Here in Perth we are not under any bushfire threat but most of our supplies are trucked across the Nullarbor from the Eastern States and the Eyre Highway is blocked by fires at several points so some supermarket shelves are starting to look a bit barren.
It is a minor inconvenience compared with what people along the East coast are going through. Listening to the news this morning the fire affected areas are expecting temperatures in the forties and high and shifting winds today so there is much worse to come.
All the Australian Suppliers have been closed since Christmas. We will hear how things are next week when they reopen. They will soon know what is happening.
I do know of one home based framer who lost everything in NSW. IT was not his main income however and he is not distraught about this. He has bigger worries as he lost his home.
It is every bit as bad as that map shows. We have even mobilised the Army and Navy to help with evacuating people from cut off communities and delivering supplies, particularly drinking water, to areas where the supply has been contaminated or delivery infrastructure destroyed. 3000 Army Reservists have also been called up to bolster firefighting efforts
Almost as ugly is the savage blaming of everyone from the Prime Minister down, particularly from the lefties and greens who never got over losing the last election. The P.M. has promised a full enquiry, possibly even a Royal Commission after things settle down because it is pretty obvious that major changes have to be made if we don't want a repeat of this tragedy in future fire seasons.
Well, one of the problems is that, traditionally, firefighting is a State Government responsibility and in rural areas it is often left to local volunteers. The Federal Government is the only one which can mobilise the armed forces and they were late to the party on this occasion, something opposition parties have been very vocal about with some justification. One of the things which will have to be looked into when the dust (or smoke) settles is how this communication between levels of Government can be improved so that resources can be used more efficiently.
Sadly, the enquiry will probably deteriorate into finger pointing and blaming along political party lines but, hopefully, some improvement will eventually be made.
Keeping all of you in my thoughts. I do hope change will be coming to prevent this from happening at a large scale like this again.
It is sad how everyone is finger pointing, without offering a solution, or support.
The Prime Minister when that report hit the press was Labor's own darling, Kevin Rudd. Some people, myself included regard that election result as the worst mistake the Australian voters ever made, ushering in an era of chaotic Government with multiple changes of leadership by both parties. We had Rudd, Gillard, Rudd from Labor followed by Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison (current P.M.) from Labor.
That is quite possibly how this current mess came about - too much politicking by both parties and not enough Government.
Thinking of all my many Ozzie friends... I see Miranda on the FB forums so know she is OK as well as Ormond and Cathie Williams on Facebook too. But can Quentin and Cathy Webster chime in? How is the situation in and around Canberra?
On my previous post, in fairness to our Liberal and Labor pollies of that chaotic decade I must point out that once Kevin Rudd was knifed by Julia Gillard all the subsequent Governments won by very slim margins, in fact Julia Gillard ran a minority government. Nearly all of them were held hostage by a Senate where a ragbag of minor parties and erratic independents held the balance of power and made passing any legislation such a messy horse-trading exercise it is a wonder anything got done.
Sco Mo has a slim majority in the lower house but the Senate is now a little more manageable and both sides have agreed not to turf out sitting Prime Ministers so, hopefully, things will now stabilise.