In a climate changed world where we can expect the worst of what Mother Nature has to offer, one could have expected that the hottest summer in Victorian history would soon yield a dangerous situation such as those we are experiencing now. However, could anyone really have seen the extent they are now suffering?
With fires burning out of control to this hour in the northern country towns of central Victoria, we remain watching on the edge of out seats at both what goes on down there and what goes on at our doorsteps. Despite 40 plus conditions in Sydney and 45 plus in country NSW, we have luckily missed out on too much trouble. 59 spot fires were burning across NSW as of midday Sunday, but none of them have yet to come too close to homes. The Brisbane Waters national park is still alight and the real danger remains on this front at Peats Ridge on the NSW central coast. However, a life has been claimed in the Hunter region with a young boy found dead in his home at Muswellbrook.
Everything in NSW, however, pales in comparison to the Victorian fires. A fire front that is said to rival that of Ash Wednesday, Australia’s wost firestorm, has been dubbed Black Saturday and his wiped through up to a dozen central Victorian towns completely destroying towns and claiming many lives. The current death toll stands at 84 as of 2200 Sunday, making it two times worse than Ash Wednesday, but is set to rise with many in a critical condition at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.
So this opens up one final question – what happens to those responsible for these deaths? It has been revealed that the devastating fires in the Gippsland region appeared to have been started by arsonists. As well as that, once the fires were contained, the arsonists returned and started the fire again. So, with the current maximum for arson at 25 years (a sentence which has NEVER been given), is this too small a crime for these deaths? If the arsonist responsible for at least one of the fires in Victoria is caught, should they be given a charge that represents not only their hate for society but also the deaths they inadvertently caused?
With fire fighters caught up in arson attacks in NSW and the Gippsland region rather than where they were needed in the Marysville and Kinglake region, could you assume that these areas could’ve come under control sooner with these added fighters? Or is that just positive thinking?
But either way, these are people that have shown their hate for a country that have provided them everything they need. These are people that have shown absolute disregard for the lives of their own community members, hero fire fighters, the governments and the Australian population in general. Are these people welcome in this country?
Every year we send away people who want to join our country simply because they weren’t born here. They could bring to our society doctors, nurses and professionals. But they are sent away and basically told they aren’t worthy because they weren’t born in this country. In comparison, we allow a bunch of uneducated and stupid bogans to live here because when their slag mother was 15 she gave birth to them in some back hick town in the middle of nowhere. These kids grow up with nothing because their parents spend their money on alcohol and cigarettes, hate society and then go out and light fires in little country towns because they’re bored and stupid. And don’t suggest I have no idea because I’ve seen my fair share of bogans in Penrith, NSW and I know perfectly well that these people have nothing because they make nothing of themselves. I’ve also met ex-bogans who have managed to get up and get out of this rut and make something of their lives. It isn’t hard to make something if you really want, but for these people it’s just easier to blame everyone else and just generally do nothing for Australia.
So, who belongs in Australia more? Someone who wants to come here and will offer everything they can for some safety? Or some dumb kid with no desire to live a better life that hates society and lights random fires in the middle of the hottest week in Victoria’s history, threatening lives? Which one will make Australia a better place?
As the fire continues we can expect the hero fire crews to have these under control before the week is out. But then what? After Ash Wednesday it took many years for the towns that were destroyed to recover. Even to this day, 26 years later, some people are still trying to rebuild their lives. But Black Saturday, which the Victorian Premier is calling the darkest day in Victoria’s history, may take even longer. When you consider the damage it isn’t hard to think only of the lives lost and the homes destroyed but imagine what else is lost… livelihoods and jobs, farm animals, community spirit, trust in the safety of their homes, whole towns and their history, people’s history and belongings, pets, stability, and of course the lives of family and friends.
All we can hope now is that the darkest day in Victoria’s history and what looks set to be the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history will lead to a very dark day and 25 years for those responsible for this catastrophe.