Thursday, February 12, 2009
Australia’s catastrophic Summer - Update
See previous story describing the background to the massive fire outbreaks in Southern Australia.
World media have focused a lot of attention on the enormity of the tragedy but have failed to mention that all levels of government in Australia have imposed the widescale spread of industrial tree plantations in the very areas most affected by these fires. The fires in Victoria actually began in a pine and eucalyptus monocultures near the township of Churchill.
Tasmania, however, is the state with the highest concentration of these massive fire liabilities. The issue of fire risk has been highlighted in Federal Senate inquiries and many other forums for well over a decade. Without success.
I am personally affected by this neoliberal industry and the related culpability of our so-called regulatory authorities. See 'Twelve years of pain'
There will be no resolution to, nor prevention of these tragedies until Australian governance is fixed at all levels.