What it says also about the self-appointed elites and their media alliance
This Australian Spring and Summer has seen a severe bushfire season, no question about that. A combination of major, but regular Australian natural phenomena, drought and bushfires, have combined to cause major property and personal losses, including major loss of life. Not approaching the losses of the Black Saturday fires of 2009 where 173 lost their lives in Victoria alone, but even a single life lost is a tragedy. Severely exacerbated by hundreds of arsonist-lit fires in multiple states, it has caused much anguish. That is understandable. It was a time when calm, considered advice and direction were needed from all sides, especially from government, media and political parties. It got it from none of them.
The Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison has been put under enormous pressure and criticism in the past month and in particular in the few weeks before and after Christmas 2019. And all of it due to a ridiculous beat up by a biased media, by global warming true believers on their social media, aided and abetted by a whole lot of climate alarmists and their fellow travellers. Not staying back were the ubiquitous “green energy investors”, those taxpayer subsidy-dependent groups who seem to become shrill at times of severe weather events, no matter what type, whether heat-related or its opposite.. This particular combination of individually-regular Australian events – drought and bushfires – seemed to create a period of hysteria.
Those who are politically aware of the reality (and regularity) of such events normally wouldn’t have criticised Morrisons absence on holiday (at first) when some fires had broken out, but what was worrying was seeing the seemingly politically-neutral segment of the population fall for the propaganda of the political class.
Enough of the Australian population was sophisticated enough to reject the climate alarmism scares of the May 2019 election campaign, branded by press and the Green left as the “Climate Election”. Yet, faced with these regular droughts and bushfires occurring together, there is no doubt many have fallen for the “unprecedented” tag when most of it is hardly that at all. Statistics show worse fires, more severe (and more extended) droughts and so on but the combination together has panicked people this time. One would think that a mature press and fact-based government would be in evidence at times like this. Instead they have combined forces to turn the society upside down.
Media at work
The media especially but, more worryingly, also politicians and political parties of all persuasions have not even attempted to hide their ulterior motives; claiming that climate action is necessary immediately because of these fires and that action necessitates measures so radical that will in effect cripple our economy and all industry. Examples range from the green/left Guardian criticising Murdoch-owned papers for not pushing bushfires enough and, by implication, climate change links (all over their article), to the hard left online paper The New Daily with all the supposed climate links highly stressed. This was a pattern repeated ad nauseum across all left media radio, TV, taxpayer-funded TV (left leaning), the lot. It culminated in a truly unhinged article in the OpEd pages of the New York Times, no less, by an apparent climate expert, author Richard Flanaghan, claiming that Australia was doomed to climate suicide by ignoring climate change now, this instant.
It has simply everything, every cliché that is. Everything from “ground zero for the climate catastrophe” (no), Barrier Reef dying (no), “world Heritage rainforests burning” (again as they do periodically) and on and on it goes. Of course Flanaghan does not mention that in our over 1,000 species of eucalypt tree, they live off fire and need fire to reproduce and have evolved to foster fire in their gum, their leaves, even in the fuel they drop to the forest floor, and so on. Above all, fossil fuels are his key factors.
Reading it, take note that Flanaghan in his fear and hyperbole, is echoing every single claim made by many in the hard left media as well as our climate alarmist friends. Reading that article is a good summation of the established media pushing a sole “climate change done it” response to these fires and enabling them to carefully ignore extreme drought, normal and severe fire seasons, as well as ignoring serious arson incidence and the massive issue of green-induced prevention of reducing forest-floor fuel loads.
While the agenda-driven Australian media is not representing all the people and a social media clique is not “representative” at all, there is no doubt that whatever panic there is in the community, it has panicked the ruling Liberal/National party coalition, nominally “conservative” or at least not left. This ruling coalition is split and they do have some political cowards who didn’t dare to argue publicly by offering fact-based responses to the scare campaign of the combined hard left/climate lobby/media combine, but seemed to fold to them instead. The pathetic National Party, a rural-based party increasingly infiltrated by city candidates and non-farming rural dwellers, had its leader- a journalist – claim that climate change was partly responsible for the severity of the fires and the New South Wales State leader even wanted the Sydney Harbour based New Years Eve fireworks banned as a token. For a while it seemed that nobody dared to argue facts, that the drought/fire reality was a naturally –occurring occurrence.
In all these thoughts, it must be remembered that this was a serious bushfire season and that whilst the vested climate interests were seizing on the climate change political issue to push for political decisions that they wanted, this (1) had nothing to do with the fires themselves or the immediate fight against them; and (2) was distracting from the actual fight. The panic, as it was, was justifiably due to a really serious fire season and people were frightened as fires in areas originally inaccessible to firefighters came close to locations where thousands of holidaymakers gathered.
While the amount of panicked comment has continued on social media, it has come combined with unusual – and somewhat new – interest in the worth and welfare of volunteer firefighters and their sacrifices. For years (well over a decade), voluntary firefighters and their publicly-advocated need for preventative burns of fuel loads on the forest floor have been bitterly opposed by the whole of the green/left ALP and green conservatives (those “doctor’s wives” of recent fame), even protesting against those preventative burns, which resulted in the large build-up of fuels ready for the current fires to use . This made these fires particularly severe, as such fuel loads do.
Remember that while these peripheral issues were being brought up thousands were fighting real fires in many parts of NSW and other States, an unknown number being deliberately lit. As the “extreme” weather conditions lowered to become more usual, the levels of panic seemed to drop somewhat, but it was then that the token idea of banning the Sydney NYE fireworks display became the “new” major front for all the usual suspects. For the left wing media, social media and green/ALP politicians, it became the new, most prominent idea of the moment. It started getting more and more shrill coverage from the climate alarmists and their new born firefighter fans and the media jumped in hard. That was the most shrill campaign of all, even as it proved to be the most irrelevant. That was always a failing idea (fireworks over a large harbour a bushfire hazard?), but they ramped it up as if it was the most important thing to do. For those who knew people in fire-risk areas or knew the areas themselves this was a distraction.
It was all so pathetic. These self-appointed elites have no interest in serious firefighting. Their attitude in the past to firefighting and attitude in the present to fuel reduction shows that. If it wasn’t for their utterly shameless use of this bushfire season to pretend that action on “climate change” must happen “now” we might not have heard much from them
The Reckoning for the alarmists
In the aftermath of the interference by the climate lobby and the well-meaning others who have fallen for the propaganda, changes have come. Their trophy interferences (NYE fireworks) and the attempts to take advantage of the crisis (Alinksy “Never Let a Crisis go to Waste) have failed to bluff the government into forcing ridiculous “climate action”. All of it would be futile, take years to do anything, would damage the Australian economy and all this at a time of doing nothing for the actual fires. While things have settled down slightly on the political front, there is a lot of serious firefighting still to do.
Now, apart from the obsessive attempts by the media and political left to turn all and every criticism against the PM personally, they ignore absences on holidays of state premiers in many states, the states being the governments constitutionally responsible for fighting the fires anyway (overlooked by the media).
However, this serious bushfire season has taken priority now, saving lives where they can, people pitching in to help as they do, relying on many thousands of volunteers. Authorities are coordinating state, federal and local resources, supplying goods and money to victims, defence force participation and so on – the usual actions in a serious bushfire season.
The panic has stayed relatively high to an extent justified by the situation, namely loss of life, large numbers of people stranded near fire areas. The difficulty of access to them and to safety has and will continue to tax resources and people until the danger is over.
Media has a lot to answer for
The one thing which has not and will never change is the garbage in the media. Once their united campaign against the fireworks failed, their continued united front to attack and embarrass PM Morrison continued and continues to this day. One of the most laughable is Peter Van Onselen from the 10 Network and The Project. He has obsessed day after day about Morrison this and Morrison that aided by his podcast companion Hugh Riminton who joyfully quotes from a bushfire report of 2001, yet leaves out the report from the disastrous Victorian fires of 2009 (when 173 people died) insisting on action on fuel loads . Major media channels and outlets, including all the hard left ones (Nine Fairfax and the taxpayer-funded ABC) channels have obsessed with Morrison, hanging on every meeting he has, every single criticism of him by either feral hippy climate greenies or traumatised victims of fires who are obviously upset enough to attack any government official and especially a PM.
On the good side, starting with non-left/ conservative social and other media, the very high (over 200) arson cases has started to be mentioned at a government level and the attempts to suppress from public view the fuel load as cause has been unsuccessful, So unsuccessful in fact that firefighters everywhere and even the leading conservative politicians are insisting now that serious legislation will be looking at hardening up the response to high fuel load build ups in future. One could say that the greens and the vested interests of the renewables subsidies lobby (with their media creatures in tow) are being forced to confront the alternate narrative despite their best efforts to suppress itFollow