Topic archives: bushfires

Crikey Worm: Turnbull claims federal mandate after SA victory

March 19, 2018

Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister claims the Liberals' weekend victory in South Australia will give the green light to his government's controversial energy policy. Plus, bushfires in the south, and a cyclone in the north. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

‘This is system collapse’: Tassie fires the beginning of the end

February 4, 2016 8

As fires ravage Tasmania's pristine areas, writer and Launceston bushwalking guide Bert Spinks mourns for the beautiful places that are no more.

One year on from Hazelwood fire, deadly legacy lingers

One year on from Hazelwood fire, deadly legacy lingers

February 9, 2015 5

The Hazelwood mine fire was not a natural disaster; it was a chronic industrial mishap of the most unnatural kind, writes freelance writer Tom Doig.

Bushfires, health and climate change — a doctor’s view from the SA fires

Bushfires, health and climate change — a doctor’s view from the SA fires

January 12, 2015

The Abbott government's blind denial of climate change leaves Australia unprepared to cope with the increasing costs of natural disasters, writes honorary secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia Dr David Shearman.

Aboriginal fire scheme a carbon tax repeal victim

Aboriginal fire scheme a carbon tax repeal victim

October 28, 2014 2

An indigenous controlled burn land management program is one of the latest casualties of the repeal of the carbon tax, writes freelance journalist Karen Coombs.

It’s getting hot in here: how El Nino is messing with the program

It’s getting hot in here: how El Nino is messing with the program

May 28, 2014 11

Sydney “missed out” on winter last year after experiencing its hottest on record, and it looks like winter may elude the city for a second year in a row with strong signs of further warm and dry weather ahead, writes meterologist Magdalena Roze

Watch your language: why the climate change case has to be personal

Watch your language: why the climate change case has to be personal

February 25, 2014 27

In his winning entry for the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, Sydney GP Tim Senior argues at Inside Story that language has been getting in the way of action on climate change.

The fiery debate on climate change

October 21, 2013

Crikey readers discuss the New South Wales bushfires and climate change -- and whether now is the time to suggest a link between the two.

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC leads bushfire coverage

October 18, 2013

The commercial networks let Sydney viewers down badly yesterday, when they chose to go to game shows rather than give rolling coverage of the bushfires.

Fires, floods, and why it’s not all bad news in 2013

February 1, 2013 6

While Australia has copped fires and floods this summer, fire expert Peter Johnson points out there have been relatively few deaths from natural disasters. He examines why.

Australia isn’t ready for more bushfires, cyclones and floods

January 16, 2013 2

As Australia’s unprecedented 2013 heatwave continues, the deadline for submissions to a Senate inquiry into Australia's readiness for climate change is coming to a close Graham Readfearn takes a look at what's required.

A baptism of bushfire for young Tassie reporters

A baptism of bushfire for young Tassie reporters

January 7, 2013 26

Tasmania usually only makes the headlines because of environmentalists wanting to save trees. Now firefighters battling dangerous bushfires in the island state are in spotlight, reports Bruce Montgomery in Hobart.

Market darling QBE hurt by surge in catastrophe claims

January 16, 2012

For almost a decade, Sydney-based insurer QBE has a market darling.

Birds of the week: firehawks of the Top End

Birds of the week: firehawks of the Top End

June 29, 2011

Bob Gosford examines the odd relationship between fire and birds in the NT, where cockatoos flock to the still burning grasslands to plunder the seeds and insects that lie cooked on the ground.

Fire in the Great Sandy Desert

December 31, 2010

Photographer Steven Rhall lives up in the tiny NT town of Balgo. He writes of the first big fire of the season up his way, where fires can sometimes run for weeks -- if not months -- and burn-out huge tracts of land.

The perils of listening tours: always find a friendly face first

The perils of listening tours: always find a friendly face first

August 4, 2010 2

It's easy enough for political tacticians to be clever sitting around in the office planning how to handle a public relations problem. You can always devise a solution. The hard part is to put it into practice.

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.

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?

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.