Premier Will Hodgman says that with two weeks to go until the House of Assembly sits again, it is not the time ‘for politics and game playing.’
This comes after long-time Liberal MP for Lyons, Rene Hidding, announced his immediate resignation from state parliament yesterday following allegations of historical sexual abuse, which he strongly denies.
The Premier joins Brian Carlton this morning to discuss Mr Hidding’s announcement, and whether the government can survive in the wake of this resignation.
An Elizabeth Town farmer is devastated after 10 cows from his 65 strong herd were killed on the Bass Highway early Wednesday morning.
Shaun was too devastated yesterday to speak to Brian Carlton about this incident, but joins him this morning to shed light on the mysterious incident that left 10 cows dead, and drivers looking cautiously around the Elizabeth Town area for most of Wednesday.
Shaun tells Brian that the cattle were like extended family, and that he and his partner are just heartbroken over the event.
Braaap CEO and Launceston local, Brad Smith, says it’s ‘time to focus on what’s next for Braaap, but we’ve got an incredible battle ahead’.
The Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday fined Brad Smith $25,000 after being convicted of nine charges. These charges related to approval for identification plates, importation of acquiring vehicles, and missing warning stickers on motorcycle components. These charges are all related to administration and logistics of compliance.
After a three year court battle, Brad Smith talks with Brian Carlton this morning about the court fine, the charges, and what’s next for Braaap.
'You can’t count anyone out this weekend’, says one of the lead drivers in the Supercars Championship.
Chaz Mostert, of Bottle-O Racing and Supercheap Auto Racing, is at Symmons Plains counting down to this weekend’s Tasmania Tyrepower Supersprint. He may not have been prepared for the cooler Tassie weather, but says he will give it his all on the track.
Chaz talks to Brian Carlton this morning about his strategies for this weekend.
Image: Bruce having dinner on top of Cradle Mountain - Supplied
“He was a human kind of Aslan figure [from Narnia] – he was kind, a gentle giant, he was humble but he had enormous power and ability to inspire…”
That is how Louise Fairfax lovingly describes her husband Bruce Fairfax, who failed to be found after going missing on a bushwalk on Saturday 14th October.
Image: Despite his Parkinson’s, Bruce and Louise walked from Lac Leman south through the French Alps to Chamonix Mont Blanc, and from there east to Zermatt in Switzerland on the haute route - many hundreds of kilometres through beautiful country. Louise says that’s what he liked doing - Supplied
A beloved teacher and figure in the community, the search for Bruce at Duckhole Lake was suspended last week, after SES failed to find the 66-year-old man with Parkinson’s.
Listen as Louise Fairfax speaks with Brian Carlton about Bruce, his life, and that tragic final bushwalk.
Bruce’s memorial service will be held at the Launceston Grammar School hall at 4.30 pm on 3rd November.
The installation of a cement cricket wicket at Inveresk has left equestrian riders confused and angry.
The Horse of the Year competition is being held at the Inveresk site this weekend, and serious changes have had to be made to accommodate this new addition to the Inveresk site. There are also concerns about the safety of the riders.
Show Horse Councillor for the Launceston Show, Ashlee Brown, says that the Launceston City Council did not inform them of the impending cricket pitch, and that it makes the ground unusable for many other sports and events.
Ms Brown talks to Brian Carlton about the issue, and explains that equestrian riders in the North may now have nowhere to go.
Jessica Whelan says she is ‘not an extremist’, she just has ‘very strong views.’
The Liberal turned independent candidate for Lyons joins Brian Carlton this morning to clear up the scandal of last week, when she had to resign as a Liberal candidate due to controversial social media comments.
This morning Jessica tells Brian that she believes she can still win the seat of Lyons, and 'make things better for regional Tasmania.'
Tasmania Talks listeners also call in after the interview to give their thoughts on Ms Whelan and her social media comments.
The Tasmanian community was rocked on the weekend by news that former Bass politician Tony Benneworth, and Tony Long had passed away in a boating accident.
Both men were extremely well known in the community, which is evident from the tributes that continue to flow on social media.
Gordon Hurst is a member of the Trevallyn Bowls and Community Club, where both Tony Benneworth and Tony Long were former Presidents. He knew both men for almost 20 years, and reflects on the memories of his friends with Brian Carlton.
Launceston is set to benefit from a new Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre, with Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews in town to make the announcement today.
The ‘blue economy’ will see energy, seafood, aquaculture and marine environment studies come together at the Australian Maritime College, and Minister Andrews says it will inject $4 billion into the Tasmanian economy in the next few years.
Minister Andrews speaks with Brian Carlton this morning to about this $70 million project, which she says is fully funded and ready to go no matter the election outcome.
10 year old Amy Bracken, of Launceston, has been encouraged to reach for the stars as she prepares to participate in the BMX World Championship in Belgium at the end of July.
However trips to Belgium do not come cheap, and Amy’s family have started a Go Fund Me page to raise $1000 for Amy to head to the championship.
This morning Susan from Launceston, a friend of the family, calls in to tell Rick Fontyn about the fundraiser and Amy’s goals.
There will be a morning tea and fundraising event held at the Invermay Bowls Club this Sunday from 10am – 3pm. If you are a business and would like to donate a raffle prize, please get in touch with Tasmania Talk.
The two percenters have struck again, this time at the Mole Creek Hotel and Tassie Tiger Bar.
Doug Westbrook, owner of the Mole Creek Hotel and Tassie Tiger Bar, was shocked to find the pub had been broken into in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Camera footage shows what Doug believes is four young boys, who broke in, damaged the camera and internet systems, took a couple of bottles of spirits, a Koinz for Kidz fundraising tin, and ultimately just made a mess of the pub.
Listen as Doug calls in for Free Range Friday to share details of the disappointing incident.
If you have any information relating to the break-in, contact Tasmania Police on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
The Tasmanian Craft Fair has cemented itself as one of Tasmania’s favourite events, with over 16,000 people heading to the event over four days.
The Deloraine based event has continued to be a success whilst other events, such as the Devonport and Launceston show, now seem to be struggling. Director of the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Tim Biggs, puts the success down to the diversity of products, saying there is something for everyone at the fair.
Mr Biggs speaks with Brian Carlton about how the Tasmanian Craft Fair over the weekend, and the fantastic amount of money they raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.