The fires are still burning. The threat endures. We can only prayer for cooler, calmer weather. To some extent – for now – it is being delivered.
Families have been and are being reunited. Or planning farewells for the loved ones they’ve lost. Kids are confronting loss and death of a magnitude they’ve never known.
Destruction is all around them. It weighs heavily on the whole state and the nation.
We still haven’t counted the dead let alone identified all those who perished. We cannot know the number but it will be in the hundreds. Our worst peace-time tragedy.
The agony has brought out the best in people, $35 million raised for the bushfire appeal already.
Breathtaking stories of individual sacrifice, courage and generosity.
But it’s also brought out the ugliest. Looters. Arsonists. And a blame game.
Our focus is as always on politics. The major political parties and our leaders are doing so much good, Liberals Russell Broadbent and Tony Smith whose words in the House yesterday took our breath away and Premier John Brumby who is so clearly the right man for this time, determined, compassionate and strong. He will lead those communities and all of us from the darkness with the steely confidence that can at other times be downright irritating. But we need it – and him – now.
But on the fringes there are lunatics – as ever – up to no good.
We’ve seen Pastor Danny Nalliah disgrace himself and his followers by blaming the God he professes to love for these bushfires. He says God “lifted his protection” after laws codifying the existing law on abortion were passed. Normally we’d prescribe a kick to the head to cure what ails him but he appears brain-damaged enough.
And it wouldn’t be a tense situation without the mirror image of religious fundamentalism – the Greens political party – chiming in shamefully too.
Janet Rice is wondering whether as Rudd has promised to spend whatever it takes to rebuild after the fires that maybe my money should go to cliimate (sic) change campaigning.
We are wondering whether she used up all her compassion on her husband/wife who was once a bloke and then decided he was going to be woman. An indulgence he pulled despite having teenage children.
I quickly searched my mind for a more politically correct expression for ‘heartless hag’ and then concluded that was quite appropriate.
Billions will be needed to rebuild these communities and only a sick fanatic could think the funds would be better spent on “cliimate (sic) change campaigning.” We conclude from her words she has decided not to donate any money to the Bushfire Appeal. Charming.
It’s well worth noting that many of Janet Rice’s leftist Greens party associates are her “Facebook friends” and would have been alerted to her sentiment. Not one protested or disagreed with her view. Rice has a vanity website which offers not a compassionate word for the victims of Victoria’s bushfires and instead bleats on about climate change and the ‘greenhouse mafia’ which apparently includes ‘the coal industry’.
Rice is not just a random Greens party drone either. She is a queen bee with a sharp sting of meanness.
Indeed, as the witch-queen’s website makes clear Rice is no minor player within their party, she plans on contesting the lead Senate candidate’s position for her party. She writes:
Iâ€™m planning to stand for pre-selection for the lead senate candidate for The Greens Victoria. Nominations open next month, and the candidate is chosen by postal ballot of all Greens Members in May. Please contact me if youâ€™d like to know more about this.
Those willing to exploit the disaster for their own ends are the lowest form of human life.
It is clear we need to review policies to ensure we do everything we can to avoid the horrific loss of life experienced in Victoria’s bushfires. But now is not the time to push agendas.
Fundamentalists of all kinds – environmental or religious – are entitled to their views as long as they don’t harm others. In this case, with whole towns lying in ruins, bodies still warm, loved ones still missing, the total toll unknown, a state and a nation in shock, they would do well to keep their mouths shut.