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Putting out the Fire

Don't know about anyone else, but I am fed up to the back teeth with political posturing regarding the current bush fire crisis. I'm tired of the blame game...who caused it and how it should be fixed. All I know is that I find it hard to watch TV at the moment, because I don't want to hear any more of the political BS alongside all the pitiful pictures of everything going up in flames.

I'm particularly over the PM's attempts to explain his lack of leadership during the crisis. He's apparently not taking the criticism personally. My question is, why the hell not? It is, after all, aimed squarely at him. He argues that the situation is not about 'one person' (read, 'it's not my fault!'). Trouble is he is the one person who should be standing up and dealing with the awful situation, the one person who should be bringing comfort to those who have lost everything, the one person who should be instigating some kind of investigation into how we can recover and then ensure that we never have to face this again. He is, after all, the Prime Minister, and along with the use of a private jet, and a mansion on the shores of Sydney Harbour, there are some responsibilities involved with that job!

Forget comparisons with Jacinda Adern - a leader who is where she needs to be, when she needs to be there, with genuine empathy and concern. Clearly our ScoMo is never going to be able to live up to that standard. Thing is, you should know you are in serious trouble when even Tony Abbott manages to make you look bad! It's way past the time where we should be debating the existence of climate change, long past the time when we should be considering the continuation of fossil fuels. The economic argument no longer stands when half the country has been razed. Time to renovate the political scene in Oz - we need to replace our government with people who are genuinely concerned with the future, the health and well being of our nation and please just a tiny amount of common sense.

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