State of the nation: April 22, 2017

Tasmania’s news headlines

SHOT OF THE DAY: Morning sunrise over Northern Tasmania. Picture: Mark Baker

SHOT OF THE DAY: Morning sunrise over Northern Tasmania. Picture: Mark Baker

Launceston forecast

Saturday will be partly cloudy with a 70 per cent chance of rain during the morning and afternoon. Light winds are expected throughout the day. 

A maximum of 21 degrees is predicted. 

Northern snapshot

‘Labor plan to aid Tassie’: Tasmanian housing affordability, jobs and productivity will be helped by federal Labor’s plans, Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie says.

Job skills training for JBS workers: Days after announcing it would temporarily shut down sheep processing at its Longford plant, JBS has run workshops to help staff deal with unemployment.

Targa Tasmania tactics discussed: Targa Tasmania is just around the corner, and five-time winner John White met with the Mates4Mates team in Launceston on Friday to discuss tactics.

Mates4Mates is a support organisation for veterans and serving ADF members and their families.

Marshall in the troops: Northern Rangers have started safeguarding their encouraging recent results from the back end.

That’s where Marshall Pooley steps in, growing his reputation as a Mr Fixit. Or the “rock” should an ear get close enough to the door of any changeroom. 

State of the nation

►QLD: Human bones have been found in a car dragged from a south-east Queensland dam and police are working to confirm whether they are those of a man missing for 13 years.

Homicide detectives were called in to help as police worked to determine whether the death was suspicious and if the remains were those of missing Tasmanian man Stuart Gatehouse.Read more

Harrowing final moments: Esperance St John Ambulance community paramedic Paul Gaughan with emergency services desperately trying to save 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer's life, at the Wylie Bay Beach car park, as her family watch on. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Harrowing final moments: Esperance St John Ambulance community paramedic Paul Gaughan with emergency services desperately trying to save 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer's life, at the Wylie Bay Beach car park, as her family watch on. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

WA: An Esperance Express journalist spoke to community paramedic Paul Gaughan many times in the year, interviewing him about all sorts of issues and incidents around the region.

But it was still a shock to suddenly see him on Monday afternoon, standing over motionless Laeticia Brouwer at the back of an ambulance pumping her chest in a desperate attempt to save the 17-year-old surfer. Read more

Attendees of Lizzy Knox's funeral released balloons after the service.

Attendees of Lizzy Knox's funeral released balloons after the service.

►TAS: A celebration fit for a princess was held in Launceston on Friday, as the life of “Princess” Lizzy Knox was honoured.

Swathed in Lizzy’s Blanks, her family and friends crammed into the Church of Apostles to share their connections with a girl who had an infectious smile and ‘wicked sense of humour.’

Hundreds of pink and purple balloons festooned the historic interior of the church in a tribute to Launceston’s honorary princess. Read more

CANBERRA: Australia's 225 federal politicians have $370 million tied up in the property market.

And that's a conservative estimate based on the assumption that each of their 561 declared properties is worth the average Australian dwelling price of $656,800. Read more

►VIC: Paul Kelly, Wil Anderson, friends, even his publican on what Bob Murphy means to them as the Western Bulldogs captain prepares for his 300th match. Read more

Eye on the weather

What does it look like in your neck of the woods today?

World news:

PARIS: Just three days before the most unpredictable election in recent French history, yet another surprise has been sprung.

The most serious and awful surprise: a terror attack in the heart of Paris. This is what many political observers have been dreading.

Less than two weeks ago a well-connected political observer in Paris told me a terror attack just before the election "would give Le Pen the presidency". Read more

 US: A strange new condition seems to be afflicting many of her journalist friends in Washington DC, says Lissa Muscatine, Hillary Clinton's long-time friend, former aide and chief speech writer.

"One friend's doctor jokingly called it Trumporrhoea - they [the reporters] are all exhausted, coming down with insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, these physiological reactions - it's not just the one thing that happens in a day, it's five things a day, every time you look up there is another controversy or tweet that has gone out, some other insult or some other regulation that's been overturned - it's hard for people in other countries to fully grasp just how insane it is." Read more

Faces of Australia

WORKS OF ART:  Mural Fest volunteer Kay Marshall has an exhibition of her own at Fudge 'n' Good Coffee until April 30. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

WORKS OF ART: Mural Fest volunteer Kay Marshall has an exhibition of her own at Fudge 'n' Good Coffee until April 30. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Dedicated Tasmazia International Mural Fest volunteer of five years Kay Marshall decided this was the year she would show her own works of art to the world.

Over the years Mrs Marshall has been helping young people unleash their talents at Mural Fest.

“I have been working on the children’s murals here and I absolutely love it,” she said. Read more

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