Tag Archives: bushfires

Playing with fire

Here in Victoria, the heat has been on former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon and her performance during the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February last year. 174 people were killed and many houses were lost. Nixon retired from the post in mid-2009 to become head of the Victorian Bushfire Recovery and Construction Authority. […]

Publication with prejudice

A man has been arrested and charged with arson causing death of at least 11 people in connection with the Churchill bushfire. Initially, the identity of the accused was subject to a suppression order, but despite this, vigilante groups on Facebook published the accused’s name, address and photograph. A magistrate has lifted the suppression order, […]

The Bent Spoon

Every year, the Australian Skeptics bestow the ‘Bent Spoon’ Award on the ‘perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle’. Upon receipt of the award, part of the small print is that anyone wishing to acquire the trophy must remove it from our keeping by paranormal means. Well, I have to say that I’ve […]


The smoke from the Victorian bushfires is casting a pall over the mountains today, providing a sombre reminder of the devastation which occurred on Saturday. Elvis, the fire-fighting helicopter, has a flight path which goes just above my parents’ house, and has been going back and forth constantly. Saturday was the hottest day recorded in […]