Topic archives: safety measures

Fuel reduction burns made no difference on Black Saturday

March 10, 2009 12

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

Backburning damages water, tourism and health

February 16, 2009 4

There are many wide ranging impacts of bushfires and 'management' fires than have not been considered to date, writes Lionel Elmore.

How fire refuges became a thing of the past

February 12, 2009 4

Once considered a practical, even obvious approach to bushfire safety, the provision of designated Fire Refuges in at-risk communities has fallen out of favour, writes Chris Paver.

Stay or go policy under scrutiny

February 10, 2009 7

The Royal Commission into Victoria's ongoing bushfires will intensify scrutiny of the controversial "prepare, stay and defend" policy, writes Chris Paver.

Forget your ‘fire plan’: go while you can

February 10, 2009 22

People are still dying because they are being told they can defend their houses, writes Lionel Elmore.

Jesuits, safety, unions and alleged unfair dismissal

December 10, 2008 2

The social welfare organisation Jesuit Social Services is under fire following the dismissal of one of its youth workers, writes Cam Smith.

Submission to aviation green paper leads to legal intimidation

December 5, 2008 2

One of Australia’s most respected aviation consultants has received a "shut up or else" letter from a law firm following his contribution to the Aviation Green Paper, writes Ben Sandilands.