Alison Branley,

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Recent articles by Alison:

Fears over data security in state border management apps during the coronavirus crisis

Digital rights experts say "our personal data is valuable" and we should be asking questions about the new West Australian-Tasmanian coronavirus-era border management app called Good2Go Pass. → Read More

What it's like living in a Melbourne nursing home with a coronavirus outbreak

Nigel Hart, 46, has had 15 heart attacks, his kidneys don't work and he's blind in one eye. He is also living inside a nursing home with a COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

Theatre producers in Tasmania vow the show will go on despite coronavirus

Actor Marta Dusseldorp urges governments to understand how important live theatre is to business, as continuing COVID-19 restrictions make major productions unfinancial, and small productions companies struggle. → Read More

NBN structure means those who can afford the least pay the most

Michelle Sheean is one of nearly half a million low-income Australians who have not signed up to the NBN because it is simply too expensive. → Read More

Fixing fibre-to-the-node across Australia could cost the NBN $7 billion: study

Sick of his internet dropping out, software developer Matt Hall paid to have the NBN to his home upgraded. He didn't realise that he was also paying for his neighbours to get cheap access. → Read More

Blundstone celebrates 150 years of making boots after humble Tasmanian beginning

Diggers in WWI and WWII wore them, as did an Aussie football legend. While they have been likened to "iconic brands like Hills Hoist and Vegemite", Blundstone boots have had their ups and downs in the company's 150-year history. → Read More

Coronavirus is forcing a revamp of Taste of Tasmania, so what are the alternatives?

Wellington can be a bit "cold and dark" like Hobart but in the New Zealand capital, making burgers king of the food scene helped revive a struggling industry, and may prove a guide to foodies feeling the absence of the Taste of Tasmania. → Read More

Coronavirus crisis a 'heaven-sent opportunity' to reset national park tourism, advocates say

The closure of national parks during the coronavirus pandemic hit patrons and advocates hard, but some in the industry are seeing the crisis as a chance to rethink how they're managed. → Read More

Cycling is taking off in Tasmania amid coronavirus, but how bike-friendly are Hobart and Launceston?

Tasmania's spaghetti soup of road shoulders, painted green lanes, shared-use paths and recreational tracks frustrates cyclists on a daily basis, but with usage on the rise advocates are hoping change is on the say. → Read More

War widows defy constraints of isolation to honour fallen loved ones on Anzac Day

This year, Gwen Cherne and her children will be among hundreds of thousands of families around the country who will walk to the end of their driveways at first light in lieu of now-cancelled dawn services. → Read More

This sea eagle was found covered in fish oil and close to death, but now it can spread its wings

A juvenile white-bellied sea eagle is back in the skies near Tasmania's Bruny Island after surviving being coated in fish oil and a enjoying a bubble bath spruce up. → Read More

'A pretty messed up feeling': The horror of passing coronavirus to a friend

When musician Dan Williams returned from Japan he knew that put him at risk of coronavirus, but it was an Uber ride after he returned home that would prove the most likely culprit. → Read More

Tasmania closed borders to prevent the Spanish flu outbreak, but experts say it would not work with coronavirus

Tasmania closed its borders in 1919 to guard against the Spanish flu pandemic. But could shutting off the island from visitors help prevent a coronavirus outbreak over a century later? → Read More

Hobart's gone hipster but property prices are locking locals out

Tasmania, once known for losing people to the mainland, is undergoing a population boom, and new figures show Hobart had the greatest rise in median house prices for the December quarter for 2019. → Read More

'I'm sick of being silent': At great risk, this woman wants to speak out about a gang rape

In a Queensland hotel room, a woman sits down to tell a story of being gang raped, gaslit, and warned at work for speaking up. She's breaking a legal agreement to stay silent — but that's why she believes it's so important to talk. → Read More

'I can actually keep clean': New space in Hobart offers the homeless a little dignity

It's one thing to build a shelter for the homeless, it's another to actually get them to sleep there. While this space may have found the answer, it lacks the room. → Read More

Patients report pacemaker 'electrical storms' as advocates predict device registry failure

As more patients come forward with tales of being shocked by medical devices meant to save their lives, one leading consumer advocate says the Government's plan to clean up the industry will not work. → Read More

Pacemaker-defibrillator device shocks patient 60 times, but manufacturer Biotronik denies problem

An ABC investigation finds multiple cases of faulty pacemakers-defibrillators made by one manufacturer, which claims there is no evidence of systematic failure. → Read More

MRI scans causing anxiety, claustrophobia as access to new machines becomes 'licencing' issue

For people with serious illnesses who need an MRI, the scan can sometimes be the most traumatic procedure of all. → Read More

One man's 33-year fight for his daughter takes him to second royal commission

Yoey has spent her life in foster care and group homes for people with disabilities. Her father has been fighting to get her back and this week marks the start of his next battle. → Read More