Thank you

Raoul Bay, Tasman Peninsular, 2020.  Credit: Mark Horstman

We just wanted to say thank you.

We just wanted to thank you for your support for Tasmanian Inquirer.

Since launching in March 2020 Tasmanian Inquirer has made a measurable difference on major issues in the state. Our reporting on political donations laws influenced the Liberal Government to strengthen its position, triggered increased corporate disclosure and was directly referred to in Parliament. We revealed a secret $1 million public relations and lobbying campaign by TasNetworks, a government business, aimed at winning approval for the $3.5 billion Marinus electricity link project.

We revealed that two salmon companies used more than a tonne of antibiotics, and one of the companies wanted to keep secret that wild fish caught kilometres from any fish farm were found to have antibiotics in their flesh. We also revealed which salmon companies reported the most seal deaths, and used the greatest number of underwater explosives against them. We published incisive analyses looking at some of the biggest issues in the state, including the Premier’s refusal to reveal details of his reported attendance and comments at a Liberal Party fundraising event, and The Mercury’s failure to disclose its financial ties to the AFL as it campaigned for a new stadium.

Our formation goal was to cover issues that Tasmania’s diminished news media did not, or could not, and to get those stories to as large an audience as possible. Articles published by Tasmanian Inquirer have been republished by The Guardian and RenewEconomy and spurred follow-up coverage in The Mercury, the ABC and other media outlets. Tasmanian Inquirer is a small publisher, but our articles - and the information we have revealed - have reached tens of thousands of people in Tasmania and beyond.

Articles published by Tasmanian Inquirer have been recognised at the Tasmanian Media Awards. Author and historian James Boyce won the award for the best feature, documentary or current affairs in 2021 for his Tasmanian Inquirer article “Losing streak: James Boyce’s new chapter on Tasmania’s gaming addiction”. The judges wrote of James’s article: “This is exactly the kind of journalism that Tasmania desperately needs, to break through the walls of secrecy that are the established methods of government here and force accountability and transparency of those who are supposed to be serving the public interest.”

Bob Burton was a finalist in two categories - best comment and analysis, and best freelance journalist - in 2022 for articles published by Tasmanian Inquirer.

None of this would have been possible without the people who have made a financial contribution or provided in-kind support.

Once again, thank you for your support of Tasmanian Inquirer. We look forward to exciting times ahead.
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