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Of all the things that the governments of Australia (federal, state and local) need to address, what we are actually doing beggars belief! Locally, the council is blowing smoke up Mullum’s arse again by building a bypass off Jonson Street for more CARS in town and will probably make Ewingsdale Road worse. And don’t mention public art.

We need boarding houses for the homeless (in case you can’t remember them, they provided full board at a reasonable cost) but the authorities think ‘affordable housing’ – much more expensive and not what is required to get them all off the streets quicker.

And the state and feds can’t see that the clear and present danger is bushfires. We need those great big water-bombing helicopters, one for each state, but we are getting already obsolete submarines.

The current feds have no policies, do nothing when at ‘work’, and send our ‘oh so wonderful’ PM to the US for a love-in with the world’s most stupid, arrogant climate saboteur. We are being duchessed to join them in yet another disastrous adventure in the Middle East against a heavily sanctioned Iranian democracy where the people, especially the women, are treated far better than in the oppressive Saudi Kingdom – who also gave us the September 11 WTC atrocity. But we backed them against the Iranians. Sanctions caused the second world war with Germany and Japan. So forget history and you will repeat it. We need a lot more jobs for the masses of un and under-employed. But our current dictator has decided for us that… wheeeee! We are off to Mars with the Yanks!

We need better governance.


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  1. Yes Lester, good analysis re bushfires. What we actually need is more Large Air Tankers – the Boeing 737s we see in the dramatic news footage. They have proved their worth dozens of times in the past 6 weeks. They are not the panacea but they do buy time and save lives. The big problem with helicopters – including the massive Eriksson Air Cranes you refer to, is they either can’t fly, or have limited effectiveness, during high winds when they’re most needed. We currently only “rent” the Eriksson Air Cranes for a few months each year. It’s crazy!

    California alone has 30 Large Air Tankers. Australia has ONE purchased by the RFS last year, and that is entirely the fault of both NSW and Commonwealth governments. For the past two years they have both resisted repeated calls for more investment in these aircraft from NSW RFS, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Climate Council. Everyone connected to firefighting or living in the bush around here should be writing to our hard-of-hearing and wilfully ignorant local National Party MPs controlling the purse strings

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