Who’s fault? Twenty seven people died, a billion animals, 2,000 homes, tourism wrecked and a plume of smoke stretched from here to South America.
Here’s three handy ways to fob off hard questions:
1. Blame “climate change” (because these fires are “normal” now, get used to it. Plus no one ever says — “you mean it’s China?”)
2. Say “now’s not the time to play the blame game” and,
3. Coming soon: “let’s wait for the Royal Commission, or Almighty Investigation, or 28th Fire Report” — or whichever comes last. (Who wants to preempt a report even if we already know what it will say. )
But we already know three State governments have not followed the advice from most past reports. They’ve ignored the fire and forestry scientists who warned them a disaster was coming. They’ve ignored history. Bushfires in Australia are one of the most obvious dangers to live and health and yet few state leaders have bothered to understand them.
An Inferno of Incompetence and Obfuscation
by Roger Underwood on Quadrant
Roger Underwood AOM spent years in bushfire management, and was General Manager of CALM in WA (Conservation and Land Management). […]
January 18, 2020 at 11:36AM