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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

Andrei GhoukassianSep 16, 20145 Comments

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

Dr Denis MullerNov 13, 20134 Comments

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

by Aliyah Stotyn, a journalism student at Swinburne UniversityJul 2, 20121 Comment

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

Professor Damien KingsburyMar 4, 20119 Comments

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

by Crikey naturalist Lionel ElmoreAug 3, 20102 Comments

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

by Tess Lawrence, journalist and media consultant specialising in ethical media services, crisis management and forensic researchApr 28, 201017 Comments

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

CrikeyApr 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

CrikeyApr 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

CrikeyApr 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

CrikeyApr 8, 201029 Comments

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

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