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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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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.

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March 22, 2020
Tasmania’s bauxite mining bubble bursts

When Australian Bauxite, a company chaired by former Tasmanian Labor Premier Paul Lennon, sought approval for the $16 million Bald Hill bauxite mine just outside Campbell Town in northern Tasmania, it claimed there would be up to 180 jobs created and hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties could be paid into government coffers.

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March 22, 2020
No bond and secret rehab plan raise doubts about Temco smelter clean-up

The Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company (Temco) has not had to post a financial bond to cover potential rehabilitation costs at its Bell Bay manganese smelter site despite having discharged thousands of tonnes of heavy-metal laced waste into on-site tailings dams over the last decade alone.

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March 22, 2020
Council rejected subsidy pitch from mining company chaired by ex-premier

Northern Midlands Council rejected lobbying by a mining company chaired by former Premier Paul Lennon that wanted it to pay $100,000 towards a road upgrade required as a condition of developing the Bald Hill bauxite mine.

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March 22, 2020
Key Tasmanian MP silent on Federal Group election campaign support

Madeleine Ogilvie, a former Labor MP turned independent, is facing calls to explain whether she has changed her position on poker machines after Federal Group displayed her campaign poster on its property in her most recent election campaign. Roland Browne, a director of Tasmanian Election Inquiry, a group pushing for greater political donations transparency, said […]

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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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