"HEED MY ADVICE IMMEDIATELY, LEAVE OR STAY!"
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Now I’m just a normal bloke who does pretty normal stuff and after my swimming lessons with the kids this morning I settled down with a cup of tea to watch SKY news which was telling everyone in parts of SA that, “Your houses are likely to be burned to the ground so go inside, lock your doors and close all your windows”. I thought, “Hmmm”.
Later, SKY told its viewers that, “Dozens of houses had been burned to the ground.”
Then that new Vic. Premier called Danny someone came on to tell viewers it was a very hot day and they should not leave their kids in the car and that they should drink a lot of water.
Now you would think most Victorians would already know that, but it's better to be sure than sorry, after all the Vics just voted this Danny galah into Office.
Advice was coming thick and fast when SA Premier Weatherill hurried to the cameras to tell us the Adelaide Hills were on fire and that residents should take his advice immediately and decide either to “leave or stay” and “my warning must be heeded” he said. Hmmm, well, I found that advice rather confusing.
But as Penny Wong’s ex-bed partner I guess you could excuse Mr Weatherill for feeling a little confused about exactly what to do.
“If you decide to leave, leave early”, he said. But WTF is “early” when you can’t be sure if you’re likely to be fried or not and if you leave late or stay you’ll be fried anyway and good ol’ Mr Weatherill can then say he wisely gave you an option?
Now that little “Green” corner of the continent called South Australia ain’t always that green, in fact it’s mostly a dirty brown as it sits just below the red centre and gets pummelled by northerly winds.
The United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation declared Adelaide the hottest city in the world in 2013. The hottest city in the world? Really and truly... in the whole world?
But then again the WMO’s partner in crime, the IPCC, also declared the Himalayas would be devoid of snow last year, that the Antarctic’s ice sheets were disappearing and that we should all start building desalination plants and paying a carbon tax to make Adelaide cooler.
So who started this sage “leave or stay” advice? Yep, you guessed it, after Victoria's black Saturday of 2009 a previous Labor Government ordered a multi-million dollar Royal Commission which came up with some remarkable recommendations including adopting the use of the term “bushfire” rather than “wildfire”.
It also recommended that Authorities provide a “clear statement of objectives, expressed as measurable outcomes” whatever that means, and that residents at risk decide to either “leave or stay”.
About 65 other unintelligible gobbledegook recommendations catered for the future welfare of flora and fauna.
The Commission also recommended scholarships for university students to study bushfires in detail but it didn’t mention too much about the 173 people who died and there was no recommendation to prosecute all those Green councillors who disallowed back-burning or clearing of undergrowth from around people's homes.
Bushfire Commissioner, Susan Pascoe, was also appointed Chair of the "Not-for-profit Taskforce” by the Gillard Government in 2013.
Gillard’s Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation at the time, Bill Shorten said, “This sector has a real and growing importance to the Australian economy and in Australian society more broadly". I guess Bill should know all about “not for profit” stuff.
Well, Ms Pascoe’s “leave or stay” recommendation unfortunately also applied to her friend Ms Gillard.
Anyway, I’m off for another swim lesson... it’s not very hot here, but I sure need cooling down.