Hey, you know who the real fire heroes are? ABC journos.

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Obvious typo.
    Should be “defunded” not “defended”.

  2. Bronson says:

    Albo, what was the question again?

  3. calli says:

    The ABC are untouchable. They have the negatives,

  4. RobK says:

    Oh dear.
    As Ms Trioli discovers

  5. stackja says:

    ABC created the bush fires crisis by supporting the Greens protesting hazard reduction burns.

  6. Some History says:

    Albodross is trying his hand at stand-up comedy.
    Don’t give up your day jo… oh, wait..

  7. mh says:

    The ABC have been pushing the Green agenda for decades now.

    Most expensive electricity in the world, when it should be the cheapest.
    Forests locked up waiting to explode – as we saw yesterday.

    Shut It Down
    Fire Them All

  8. Carpe Jugulum says:

    The ALPBC memory holed their story on protesters stopping burning off in the Gippsland region, from Sept 2019.

    Sack them all, demolish the buildings and salt the earth

  9. mh says:

    Shut It Down
    Fire Them All

    I’m not suggesting we burn down the ABC.

  10. yarpos says:

    The propaganda machine must be kept rolling at any price. If only we had put in just one more solar panel, that would have fixed.

  11. Leo G says:

    I am not surprised to hear about a recent ABC crisis of extreme preciousness.

  12. a happy little debunker says:

    Heard this morning @ 10.55am, on ABC local – being delivered nationwide, because of Staff Xmas/NYears holidays.

    Don’t rely on the ABC for fire updates

    The National Emergency Broadcaster actually informed listeners not to rely on the National Emergency Broadcaster.

  13. Nob says:

    Is this another example where they politicise everything and then angrily accuse critics of politicising everything?

  14. bemused says:

    The other comments are even more bizarre than Albo’s.

  15. iain russell says:

    Albo, already Yesterday’s Man.

  16. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    I hereby declare a rub & tug emergency…. see youse later

  17. Hayden Bristow says:

    I am with “Bemused” How could people think like that?

  18. Perfidious Albino says:

    Per Master Jugulum https://www.trfm.com.au/articles/planned-burns-halted/

    Early Sept protesters halted planned burns in Gippsland. VicPol were called for and apparently ‘investigating’.

  19. Squirrel says:

    The ABC will be pumping out the disaster porn in preparation for the full-on “climate change crisis” campaign (expect multiple Q&A episodes about this) which will coincide with the resumption of the 2020 political year next month.

    They will be in complete denial about fuel load, and any coverage of inconvenient issues such as zoning and building standards will be sugar-coated bulldust based on carefully selected examples.

  20. Diogenes says:

    The National Emergency Broadcaster actually informed listeners not to rely on the National Emergency Broadcaster

    Between the firesnearme, livetraffic and a scanner app tuned to the local rfs we were very well informed, and I even managed to phone a colleague about a gas leak very close to his house the rfs found when fighting the Charmhaven fire, that has still not appeared in any media reports … The Pacific Highway at Charmhaven was closed 4 hours longer than it should have while the leak was repaired.

  21. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    We dont want to lose our taxpayer funded propaganda machjne,it would hurt the communist socislist pardee.

  22. Perfidious Albino says:


    Gippsland Environmental Group. Their website also includes a letter to the Minister requesting intervention to halt planned burns in Mid 2019.

  23. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    How do I post a couple of photos for you guys to see ? They are from the East Gippsland fires?

  24. Mother Lode says:

    Thanks for the link Perfidious Albino.

    In the text someone hurls about that old chestnut that ‘everybody has the right to protest’ – I wonder where that is set out? Rights to free speech, assembly, use of public space etc I am familiar with.

    The entitlement to nuisance, trespass, destruction of property, interference in the other people conducting lawful business, etc I am not.

    When did protest come to mean stopping public officers carrying out their duties in the service of the public as a whole? All because a couple of dozen people don’t agree with it?

  25. Perfidious Albino
    #3277549, posted on January 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm


    Gippsland Environmental Group. Their website also includes a letter to the Minister requesting intervention to halt planned burns in Mid 2019.

    Thanks indeed. The public needs to know about these malicious fuckwits.

  26. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Dont criticise the gangrene anti fuel raduction protestors,they will be out there fighting the fires they contributed to, as penance for their stupidity ,city people who retire to the country always join the CFAto show the bushies how its done,the bushies are not tertiary educated .

  27. Jock says:

    Good old also. Licking as much arse as possible in his base.

  28. Nighthawk the Elder says:

    I haven’t relied on the ALPBC since their dismal performance on Black Saturday in Gippsland. They went off the air that fateful afternoon when power was cut to their transmitter (along with the commercial broadcasters) on Mt Tassie. Emergency diesel generators all kick in, as designed. Except the generator for the ABC goes out soon after. Now the story goes and there are some minor variations on this, the diesel tanks were empty because a) someone forgot to order a top up, b) someone forgot to pay the outstanding bills, so no refills, or c) someone forgot to do the regular checks of the equipment, especially in preparation for extreme fire danger days. In any case, the commercial stations stepped up and did an admirable job.

    Just to reiterate, the commercial stations also broadcast emergency warnings, just as professionally and just as frequent as the ABC. They have been doing it for years. This idea the ABC is the one and only emergency broadcaster is well and truly dated. In terms of being the only broadcaster into the most remote locations, it’s 2020 and there are other cost effective technological solutions available as a backup, for those who chose to live in far flung corners. Otherwise do like the pioneers did, monitor your immediate environment and develop an intense survival plan.

  29. Another Ian says:

    “ABC deleting facebook posts on how protesters stop prescribed burns “more worried about climate change” than wildfires”


  30. Mother Lode says:

    The only reason to interview Albo is to politicise the fires.

    Right now he has no power to do anything. He cannot authorise any funding or direct any resources. He can talk about what he would do or promise what he will do it elected. But there is nothing he can do which is the urgent need now.

    The leader of one of the fire fighting teams have more authority than Albo.

    It is not just ‘politics as usual’. It is ‘just politics’, as usual.

  31. Robbo says:

    Albanese is off his rocker. Maybe that’s what happens to people who become leaders of the Labor Party. As for the ABC it needs to be dealt with by a government with guts. The taxpayers contribute over $1 billion dollars to keep that sheltered workshop operating and the organisation forks out millions to pay a bunch of otherwise unemployables to turn up and barrack for the Labor Party and the Greens. This disgrace, otherwise known as the ABC, should be sold or closed down. Those wastes of space at the dump who shove their biased opinions down the throats of dills who tune in should be.kicked out the door and forced to seek employment elsewhere. I’ll bet that most will end up on unemployment benefits because which employer would be prepared to offer dills like Virginia Trioli et al a job that requires them to actually work?

  32. 59096 says:

    Piece of s++t Albo propping up his cheer squad!

  33. Frank says:

    OMFG, the banner picture on Albanese’s twitter page is straight out soviet iconography mixed with selfie narcissism to bring it up to date. His media staff must be Shorten plants.

  34. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    We dont need SAS if we have the BA Journalism fighters ,they would frighten any potential enemy.

  35. John A says:

    Perfidious Albino #3277549, posted on January 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm


    Gippsland Environmental Group. Their website also includes a letter to the Minister requesting intervention to halt planned burns in Mid 2019.

    It also refers to 200,000ha burnt in a bushfire 2018-19.

    Are any locals able to verify or dispute same?

  36. Nighthawk the Elder says:

    Annual event for a fire somewhere in East Gippsland, although generally not to the extent we have now. The area is prone to lightening strikes and because a lot of it is remote, there tends to be big build up of fuel loads. DELWP’s annual contracted firefighters are usually deployed out that way as that is where the highest risk is. They tend to fight these fires as a campaign, many times lasting for weeks on end, mostly because of the remoteness and inaccessibility in places. There is an existing limited network of access tracks, put in for logging operations, but thanks to the Man, these will become overgrown in future years.

    The media frenzy about some of these fires burning since November is truly out of hand. As I opened, this is an annual event out East. So without looking it up, it’s quite possible there are burnt areas from previous years. But also keep in perspective, East Gippsland is actually quite large and starts at about the city of Sale, so the area previously burnt will be relatively small.

  37. min says:

    ABC was putting the case for global warming causing Bushfires on news tonight . A scientist stated that temperature had increased between 1910 and today by 1 degree and carefully omitted the Federation drought temperatures that according to newspapers of the day reached 125 for several days prior to 1910.
    They also claimed that these fires are unprecedented ignoring historical descriptions of 1851 fire and 1939 fires that advanced more quickly and burnt a greater area.
    No mention that 80% were started by humans deliberately or accidentally. Perhaps globalwarming cause piromania
    Frankly I am tired of the misinformation put out by something I pay for.

  38. Up The Workers! says:

    Is it a full moon today?

    Whatever it is that AnAl the Brothel-Hopper is on, cannot possibly be legal.

  39. Up The Workers! says:

    The cretinous scientific illiterates at the A.L.P.B.C. are now saying that carbon dioxide – the stuff that shoots out of most domestic fire-extinguishers and quickly extinguishes fires – is now actually starting firestorms, but will stop doing it if we pay vastly more for gas and electricity and every other form of A.L.P. tax, impost, levy, toll, duty, fee, charge, fine and penalty.

    Where is the scientific evidence for this mad hypothesis?

    Does this brainwave originate with the “Unripe Swede”, Professor Mickey Mouse or that bloke who flogs the dirty books on Indian Railways?

    When did crass stupidity suddenly become a virtue in the brain-dead eyes of the Leftards?

  40. George says:

    Yeah, good one Albo!

  41. Herodotus says:

    There are plenty of sources of information, such as Live Traffic and Regional Fire Authority websites.
    The ABC always wants to obfuscate about its political agendum by wrapping itself in the flags of Kids TV or Emergency Broadcasting.

  42. Up The Workers! says:

    The most desperately urgent “hazard reduction burn” needed in Australia today, is the A.L.P.B.C. and its various State headquarters, studios and facilities.

    Where’s Richo when you need him? I hear that he might have some experience in that field.

  43. bemused says:

    Are any locals able to verify or dispute same?

    The Buchan area had a fire in 2017 that burnt a fair amount of bush and almost came down to Buchan. Shot this in-car video on one of our trips coming into Buchan:


  44. OldOzzie says:

    Pandemonium in Australia: Seven people have died (this season) and in the last day or so another 176 houses were destroyed in the NSW fires. At least two more are missing. It is a surreal debacle on the East Coast. People are driving into lakes to save themselves and their cars. (See the whole video). Take your breath away. What a spectacle. They chainsawed trees to cut a path the the lake so they could drive in. 89 houses were lost in the town near here.

    What 4WD Drivers do when faced with Fire vs Limp Bureaucrats

    H/T Jo Nova

    Surprisingly on ABC

  45. bemused says:

    From that ABC article:

    Dozens of cars in the Lake Conjola area, north of Ulladulla, were also seen by an ABC reporter to be destroyed in the region.

    He said cars were found melted in the street and paint from vehicles was draining down the road.


  46. The BigBlueCat says:

    #3277892, posted on January 2, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Nice bit of guitar music there, bemused.

    BTW – is Albo looking for another photo op feeding firies breakfast? We all know that one was staged.

  47. Eyrie says:

    “Morrison needs to create a new program with a mandate to clean up national parks near towns, infra and people. It has the authority to override all national parks rules and regulations.”

    As for the rest of the National Parks that aren’t near towns or critical infrastructure, just let the fvckers burn themselves out.
    Allow sustainable logging (timber production is about as sustainable an industry as it gets), cattle back in the high country etc etc. It would be dead easy to make this country boom, just get the greenies and bureaucrats out of the way.
    Rachel Corrie the protestors.

  48. Forest Stylist says:

    NSW Green strategy is now to blame Lib State Govt for cutbacks to National Parks the reason not enough fuel reduction burns were done.
    Years ago, a fuel reduction plan was a one pager the district forester signed off on.
    Now its 100 pages with ministerial signoff.

    The Greens sabotage activities such as harvesting, fuel reduction and roading by burying it in green tape.
    For example, we used to have to document if there was disabled access and sufficient car parking for harvesting and fuel reduction burns.

  49. Roger says:

    Don’t rely on the ABC for fire updates

    How dare they take holidays during this crisis!

  50. Des Deskperson says:

    Just back from a rather hazardous few days at the South Coast, ended up sleeping in my car in a public park in Morura, on NYE.

    My experience of ABC reporting was that it was not particularly useful when it came to actual threats to one’s life and property, TheRFS sources were much more reliable.

    The ABC also had an unfortunate tendency to exaggeration and hyperbole, maybe just the result of incompetence or maybe a more sinister form of wishful thinking. We were told:

    that 55 houses had been destroyed at North Rosedale; RFS put the total at 15

    that Mogo had been obliterated. In fact most of it seems to be still standing

    that Bunnings Bateman’s Bay had been razed to the ground. I can find nothing to substantiate this – prima facie – cataclysmic event.

    One annoying aspect of the ABC radio coverage was the interruptions from ‘ordinary Aussies’ ringing in to praise the ABC for its efforts. From their quavering voices, they sounded like the Friends of the ABC demographic.

  51. Wil says:

    This is just more of the ABC’s orchestrated campaign against the government.
    We have seen lots of this lately, including the ‘Special’ 7.30 report last night, which was a rehash of repeated interviews seen on News24 previously. It actually was a devious rant against the government by Laura Tingle bookended by the interviews.

    A bit like the pool of melted paint off a car as ABC reported, or the Millenium bug report that associated itself with global warming.

  52. NOEL MURRAY says:

    Someone needs to remind this Albo, Shorten like publicity chaser that it is the ABC National Public Broadcaster’s first responsibility to place every possible resource in support of bush fire information distribution. This might be at some cost to their group talks on issues, such as Mr. Morrison’s holiday, but that’s not what the public purse pays them to do.

  53. Tel says:

    To prove that we are unbiased around here, this particular ABC report is not too bad.


    I agree with them on most things, but they strangely skip completely the huge efforts of volunteers and land owners when it comes to land management. They pretend it’s all government all the way down, and that’s quite wrong. Thing is that private land owners are constantly beholden to government at the local, state and even national level. This leads to either massive private compliance costs, or outright illegal activity because compliance isn’t worth doing, or else in the worst case, just give up and do nothing.

    In many ways the land-management problem is very closely linked to a bunch of other capital maintenance problems in our society which is that we are a nation that is massively over regulated, no one in government will take personal responsibility for anything, and people give up in despair.

  54. Tel says:

    “Morrison needs to create a new program with a mandate to clean up national parks near towns, infra and people. It has the authority to override all national parks rules and regulations.”

    1939 Victorian Royal Commission into the “Black Friday” bush fires gave a solid recommendation that there should always be a single authority responsible for defining policy relating to prevention and suppression of bush fires and protection of life and property. This would be the “State Fire Authority” with representatives from Bush Fire Brigades, Country Fire Brigades, the Forests Commission and municipal councils in affected areas. He also noted that public departments would probably attempt to take over this authority and we should watch for that and prevent it when the time comes.

    Under the “State Fire Authority” would be “Local Fire Authorities”, each being responsible for their area but answerable at the state level.

    The Commonwealth has absolutely no constitutional authority for land management, never has … they should keep right out of this. What has happened since the 1939 Royal Commission is we have the National Parks who are pretty much a law unto themselves answerable to nobody, and we have the Commonwealth making a whole bunch of “environmental protection” laws that are unconstitutional but claim the authority to prevent fuel reduction whenever it suits them, but without accepting any responsibility for the consequences.


    There’s your problem … already a problem solved once before but we need to re-learn the lesson.

  55. Charles says:

    I’m in the middle of a fire area, and what the ABC is putting on the radio is tripe. Sky News is much more accurate to the point it is hard to tell if the ABC is talking about the same fires. Their (ABC) information is generally pointless and everyone is laughing about how much they have misconstrued what has happened.

    I don’t think they will be ‘our bushfire emergency broadcaster’ any more as their (mis)information is more hindrance than help.

  56. Perfidious Albino says:

    Feds should tender out a national, but locally targetable, Civil Defence warning system across all electronic media and devices, let technology and the market come up with an optimal solution – including protocols for when tech is down, cut the annual operating cost from the ABC’s budget and empower the successful provider to patch critical messages and updates through all channels as circumstances dictate.

  57. bemused says:

    Feds should tender out a national, but locally targetable, Civil Defence warning system across all electronic media and devices

    Vic Emergency already have that (an app for phones), but if the towers go down, all communications go with it.

  58. stackja says:

    PA – As I remember, USA had such a alert system in 1960s.

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