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November 26, 2020
Gutwein Government delays legislation requiring donations disclosure

The Gutwein Government has again delayed the timetable for introducing legislation requiring local government candidates to disclose campaign donations, dismaying electoral reform advocates.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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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