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Liitlecraftsadelaide. Australia’s Volunteer Firefighters Are Heroes. But Are They Enough? BATLOW, Australia — Most of the fires Michael Blenkins has put out since becoming a volunteer firefighter in the 1980s required little more than rushing to a nearby farm and hosing down ankle-high flames.
In and out in maybe an hour, then back to work as a teacher. When he persuaded his eldest son, Edmund, to join the rural fire brigade at 16, he thought less about danger than camaraderie. But in Australia, climate change and the huge fires it fuels have obliterated the old normal. Instead of the usual three or four days a year, the Blenkinses have been fighting fires around their mountain town, Batlow, on and off for a month. They have repeatedly put in 12-hour days. “There were flames kicking up everywhere,” Mr. For more than a century, Australia has managed the landscape by drawing on the altruism and kinship of its people. That culture of shared responsibility across a sparsely populated continent still holds. Climate change has made an arid nation even more combustible and deadly. Australia coronavirus: Hundreds evacuated to Christmas Island. Image copyright ABC NEWS/WEIBO Australia has begun evacuating its citizens trapped by the coronavirus outbreak in China to an immigration detention centre on a remote island.
Evacuees from Wuhan are en route to Australia's Christmas Island, where they will be quarantined for two weeks. Canberra said 243 citizens and permanent residents, including 89 children, were on board. A second flight is also scheduled for this week. Pictures on social media showed queues of families waiting to board on Monday. "We have prioritised vulnerable and isolated Australians," Foreign Minister Marise Payne told reporters in Canberra. The nation's flagship carrier, Qantas, is operating the chartered flight. All those on board would wear masks and other protective clothing, and interactions between staff and passengers would be minimal, said chief executive Alan Joyce. The flight was due to arrive at an air force base in Learmonth, Western Australia on Monday afternoon. Image copyright AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. Bushfires and the coronavirus will hit Australia's economy – but they won't knock it out.
The impact of the coronavirus combined with the ongoing bushfire across the eastern and southern states has clearly thrown the start of the year into economic turmoil.
But does it mean a recession is coming, and if it means no budget surplus, does that really matter? One of the problems of being a relatively small economy compared with the US, China and the EU is that we are very much subject to the fortunes of economies abroad. When asked about the prospects of a surplus, Josh Frydenberg explained to David Speers on ABC’s Insiders: “What we do know is that these events outside of our control are going to have a significant impact on the Australian economy.” Oddly, such an excuse has never been accepted by the LNP to explain why the budget went into deficit during the GFC. Times may change but hypocrisy never does when it comes to economic debate. 'Australia's largest unsanctioned art show': guerrilla bushfire campaign hijacks bus shelters. It’s amazing what you can get away with in a hi-vis vest.
On Thursday 30 January, pedestrians in some suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane would have walked straight past activist artists (vandals, some critics might call them) removing advertising from bus shelters and inserting artwork protesting the Morrison government and its handling of Australia’s bushfire crisis. “Bushfire Brandalism”, the action is being called. Sydney-based artist Scott Marsh chuckles about the hi-vis vests: “It’s the cloak of invisibility.” Marsh, known internationally for his political murals, contributed a portrait of Scott Morrison with the words “climate denial” emblazoned across his forehead. A QR code on each poster links people to a bushfire-related charity of the artist’s choice.
Unfortunately, many of the works get taken down as fast as they go up. The practice of “brandalism” – also known as “subvertising” or “anti-advertising” – isn’t new. Sometimes Marsh really goes the extra mile. Australia fires: rain forecast to fall on NSW and Queensland fire grounds. Fire grounds along the east coast of Queensland and New South Wales are expected to receive significant rainfall before the end of the week.
“Many of the fires that we had earlier in September and October in northern NSW will see this widespread rainfall,” Dean Narramore from the BoM told the ABC. “And it looks like even many of the ongoing fires to the west of Sydney and down towards the south coast and into East Gippsland will also get some of this rainfall. “It’s definitely looking like all fire zones will at least get some rainfall in the coming weeks.” A BoM spokesman, David Wioke, warned that the reduction of vegetation in burnt areas would change the way the landscape responded to heavy rain. “Communities near bushfire-affected areas should exercise caution and be aware that the land is not the same,” he said.