Tag Archives | Bushfires

Supreme Court Decision on Coroner Maria Doogan

The IPA held a conference in March 2003 about the lessons to be learnt from the 2003 bushfires which destroyed over 3 million hectares including three quarters of Kosciuszko National Park. This was just before I started with the IPA and so I didn’t get to hear what Phil Cheney, one of three invited experts, […]

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Litigation Over Canberra Fires, And

The Coronial Inquiry into the 2003 Canberra bushfires ended with an application for disqualification of Coroner Doogan. A decision from the Supreme Court of the ACT is expected some time soon. Last month, perhaps in frustration with the ACT Government’s perceived interference with the Coronial inquiry, sixty-two victims of the January 2003 bushfires brought a […]

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Fire, Folly & Dead Canaries

In National Parks, Reserves, and on private property in south-western Australia, grasstrees are under termite attack, rotting, breaking off, and toppling over, due to vast accumulation of thatch. The grasstree in this photograph, with heavy thatch removed by hand to show the decay underneath, is typical of thousands. View image of grasstree rotting under long […]

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Stop Global Warming, Stop Burning-Off in the NT

Maybe I have been a bit harsh with my title for this post? Then again, I am, after all, at heart, a global warming skeptic. And now the NT government is proposing aboriginals stop burning-off to reduce C02 emmissions. “Government figures show the Territory has Australia’s highest rate of emissions per person. The service’s hazard […]

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On Pious Hope & Queensland’s Rangelands

The following note on rangeland management is from a reader of this blog who lives in western Queensland. The note was followed by the the comment that, “a major problem of rangeland management is that politicians and bureaucrats have undying faith in the efficacy of pious hope and regulation to rectify problems now largely caused […]

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Noongars Knew Best

The following essay is from, and by, David Ward of Western Australia. Thanks David. Before Europeans arrived, Noongar people managed our south-west dry forests and woodlands very well without fire trucks, water bombers, helicopters, television journalists, concerned politicians, the Conservation Council, hundreds of firefighters, or the Salvation Army to give them all breakfast. They did […]

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Expert Advice on Alpine Grazing

If we care about the environment, we must also care about rural and regional Australia because this is where most of our environment is. A lot of people in the bush (I use bush in the broadest context to include even rainforest dwellers) are extremely unhappy with how national parks are being managed/not managed. The […]

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Bushfire Petition

Veteran fire fighter and volunteer brigade captain Val Jeffery wants to break the record for most signatures on a petition presented to Federal Parliament (record currently 792,285) and, more importantly, force a Royal Commission. Jeffery and many others are frustrated over the handling of the Coronial Inquiry into the Canberra bushfires which was suspended last […]

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