The Australian Bushfires: An Ongoing News & Comment Round-Up [Updated]


Yesterday Nilk wrote an excellent post here at Tizona on the recent (ongoing) bushfire disaster here in Australia, and because of the number of hits it’s attracted and because of the still ongoing nature of the disaster, I thought I’d put together a collection of links in chronological order to the many updated reports both the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s Tim Blair and the Melbourne Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt have been posting on this.

I’ll start with the first piece I saw, which was Andrew Bolt’s from Saturday night (Feb 7th) and continue in chronological order with his subsequent posts, then I’ll move on to Tim Blair’s from Sunday morning (Feb 8th) and similarly continue in chronological order with his subsequent posts.

Please please please, feel free to add via comments any other links you want added, and I’ll check back in the morning and add them in, and generally try to keep this updated as a general resource clearing-house, especially for our friends overseas who are touchingly concerned but are some of them having trouble finding very much news coverage or commentary on the issue.

All of the pieces linked below  have multiple updates, links to other news sources, and vivid if heartbreaking pictures, as well as Tim’s and Andrew’s commentary on many of the issues this disaster has brought up.

**List of links below the fold:

So we’ll start with Andrew Bolt on Saturday night:

Our fires turn deadly:  Andrew Bolt – Saturday, February 07, 09 (10:11 pm)

Now the search resumes:  Andrew Bolt – Sunday, February 08, 09 (06:11 am)

Preaching over the dead:  Andrew Bolt – Sunday, February 08, 09 (03:51 pm)

Catastrophe:  Andrew Bolt – Monday, February 09, 09 (08:28 am)

From the heart, for us all:  Andrew Bolt – Monday, February 09, 09 (05:40 pm)

Fire updates:  Andrew Bolt – Monday, February 09, 09 (05:52 pm)

Worse and worse:  Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, February 10, 09 (06:01 am)

Crowing over the flames:  Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, February 10, 09 (07:13 am)

Could this save lives next time?:  Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, February 10, 09 (06:59 pm)

The fires:  Andrew Bolt – Wednesday, February 11, 09 (06:30 am)

Column – Never stood taller:  Andrew Bolt – Wednesday, February 11, 09 (07:08 am)

Column – The hard lessons we forgot:  Andrew Bolt – Wednesday, February 11, 09 (07:14 am)

Cry for them, even bleed for them:  Andrew Bolt – Thursday, February 12, 09 (12:02 am)

Now we know:  Andrew Bolt – Thursday, February 12, 09 (06:02 am)

Green rules, black forests:  Andrew Bolt – Thursday, February 12, 09 (06:28 am)

Too few arsonists to blame:  Andrew Bolt – Thursday, February 12, 09 (06:48 pm)

Column – Those warnings we failed to heed:  Andrew Bolt – Friday, February 13, 09 (06:23 am)

The fires [UPDATED] :  Andrew Bolt – Friday, February 13, 09 (03:33 pm)




And here are Tim Blair’s posts so far – as I wrote, I’ll be updating these lists as developments evolve.

STATE ABLAZE:  Tim Blair – Sunday, February 08, 09 (05:03 am)

FIRE WITHOUT END:  Tim Blair – Sunday, February 08, 09 (05:48 pm)

BRIAN NAYLOR:  Tim Blair – Sunday, February 08, 09 (10:16 pm)

FIRE LATEST:  Tim Blair – Monday, February 09, 09 (05:01 am)

STATE RALLIES:  Tim Blair – Monday, February 09, 09 (11:25 am)

VOICES NEEDED:  Tim Blair – Monday, February 09, 09 (05:16 pm)

TREES LIVE, PEOPLE DIE:  Tim Blair – Friday, February 13, 09 (01:18 am)

CAUGHT:  Tim Blair – Friday, February 13, 09 (12:31 pm)

JUST CUT THEM DOWN:  Tim Blair – Friday, February 13, 09 (12:54 pm)


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Miscellaneous other links:

  • Thanks to the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter where he is being cared for, Sam the Koala now has his own website where you can read updates, see new photos and make a donation if you wish.  http://www.samthekoala.com.au/

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Again, both Tim and Andrew are adding frequent updates to their posts so check back to their sites every now and again, and of course there are other sources of news out there too; these are just the two journalists I concentrated on because I found their coverage (especially with all their links to other external sites and their access to amazing photographs) incredibly comprehensive – plus they’re the two Aussie journos/bloggers with whom I’m most familiar.

But again, please feel free to add any other links via comments (I’m sure there are some good pieces in The Australian and even in overseas media, for instance) and I’ll see about getting them put up into the main post as well.

Stumble It!

6 Responses to “The Australian Bushfires: An Ongoing News & Comment Round-Up [Updated]”

  1. spot_the_dog Says:

    Two more thoughts: One, for those with other blogs, don’t be shy about linking to your own pieces on the subject. There are a lot of preceptive people and good writers who venture over here occasionally and it’d be a shame to miss out on their posts just because they thought it wasn’t good etiquette to self-link.

    Also, I’m about out of time for tonight but although several of Andrew’s and Tim’s posts and other assorted sources give details of how people can help, if someone has some free time it would be a great thing if they could set up a post — linked to this one — where they consolidate all that information, so it can all be found easily in one place. A “How to Help” Round-Up post, if you will.

    Thanks, guys. And God bless and keep those who are affected by this disaster. Both the victims and the hard-working disaster workers have been in my thoughts and prayers all weekend.

  2. bingbing Says:

    Posted on Nilk’s thread, too, but worth repeating.

    Death toll revised down.

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,25033014-1702,00.html?from=public_rss

    And my rellies down there are safe. Hey, anything positive, right?

  3. Gramfan Says:

    Thanks for all that guys.

    I received a lot of emails from the US and Europe yesterday to see if I was ok. It was greatly appreciated. I sent out a bulk email to friends expressing my thoughts on it.
    Doc Bulldog and Ronin have put it up.

    Also, I have just heard that Coles will be donating all their profits from sales on Friday 13th to the Red Cross.
    Might be a good time to stock up on some things thereby adding to your contributions.

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    Stumbled!

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