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May 19, 2022
Explainer: Will Tasmania finally get a political donations disclosure law?

The Tasmanian government’s proposed donations reform would mean Tasmania would still have Australia’s weakest state-based disclosure regime.

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May 16, 2022
TasNetworks asked to explain why it hired Liberal-linked lobbying firm

A Tasmanian government-owned energy utility has been asked to explain why it hired a Liberal-linked public relations and lobbying firm and what work it has asked the agency to do.

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May 9, 2022
Tasmanian seal deaths mount as Huon Aquaculture increases use of underwater explosives

Huon Aquaculture – now owned by the controversial Brazilian meat company JBS – has accounted for more than three-quarters of the seals killed at Tasmanian salmon farms since the start of last year.

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March 23, 2022
Comment: Labor’s South Australian election win blows a hole in Tasmanian Liberals political donations plan

The resounding election win for the South Australian Labor Party creates a big problem for Premier Peter Gutwein’s pitch that critical elements of his political donations bill should emulate South Australia’s legislation.

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March 21, 2022
Alarm over potential use of explosives, bean bag bullets on seals during offshore salmon farming trial

Environment groups have called on the Morrison government to rule out allowing salmon farming companies to use explosives and guns loaded with “bean bag” rounds to scare seals at a proposed trial in Commonwealth waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania.

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February 8, 2022
Gutwein promised the Tasmanian Liberals would disclose all donations over $5000. They didn’t.

The Tasmanian Liberal party did not disclose at least $69,600 in donations received before last year’s state election despite a promise by Premier Peter Gutwein that all contributions over $5000 would be made public. A further $24,000 received after the election was also not disclosed, according to Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) data. The AEC’s annual […]

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December 21, 2021
Tasmanian Labor’s $550-a-head fundraiser prompts call for a ban on cash-for-access forums

A Tasmanian Labor promise that people who paid $550-a-head to attend a dinner with senior MPs could have input into its policies has reignited calls for a ban on “cash for access” political forums. Labor hosted what was touted as an “exclusive end of year dinner” with the state leader, Rebecca White, and the shadow […]

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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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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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