Topic archives: Black Saturday

Five years on from Black Saturday, Victoria drags its feet on bushfire protection

Five years on from Black Saturday, Victoria drags its feet on bushfire protection

September 16, 2014 5

Although the state government has implemented most of the recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission, there is still important work to do, writes Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

The age of consent: journalists’ ethics in natural disasters

The age of consent: journalists’ ethics in natural disasters

November 13, 2013 4

Do journalists need consent from people before interviewing them or taking an image of them? Dr Denis Muller at The Citizen draws on research in the aftermath of Black Saturday to map out a workable ethical standard.

Govt bushfire buyback scheme attracts fewer victims

July 2, 2012 1

There were 190 applications from Black Saturday bushfire victims for the state government to buy back their properties, writes Aliyah Stotyn, a journalism student at Swinburne University.

It’s official: Australia is the No.1 place to be

March 4, 2011 9

While nobody was noticing, late last year Australia pipped Norway to achieve the highest standard of living in the world.

Tracking the Black Saturday bushfires — at the source of ignition

August 3, 2010 2

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission recommendations were released to a predicable media reception. Using the fear of fire many politicians, journalists and others seek to make themselves popular by backing the clearing of bush -- without justification, writes Lionel Elmore.

Some questions for Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin

Some questions for Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin

April 28, 2010 17

Tomorrow, Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin will face the Black Saturday Royal Commission -- but is the Commission ready to ask him the tough questions? asks Tess Lawrence.

Rees retired for a reason but Nixon got nixed

April 28, 2010

Departed fire chief Russell Rees got a dignified farewell and positive media coverage, the exact opposite coverage that Christine Nixon -- who had a far lesser role in operations -- did. Why? asks Jane Cowan.

Christine Nixon: another fat sheila, another lame jibe

April 12, 2010

Whatever Christine Nixon has done in public life -- being Police Commissioner, going to dinner on Black Saturday, running the Black Saturday recovery -- she'll always cop the fat sheila abuse. It's the way we treat all overweight women, writes Claire Harvey.

Crucifying Christine because she’s female

April 9, 2010

The public flogging of Christine Nixon is typical of our treatment of strong, prominent women, writes Moira Rayner. She did the only thing that all the many men involved won't: admit that she "could have done better".

It’s Black Saturday, for God’s sake, pay attention

It’s Black Saturday, for God’s sake, pay attention

April 8, 2010 29

Why does it take a debate over Christine Nixon's gastro pub dinner to get us talking about Black Saturday again?

Nixon should resign — but so should Brumby

April 8, 2010

There should have been resignations right across the board after Black Saturday, says Guy Rundle: Christine Nixon, the whole CFA leadership, and the Victorian Government.

Finally the fires calm at the Commission

March 31, 2010

The Royal Commission into the Black Saturday bushfires has been a scene of fiery debate, but finally the experts are in agreement: Victoria should burn off 5-10% of its public forests annually, writes Jane Cowan.

The voices not being heard at Black Saturday Royal Commission

March 11, 2010 6

A Royal Commission should not only be informed by popularist sentiment, but also factual information from non-partisan sources, says Lionel Elmore. Some views are being silenced.

Austin: Isn’t ten years long enough to fix it?

January 13, 2010

Labor has run Victoria for a decade now, yet with Myki mayhem and transport woes whenever the mercury rises, the heat is on John Brumby to prove his worth, writes Paul Austin.

Journalists shined in Black Saturday’s blaze

December 23, 2009

Regardless of what the critics say, last year's Black Saturday bushfires brought out the best in Australian journalism, says Media Watch's Jonathan Holmes.

Simons: Content makers come to grips with the big grapple

December 22, 2009 2

Margaret Simons's round-up of this year's biggest media industry news, movers, shakers and changes.

Oh, nein, it wasn’t that bad a year … or was it?

December 22, 2009 5

From Obama's inauguration to the pointlessness of Copenhagen, Guy Rundle takes a light look back on the year that was.

2009: like Groundhog Day, only worse

December 21, 2009 17

Bernard Keane looks back on the year that was in Australian politics: a lot like 2008, and 2007, only far, far worse.

ATO uses Wikipedia … Our Great Firewall … Fairfax Christmas bonanza …

ATO uses Wikipedia … Our Great Firewall … Fairfax Christmas bonanza …

December 18, 2009 1

International reports on our Great Firewall, the Herald Sun follows Crikey's lead, Facebook in factories, and more briefs on media from around the world.

Vic government goes missing on bushfire maps

December 10, 2009 6

Maps used by the Victorian Country Fire Authority to help residents avoid the devastation of another Black Saturday are years out of date and contain a raft of embarrassing errors.