The Insane True Cause of Australia’s Bush Fires

Written by Giordano Bruno*

I already authored several scientific papers about the need to keep the bush clean in Australia, but scientific management seems to have been forgotten by the politically corrected climate alarmists who play everything to their only advantage, including catastrophic bush fires.

Before the first boats of “globalists” reached Australia, the Aboriginal peoples were running efficient fire management programs for many purposes, including using small fires to prevent huge ones.  For tens of thousands of years, they were fighting fire with fire to reduce the likelihood of large uncontrolled wildfires.

Their work has been described as “firestick agriculture” by Rhys Jones. According to Hallam, the Aboriginal peoples spent up to 30% of their time on fire management, and their efforts were rewarded by a perfect symbiosis between peoples and their environment.

Then the first boats of “globalists” came and with them the growing inability to deal with the Australian bush. Much of the Australian bush is not a dense forest, but many thin to thick woody shrubs and bushes, usually very dry, especially during the summer, mostly grassless, often eucalypt trees, that are extremely flammable.

Gold Grows On Eucalyptus Trees

The eucalyptus oil in the leaves is highly flammable. Eucalyptus oil, leaf litter and peeling bark can produce during dry, windy weather terrifying firestorm. If not managed, the bush fuel piles up to produce extremely dangerous conditions that will eventually end up in catastrophic bush fires.

Regretfully, extraordinarily little is now done to prevent bush fires in Australia. While there has been negligible precautionary burning, and reducing cleaning of public areas, citizens have also been prevented from cleaning up their own land, and the nearby reserves, by impossible rules. For example, citizens living in the bush:

  • were not authorized to clear their block of land when building their home, as it was requested to them to plant a new native tree for every tree removed on the same land, no matter how small the land was, passing through lengthy and expensive planning permit approvals.
  • are not authorized now to get rid easily of the big branches, and the bulk biomass, as city councils collect only a small green bin for leaves and small brunches twice a month, and burning of biomass is always forbidden;
  • In what is called native reserves or forests, nobody can remove fallen branches, cut the grass, or perform any cleaning, as that environment is “untouchable”; fuel build up along the boundary of properties is also ignored as a problem;
  • as the preventive burning of the large areas has been dramatically reduced, the chance to have bush fires started from the surrounding and moving to inhabited areas, or vice versa, are extremely likely during the hot dry season.

The Australian bush cannot be left as-it-is without any management. If some of the biomass is not collected or burned, then the bush will burn, and climate change has nothing to do with this, no matter what the local and global fake news or the “mob-on-rent” may say.

The Australian biomass is a challenge but also an opportunity. Intelligent people could have developed techniques to produce fuels, heat or electricity collecting the biomass, preventing catastrophic burning with an added technique to the well established and efficient preventive burning. Bush cleaning is essential close to homes, where the other approach fails.

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Fuel reduction policies should not be obstructed by globalists playing “climate change”  to target new world orders and bad politicians seeking revenge for lost elections. While more windmills and solar panels will not help, clearing the bush is a necessity to avoid bush fires.

While the local and global media coverage is “unprecedented”, and similarly “unprecedented” is the number of arsonists, the  missing fuel reduction, and the mystification of reality, it is unlikely that the death toll of this season bush fires will be “unprecedented”. During the 2009 Black Saturday Victorian bushfires 180 people died under federal and state governments by the labor party.

*Giordano Bruno is a pseudonym of an Australian citizen and PSI member who holds a PhD in Engineering and is a former university professor.


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Comments (48)

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    Terry Shipman

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    I remember from my childhood the old TV series “Twilight Zone.” I think Rod Serling, looking at Australia today, would comment, “You’re traveling through another dimension…” I’d like to see a revolt of the property owners and, in an act of mass of defiance, begin clearing brush from around their homes.

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      Roman Del Sol

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      Last winter, I dis excatly that. I even went inside the reserve behind my house and brought fallen wood for the fireplace and shared it with my senior neighbours. Felt good. Will do it again. Rangers know what I am doing. They turn their backs and walk the other way. Even officials aren’t keen on Green party policy.

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        Dennis Phillips

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        Keep up the good work mate and stuff the bloody Greens and their stupid policies.

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          Jim delaney

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          Hopefully along with the threatened extinction of some of our unique animals caused by these bush fires the greens will be the first species to vanish from the landscape.

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            Sue Delaney

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            The Greens need to look @ themselves & their so called policies. They’ve bought our beautiful country to it’s knees & broken the heart & souls of many….🤔

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        Angelinaburro@gmail.com

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        Well done
        Sensible thing to do.

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          Sue D

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          The Greens need to look @ themselves & their so called policies. They’ve bought our beautiful country to it’s knees & broken the heart & souls of many….🤔

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    Andy Rowlands

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    I’ve seen multiple other articles in the last week or so that basically say the same thing; prohibitions on creation & maintenance of firebreaks, prohibitions on back-burning, closure and blockage of access roads, carelessness and most importantly; arson, so I see no reason not to take this article as accurate.

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    shane

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    We sit here the past 2 weeks watching koalas being incinerated or put down from burns, thanks to this environ-mental approach. The people that protested and minimised the back burning in these regions have become very quiet and so they bloody should. There concern has been about how it will contribute to climate change and their grandchildren. (No mention of the wildlife). We have aboriginals employed in government departments to advise on this practice but are hamstrung by the ideological mandates of the Greens. They are now just there to virtue signal `diversity’.

    Ground-based fuel reduction in any form is now extinct and after decades of inactivity, we now see the anticipated result. This disaster has nothing to do with climate change, more to do with ideological change and a loss of common sense. There are no apps being made for that…

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    Squidly

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    All of the arsonists doesn’t help matters much either. They just arrested another 12 of them, bringing the total to nearly 200 for this brush fire outbreak. How totally sick!

    I have a left-wing mother that seems to believe brush fires can start spontaneously. I suspect most of the people out there, especially those that believe “cliiiimate change is making fires worse” also believe that wildfires and start magically and spontaneously .. because “cliiiiimate change” … idiots .. all of them!

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      Andy Rowlands

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      I completely agree with you Mr Squid 🙂

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      Sam

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      Squidly you are 100 percent the ignorant one here. See another post I made here with regards what you’re talking about. Pot meet kettle mate on the idiot stakes. You appear to be the bigger idiot.

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    Mervyn

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    Aboriginal peoples spent up to 30% of their time on fire management. Really?

    I’ve spent many years in the Northern Territory where aboriginal traditional elders informed me that the reason they lit bushfires was related to hunting. When the new green grass starts shooting up, the wallabies come to feed on the green grass shoots, which made it easy to kill them for food. None of the traditional elders I’ve ever spoken to knew anything about fire management.

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      Sam

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      Mervyn, things have changed for Aboriginal people but they most certainly did and do continue to know a lot about fire management and using fire to stop bigger fires. They;’re quite involved in fuel reduction around our country also. Google cool-burn fires and cultural burning and you’ll fine heaps of evidence of it.

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    Jerry Krause

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    Hi PSI Readers,

    This document of 84 pages has more than 4 pages of double column references at its end.

    FUELBREAKS AND OTHER FUEL MODIFICATION FOR WILDLAND FIRE CONTROL Lisle R. Green, Supervisory Range Scientist Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station Agriculture Handbook No. 499
    Agriculture Handbook No. 499 April1977 U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
    https://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/usda_series/usda_ah499.pdf

    And its summary statement was: “Mediterranean climate and rough topography, both present in California wildland, combine to produce hazardous fuel conditions with high potential for large fires. The shrubby plant covers burn readily; coniferous forest typically includes dense stands· of brush or coniferous understory. The result is frequent large fires, with suppression costs averaging around $100 per acre, and postflre damage from flooding and erosion.”

    Basically nothing has been done relative to what has been recommended and during the past few months wildfires in California have again burned many homes and other buildings.

    Why???? This is a question which government officials must answer.

    Have a good day, Jerry

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    richard

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    This is when the rot set in-

    “After World War II, missions towns and cattle stations lured Aboriginal people away from their homelands with promises of work and education. [2] Fire management stopped with severe consequences for the land. Lightning strikes ignited large, hot fires late in the dry season, between August and December, when there was plenty of fuel”

    https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/land/aboriginal-fire-management

    “Fire was used to:

    make access easier through thick and prickly vegetation
    maintain a pattern of vegetation to encourage new growth and attract game for hunting
    encourage the development of useful food plants, for cooking, warmth, signalling and spiritual reasons.
    Early European explorers and settlers commented on the Aboriginal people’s familiarity with fire, and the presence of fire in the landscape continually throughout the year.

    Most of the fires were relatively low intensity and did not burn large areas”

    This constant use of fire by Aboriginal people as they went about their daily lives most likely resulted in a fine grained mosaic of different vegetation and fuel ages across the landscape. As a result, large intense bushfires were uncommon.

    Fire is a significant part of Aboriginal culture and the knowledge of its use has been retained by many Aboriginal families as their culture and values are shared between generations. Karla Wongi – Fire Talk is an interesting article that provides additional information.

    The plants and animals themselves provide clues to the ubiquitous presence of fire.

    https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/fire/fire-and-the-environment/41-traditional-aboriginal-burning

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    Jerry Krause

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    Hi PSI Readers,

    I have a possible answer to my question: Why????

    And I suspect a few not like it. Is it because too many are too interested in esoteric, purely theoretic topics, like the possible influence of black holes and the possible influence of The Dynamic Ether Of Cosmic Space. Both which are topics for which there is not convincing evidence that either exist. Why do something practical about problems like wildfires and a lack of knowledge (the earth’s radiation balance system) which we know to exist? Which, the latter, was the reason that PSI was founded.

    Have a good day, Jerry

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      James DeMeo

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      We have a similar situation of “protecting dead undergrowth” in choked up forests in the Pacific NW of the USA. And also with idiots starting fires in the dry season by accident or arson. Also the issue of Islamic “fire jihad” should be investigated, as was voiced by some terror groups at the time when scrublands in Greece were burning furiously, also in their dry season. We had an idiot near our home illegally burning some trash in the dry season, and it got away to burn up thousands of acres and many homes. In another local case, a homeless man started a fire upwind of a small town, whereupon in less than an hour, driven by strong winds, that town was ashes. He wasn’t charged with anything. All of it gets blamed on “climate change”, which is a terribly unscientific term. And trying to speak with people about natural cycles or the problems with CO2 theory, you are treated badly by people who never opened a book speaking to authentic climatology. Meanwhile, here’s a video that nails the problem in Australia. We need more of this kind of public exposure and shaming of the “green” fascists.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_tn8f0uaB4&feature=em-uploademail

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        Sam

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        Also the issue of Islamic “fire jihad”

        Thanks mate I needed a laugh.

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    Greg Phelan

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    What a load of crap, For starters if you aren’t going to use your real name you have no credibility and neither do your qualifications and what you subsequently write.
    When Australia was settled there were no studies done of how aboriginals cared for the land.
    The first settlers (prisoners and guards) immediately set about trying to use the same method of agriculture that had been used in England. Hence the colony almost starved.
    The only interactions with aboriginals involved pushing them out or shooting them. Show me any definitive studies from before 1900 on how aboriginals lived and managed land, just one will do.
    Then when settlement finally got going they set about clearing everything for wheat, sheep and cattle by ring barking and burning.
    This slash and burn mentality continues and this bullshit it just the latest line of crap on the same topic.

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      Jerry Krause

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      Hi Greg Phelan,

      Thank you for your comment. For it provides another possible answer to my question: Why?????

      And you might be right in questioning “how aboriginals cared for the land.”

      I lived in the Willamette Valley of Oregon 1963-1969 and now since 2004. But I as an elementary student in eastern South Dakota I had studied the history of our country which included the migration of farmers from the from the earlier eastern states, with harsh cold and stormy winter weather, to near Eden like conditions of the floor of the valley which was plow ready because the native Americans regularly burned its brush to make hunting easier. So this is another reason for burning brush.

      But in Oregon, east of the Cascade Mountain Range the climate is totally different from that west of these mountains. So this land was not really suitable for farming for the generally lack of precipitation. And portions of eastern Oregon had scattered Juniper trees on hilly slopes before the white man arrived. But now these slopes are covered with juniper ‘forests’. However, juniper trees are not large like the much larger pines which can grow with limited precipitation. And therefore the junipers are a weed tree for they consumed much of the precipitation that does fall.

      So what happened to cause scattered junipers to become a forest of junipers? Smoky The Bear. Small fires started by natural lightning strikes were promptly extinguished before the fire had a chance to spread over a much larger area and kill most of the smaller, younger trees which had been seeded by the scattered older trees. I do not know how common lightning is in Australia but I know localized lightning is common during the summer in eastern Oregon.

      So I have seen that when nature was left to its own devices, it had managed itself quite well for many, many years.

      And Greg, I believe it is wise people like you, who are a major cause of wildfires which cause massive destruction.

      Have a good day, Jerry

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        Russell Savige

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        In South Eastern Australia and especially in Eastern Victoria, lightning strikes are and always have been the main cause of bush fires starting.
        White man has been extinguishing lightning strike fires for over one hundred of years, resulting in a massive buildup of combustible undergrowth in our bush lands.
        Lightning strike bush fires are natural, and to interfere with these fires is UN-natural.

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        Jerry Krause

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        Hi Russel,

        Thanks for confirming these very destructive wildfires of Australia are principally the cause of human failure to let nature do its thing.

        Have a good day, Jerry

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      Sam

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      Great to see there are more people who won’t let articles like this go without some sensible discourse.

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    david mccallum

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    My friend Dr Mike Castle, discovered the welsbach seeding. Deployed at 3 elevations for multiple uses. Geoenergetics against weather and plate techtonics, bioenergetics against all life forms, and psycoenergetics or psycotronics, against the mind & emotion. To alter the DNA, and implant self assembling nano robots that return the signal of completed assembly to the source by frequency. All matter has frequency. This tech is a dual edged sword.
    Used by five nations, can prevent or enhance all these aspects to also make them far worse and pronounced, or to create chaos, as the demonic in the flesh are masters of matter and chaos. They are minions that serve evil, and avitar / possess the globalists to steal kill and destroy. You already would recognize that California is an example of the many fold means being used to come against them, like the first born of Ephraim, born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomers that come against the enemy to stand in the gap for the innocency they sacrifice by abortion and sacrificing in demonic worship as has been done in all ages.
    No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me in judgement, thou shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Walk therefore by the spirit, and not by the flesh.

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    Brian James

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    Lack of proper land management similar to California in the states. It would be cheaper and more cost effective to do preventive land management as residents do in Alaska before fire season.

    Jan 5, 2020 NSW ‘like a war zone’ as 100 fires burn across the state

    More than 100 fires are still burning across New South Wales, with authorities most concerned about a blaze at Currowan in the state’s south and another in Eden near the Victorian border.

    https://youtu.be/ajfa6ydjX3w

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    Scott Jones

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    I dont think that the aborigines had any plan, they just did what they needed to do. There was no concept of a national strategy, it was just what they needed to do to managed their immediate environment.
    Each mob managed their local range in accordance with their needs and the seasons. It is very similar to how the current landholders manage their land.

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    Paul

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    it was deliberately lite by the Government for 2021 2030 agenda wake up retards

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      Sam

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      This is more believable than the rhetoric from the author of the article LOL

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    Joe

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    Not surprised the whole intent of the story was a political jab at Labour. Pity the article had to become political. It has lost its integrity and potential impact.

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    Joe

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    Not surprised the whole intent of the story was a political jab at Labour. Pity the article had to become political. It has lost its integrity and potential impact.

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      Paul O'Connor

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      wow ! sensistive lefty ? where exactly in this article are Labor even mentioned? the major reason for the intensity of these fires is the fuel load, the smaller the load, the smaller the size and intensity of the fire. Common Sense , whether you are Liberal, Labor, Green or Calathumpian whether you believe in MMCC or not

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        Sam

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        Maybe have another read Paul if you think there’s no mention of Labor.

        Joe the story had no integrity to start with and this article and those of it’s same ilk are having an impact because twits who think they know more than actual scientists are made to feel their opinions are correct.

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          Paul O'Connor

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          yep re-read my apologies cant believe I missed the very last sentence. However that was in reference to one lot of fires. So to say this is “the whole intent of the story was a political jab at Labour” is utter crap, and simply Joe’s comment is more about being an easily offended leftie. Your comment Sam is more leftie hysteria than facts., isn’t it funny that you have not given one ounce of information to contradict what the writer has reported here. The other thing is that you also have the holier than thou attitude (again like most lefties) that your opinion is absolutely correct with no chance of error and that anyone who has a differing opinion is completely wrong (again another trait of many lefties) It is so simple, if you have less to burn you have smaller fires, if you simply cannot understand this concept you really shouldn’t be commenting and btw calling people names ( a typical leftie response) does nothing to further anyone’s argument.

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            Sam

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            “isn’t it funny that you have not given one ounce of information to contradict what the writer has reported here.”

            Yes I did. I did a whole post about it in the comments here.

            “that your opinion is absolutely correct with no chance of error and that anyone who has a differing opinion is completely wrong”

            No, I didn’t give my opinion, I gave mostly facts. You know, from Police reports, RFS head, umm Fitzgibbon, the legislation about clearing land.

            “again another trait of many lefties”

            Look in a mirror mate, considering you’re making shit up about me, not the other way around.

            “if you have less to burn you have smaller fires, if you simply cannot understand this concept you really”
            I didn’t say that hazard reduction shouldn’t be done mate and I understand the concept and have seen Aboriginals do it, actually out in the bush.

            “if you simply cannot understand this concept”
            As above, you’ll have to show me where I said hazard reduction burns were bad.

            “btw calling people names ”
            Twits? I’m sorry if the Australianism ‘Twits” bothers you, then stop being a bloody fool who can’t read information, clearly.

            Now tell me how your little rant at me furthered any arguments. Stop being so emotional about it and you might make some sense.

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    Sam

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    Firstly I think it’s time for the author to stop authoring ridiculous climate denying papers because you’re going to become extinct just like the rest of us when it comes down to it. Self preservation should be the human go to and yet it appears this isn’t so for you.

    Everything you said about the Aboriginal people and their firestick methods is correct however, then you lose your way. Instead of learning from the Aboriginal people, the colonial invaders went on their merry way without the knowledge that burning like the Aboriginals had done for thousands of years actually helps nature in Australia. They did eventually get the message though and fuel reduction started.

    Fuel reduction is carried out and unfortunately due to the lengthening of the bushfire season, they were unable to complete what they had planned to do. There are also a lot of Aboriginal people working with the governments to carry this out, so far from ignoring the problem, they’ve been doing their best, apparently.

    When it comes to your own land, you are allowed to remove any and all trees, if the trunk is greater than 30 centimetres and is within 10 metres of your house or sheds etc. You’re allowed to remove all underlying vegetation within 50 metres of your home. It’s called the 10/50 scheme and the scheme has been reviewed by not only the NSW Rural Fire Service but the Liberal Department of Planning and Environment, and the Liberal Office of Environment and Heritage. You’re even allowed to clear parts of your land if your neighbours buildings are within the 10/50 metre rules but you have to speak to your neighbour first. In fact a lot of houses which did this, did not burn.

    The 10/50 scheme was introduced by the fire service itself, not a political party or anyone from other countries.

    In NSW they have a state Liberal government and obviously we have the national LNP in power also. Neither of these two parties have moved very much on climate change except for a very small amount of renewable energy. Therefore your little dig at Labor, ie: “bad politicians seeking revenge for lost elections” is abysmally incorrect. Labor and the Greens have absolutely no control over these policies, nor does anyone from overseas and the suggestion they do is ludicrous.

    Above all else, the NSW RFS commissioner has stated that 90% of planned hazard reduction was completed. This in a Liberal state where the Greens and Labor or anyone else, have no say in these matters. He also stated that hazard reduction does not help at all when fires are running under severe, extreme or worse conditions and has little effect on fire spread, it’s only when conditions back off a bit that you have some prospect of the hazard reduction helping to slow the fire spread.

    Your statement that “similarly “unprecedented” is the number of arsonists” is also incorrect. Yes Australia has arsonists and yes, every year they light some fires. However it’s Rupert Murdochs rags which carried the story that “police arrested 183 people for lighting bushfires across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in the past few months.” Actually, this was only for 2019 up to and including September 2019 and had absolutely nothing to do with the current fire season.

    A large number of these were due to people burning on their own land and in fact only 24 people were actually charged with deliberately lighting bushfires. Yes, over the entire country for about 10 months, only 24 arsonists were charged with deliberately lighting fires around the country. This is from the actual police, not some made up claims by journo’s and people like yourself.

    The mere suggestion that a formal, systematic, nationwide analysis has been done on the cause of the fires this current season is just ignorant, nay, willfully ignorant and in my opinion this is just another attempt to deflect from climate change to try to instil biases in the people so they don’t call this government out for their inactivity on climate change.

    The current figure given by the Queensland Police service is that they believe 11% of their fires may have been deliberately or maliciously lit. Queensland Fire and Emergency and Geoscience Australia’s analysis suggests that natural causes accounts for the bulk of the fires.

    The Victorian Police have stated publicly they have “no evidence any of the devastating bushfires in the state were caused by arson”. They also stated they had “no intelligence to indicate that the fires in East Gippsland and the North East have been caused by arson or any other suspicious behaviour”.

    NSW Police stats show they were looking at 24 individuals during the current season who my have been involved in lighting fires illegally, but this also includes simply lighting an open fire to cook food on a total fire ban day.

    A NSW RFS spokesperson said that the majority of the larger fires in the state were caused by lightening and arson is a relatively small source of ignition.

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      Zoe Phin

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      Sam,
      You accuse others of lying but you just confirmed 183 people were arrested.

      It doesn’t matter that 183 are not guilty of something. That’s not what the word ARREST means. Do you not know what the word means?

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        Sam

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        Searches for the work liar or lying and can’t find it in my comments….

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          Zoe Phin

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          However it’s Rupert Murdochs rags which carried the story that “police arrested 183 people for lighting bushfires across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in the past few months.”

          Aren’t you suggesting that Rupert Murdoch’s “rags” were lying?

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            Sam

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            No, I’m not suggesting that Zoe. The original article in The Australian stated that 183 people had been arrested since the start of the fire season when in fact it was since the beginning of the year. It was also right across the country. The figure included a range of offences other than arson, including the breaching of total fire bans, and was not a total of arrests, but a total of “police enforcement actions.

            So no, they weren’t lying but they were deliberately distorting the truth. Look around this actual page if you think it’s not distorting it. Supposedly intelligent people have lept on it like it has to be true. #NewsCorpse #FTW #MFW

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      Paul O'Connor

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      A much better response and I will admit I fell for the report of that 87% of the bushfires were man made, unfortunately in this report it didnt bother to state that this figure is not relative to the current bushfires it is an historical figure. However, 183 are from this season, which btw, really started in September. Your other facts about arsonists are correct, in fact though, in Victoria they currently believe that of all the fires only 0.3% of the area burned was from arson. Your references 90% of hazard reduction burns is misleading as the comment was that NOW they are achieving UP TO 90% not that they always have and as you would know there is a set amount each year, so this reference is only for the amount this season but what about all the other years? Thanks for the info on private land clearing that was useful. There was a great interview on SBS Insight program about an Aboriginal man who does the hazard reduction burns in his area and teaches others how to do it, it is well worth the watch. Your final comment neglects the amount of fires started by Ember Attacks, which, with lightning were the 2 major reasons for the current fires. I would like to point out that The Greens DID have a opposition to hazard reduction burns for years, BUT, when these fires started to get out of control and they started to cop understandable flak due to their stance, the quietly changed their stance on November 7th 2019. I just wish more MMCC believers would put forward arguments like you have presented instead of simply calling deniers (like myself) names. Thanks for the discussion

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        Sam

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        I already saw Victor Steffensen’s interview and some of his training video’s. He’s a great man and there should be more people like him on the ground.

        You know, I appreciate that you’re responding to the things I’ve said with way less emotion, but right through this, you’re talking to me like I’m clueless. Very little of what you’ve said here is any surprise to me.

        Right down to your bit about my neglect to mention ember attacks. The ember attacks are not the ’cause’ of a fire per se, they’re a result of what started the burn, be it arson or lightning. Ember attacks don’t happen without the initial ignition.

        I understand you think you’re 100% right but I think the truth is somewhat more in the middle. There was a fuel load, undeniably, but the climate is changed and continues to change. I don’t believe you can really not believe it’s a part of this any longer. There’s simply too much evidence to the contrary. Anyway ciao, just wanted to make sure there were some other opinions so this didn’t remain an echo chamber 🙂

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    SAm

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    Way to miss the point entirely.

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    Ahphui

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    The oils in the dry leaves of Australia’s eucalypt species burn as fiercely as a petroleum
    based fuel, 80% of Australia’s trees are eucalypts (I think).

    Earlier generations on this planet used fire on a daily basis, meaning
    our forebears had first hand experience of the volatility of
    fuelwoods. In other words, nobody reading this email today possesses
    10% of the first hand “fire knowhow” of our great grandparents. We
    are arguing about a subject on which our forebears had superior
    knowledge to us.

    Nearly everything written about the recent Australian bushfires is
    wrong. The root cause of today’s fires is failure to remove the excess
    buildup of dry forest floor underbrush. This, in turn is caused by
    woolley headed left leaning over educated forest preservation
    officers who don’t “believe” in removing hazardous inflammable
    material.:

    When I was a kid in the 50s, able bodied men in the community formed
    Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, who spent winter weekends building fire
    truck access roads (often by hand) and burning off massive areas of
    dead forest floor fuelwood. Our mothers ferried food and materials to
    the burnback sites, often far inside the forest. Kids were put to work
    gathering dead leaves and branches into heaps. Forest fire safety was
    a community affair. Us kids were taught by adults to fear and respect
    the destructive power of the Australian summer bushfire.

    In my state, NSW, responsibility for “managing” the state’s wild
    forests was removed from volunteers and given to the newly created
    National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1967. The NPWS is staffed by
    highly educated narrow minded zealous greenies, inculcated in
    university with the Agenda 21 ideology that “Man is the Enemy of
    Nature”.

    By the late 60s, hundreds of miles of those laboriously hand-built
    fire truck access trails were gated off from public access, never to
    be reopened (to this day). Even entering many parts of this vast
    wildness on foot is now a trespassing offence. During my visits back
    to Australia, I sometimes spend a spare day trekking across miles of
    empty bushland where I can observe the enormous piles of dead fuelwood
    that NPWS greeny ideology has caused to accumulate up over decades.

    This is the root cause of Australia’s huge uncontrollable bushfires.

    CLIMATE CHANGE as a root cause of bushfires is a logical fallacy. The
    sea level in Sydney Harbour is just the same today as it was in Al
    Gore’s day. Yes, the 2018/19 summers were very hot and dry, which is
    normal. As far back as 1828, only 30 years after the colony was
    founded, the surveyor-explorer Capt Charles Sturt reported to his
    superiors in Sydney that Australia should expect to suffer a big
    drought about every decade. This summer is not even a drought year.
    The Western Pacific Ocean NE monsoon rainy season is working as per
    normal this year, it arrived in Eastern Australia last week, bang on
    schedule. Just as it did in Singapore, Java and Bali a month or two
    earlier.

    The Australian media rabbits on that 2019 was the hottest/driest
    summer on record. This is true, only insofar as the greeny dominated
    state Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) only publishes temperature stats,
    starting from 1910. This conveniently overlooks the Federation Drought
    of 1898-1902 and Capt Sturt’s own readings which reached a scorching
    129degF (53.9degC) in December 1828.

    Australia’s bushfires are a sign of cultural degeneration, of a
    spoiled self entitled urbanized softy population, who lack the energy
    to get out of their cars and take walk into the bush and see the
    ground fuelwood situation for themselves.

    AUSTRALIAN CHUTZPAH knows no ends. A huge secondary education industry
    is earning the country billions per year, helping teach children from
    the lesser colored countries, superior Australian knowledge. While at
    the same time, the country no longer possesses the knowhow to prevent
    state wide power blackouts or summer bushfires.

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