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The tawdry tale of the pokies group that bet against David Walsh -- and lost

The tawdry tale of the pokies group that bet against David Walsh -- and lost

John LawrenceNov 5, 20153 Comments

The tide of public opinion is turning against pokies in Tasmania. And MONA's David Walsh looks set yet again to come up trumps. Economist and accountant John Lawrence explains.

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Broede CarmodyJan 17, 20145 Comments

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

Tasmanian election: Lara is toast, but what about Clive?

Tasmanian election: Lara is toast, but what about Clive?

William BoweJan 17, 20147 Comments

The Tasmanian Liberals look set to win the state government at the March poll -- but could Clive Palmer's party cause an upset? Crikey's polling analyst crunches the numbers.

Tasmania, the failed state: budget highlights structural woes

Tasmania, the failed state: budget highlights structural woes

John LawrenceMay 31, 20131 Comment

Tasmania has too many holes in its budget, amplified by shrinking GST revenue and failing government businesses. Tasmania-based economist and accountant John Lawrence looks at the structural problems.

Can Tassie see the deal for the trees? Peace comes at a cost

Can Tassie see the deal for the trees? Peace comes at a cost

CrikeyMay 1, 20139 Comments

They're declaring peace in the forests of Tasmanian. But the deal passed through Parliament isn't worth much for the environment without further protection for the remaining reserves.

What's wrong with Tasmania, Australia's freeloading state?

What's wrong with Tasmania, Australia's freeloading state?

Jonathan WestJan 30, 201369 Comments

Tasmania lags the nation in all important economic and social criteria. In an essay for GriffithREVIEW, Jonathan West says a malaise has descended over the Apple Isle. Its industry is broken and its people fear change.

Flanagan: Gunns' demise lifts a darkness over Tasmania

Flanagan: Gunns' demise lifts a darkness over Tasmania

Richard FlanaganSep 26, 201217 Comments

It was Gunns' greed-at-all-costs attitude that destroyed its public reputation and ensured its financial demise, according to Richard Flanagan. The company and its planned pulp mill had gone rogue.

Tassie forest negotiators stuck between Stockholm and Abilene

by Bruce Montgomery, a Tasmanian political journalistAug 16, 20128 Comments

Tasmanian forest negotiators must be inflicted with Stockholm syndrome. A new interim agreement to end the 30-year war doesn't get very far, reports Bruce Montgomery in Hobart.

Polling drives Labor's push on gay marriage in Tasmania

Polling drives Labor's push on gay marriage in Tasmania

by Bruce Montgomery, a political correspondent in HobartAug 6, 20127 Comments

Tasmanian Labor is in the polling wilderness. Which explains why the the state government will now act on gay marriage, writes political correspondent Bruce Montgomery from Hobart.

Tassie budget: Lara's theme is austerity and the writing's on the wall

by Bruce Montgomery, former Australian political correspondent in HobartMay 18, 20123 Comments

There is tangible despair in Hobbit Town today as the full impact of Premier Lara Giddings’ austere budget reveals itself, writes Bruce Montgomery, a freelance journalist in Hobart.