Christina Henry, Bangalow
Tina Petrof (Letter 12 February) firstly, hats off to your husband, I have great respect and gratitude to all our firies who give so much for our communities’ safety!
Secondly, have a look at Jacqui Lambie’s speech in parliament re the sports rort: ‘another shameful day in politics… we know what you’ve been up to… start being bloody honest with the people in this country’. I can relate to her anger! The irresponsible, simplistic spin thrown our way to deflect from the issue of climate change during the national emergency was shameful too.
No, the National Parks (NP) are not locked up, the incident you describe is an isolated one. The policy created by Bob Carr gave responsibility for hazard reduction burning (HRB) in our NPs, to those highly trained in environmental care and fire fighting. There are not infinite resources or the necessary precise weather conditions needed to safely do all the HRB needed every year.
In 2018 NPs did complete its prescribed burning target of 135,000 hectares, despite having its workforce reduced by 35 per cent under the coalition. The drought conditions in 2019 during winter and spring were contrary to safe implementation of HRB. The reality is HRB has little effect on the mega-fires we have seen over the past months, so the responses needed are much more multi-faceted and complex. This includes addressing climate change in an ethical way instead of lying about it on the world stage.
The PM, and many members of the coalition, are career politicians focussed on being in power even if it means bribery and corruption – they are there for their salaries, perks and pensions. The electoral commission, amongst others, show how they (political parties) receive huge monetary donations for their election campaigns – particularly by the mining and fossil fuel sector – the deal being that the donators then get their licences for for mines and gas wells and their low taxes and subsidies
Look at how the government responded to the fires with a Liberal Party advert and fundraiser for their party – unbelievable!
My perspectives on our corrupt, inadequate government are based on a desire to prevent Aussies experiencing doom and gloom on an unprecedented scale. I want Australia to have an intelligent, ethical government leading people into a better future.