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Drug companies lobby for expansion of opium poppy growing

To meet a growing demand for painkillers a number of drug companies are calling on the Australian government to expand opium poppy growing.

Giant species of jellyfish found on Australian beach (video)

Hobart - A family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia when they found a giant, as yet unknown, species of jellyfish. The jellyfish is now being described as a type of “snotty” jellyfish and is 1.5 meters across.

Australian woman sounds French after car accident [video]

Leanne Rowe is an Australian, living in Tasmania. She was involved in a serious car crash and after recovering from her injuries, she found she had developed what sounds like a French accent.

Brushfires ravage parts of Tasmania, stranding thousands

Dunalley - Raging brushfires in parts of the Australian island of Tasmania have destroyed nearly 100 homes, stranding thousands of residents and claiming at least one life.

Op-Ed: Ban on cigarette sales to kids born after 2000?

Sydney - There’s no doubt about it, politicians live in a different world. So do most of the other mainstream participants in public debates about tobacco, both for and against. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Tasmania’s latest approach.

Giant crab caught off shore of Tasmania, gets new home

Weymouth - A huge crab has just been spared becoming someone's supper after being caught. In reality, not just one person's supper, but more along the lines of feeding a crowd.

Op-Ed: Rascally rabbit scuppers $30M upgrade at Elwick racecourse

Glenorchy - A $30 million upgrade all came crashing down on Saturday courtesy of a rogue rabbit blamed for digging holes found on a racecourse in Glenorchy, Tasmania.

Coroner urges Jehovah's Witnesses to review blood transfusion ban

Hobart - A coroner has called on the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses to review the ban on blood transfusions after a death under circumstances he described as "graphically illustrating the consequence of rigid adherence to that doctrine."

Tasmania offers 'convictourism' to promote its convict heritage

UNESCO recently added five prison sites to its World Heritage List, all located in the Australian island and state of Tasmania.

Girls, 8 and 10, must spend weekends with sex offender father

It has emerged that a Family Court in Australia ruled in January that two girls, aged eight and 10, must spend every other weekend with their father, at present on the Sexual Offenders Register because of a child pornography conviction.

Genetic mutation may save Tasmanian devil from extinction

A population of Tasmanian devils living in northwestern Tasmania has shown to be immune to a severe facial cancer disease that has decimated the species.

Things we didn't know - 'stoned' animals make crop circles

The puzzler over who was responsible for crop circles in Tasmania was put to rest with the recent discovery that Wallabies, who after eating some of the poppy crops, hop around in circles in the fields.

Possible maggot prank in Tasmanian hospital

Maggots that were found in Hobart’s Royal Hospital could possibly have been planted as a prank to embarrass authorities.

Scepticism over plan to bring Tasmanian tiger back from extinction

SYDNEY (dpa) - So you thought cloning Dolly the sheep was complex science? Try bringing back to life the thylacine, a curious dog-like creature that was declared extinct when the last of its line died in an Australian zoo 66 years ago. A team at ...
 

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Giant jellyfish found on beach in Tasmania  Australia.
Giant jellyfish found on beach in Tasmania, Australia.
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Homes are engulfed in flames as brushfires rage through parts of Tasmania.
Homes are engulfed in flames as brushfires rage through parts of Tasmania.
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Businesses are burned to the ground by brushfires in the town of Dunalley  Tasmania.
Businesses are burned to the ground by brushfires in the town of Dunalley, Tasmania.
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Forcett fire at about 4pm from the air at Hobart Airport
Forcett fire at about 4pm from the air at Hobart Airport
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A wild rabbit scuppers a $30 million dollar upgrade at Elwick racecourse in Tasmania.
A wild rabbit scuppers a $30 million dollar upgrade at Elwick racecourse in Tasmania.
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Christopher Koch is the author of  The Year of Living Dangerously  and  Highways to a War
Christopher Koch is the author of 'The Year of Living Dangerously' and 'Highways to a War'
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Scientists sequenced the Tasmanian devil s genome to guide their efforts to prevent this endangered ...
Scientists sequenced the Tasmanian devil's genome to guide their efforts to prevent this endangered marsupial from going extinct.
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Port Arthur prison, Tasmania
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Photo of Tasmanian devil taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, AU
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Tasmania burns
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