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Where there's smoke there's ire: investigating Indo's forest haze

Where there's smoke there's ire: investigating Indo's forest haze

Tessa ToumbourouJul 3, 20131 Comment

Indonesian forest fires have enraged neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, who have been blanketed in smoke. Jakarta-based researcher on forest governance Tessa Toumbourou asks who's to blame.

Bushfire battler story is more complex than it looks

Eleri Harris writes:Mar 23, 20094 Comments

Greg Sheridan’s piece in the most recent Weekend Australian exemplifies how problematic the unquestioning rehashing of items in the news cycle can be, writes Eleri Harris.

DNA testing is dragging out the agony for fire victims

Swinburne University of Technology senior lecturer Dr Lynette Turney writes:Mar 13, 20091 Comment

It would seem that there are a lot of families suffering unnecessarily in the service of the (remote) possibility of making one mistake, writes Lynette Turney.

When journalists become victims

Health journalist Melissa Sweet writes: Mar 12, 2009

Perhaps journalists might be more ready to listen to and learn from colleagues who’ve been to the other side, writes Melissa Sweet.

Andrew Forrest visits Kinglake

A Kinglake resident writes:Mar 11, 20098 Comments

"We don't want the talk, we want your money": Kinglake residents meet with Australia's wealthiest man.

Fuel reduction burns made no difference on Black Saturday

Simon Birrell, Spokesman for the Otway Ranges Environment Network, writes: Mar 10, 200912 Comments

Fuel reduction burns do have their place but on "Black Saturday" they made no difference to the outcome, writes Simon Birrell.

Insurance industry uses dubious fire stats to get its own way

Former Chair and Deputy Chair of the Consumers’ Federation of Australia Denis Nelthorpe and Fiona Guthrie write:Mar 4, 20098 Comments

The misleading use of figures by the Insurance Council is primarily driven by their ongoing campaign against the fire services levy in place in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, write Denis Nelthorpe and Fiona Guthrie.

How Qantas benefits from your bushfire generosity

Ben Sandilands writes:Mar 3, 200910 Comments

The devil is in the details of the Qantas frequent flier point bushfire appeal, writes Ben Sandilands.

Victorian bushfires: Australian spirit present

Crikey reader Julie Bell writes:Mar 2, 2009

I was also in Marysville that Saturday afternoon. How different my impressions were to Peter Chamber's, writes Julie Bell.

Yellow ribbons and buckets of coins

Trevor Diogenes writes from the staffroom of Lowbottom High, Somewhere In Middle Melbourne:Mar 2, 20092 Comments

A pall hung over the classroom that first week as our charges came to terms with the fact that there is more to existence than MSN and Facebook, writes Trevor Diogenes.