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November 22, 2021
All aboard: private bus operator revealed as Tasmanian Liberals major campaign donor

The new owner of Tasmanian Redline, the state’s largest government-contracted private bus company, was one of the largest donors to the state Liberal party and a contributor to the Labor party. Tag Management Services Pty Ltd donated $20,000 to the Liberal party near the May 1 state election, making it the second-largest disclosed contributor to […]

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November 1, 2021
As global investors eye land-based salmon farms, the Tasmanian government pushes offshore development

The Tasmanian government is pushing ahead with legal changes to open the door for offshore salmon farms in Commonwealth waters as investors increasingly say they are only interested in  land-based fish farming projects. A senior executive from DNV Maritime, a Norwegian-headquartered multinational that advises the global salmon farming industry, told a recent Australian event that […]

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September 27, 2021
Tasmanian government plans donations disclosure threshold for MPs 100 times greater than for councillors

A Tasmanian Government proposal to limit mandatory public disclosure of donations to state political parties and candidates to sums greater than $5000 has alarmed advocates for reform. The disclosure threshold in draft legislation released by the government is 100 times greater than applies to local government councillors and five times higher than recommended by the […]

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August 23, 2021
Tasmanian salmon company confirms political donations as Tassal remains silent

Australia’s largest salmon producer, Tassal, has refused to say whether it donates to Tasmania’s political parties, but one of its competitors - Petuna - has confirmed it paid $12,000 to attend Liberal Party events last year.

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August 2, 2021
Most Tasmanian councils in breach of rules for disclosure of gifts and donations

Most Tasmanian councils are in breach of state government regulations that require monthly updates on their websites of all donations and gifts to councillors of more than $50.

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June 28, 2021
Explainer: Tasmania’s new laws for council candidates to disclose their donations

Will Tasmania set the standard with Australia’s best donations disclosure regime for local government candidates? The indications from the government are not promising. Here is what you need to know.

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June 28, 2021
Comment: The $22,000 ‘Aird loophole’ lives on as Tasmania baulks at donations transparency

The eleven guests who ponied up for a $2000-per-head dinner at the up-market Henry Jones Art Hotel on Hobart’s waterfront were there for a cause: to raise funds for the 2009 Legislative Council re-election campaign of then state treasurer Mike Aird. It was a fundraising dinner that illustrated how loopholes in Tasmania’s electoral law could […]

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May 31, 2021
Unexplained: government business blocks release of information about mining debt write-off

A Tasmanian government-owned business has blocked the release of documents detailing why it wrote off a debt of almost $2.5 million owed to it by a mining company chaired by former Labor premier Paul Lennon.

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April 29, 2021
Gutwein defends exclusion of Tasmanian Legislative Council from donations disclosure laws

Premier Peter Gutwein has defended his government’s plan to exempt candidates for the Tasmanian upper house from having to disclose campaign donations, prompting criticism from a public integrity advocate and opposition parties.

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April 26, 2021
Pokies losses hit $180 million since Gutwein became Tasmanian Premier

More than $180 million has been lost on Tasmanian poker machines since Peter Gutwein became Premier in January 2020, according to data from the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.

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is a Hobart-based author, researcher, editor and freelance journalist. He is the Editor of CoalWire, a weekly bulletin on global coal industry developments for the US-based non-profit group Global Energy Monitor. His freelance journalism has been published in a wide range of news outlets from the British Medical Journal to the US-based PR Watch.

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