March 3rd 2007

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: John Howard's election year dilemma

EDITORIAL: Climate change: time for a reality check

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Water and ethanol - time to think big

WATER: Who will stand up for states' rights?

RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM: Sabotage and piracy on the high seas

CHINA: 'Bloody Harvest' - organ-harvesting latest

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Ecclesiastical charades / Rudd's credibility / Victoria's new Second Chamber / Putin's way

SPECIAL FEATURE: New light on Bob Santamaria

EUTHANASIA: Male suicide rise linked to euthanasia debate

OPINION: Dangers of a 'same-sex' register

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: South Korean-US relations under strain

OPINION: Climate change - hot air, big bucks, cold facts

Truth not always a defence (letter)

How Rudd could beat Coalition (letter)

The bushfire crisis (letter)

U.S. Presidential candidates (letter)

Government subsidies and health hazards (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Charles Coffey (1906-2007)

CINEMA: Heart-warming rags-to-riches story - The Pursuit of Happyness

BOOKS: DUMBING DOWN, by Kevin Donnelly

BOOKS: DOWN TO THIS: A Year Living with the Homeless

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The bushfire crisis (letter)

by Stephanie Camarri

News Weekly, March 3, 2007

Your editorial, "Bushfire crisis: a state of denial" (News Weekly, January 20, 2007), was hard-hitting and accurate, but also depressing, especially to those of us who live close to state and national parks.

I notice in the second last paragraph of the article that W.A. was the only state to conduct fuel-reduction burns "until recent years".

Since the time of your editorial, we have witnessed the WA country town of Dwelllingup "going up" again! I remember the horror with which we listened to the radio as the town burnt in the '60s. Did we learn that lesson?

This time the television showed us graphically what happens without fuel-reduction burns. Will we learn this time?

Our population base in WA is Perth and its surrounds; the voting base — Perth and its surrounds. And with this base comes the ability of pressure groups to manage governments and stymie fuel-reduction burns because of the smoke haze which can cover the city.

These burns, however, need only take place when the wind and conditions will not blow smoke over the city.

The rest of us meanwhile are at peril, with too few numbers. Who cares?

Stephanie Camarri,
Nannup, WA

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