Topic archives: tasmanian government

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

November 5, 2015 3

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

January 17, 2014 5

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?

January 17, 2014 7

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

May 31, 2013 1

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

May 1, 2013 9

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?

January 30, 2013 69

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

September 26, 2012 17

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

August 16, 2012 8

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

August 6, 2012 7

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

May 18, 2012 3

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.

In Tassie politics, it’s hard to see the sense from the trees

March 6, 2012 10

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings seeks to offer some insights today into the island's future in her annual State of the State address. The forests remain top of the agenda, writes Bruce Montgomery.

Tassie forests deal like a Gunn to the head

September 6, 2011 9

The ultimate peace deal to end the 40-year war in Tasmania’s forests is dead in the water, writes political journalist Bruce Montgomery from Hobart.

Peace in the Tassie forests, but govt regulator is a basket case

Peace in the Tassie forests, but govt regulator is a basket case

July 28, 2011 15

The $276 million rescue package to buy peace in Tasmania’s forests came after the state’s Auditor-General indicated Forestry Tasmania was staggering towards insolvency and would need an equity to survive, writes John Lawrence.

David Bartlett a Gen X resignation

May 11, 2011 3

David Bartlett today refused to resign from parliament immediately, yet having told Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings he questioned whether he had the passion and commitment to continue. Bruce Montgomery reports from parliament.

Tasmania’s political alliance won’t be pulped — but the people smell a con

March 11, 2011 8

Before Tasmania's highly contentious pull mill is built, friendships will be tested, political alliances between Labor and the Greens at state and federal level will be stretched to the limit (though not ruptured). And the people will revolt, writes Bruce Montgomery in Hobart.

Bartlett: The savvy premier who mistimed his run

January 24, 2011 15

Was it really the wistful look of the young son as his father opened the front door each weekend to go to work that caused Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett to quit? Bruce Montgomery reports on the backroom moves and a premier who mistimed his run to the top.

DPP and premier collide: war of words in Tasmania

October 22, 2008

The clash in Tasmania between DPP and Premier, is not unique, writes Greg Barns.

John Howard’s island moments

August 1, 2007

It was only six days ago that the Prime Minister took a brief moment off from posing for his birthday pics with the troops in Dili to lay the foundations for the damage control that will be necessary should the Reserve Bank actually increase interest rates before the election.