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February 8, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Go to this site and click on the Listen “Bushfire rescue live on air” from the Related Coverage section on the left column.

6 minutes 43 seconds of absolute raw emotion.  It’s times like these that brings out the best in people.

Unfortunately, the toll is rapidly rising to over 100 dead.

  1. February 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    The thing that annoys me is that the news media keep updating the death toll as if it’s a scoreboard. It’s now officially the worst fire disaster in Australian history. I’m sure the people that have lost loved ones couldn’t give a monkey’s if records have been broken. Now they’re reporting that ex-channel nine newsreader Brian Naylor has died in the fires. Expect to see them focus on that and forget the ordinary people that have perished.

    Sorry, but I studied journalism at uni years ago. I have no respect whatsoever for 99% of journalists.

  2. February 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Steve is right, too much focus is put on the rising death count, it’s just like a scoreboard. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by these fires… and that is probably everyone in Australia who has listened to the news. When I was in Melbourne, we spent the day at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary at Fernshaw, hope it hasn’t been affected by the fires. Loved seeing all those native animals up close.

  3. February 9, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Regarding the tax break you asked about…. yes, the Canadian Govt will give a 15% tax break on home renovations costing $1000 – $10,000 completed between now and Feb 2010, it’s to stimulate the economy and encourage people to spend money. It can be claimed on the 2009 tax year.

  4. February 9, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I’m so glad that the family got out of the way of the fire! God bless her brother who got throught here with the tractor!

  5. February 9, 2009 at 7:17 am


    Steve and Shammy – The confirmed death toll has been rising gradually so I’m not sure how you would expect that news to be reported. You are correct that people affected wouldn’t care less about records or tolls or reporting on the fires whatsoever but the rest of the population do and journalism feeds that.

    I’ve been listening to the ABC this morning reporting from Kinglake and all the media have been invited in to these communities to help in establishing lines of communication and I think they are doing a marvellous job. The interview with the local primary teacher who has had one child in his class die is heart wrenching. Their presence, and reporting by and large, can only help unite the country in it’s grief.

    I’ve been watching Channel 9 and the other stations this morning too and very little on Brian Naylor and a lot of coverage on the ordinary victims and some very heart rendering coverage too.

    It’s a terrible human tragedy and we need to reflect on that.

    muscat55 – We’re here thinking of you, Gladys. Take care as best as you can and hopefully it doesn’t come your way.

    Peggy and June – We appreciate your comments.

  6. February 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I can only say, as someone with a fire burning immediately to the North of us, and the experience of having 200 acres burn on our farm when we lived just across the Border in NSW, that my heart goes out to each and every one of the victims of the past few days. I also know the unspeakable horror of Knowing our fire in NSW was deliberately lit.

  7. june in florida
    February 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Rhianna was so incredibly calm. They said she is 21yrs old. Her brother is a hero among so many heros. What a tragedy for so many people

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