The fires are not yet out… the death toll not finalised… and Melbourne suffers another blow as projections of some of the long term issues become clearer. This time the problem is water supply. Rainfall in the catchment area for Melbourne is already at its lowest on record, and the dams are currently only at … More From bad to worse.
Police have arrested a 39 year old man in connection with the blaze that killed 21 people and wiped out 36,000 hectares of South Gippsland. The man’s solicitor said his client was “in a fragile state” and needed immediate psychological support. Police consider the cause of fires started at Marysville, Murrindindi, Buxton and Narbethong to be ‘suspicious’. … More The first arrest.
Theories are beginning to be mooted about the causes of the Victorian Bushfire Disaster, and whilst they are many and varied it appears nearly all contain an element of ‘truth’ about them that could explain just what went so horribly wrong. To make it a little simplet. it’s useful to look at the situation in … More Firebugs or Natural Disasters or… ?
The fires in Victoria are still burning though some overnight rain has given the firefighters some chance of finally gaining a measure of control over the course of the twenty-one blazes they are currently dealing with. Currently no more homes are under threat, as far as we’re aware but of course the clean-up has yet … More The wheel turns.
We’re relative newcomers to Australia having only been here 15 years or so, but ‘new’ or not we *feel* Australian, which is really strange when you think just how*huge* this country is. What brought it into perspective was the concern we feel here in Sydney for our fellows down South in Victoria where they are … More Soul of a Nation
So here we are again after the long summer break raring to go with a load of topics to discuss. Yet what a place to begin. With the possibility of 300 or more people dead in the worst bush-fires Australia has seen hanging over us it’s hard to restart the blog with anything positive. That … More And… we're back.
Tomorrow is set to be ‘interesting’. The youngest is going to an ice-skating lesson at 5:45 a.m. so I’m going to drag both kids over and then ‘make a day of it’ afterwards. There is an ‘event’ called Wet World which is aimed at 3 – 9 year old kids… but mine want to go … More Tomorrow's Schedule
Yesterday the eldest daughter and some friends decided they would try to raise some money for ther trip to Melbourne in 2010 to attend an International Girl Guides Jamboree. The method the chose was *busking* at the local town centre! Despite not having rehearsed much off the went. You can see how pleased they were … More A nice side of Christmas!
The majority of people around the world have probably never heard of David Hicks or if they ever knew the name have all bar forgotten who he was, the troubles he got himself into… and the abandonment of this Australian citizen by the politicians who were sworn to protect his rights. I’m not one to … More David Hicks – the saga continues
New draft guidelines related to Child Protection Laws have been released by the Australia Council in the aftermath of the Bill Henson controversies. and require that anyone taking photographs of children needs to obtain parental permission first. Ok we’ve been pressing for changes to the law but some of the recommendations offered constitute *far* too … More Australian Child Protection Laws – new guidelines.