Articles by: 

October 1, 2020
MPs demand greater transparency on Tasmania’s COVID-19 recovery taskforce

Opposition parties and an independent member of the Legislative Council have called for greater transparency of the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 recovery council after the chair of the group ruled out publishing conflict of interest declarations and committee minutes.

Read More
September 28, 2020
Tasmanian poker machine losses surge to almost $600,000 per day

New Tasmanian Government data has revealed losses on Tasmanian poker machines were almost $600,000 per day in August, significantly higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More
August 17, 2020
Buyer of troubled Temco smelter wants lower power price

The company seeking to buy the loss-making Temco manganese smelter in northern Tasmania wants to negotiate a lower electricity price from Hydro Tasmania even though its current power contract runs until 2024.

Read More
August 11, 2020
Call for new Legislative Council MPs to disclose campaign donations

An electoral reform group has called on newly elected members of the Legislative Council to voluntarily disclose all campaign donations over $1000. 

Read More
July 30, 2020
'Fantastic offer for one client': questions raised about The Mercury’s advertorial series

The University of Tasmania paid $80,000 to be the lead sponsor of a “Future Tasmania” series of advertorial articles in The Mercury and in return was guaranteed a minimum of six “editorial mentions”, a practice queried by a leading journalism academic. Rodney Tiffen, emeritus professor in government and international relations at the University of Sydney […]

Read More
July 19, 2020
Secrecy concerns over Gutwein’s COVID-recovery taskforce

A legal academic has raised concerns about excessive secrecy surrounding a taskforce advising the Tasmanian Premier on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More
July 14, 2020
University of Tasmania repeatedly breached electoral law with promotional video

Internal documents and other records show the University of Tasmania repeatedly breached electoral laws by publishing an unauthorised promotional video featuring a Liberal candidate as he contested three elections.

Read More
July 6, 2020
After the closure of Tasmanian Country a secretive group plots a replacement

Privacy concerns have been raised about a secretive group promoting a new rural newspaper to replace the shuttered Tasmanian Country after it asked potential supporters to provide personal details but refused to disclose who is gathering the information.

Read More
June 24, 2020
Will Tasmanian Country dodge News Corp’s axe?

Public relations and lobbying firm Font PR has expressed interest in buying rural newspaper Tasmanian Country despite News Corporation Australia announcing it would cease publication after its final edition later this week. Two sources told Tasmanian Inquirer that Font PR, a Liberal-aligned firm that has already bought several regional newspapers, has made a play for […]

Read More
April 29, 2020
Tasmanian government backs political donations disclosure for council candidates

The Gutwein government has bowed to public support for political donations reform and agreed that a bill on local government elections will include a requirement that gifts and donations to council candidates be disclosed.

Read More
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.

Support Tasmanian Inquirer


Make a Contribution


Email Alerts
Sign-Up today


Join us on social media.
We pay our respects to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the traditional and original owners and continuing custodians of lutruwita, and acknowledge elders past and present.
© 2020 Tasmanian Inquirer. All rights reserved.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram