg Barns makes a forceful argument about climate change politics in today’s Hobart Mercury, pointing to litigation as the future means for voters to hold their elected reps to account. However here in Tas, our Liberal govt is seeking to neutralise negative voter sentiment with a bill which will outlaw climate protests altogether. The bill was passed in the lower house with the support of (former Labor, now Independent) newcomer on a recent count back, Madeleine Ogilvie. For shame, Madeleine! Might this bill be construed as a preemptive strike against anticipated future law suits by citizens over climate change? And Why aren’t more Tasmanian’s making a huge noise about this attack on their rights? Whether under state or federal administrations, it is clear a stealthy, concerted effort is underway to erode or ignore our right to peaceful protest over issues of concern. What could be more concerning than an actual existential threat? This bill must not be passed! I urge your readers to lobby upper house members now.

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Forestry jobs compared to tourism

Forest industry is a black hole.. with only 975 jobs and a 150 million money loss.. Tasnetworks bails out industry with 30million dollars of tax payer money.. why do we still have this industry

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Understanding and improving Tasmania's school system

Australia has a two-speed system of schooling. Advantage and disadvantage are increasing concentrated in different schools with consequences for student outcomes. The complexity of Commonwealth and State funding and policy makes it very difficult to improve the system. Many people and institutions are working on improving schools but few are working on understanding the current system - how it works and how it impacts student outcomes. Yet this understanding is essential for improving the system. All states are effected in similar ways. Tasmania would make an excellent case study on which effective initiatives could be based.

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Innovation nation? How about rewarding research investment.

What if we banned political contributions and instead gave political influence to companies that invest in scientific research, support the economy by paying tax, and demonstrate innovation towards a sustainable future. Time is up for old industries like coal and wood-chipping of old growth forests, so why do they still have so much power and continue being heavily subsidised by the taxpayer? How can Australia be innovative while our best scientists are being gagged and rely on crowd funding? Time to change the rules!

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University of Tasmania

UTAS management say the planned northern campus move to a smaller site will accommodate the same teaching and research, but the plan lacks detail and transparency. What financial pressure is the uni under, ie. are job losses on the cards?

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