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Extra firefighters flown in to fight dozens of blazes

The latest round of interstate firefighters will get to work on Tasmania's fires to help crews tackle scores of blazes. Some of the 78 extra personnel from across Australia are due to arrive today to join more than 160 firefighters, support...

VIDEO: Police hunt for second petrol-pouring home invader

Launceston Police remain on the hunt a second perpetrator who allegedly poured petrol over a 23-year-old mother and her two-year-old son in a shocking home invasion earlier this month. A 26-year-old Devonport man was arrested yesterday, facing an out of hours...

Mixed reaction to Bushby's surprise departure from Senate

In a surprise announcement, Tasmanian Senator David Bushby revealed today he will tender his resignation to the Senate on Monday.  "On Monday, 21 January, 2019, I will tender my resignation as a Senator for Tasmania, to the President of the Senate,"...

Unlocking whale secrets

An expedition described as the most comprehensive scientific voyage ever undertaken to study blue whales, and their krill food source, sets out towards the Antarctic from Hobart tomorrow. 28 international scientists will travel on the Investigator for seven weeks. Chief Scientist Dr...

Mentally ill patient's death could have been avoided, says coroner

The death of a 55-year-old chronic mental health patient in a Tasmanian hospital could have been prevented, a coroners report has found. Mr Nigel Douglas Roberts died in the early hours of the 31st of January 2016 after being admitted to...

Mega bushfire fears for wilderness

Authorities are concerned a weather change due on Friday evening could do more harm than good. The Fire Service has around 70 bushfires listed as either going or on patrol after this week's dry lightning. Multiple blazes in the southwest are in...

HCC Alderman weighs in on parking meter grief

The rollout of new smart parking meters around Hobart is continuing to garner heavy criticism, with issues around fees, visibility, and usability reported.  Hobart City Council Alderman Simon Behrakis is the latest vocal critic, calling for the $3 minimum transaction rule...

Man and his dog rescued from Tamar River

  Tasmania police is urging anyone planning or going onto the water in any type of vessel to be prepared and have the required safety equipment after what could have been a tragedy in the state's north yesterday. Just before 3.30pm police...

One year of same-sex marriage in Tasmania: where are we now?

It was a gruelling campaign that divided Australia into two camps: Vote Yes, and Vote No, in a $122 million dollar postal vote.  But the Yes's emerged victorious on November 14th 2017, the law passed parliament in the following weeks, and...

Two arrested over shooting

Two northern Tasmanians are facing charges over a shooting at Kings Meadows last Friday. A 29-year-old from Swan Bay faced an out-of-hours court on counts including grievous bodily harm and aggravated robbery after allegedly shooting a 29-year-old man in the leg...