Today a portion of New South Wales continues to burn. It continues to remain on fire in what appears to still be the early part of a prolonged bushfire season. Yesterday was pretty bad. A lot of the fire season thus far has been pretty bad, but I’m going to try and not talk about that.
I’m going to try and not talk about the building in which I work filling with smoke yesterday and my employer essentially telling myself as well as the other employees here to keep on working whilst they try to solve the issue by opening the building to more smoke. I’m going to try and not talk about that; after all, my place of employment was not the only place to have that happen, and even though it was pretty bad, there are people out there who are getting it far, far worse. All things considered, I’m pretty lucky.
However, I’m also going to try and not talk about those who are currently facing the most risk from the bushfires. It’s bad; it’s really bad and it makes me really angry, but I’m going to try and not talk about that.
As much as I respect the people working to stop the fires, I’m not going to talk about them either. I’m going to do my best to not talk about how hard they are working to prevent communities and the rest of the state burning down. I’m not going to talk about how many of those working are volunteers, and both they and the paid staff deserve more than our respect for working as hard as they are to save people as well as animals.
As much as I really want to, I’m not going to talk about Scott Morrison – a person venerated by some – putting forward either a new or amended religious freedoms bill (I’m not sure if it’s new or not) whilst these fires are going on.
Nor am I going to talk about Scott Morrison essentially saying that we don’t need more firefighters and they don’t need more help. I’m not going to talk about the fact that he seems to be avoiding the issue of the fires as much as possible. Of course, I don’t know what happens behind closed doors. I also don’t know why using taxpayers’ money to fly to Sydney to go to Bellevue Hill to attend an event being held by one of Rupert Murdoch’s children right now could be seen as a good thing. There are are rumours saying that Scott Morrison has been avoiding speaking to fire chiefs about the current fire problem, so I don’t think that his flying off to an event is good, but there are a lot of things I don’t know.
I’ll really try to not talk about Gladys Berejiklian saying that now is not the time to talk about climate change, then later on say that she believes in climate change and that protesters should do something instead of protesting. I’ll also try my best not to talk about how the party of which she is a part cut funding for fire services earlier in the year.
I won’t talk about these things, but I do have one question that I feel is pertinent:
At what point will enough be enough?