The ABC implies that Port Jackson could catch on fire

Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display to go ahead despite bushfire risk.

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41 Responses to The ABC implies that Port Jackson could catch on fire

  1. John A

    The ABC implies that Port Jackson could catch on fire

    Nope, sorry CL but I am not with you on this.

    It looks like a headline composed by the only sub-editor who didn’t read the actual text.

  2. Fair shake of the Sauce bottle

    ABC is a taxpayer funded terrorist organisation . Whatever they can do to disrupt people’s culture and celebrations is just fine in their books. This is only a prequel to Australia Day.

  3. miltonf

    And then Anzac Day and, a new one, the Melbourne Cup.

  4. Roger

    ABC is a taxpayer funded terrorist organisation .

    Terrorist may be going a bit far (although it must be granted we did have calls for violence against men on Q&A this year), but subversive? Yes indeed.

    Pace Gil Scott-Heron, the revolution is not only being televised, it is being subsidised.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    must.always.push.narrative

  6. Some History

    Idiots have gotta idiot.

  7. Fat Tony

    Civilisation’s real enemy is not socialism – it is the MSM

  8. Residents and visitors are being told to leave a large part of Victoria’s east ahead of tomorrow’s severe fire danger.

    Thanks to Andrews and the Greens, the Victoristan High Country will likely be nothing but a charred wasteland after this summer because they have refused to support and allow appropriate fuel load burning in winter and other cool periods.

    The Greens and their supporters especially are the most culpable in this case as they protest and battle to stop any forest management to ‘save’ the wildlife and forests. Well Greens, reap what ye sow.

  9. Fat Tony

    bemused
    #3274793, posted on December 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    Well Greens, reap what ye sow.

    Trouble is, it won’t just be the greens reaping…..

  10. Professor Fred Lenin

    A lot of this fire damage is caused by labors love of gangrene preferences appeasment for preferences os Quid probQuo as pelosi / schiff would say . Pity there arent any Real Aboriginals about to advise on fuel reduction .

  11. …Real Aboriginals about to advise on fuel reduction .

    Andrews is about to hand over just about every national park to the aborigines, perhaps they may take up traditional practices and start burning things like they did in the past.

    The Left seem to idolise the noble savage and suggest that they are an advanced culture that we should learn from, yet we ignore one of their most common of land management practices.

  12. The ABC is full of Leftards , who are trying to re-educate everyone on how to think … and laughing loudly I must say , as they greedily suck up the resources that the capitalist pigs have provided ….. doh !

  13. C.L.

    Nope, sorry CL but I am not with you on this.

    Not with me on what?
    The ABC uses “despite” very deliberately to imply the Harbour fireworks are a fire risk.
    The copy then searches for a hook to hang that (non-existent) risk on.

  14. lotocoti

    Local imbeciles tried that stunt ’round here.
    They weren’t happy to learn the fireworks company don’t give refunds for late cancellations.

  15. Mark M

    Ms Goldberg said, “Cancelling would have little practical benefit for devastated communities.”

    Incorrect.

    Ms Goldberg could spend the squandered tax-payer funded fossil-fuelled fireworks million$ on solar panels for each house in devastated communities to stop the next CO2 induced bushfire.

    And Clover Moore has the green hide to declare this a climate emergency.

  16. Ms Goldberg said, “Cancelling would have little practical benefit for devastated communities.”

    Can we use the same argument then that Australia doesn’t need to do anything more about climate change, as it will have little practical benefit?

  17. John A

    C.L.
    #3274874, posted on December 29, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Nope, sorry CL but I am not with you on this.

    Not with me on what?
    The ABC uses “despite” very deliberately to imply the Harbour fireworks are a fire risk.
    The copy then searches for a hook to hang that (non-existent) risk on.

    Maybe I have more of an understanding of how these things are done.

    Unless the Fire Service responsible for Total Fire Ban declarations (CFA in Vic, RFS in NSW) grants an exemption, fireworks are not permitted during such a Ban.

    In Victoria, a Ban can apply to the whole State or to parts, which allows for the metro area to be free of a Ban (and fireworks BBQs etc may continue).

    As I read the article, NSW has a Statewide Ban in place, which includes the Sydney metro area, so I don’t read into the headline what you think the ABC is inferring about Port Jackson.

  18. Bruce

    I remember when the Potomac River was so polluted that a part of it caught fire, about 40 years ago.

    Sydney harbour looks reasonably clean at the moment; the yachts did not seem to have trouble with floating, flammable litter when they took off the other day.

    I also doubt the “coat-hanger” would burn particularly well, either.

    However, if a “total” fire ban has been declared…

    Then again, they have to pay for the preparation of all those fireworks AND the enormous amount of pre-rigging involved in he placement and inter-connection of them. But, what the Hell, it’s only taxpayers spare cash; plenty more where that came from…..

    Being a cynical old bastard, I suspect that the object of the cancellation on such “serious grounds is to piss-off a lot of people and hope that a proportion of the “annoyed and disappointed” will become “climate-change” zombies.

    As one of those raving Chicago? socialists once declared: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.

  19. Whalehunt fun

    How fun to see Clover’s spotlight switched off. All her money spent and nothing to show for it. I would love to see it cancelled and her hammered for waste.

  20. I’m surprised that the media hasn’t started down the track of “this is so disrespectful to those who died and those who have lost property. How can we be celebrating at a time like this?’ Or was it only Morrison who had to recant?

  21. a reader

    I’m fucking sick of all this sackcloth and ashes shit we’re all supposed to adopt whenever something happens. Fireworks is the latest example. Why should my life be made more miserable because some people unfortunately lost their houses? They’ve got insurance and heaven knows how many charities running around and doing stuff on their behalf. Why should I have to lose entertainment because the Greens keep blocking normal activity?

    It’s the same crap with the drought and the farming community. It’s not a popular opinion, but I don’t care. I studied agriculture and I know full well about boom and bust cycles. That large segments of our farming community can’t manage their finances in the boom times to tide them through the bad times is not my fault. That the previous generations sold out their shares of co-ops for the quick bucks is not my problem. Why should I not be able to have a new road because the farmers?

    It’s actually the same people who are making these issues out bush worse that are the ones leading the charge and then every uneducated bogan who doesn’t think clearly just goes along with it and all of a sudden a ridiculous twitter mob gets main stream media attention. Gah!

  22. 8th Dan

    Poor old handwringers … trying to shoot the messenger again. The ABC has made no such inference, it is simply reporting what has been said by the RFS, Sydney Council and the NSW Premier.

    But let’s not forget that in 1994? the Lane Cove National Park, right in the city next to the fireworks, was ablaze. Similar heat and wind conditions in the next few days could easily see a repeat of that event.

  23. Pickles

    Insurance. The White Man’s Burden. Life continues to imitate a Goon Show.

  24. mem

    “Well Greens, reap what ye sow.”
    Don’t be daft. The Greens don’t sow anything. They live in inner urban up-market apartments, studios and flats. Sowing things in a garden is too much work and besides you have responsibility for watering, mowing and all the other requirements of keeping a garden growing. No, these guys spend their time at the computer-face being brave cyber warriors for the green planet. Much easier, as they are lazy bastards that prefer to prognosticate rather than do anything practical.

  25. Tel

    Total fire bans (like most rules) are intended for the little people.

    Just between you and me … I have this sneaking suspicion that even the little people don’t take such things seriously anymore. I doubt there’s a whole lot left who still take the ABC seriously … that’s probably why the call this the “Age of Seeming”.

    Here’s an hilarious little anecdote: I bumped into a young lady at the local “ethnic” supermarket (well everything is relative, she was younger than me) and I noticed the BBQ charcoal she was buying so I spontaneously blurted some comment about (use big echo voice) “Daaaa Total Fire Baaaannnnnn!!!”

    She stared me down quite coldly and declared, “I asked the butcher, and he said it was OK!”

    There you go, there are times where I have no answer for what life throws at me … so I silently nodded with new found wisdom and went about my business. Planning to move my Christmas to 25 June this year.

  26. C.L.

    Gotcha, John.
    Maybe you have a point.

    However, the headline implies – and is meant to convey to a casual headline-only reader – that Harbour fireworks are a fire risk.

    It would have been easy to headline the story, “Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display to go ahead despite fire bans.”

  27. Squirrel

    The ABC climate change catastrophists will cope with their disappointment at the Sydney fireworks going ahead by campaigning for the emissions to be specifically added to our Paris obligations – just as they are with the bushfires.

  28. Boambee John

    Not Uh oh
    #3274917, posted on December 29, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    I’m surprised that the media hasn’t started down the track of “this is so disrespectful to those who died and those who have lost property. How can we be celebrating at a time like this?’ Or was it only Morrison who had to recant?

    Palacechook and Andrews have gone on holidays with no screeches of “inappropriate” from the MSM.

    I think that answers your question.

  29. Old School Conservative

    It’s the same crap with the drought and the farming community

    I heard a similar point of view from a commodities trader recently:
    The drought is horrific but is not Australia-wide, is not being replicated internationally, and will break.

    Let’s hope the affected farming community can see it through until the rains come.

  30. Lee

    Palacechook and Andrews have gone on holidays with no screeches of “inappropriate” from the MSM.

    I think that answers your question.

    Typical, and not at all unexpected.

    The criticism of Morrison on this issue was, as I have said elsewhere before, only ever about politics.

    In truth, whatever a Liberal PM (Abbott was castigated for volunteer firefighting while PM) does or doesn’t do re bushfires, he can’t win.

    The media bias is utterly shameful in its double standards and insincerity.

  31. Nighthawk the Elder

    Hope Abbott qualifies for the handout Scomo just announced for RFS volunteers. Hope the ABC film him being handed a big wad of cash and that their collective lefty heads explode.

  32. Up The Workers!

    I don’t know what Ita’s got up her butt, but it’s sure no “rose”.

    Sack Ita and sack her odious anti-Australian seditious annual embezzlement of $1.3 billion in taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.

    Given that they are all so concerned about apocalyptic catastropharianism, maybe they could all be priority-flown to Antarctica – the last place on earth to be affected by gerbil worming.

    Maybe in 50 years or so, we could check up how they have fared….or not.

  33. yarpos

    “Hope Abbott qualifies for the handout Scomo just announced for RFS volunteers. Hope the ABC film him being handed a big wad of cash and that their collective lefty heads explode.”

    On an ex PMs pension (apart from any other paying gigs these days) he probably has more class than to claim it

  34. Andre Lewis

    Am getting very tired of the oft mentioned comments that Aboriginals managed the bush with fire. They did nothing of the sort. It was random fire starting to flush out animals for food. They had no plan of where the fire went and no means of controlling it when it got out of hand so just let everything burn and moved on. Moreover the constant fires meant only animals that could escape and trees that could regenerate survived which is why we have eucalypt monoculture in many parts of the country that explode in summer when not managed by winter burn offs.
    Firestick farming was no different to the arsonists we need to round up and lock up for starting the majority of todays disasters.

  35. Nob

    UK TV news told us tonight in “deep concern” voice that Sydney fireworks WILL GO AHEAD despite calls for them not to because … um err … and PM Scott Morrison isn’t doing something.

    Meanwhile it’s so serious that an Australian authority has evacuated “a whole county” with a helpful sign saying “East Gippsland” on Wilson’s Promontory.

    Then Trump causing anti Semitic attacks in NYC. Then zoom to London where Brexit is causing same.

    I used to think BBC and ITV were better than Australia’s media but not anymore.

  36. Old School Conservative

    It seems this bloke wants to hop on the bandwaggon too:

    Deputy Premier John Barilaro has called for the NYE fireworks on Sydney Harbour to be cancelled amid the state’s bushfire crisis, claiming it’s an ‘easy’ choice and a ‘risk too high’. (The Telegraph)

    Of course he doesn’t explain what the risks are, nor does he differentiate between Sydney Harbour and the cancelled locations of Huskisson and Armidale.

  37. Titch

    All the people who signed a petition to cancel the Sydney fireworks don’t seem to realize that the cost has already been spent, in the preparation. Given that the fireworks concentrate on the harbour area, you know, where there is water on hand if needed, let them go ahead. And if there is a fire as a result, then the doom and gloom merchants agin the performance, well, they will have something to crow about. Everyone wins.

  38. a reader

    Literally hundreds of millions have been spent by people on restaurant bookings, hotel rooms, boat hire, venue hire, food/drink etc. on the proviso that there will be a big fireworks display. If they don’t do it, I hope every single one of those people and businesses sue the government for their inability to manage a fuel load.

  39. Old School Conservative

    Deputy Premier John Barilaro has called for the NYE fireworks on Sydney Harbour to be cancelled amid the state’s bushfire crisis, claiming it’s an ‘easy’ choice and a ‘risk too high’

    “On Monday morning, he tweeted “The risk is too high and we must respect our exhausted RFS volunteers.”

    The Australian has confirmed he is currently in London on holiday and sent the tweet while overseas.”
    Seriously, the best comedy writers would struggle to build a script for the SFL/NP that meets the idiocy of their own people.

  40. Yes yes, the PM has magic powers to protect to bush fire brigade babies and fireworks in Sydney Harbour will cause the fires in the Snowy Mountains and Gippsland to become infernos.

    We are living in an emotionally incontinent age. PJW does have a good turn of phrase.

    What the useless NP and SFL don’t realise is that out-wokeing the left just makes you cuck very hard.

    You will never please them, they will never praise you and you are just surrendering to their idiocy of imposing more taxation to control China’s industrial policy, as opposed to actual fuel load management.

  41. cohenite

    But let’s not forget that in 1994? the Lane Cove National Park, right in the city next to the fireworks, was ablaze. Similar heat and wind conditions in the next few days could easily see a repeat of that event.

    Bullshit dickless.

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