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April 14, 2021
Tasmanian Labor and Liberal parties refuse to reveal agreements with industry groups

The Tasmanian Labor and Liberal parties have refused to reveal or discuss which vested interests they have signed agreements with other than the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, the lobby group for pubs and clubs. It has prompted calls for both major parties to disclose to voters before the May 1 state election all deals they have […]

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March 28, 2021
Comment: Gutwein’s election rationale evaporates with Ogilvie’s move to Liberals

The Liberal Party’s preselection of former Labor and independent MP Madeleine Ogilvie will undermine Premier Peter Gutwein’s sole rationale for calling an early Tasmanian election.

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March 22, 2021
Gutwein government refuses to release PR advice on energy agreement with Morrison

The Gutwein Government has refused to release documents showing the internal public relations advice it received before the December 2020 signing of an agreement with the federal government on major energy projects including the Marinus Link. At issue are four documents requested by Tasmanian Inquirer under Right to Information laws, including emails between ministerial advisers […]

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February 23, 2021
Ombudsman rejects Gutwein Government secrecy bid over departmental briefs

Tasmania’s Ombudsman has rejected a bid by the Tasmanian Government to hide briefing notes for a newly appointed minister from public view.

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December 17, 2020
Gutwein directed Hydro Tasmania to enter into a loss-making deal, utility says

Two of Tasmania’s publicly-owned power utilities have revealed they could lose tens of millions of dollars on power purchase agreements with wind farm owners.

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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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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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