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11 December 2019 / leggypeggy

No, Scott Morrison, my husband does NOT want to be fighting fires this summer!

I have been blogging now for eight years. This is the first time I have ever reblogged someone else’s post. Meg McGowan has written an extraordinary post that exposes the shortcomings of our government (in particular our Prime Minister) as well as some of the hardships, shortages and disadvantages faced by our saintly Australian firefighters. Please take the time to read her post and the comments, and share it as widely as you can.

SMARTER THAN CROWS

Update: This post has now had more than 20,000 views. Thank you to everyone that’s sharing it. I wish I’d put this link up before I published. For anyone wanting to donate to the Rural Fire Service, please make a donation directly to your local brigade if you have one. If you don’t have one you can make a donation here:
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HERE’S THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST:

This photo was taken ten hours ago. The man in the middle of the photo in the red braces is my husband, Graham King. He’s fighting fires today as a volunteer. His shift won’t be over for a few more hours.

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When I saw this photo, posted by our friend David Glover on our local community page, I briefly had the thought that if anything happens…

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  1. Heather Sjoberg / Dec 11 2019 1:57 pm

    I understand that Scott Morrison’s nickname has changed from ‘Scomo’ to ‘Smoko’!

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  2. macalder02 / Dec 11 2019 2:11 pm

    As I read lately, the fires near Sydney have been uncontrolled, so it is that the city is covered with a dense cloud of smoke. Even said there were 4 dead. Your husband’s work as a volunteer is commendable and I deserve all my respect for that human detachment. Hopefully soon they control it and return to normal. Regards.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 2:22 pm

      There are fires all over Queensland and New South Wales. It’s heartbreaking and dangerous. The volunteer fireman is the husband of the woman who first posted the blog item.

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  3. gerard oosterman / Dec 11 2019 2:42 pm

    Instead of trying to protect the rights of Hillbilly churches, Scomo/Smoko, how about protecting our land and save the climate?
    By the way, if you ever wonder what happens to same sex children, sometimes they become the world’s youngest prime minister.

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  4. Alison and Don / Dec 11 2019 3:39 pm

    I have no words . . . . .
    A.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 3:42 pm

      I’m glad Meg McGowan said it for us.

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      • Alison and Don / Dec 11 2019 3:47 pm

        Yes. My niece and husband and their horses had to be evacuated (up near Coffs) but they are back home safe. For now 😦

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 3:52 pm

        Relieved to know they are safe. The ‘for now’ is so ominous and worrying.

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  5. Emma Cownie / Dec 11 2019 7:12 pm

    What a job! I am full of admiration for all firefighters, volunteers & professional, those wildfires look pretty terrifying.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 7:44 pm

      Thanks Emma. The firefighters and so many residents are experiencing the most horrific times ever.

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      • Emma Cownie / Dec 12 2019 6:50 pm

        I bet. They could clearly do with a lot more funding, not less. When are people going to reject the lies of the right-wing press and use their common sense? If there’s been a drought for the past 5 years it stands to reason wildfires are very likely.

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 12 2019 7:41 pm

        Amazing how the right-wing press and followers hold so much sway.

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  6. derrickjknight / Dec 11 2019 8:15 pm

    Such a powerful indictment

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  7. Sy S. / Dec 11 2019 9:04 pm

    An important Read; Click on the link above “Smarter Then Crows.” I have been following some of the NSW fires and especially the area of Canberra (and saw the YouTube video of this cities fire in 2003).
    Absolutely scary to watch and the story behind it. This post and blog “NO Scott Morrison, my husband does NOT want to be fighting fires this summer”… adds another level of information on firefighters who unselfishly devote their time and “Life Threatening RISK” of fighting fires. And the government, does not even consider providing better equipment/additional equipment for firefighters… sad.
    I hope all the firefighters in Australia (including the volunteers from Canada and USA) return home safely!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 9:15 pm

      Thanks Sy, I wish there was a button for me to click to ‘love’ to your comment. Our government has been so slow to react and the public is getting angrier and angrier. The firefighters are scathing too. Let’s hope something will change for the better.

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  8. beetleypete / Dec 11 2019 9:15 pm

    A passionate piece indeed, Peggy. I am not on Facebook, but have shared the post on Twitter.
    And this one too)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 9:18 pm

      Thanks Pete. Every share in any way helps to spread the word. This government needs to be called to account.

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  9. MichaelStephenWills / Dec 11 2019 10:21 pm

    Here is more about Australia, climate change and the challenges facing rural Australians. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/world/australia/water-drought-climate.html

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 11 2019 10:39 pm

      Thanks so much for the link. It’s a great article and one of too many that discuss our situation.

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    • Sy S. / Dec 12 2019 12:13 pm

      Thanks for the link, when clicking on it, the NYTimes asks for a subscription to open and read (which I do not have). However, people can read about some of the contents within this link/article (I guess) by Googling: Australia water drought climate . Then go to the area “People also ask” and then open up various comments on the above subject. Another must read, on Australia!

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 12 2019 7:05 pm

        Oh darn. Poor John does subscribe to the New York Times, so I could access it. Many thanks for figuring out a work-around.

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  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Dec 12 2019 7:24 am

    One of the most important articles to be written. Politicians and “leaders” all over the world are attracting attention with their conspiracy nonsense to distract us from dealing with the truly significant global issues, like climate change and impending global devastation. “Oh look, see the shiny bauble.” The world is on fire. Volunteers are the line of defense in Australia – how sad that this country of so much possibility is mired in so much extravagant waste. Reminds me of my own country.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 12 2019 6:45 pm

      Thanks Sharon. It is a remarkable post. Heartbreaking that both of our countries are served by such hopeless leaders.

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  11. kunstkitchen / Dec 12 2019 4:42 pm

    Oh Peggy, I saw the news about the fires and the pictures of the air quality in the city. This article was an eye opener about the lack of support that firefighters on your continent are laboring under. The US is up against impossible odds, as your country is, to save the people, lands and animals lost in devastating forest fires. The leadership fails on so many levels.

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  12. theburningheart / Dec 13 2019 6:53 am

    Reading the following summarize everything:

    “And then I hear those who are supposed to lead our communities say that we don’t deserve the best equipment and that we don’t need financial support, and I feel like walking away. But I don’t, because I know that if I did, then just like Nero, our leaders would let us burn.”

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  13. paolsoren / Dec 13 2019 7:59 am

    Thanks Peggy. I went to the full post. It’s enough to make you scream in anger.

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  14. Phil Huston / Dec 13 2019 2:17 pm

    We have these issues. A friend in the Texas panhandle lost 1500 head of cattle in “an unintentional barbecue.” As regards firefighters, they are the heroes. We hear a lot about first responders and I’ve got no beef with the police who show up to clean up after it’s too late to stop whatever it was. But firefighters? Those people walk into hell to slow down disaster. They are the real “first responders.”

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 13 2019 8:00 pm

      Oh Phil, I don’t think anyone will ever say it better than you. Firefighters are our true heroes. If you are interested, it’s worth reading ‘Men of Fire’.

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  15. chattykerry / Dec 15 2019 7:24 am

    I truly empathize, Peggy and admire the firefighters so much. We once had forest fires very close to our house and it was terrifying. They left the firehouse doors open and people just brought endless food and drink for the wonderful volunteer firemen and women. Firefighters are almost always the first responders when we have car accidents.

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  16. barkinginthedark / Dec 15 2019 8:24 am

    Firemen are the true heroes – these days i’ve been so worried about all my dear friends in beautiful Sydney. we better do something about our environment or, i fear, we won’t have an environment to exist in. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 15 2019 8:51 am

      Still unbelievable that some world leaders pay lip service to the issue.

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  17. barkinginthedark / Dec 15 2019 8:56 am

    criminals.

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  18. CarolCooks2 / Dec 16 2019 4:35 pm

    I cannot add anything to what everyone else has already said but to endorse the firefighter’s bravery and commitment to fighting the fires …Such a sad state of affairs it is criminal all this inaction by the government…

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  19. Sartenada / Dec 18 2019 7:53 pm

    My hat! When I was young, lightning burned our house. All went, nothing left – except memories. That’s life.

    Thank you for this post.

    Have a nice day!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 18 2019 7:55 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Lightning can be so scary. Our house was hit in 1984, but it hit the flue of the wood stove, so didn’t destroy the house.

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  20. Stephanae / Dec 23 2019 3:25 am

    Peggy, thank you for sharing this post. While heartbreaking it’s a reminder that everyone, especially our leaders, needs to use care in the words we choose. Although this may sound a bit snarky, it’s no surprise to me when politicians say things in an attempt to relate to the majority when in actuality they are unaware because many of them seem to lack empathy. I hope you and Poor John are well and enjoying your time in Taiwan.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 12:07 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Leadership in Australia is at an all-time low in my opinion. And the empathy is artificial. Waiting for the next election. Taiwan is great.

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  21. jeanleesworld / Dec 24 2019 11:14 pm

    Definitely need to read this. You just be safe wherever you are, my friend, and I pray the fire gets under control soon! It sounds like the California Camp Fire–the one that swept over the town of Paradise and practically killed the town. And as it’s Christmas Eve here in the Midwest–A Blessed Christmas to you and yours! xxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2019 12:27 am

      Thanks Jean, a blessed Christmas to all of you too. So you have an idea of the magnitude of our fires: the California fires burnt 81,000 hectares in 2019. So far we have 5 million hectares burnt.

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      • jeanleesworld / Dec 25 2019 3:36 am

        HOLY LORD. Is there any way to build a firebreak somehow? Whatever that term is to create a border around the fire so it’s nothing to catch onto and at least gets contained?

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2019 12:20 pm

        The firefighters are struggling to contain so many fires. Some of the terrain makes it impossible create breaks. Our east coast is on fire. What do you do with a fire front spanning more than 100 miles?

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  22. wordlywoman2 / Dec 26 2019 6:26 pm

    My husband and I live on the south coast of NSW. in the fire zone. The fires stretch from the Victorian border to the border of Queensland and beyond. We have an escape plan for ourselves and our animals should the need arise. A sizeable amount of the south coast is National Wildlife Reserve and National Parks. As I write, there are 91 incidents in this state alone. So far well over 800 homes have been lost. Two volunteer firefighters have lost their lives/ The loss of wildlife and habitat is beyond estimation at this point in time.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2019 6:29 pm

      Thanks for putting adding some perspective. It will help people to better understand the magnitude of these fires. I hope your home remains safe.

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  23. wordlywoman2 / Dec 27 2019 12:37 pm

    Thank you leggypeggy for your concern. Australia has a long history of extreme bush fires, going back to the 1800s,but when I read the history or the Rural Fire Service, this is the worst on record

    As I write there are 81 incidents in new south wales alone..10 are out of control. However these numbers can change in minutes depending on wind changes.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 27 2019 8:02 pm

      It’s going to be a very long summer in Australia. We well remember the Canberra fires of 2003 and the South Coast fires in 1994. And as you say, things can change in minutes.

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  24. thelevinelowdown / Jan 18 2020 8:27 pm

    Thank you for this great post! I really enjoyed reading it! I have recently published an article on my blog regarding my thoughts on Scott Morrison and his leadership during Australia’s bushfire crisis. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post as I would be really interested to hear your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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