Drug hauls a mystery on Spirit ferries
THE power of social media has helped reunite a prep class with its schoolroom teddy bear, after the toy was left on a public bus.
Max the teddy, who goes home with the Star of the Week student at Corpus Christi Catholic School, forgot to get off at his bus stop last month.
He was handed in to Metro Tasmania’s lost property by a passenger.
After it was feared Max may not return to school, a social media post by Metro, which gathered over 450 shares, caught the eye of a parent who recognised Max and then notified the school.
Class teacher Lisette Noonan said the kids were delighted to see their friend return.
“As Star of the Week, Max the teddy goes home with a student and gets taken on a number of adventures,” she said. “We picked him up from the Metro shop in town after someone kindly handed him in and we’re very pleased to have him back. The kids love him.”
Prep student Nash Stephenson, 6, said he hoped Max never goes missing again.
“I took him to the movies with me. He does special jobs with us and we’re glad he’s back,” he said. THE heads of TT-Line say they are unsure how many drugs are seized on the Spirit of Tasmania each year.
The Spirit was infamously referred to as a “drug super highway” by former police minister Rene Hidding while he was in opposition and has been the focus of drug busts.
But TT-Line executives last week said data on drugs seized on the Spirit — whether by their security officers or law enforcement agencies — was not held by the company.
Chief executive Bernard Dwyer told the Government Business Enterprise scrutiny committee he was not aware of any drug seizures on the vessels in the past year by TT-Line security “but there are other operations that happen on our vessels that I can’t talk about”.
Chairman Mike Grainger said TT-Line worked “very closely” with Tasmanian and Victorian police, Australian Federal Police and spy agency ASIO on “a regular basis”.
“We do as they ask,” Mr Grainger said. “They control the private information, we don’t, and we work very closely with all those agencies.”
Opposition infrastructure spokesman David O’Byrne said it was “remarkable” TTLine did not record drug seizures on board their vessels.
When Mr Grainger asked why TT-Line should hold the data, Mr O’Byrne said: “If it is going up or if it is going down, if your security is working or not, if your relationship with the various police organisations, state, federal and international, are working.”
When Mr O’Byrne was infrastructure minister, he said, “from memory we had conversations around these matters, absolutely”.
Tasmania Police worked with interstate and federal counterparts to target Spirit vessels during the Rebels’ bikies run in Tasmania in October 2017.
A Devonport man was sprung with up to $3 million worth of methylamphetamine after disembarking the Spirit in 2009.
FOCUS: Local, interstate, federal cops monitor Spirit of Tasmania ferries.