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About David
David Killick is a journalist and photographer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I have nearly four decades' experience in radio, newspaper, and magazines and have worked in New Zealand, the UK, and Germany. I have specialised in writing about design and architecture, real estate, and transport but also cover general news and features.
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Tasmanian election 2024: Labor promises money for landlords

26 Mar 2024  |  www.thechronicle.com.au
Labor leader Rebecca White announced financial support for landlords to make energy-efficient upgrades and pledged $5 million for public and social housing improvements. Labor criticized the Liberal Party's candidate selection and policies, with Dean Winter highlighting issues with several candidates. The Liberal Party promised $14 million to halve public transport fares to ease cost-of-living pressures. Prominent Hobart councillor Louise Elliot left the Liberal Party to run as an independent, citing disagreements over rental property policies.

Tasmanian election 2024: Labor promises money for landlords

26 Mar 2024  |  www.heraldsun.com.au
Labor leader Rebecca White announced financial support for landlords to make energy-efficient upgrades to rental properties and pledged $5 million for public and social housing improvements. Labor MP Dean Winter criticized the Liberal Party's candidate selection and policies, highlighting issues with candidates' views on vaccines and climate change. The Liberal Party promised to halve bus and ferry fares to ease cost-of-living pressures. Hobart councillor Louise Elliot left the Liberal Party to run as an independent, citing disagreements over rental property policies.

Tasmanian election 2024: Labor promises money for landlords

21 Oct 2023  |  www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
Labor leader Rebecca White announced financial support for landlords to make energy-efficient upgrades and pledged $5 million for public and social housing improvements. Labor MP Dean Winter criticized the Liberal Party's candidate selection, while the Liberal Party promised to halve bus and ferry fares to ease cost-of-living pressures. Prominent Hobart councillor Louise Elliot left the Liberal Party to run as an independent, citing disagreements over rental property policies.

Mercury Big Issues survey reveals Tasmanians are happy

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thechronicle.com.au
Preliminary results from the Mercury Big Issues survey indicate that over 90% of Tasmanians report being happy, a consistent trend across multiple years. However, job satisfaction has significantly declined post-pandemic. Support for the proposed AFL stadium at Macquarie has increased, while support for the UTAS move into the CBD and the Mt Wellington cable car proposal has decreased. Opinions on the state government and Premier Jeremy Rockliff are mixed, with some praising the government's vision and persistence, while others criticize it for being dysfunctional and secretive. The survey remains open for responses until the new year.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

01 Oct 2023  |  adelaidenow
The final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has been tabled, revealing serious failings at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and Launceston General Hospital. The report recommends the immediate closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, outsourcing out-of-home care to non-government agencies, and establishing a new Commission for Children and Young People. It highlights systemic abuse and failures in handling child sexual abuse allegations, particularly against nurse James Griffin. The report criticizes the Tasmanian Government, Launceston General Hospital, and Tasmania Police for their inadequate responses and calls for urgent reforms to protect children.

Eurail train travel is a great way to tour solo through Europe

01 Oct 2023  |  NZ Herald
David Killick discusses the advantages and disadvantages of solo travel through Europe by train, emphasizing the flexibility, eco-friendliness, and convenience of Eurail. He contrasts train travel with car and coach travel, noting the challenges of driving in Europe and the limitations of coach tours. Killick also provides practical advice on choosing the right rail pass, planning itineraries, and staying safe while traveling light.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

26 Sep 2023  |  heraldsun.com.au
The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has recommended the closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and various reforms. The 3,000-page report details 75 findings and 191 recommendations, highlighting serious failures in government settings, particularly at the Launceston General Hospital and Ashley Youth Detention Centre. The report criticizes the handling of abuse claims against nurse James Griffin and the dysfunctional leadership at the hospital. It also notes the systematic abuse at the detention centre and the government's insufficient action despite being aware of unlawful practices. The commission's president, Marcia Neave, presented the report to Governor Barbara Baker, and Premier Jeremy Rockliff tabled it in parliament without additional redactions.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

26 Sep 2023  |  thechronicle.com.au
The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has released a report recommending the closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and various reforms. The report, titled 'Who was looking after me? Prioritising the safety of Tasmanian children,' details serious failures in handling abuse allegations, particularly at the Launceston General Hospital and Ashley Youth Detention Centre. It criticizes the leadership at Launceston General Hospital for a dysfunctional response to nurse James Griffin's abuse and the systematic harm at the detention center. The commission's president, Marcia Neave, presented the report to Governor Barbara Baker, and Premier Jeremy Rockliff tabled it in parliament without additional redactions. The report includes 191 recommendations, such as establishing a Commission for Children and Young People, banning strip searches for young people in custody, and improving responses to abuse allegations.

The best Swiss railway routes and tips for tourists in 2023

13 Sep 2023  |  NZ Herald
Switzerland's railway system offers over 4000km of track, connecting major cities and small villages with precision and comfort. Tourists can explore iconic routes like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, as well as enjoy the scenery on regular trains. Key destinations include Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, the Bernese Oberland, Jungfraujoch, Zermatt, and the Matterhorn. Options for travel passes include the Eurail Pass and Swiss Rail pass. The article also suggests visiting regions for different cultural experiences, such as the French-flavored Geneva or the Italian-speaking Locarno.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

31 Aug 2023  |  www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has revealed serious failings at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and Launceston General Hospital. The report recommends the immediate closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, outsourcing out-of-home care to non-government agencies, and establishing a new Commission for Children and Young People. It highlights systemic abuse and mismanagement at both institutions, with specific criticism directed at the leadership of Launceston General Hospital and Tasmania Police for their inadequate responses to allegations of abuse. The report calls for urgent action to protect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in these settings.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

31 Aug 2023  |  www.ntnews.com.au
The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has revealed serious failings at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and Launceston General Hospital. The report recommends the immediate closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, outsourcing out-of-home care, and establishing a new Commission for Children and Young People. It highlights systemic abuse, mishandling of abuse claims, and failures in leadership and response by multiple agencies, including Tasmania Police and the Department for Education, Children and Young People. The report calls for urgent reforms to protect children and young people in institutional settings.

Commission of Inquiry: Key findings against Ashley, LGH

31 Aug 2023  |  goldcoastbulletin
The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings has revealed serious failings at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and Launceston General Hospital. The report recommends the immediate closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, outsourcing out-of-home care, and establishing a new Commission for Children and Young People. It highlights systematic abuse at the detention center and mishandling of abuse allegations at the hospital, particularly involving nurse James Griffin. The report criticizes various institutions for failing to act decisively and protect children, urging immediate reforms and legislative changes.

Tasmania data breach: How to protect yourself from the Russian data hack

13 Apr 2023  |  www.news.com.au
Russian hackers exploited a vulnerability in GoAnywhere MFT, affecting up to 130 clients, including the Tasmanian Government. The breach, detected in January 2023, compromised data from the Department of Education, Children and Youth, impacting around 150,000 individuals. The government, which has not received a ransom demand, is working with CyberCX and federal authorities to manage the situation. The breach has been classified as a level two emergency, and affected individuals are being contacted. The public is advised to be vigilant against potential scams and identity theft.

Reconstructing the geological provenance and long-distance movement of rectangular, fishtail, and croisette copper ingots in Iron Age Zambia and Zimbabwe

22 Mar 2023  |  journals.plos.org
The study investigates the source and movement of copper ingots in Iron Age Zambia and Zimbabwe, revealing three production centers: the Central African Copperbelt, the Kipushi deposit, and the Magondi Belt. Lead isotopic and chemical analysis of 33 ingots indicates that most originated from the Copperbelt, with significant movement to the Zambezi Valley and Zimbabwe plateau. One outlier ingot from Kent Estates likely originated from the Magondi Belt. The findings suggest minimal recycling and highlight extensive precolonial copper trade networks.

Mercury Big Issues Survey 2022

07 Dec 2022  |  www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
Tasmania's Mercury newspaper is conducting its annual Big Issues Survey, inviting readers to share their opinions on a range of topics including politics, public transport, health system, over-tourism, climate change, and more. The survey, which features 84 questions, aims to gather public sentiment and will be open until the new year, with results to be published later. The Mercury emphasizes the importance of community feedback and encourages detailed responses to open-ended questions.

Mercury Big Issues Survey 2022

07 Dec 2022  |  www.cairnspost.com.au
Tasmania's Mercury newspaper is conducting its annual Big Issues survey, inviting readers to share their opinions on a range of topics including politics, public transport, health system, over-tourism, climate change, and more. The survey, which features 84 questions, aims to capture public sentiment and will be open until the new year, with results to be published later.

Mercury Big Issues Survey 2022

06 Dec 2022  |  heraldsun.com.au
The Mercury is conducting its annual Big Issues survey, inviting readers to share their opinions on a range of topics including politics, public transport, the health system, over-tourism, and climate change. The survey, which consists of 84 questions, is open until the new year and aims to engage Tasmanians in a debate on contentious issues. Results will be shared on The Mercury's pages and website.

Mercury Big Issues Survey 2022

06 Dec 2022  |  dailytelegraph
The Mercury has launched its annual Big Issues survey, inviting readers to share their opinions on a range of topics including politics, public transport, the health system, over-tourism, and climate change. The survey, which consists of 84 questions, is designed to be completed in about 10 minutes and includes both yes/no questions and open-ended questions for more detailed responses. The results will be published on The Mercury's website and in their pages after the survey concludes in the new year.

Mercury Big Issues Survey 2022: We want to hear from our readers

06 Dec 2022  |  www.news.com.au
The Mercury's Big Issues survey, a significant reader engagement initiative in Tasmania, is currently open for participation. The survey seeks public opinion on a variety of topics including politics, public transport, health system concerns, over-tourism, and climate change. It features 84 questions, mostly requiring simple 'yes' or 'no' answers, and is designed to be completed in roughly 10 minutes. The results will be published on the Mercury's website and in their pages after the survey concludes post the holiday season.

On-demand Rocketeer Couriers deliver the goods

19 May 2020  |  themercury.com.au
Rocketeer Couriers, an on-demand delivery service in Tasmania, has experienced a 1000% increase in business within 10 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which operates similarly to ride-sharing but for deliveries, utilizes an iPhone app to connect businesses with a fleet of drivers. With around 350 drivers in Hobart and 550 statewide, customers can book deliveries, get fixed price quotes, and match with drivers of the appropriate vehicle size. Rocketeer Couriers has been particularly successful in assisting Hobart restaurants like Maldini to reduce delivery costs and expand their customer reach.

Europe extends lockdowns as virus cases near 2m

14 Apr 2020  |  couriermail.com.au
Global COVID-19 cases have surpassed two million, with governments worldwide taking measures to combat the pandemic. Australia criticizes wildlife markets, extends restrictions, and plans for a vaccine trial. Turkey releases prisoners to reduce jail overcrowding. The IMF grants debt relief to impoverished nations. European countries extend lockdowns, with France's President Macron announcing an extension until May 11. New York's death toll exceeds 10,000, but Governor Cuomo says the worst is over. Italy's death toll surpasses 20,000, but infection rates are slowing. Spain allows some workers to return as new cases decline. An inquiry into the Ruby Princess cruise ship outbreak is likely. Australian airlines will maintain key domestic routes. Health Minister Greg Hunt outlines three elements needed before lifting lockdowns.

Coronavirus: Europe extends lockdowns as virus cases near 2m

14 Apr 2020  |  themercury
Countries around the world are extending lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases near two million globally. Australia is maintaining strict restrictions despite an improving infection curve, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt expressing concerns over wildlife markets. Turkey is releasing prisoners to reduce overcrowding, while the IMF is providing debt relief to impoverished nations. European countries like the UK, Italy, and France are extending lockdowns but planning gradual reopenings. New York reports over 10,000 deaths but shows signs of stabilization. The Ruby Princess investigation continues in Australia, and domestic airlines are set to maintain key routes with government support.

Coronavirus Tasmania North-West outbreak: State Government vows to support 5000 people in isolation

13 Apr 2020  |  dailytelegraph.com.au
The Tasmanian government faces a significant challenge as up to 5000 North-West residents enter lockdown to contain a COVID-19 outbreak. Premier Peter Gutwein has assured that those without access to food or essentials will be supported by the government, particularly through Communities Tasmania. The lockdown, which includes nearly the entire hospital workforce and their families, is described as unprecedented. Labor's Shane Broad expressed support for the strong measures, emphasizing the importance of protecting the community and saving lives.

Coronavirus Tasmania North-West outbreak: State Government vows to support 5000 people in isolation

13 Apr 2020  |  www.adelaidenow.com.au
The Tasmanian Government is facing a logistical challenge to support up to 5000 North-West residents in lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown, which affects about 4.5% of the region's population, includes nearly the entire hospital workforce and their families. Premier Peter Gutwein has promised support for those without friends or family to rely on, with food and essentials provided through Communities Tasmania. The unprecedented quarantine measures are part of efforts to contain the virus, with Labor's Shane Broad supporting the strong measures to protect the community and save lives.

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