Bill Shorten revisited his PR triumph of ten years earlier in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, early in the 2016 campaign.
All three Tasmanian Liberal-held House of Representatives seats – Bass, Lyons and Braddon – will be critical to the election result.
Was the prime minister right about storms and global warming?
Was Malcolm Turnbull right to say that larger and more frequent storms are one of the predicted consequences of climate change – but that you can’t attribute any particular storm to global warming?
Most people die in floods when they choose to go into the water.
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A total of 1,859 people have died in floods in Australia in the past 115 years.
Tasmania’s Cape Grim monitoring station passed a crucial carbon dioxide threshold this month.
Bureau of Meteorology
Atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements at Tasmania’s Cape Grim and Antarctica’s Casy Station have now officially passed 400 parts per million and are likely to stay above that for decades to come.
Alpine meadows are a pretty rare sight in Australia.
The alpine landscapes of Australia’s southeast and Tasmania are home to hundreds of rare plants and animals. They’re healthy for now, but need careful looking after.
Tasmania’s bushfires damaged pristine bushland and stretched emergency services to the limit.
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This summer has seen Tasmania suffer through drought, bushfires, floods and the worst marine heatwave on record. Is this what life under a climate-changed future will be like?
Leatherwood flowers give Tasmanian honey its unique taste.
Tasmania’s bushfires have hurt not only the state’s forests, but also the honey industry that depends on access to the region’s unique trees.
Fighting fires in remote wilderness requires a different way of thinking.
Fires in Tasmania have burnt thousands of hectares of wilderness. Other remote fires it’s better to put them out quickly.
Pencil pines are found nowhere else in the world, and are extremely sensitive to fire.
Bushfires are threatening Tasmania’s World Heritage area and ancient plants, warning us of a possible future under climate change.
Fallow deer are on the rise.
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There are now six species roaming wild, and their numbers are increasing dramatically as their population expands and through human action. As they spread, they raise uncomfortable issues for conservation.
A century after governments wished to erase the convict past, their place in Australian history was being celebrated in programs such as The Colony on SBS.
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Today, a convict ancestor is a matter of pride. But for past generations, including some convicts themselves, it was a shame that had to be hidden at all costs.
A feral cat cull in Tasmania increased the local population of cats.
Cats and foxes are two of the greatest threats to Australian wildlife. Culling might be one solution, but sometimes culls do more harm than good.
Most of Tasmania’s relatively small prison population is housed at Risdon Prison Complex.
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Imprisonment rates in Tasmania have steadily declined over the past decade – the only state or territory where this has happened. That is a result of progressive and effective corrections policies.
The “MONA effect” has set Tasmania’s arts scene on fire – will Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker win do the same for its literature?
Richard Flanagan’s 2014 Man Booker Prize has put Tasmanian writing in the spotlight – and the announcement of new state literary prizes has helped too. So what is distinctive about Tasmanian literature?
Swift parrots migrate to Tasmania and breed in the richest patches of flowering trees.
New research shows Tasmania’s swift parrots could be extinct in less than 20 years
Did foxes ever make it to Tasmania? DNA evidence suggests they did.
New evidence suggests there no foxes in Tasmania. Were there ever? Even if there weren’t, the state’s multi-million dollar fox hunt was worth it to save wildlife.
Could devils help solve our feral cat crisis? The devil might be in the detail.
Proposals to reintroduce Tassie devils to the Australian mainland have argued devils could help control feral cats. But new research shows there’s no simple answer.
The potential rezoning of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area for tourism development begs the question: just what is wilderness, and what is it good for?
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The Tasmanian government this month released a draft of the revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which proposes rezoning certain areas from “wilderness zones” to “remote…
Criminals the lot of them: that is what people who stand against government plans ‘to rebuild Tasmania’s forestry industry’ could become under the new anti-protest law.
The Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill – locally known as the “anti-protest” bill – was passed by Tasmanian parliament late on Tuesday night. The law was introduced as part of the government’s…
The Tasmanian devil was once found beyond Tasmania.
Most people probably know the Tasmanian devil as the iconic animal from Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Fewer know that, up until a few thousand years ago, devils were widespread across mainland…