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Greens Referendum Revenge!

Greens call for pulp mill referendum and intend to move no confidence motion in Government


THE Greens have confirmed their intentions to move a no confidence motion in the Government today when they table legislation to remove doubt about the legal validity of the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill permit.

Greens leader Nick McKim said the party would also move an amendment to the pulp mill Bill so that it could not begin unless it received support at a referendum on the legislation, to be held in conjunction with the coming election.

“All Tasmanians deserve to have a say on this toxic and divisive legislation and that’s why the Greens will move to give the Tasmanian people the chance to kill it off for once and for all,” he said.

“While Labor and Liberal dance to the tune of a faceless corporation which is only interested in the bottom line, the Greens will stand up to give Tasmanians a chance to create our own future by rejecting this toxic legislation.

“This is about far more than just a toxic and divisive pulp mill.

“It is about whether we want to continue the transformation into a prosperous future based on the things that make Tasmania unique and different to the rest of the world or whether we want to lock ourselves into ongoing public subsidies of bulk, undifferentiated commodity exports that have held us back so badly in the past.”

Parliament was recalled for a special sitting this week and the doubts removal Bill is expected to be debated late into the night to avoid extra sitting days.

Permits for the $2.3 billion pulp mill are being sold as part of the consolidation of failed timber company Gunns by receiver KordaMentha, which says six potential buyers are interested in the mill.

Premier Lara Giddings said the legislation was important to the viability of the pulp mill.

“It’s unfortunate that here we have the Liberal and Labor parties standing side by side to ensure that we get the legislative framework right, that can allow a pulp mill to be built in this state,” she said.

Liberal forestry spokesman Peter Gutwein said recalling Parliament was just another ploy by the Government.

“If Labor were serious about the doubts removal Bill, they would have brought it to Parliament last year when KordaMentha asked them to,” he said.

“Labor want to create an image of distancing themselves from the Greens before the election so they can win just enough seats to get back into bed with them after the election.”

A “no pulp mill” rally will be held today on Parliament Lawns at 12.30pm. Speakers will include gardening guru Peter Cundall, Nick McKim, Tasmanian Conservation Trust director Peter McGlone, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre secretary Ruth Langford and No Pulp Mill Alliance spokeswoman Lucy Langdon-Lane.

Sourced from The Mercury

So the moment has arrived! The Greens lose their portfolios and take their retaliation to push for a vote of no confidence should Labor push ahead with fast tracking amendments to the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill bill. So I wonder if this means that the proposed election date of March 15 may be earlier?

Random Ramblings Raspberry Pi

X100 Expansion Board

Recently I purchased this X100 expansion board for my Raspberry Pi, mainly for its HDMI to VGA output but the RS232 port was of interest assuming that it works as I expect it should!

The kit includes the following items 1x USB male-male adapter, 1x HDMI-HDMI male-male adaptor and mounting hardware to secure the expansion board to the Raspberry Pi. Also included is an optional reset switch pin header that isn’t required for the board to function but adds the function to reset the Pi but this should be used only as a last resort because you face the strong possibility of corrupting the SDcard if you happened to drop the power while the SDcard is in the process of writing to the card!

Installation is pretty straight forward, there’s two mounting posts and you line up the GPIO pins, then plug in the USB & HDMI adaptors and that’s it! At this stage you have the option to solder the reset pin header to add that functionality if desired.

My thoughts, if you use the kernel that’s available from Suptronics you have access to the RTC on the board, however this is a 3.6x kernel and is a little old. The drawback in using this kernel is that you would need to manually go through the setup process every time your Raspberry Pi had a kernel update, or you could just pin the current kernel you have to prevent this. There’s also no source code for the modules that are provided with the kernel so you can’t compile them to be used with a later kernel, if you don’t really have a use for the RTC then not a big issue but after all if you purchase one of these you’d want to be able to use all of the functions! Although I’m sure that some searching should find either a newer based kernel or the ability to compile one (I’ve not checked as of the time of writing) Sure if I simply wanted a HDMI to VGA converting function I would have simply got something else that may have been cheaper.

 Images and installation information available from suptronics
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35 Seats is not the answer!

Greens renew push to increase size of State Parliament to 35 seats


INCREASING the number of seats in parliament is the most appropriate way to deliver a strong, majority government, says Greens MP Kim Booth.

Mr Booth renewed the party’s call to restore the parliament to 35 seats as debate about the future of the Labor- Green arrangement continued to rage yesterday.

“Most people want to see a return to the 35-seat House just to increase the diversity of opinion and intellectual capacity in the House,” he said.

“It’s not necessarily the only way to get a majority government, but it’s the only way to get a functioning parliament.” Asked whether the Greens would again enter a formal partnership with Labor after the next election, if the opportunity arose, Mr Booth was adamant no such deal had been made.

“It’s actually a misnomer,” he said.

“There was no formalised partnership.

I’ve not agreed to anything with Labor, nor has Tim Morris and neither has Paul O’Halloran.

“The only agreement was for Nick McKim and Cassy O’Connor to be ministers to enable their ministry.” Asked who would replace two Greens ministers if speculation the Premier would strip them of their portfolios proved to be accurate, Mr Booth said: “That’s a question only Lara Giddings can answer, but I’m not sure who she intends to bring in as ministers instead – Brenton Best or Graeme Sturges? I mean you’ve got to be joking.” Greens leader Nick McKim said Tasmanians were “bored” by debate about party deals.

“We believe that Tasmania is a better place when people work together and that’s what we remain committed to,” he said.

Liberal leader Will Hodgman again ruled out working with Greens.

“It leads to compromised government, it leads to decisions that have been made about political self-interest – that’s what’s happening with Labor and the Greens now,” he said.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green yesterday hosed down talk of a leadership challenge in the Labor Party.

Sourced from The Mercury

So if the Greens seriously believe that this is the answer then they need to look at the reason why the lower house numbers were reduced.

In 1998 it was reduced to five, resulting in the current 25 member parliament. The reduction has been criticised by minor parties, particularly the Greens, as an attempt to reduce their influence…  Source from Wikipedia

Tasmania simply can’t afford to increase parliament because it will only benefit the politician not the people!

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Boring Statistics of 2013

The boring statistics of my blog for 2013!

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