Topic archives: Victorian bushfires

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.

Media briefs: big news day … Indonesia’s take … free fires …

Media briefs: big news day … Indonesia’s take … free fires …

February 11, 2014

What's the lead on a big news day? ... Bushfires and news website paywalls ... Schapelle Corby the "marijuana queen" ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 21, 2013 5

Rupert Murdoch dances with a robot, for real ... inside WikiLeaks preference fiasco ... Vic fire levy concern ...

Not wallowing, waving, on the risks of climate inaction

September 5, 2011 7

It is insulting for those who are on the front line and surviving extreme weather events, to pretend that their resilience is all that’s required and she’ll be right mate, writes John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute

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.

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.

Strathewen resident responds to Bolt’s bushfire insult

February 19, 2010 8

I wondered how long it would take Andrew Bolt to use the tragedy of Black Saturday to try and bash his perceived political enemies, and only a few weeks after the one-year anniversary of February 7th, he thinks he can get away with it with his typing in today’s Hun. Now, we know many words […]

Bushfire season: What Victoria taught us about health

Bushfire season: What Victoria taught us about health

December 8, 2009

The need for health services after a bushfire is not just a short-term issue, writes Croakey. As we learnt from the Vic bushfires, health services need long term extra support to deal with such a disaster.

Fighting fires: Australia vs. America

Fighting fires: Australia vs. America

October 21, 2009

Australian-born journalist Christine Kenneally explains the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires to the The New Yorker, comparing the different tactics and challenges of Australian and American firefighters.

Tips and rumours: Performance reviews for Fairfax bosses

August 26, 2009 1

Fairfax media does performance reviews, further troubles for Qantas and which towns are listed as high risk for the upcoming Victorian bushfire season?

‘Stay or go’ won’t go away

‘Stay or go’ won’t go away

August 18, 2009

The Royal Commission into the Black Saturday fires has recommended keeping the 'stay or go' bushfire policy, but its emphasis has been changed -- more personal responsibility on those who choose to stay, writes The Age.

The bushfire blame game: greenies, loggers or arsonists?

July 17, 2009 5

Victorian conservation groups have hit back at claims greenies and National Parks are culpable for the severity of the Black Saturday bushfires, blaming logging companies.

Forest fire management: objective analysis needed

June 4, 2009 2

Emotive public opinion is no replacement for careful evaluation -- especially given the risks and costs involved, writes Lionel Elmore.

Black Saturday research funding a slap for victims

April 24, 2009

A private research body charged by the Bushfire Royal Commission with investigating the Black Saturday tragedy is struggling with an historica legacy of underfunding.

Public support for Bushfire Royal Commission fast evaporating

April 23, 2009

The Commission should revise its format now, or we may need another inquiry down the track, writes Frank Campbell.

Brumby’s ring of fire

April 23, 2009

Victorian Premier John Brumby has been scorched by the royal comission he set up into the Black Saturday bushfires.

Prescribed burns are prejudging the bushfire inquiry

April 21, 2009

Victoria's bushfire Royal Commission has begun, as the state is wreathed in the smoke of 27 official fires. What gives, asks Lionel Elmore.

Bushfire donations become an unpalatable burden

April 21, 2009

The truckloads of goodwill in the wake of Black Saturday appear to have produced a logistical nightmare.

Asylum cover up? What asylum cover up?

April 20, 2009

If nothing else, last week confirmed that as a nation we still have some sort of complex about boat people.

White arsonists by the boatload

April 17, 2009

Will politicians and shockjocks now start whispering about how country Victorians started the bushfire disaster themselves?