More houses have been lost than ever before, but then there are more people than we have ever had before, five times as many as we had a century ago.
Bushfires have long been part of the Australian scene, but the recent outbreaks have been excessive.
Australian governments, across colours and persuasions, have found managing the environment a problematic, and inconvenient affair.
If Australia is so 'diverse', 'inclusive' and 'anti-bigotry' as we make out to be - then why make a habit of singling out race at all?
The messages from official inquiries into earlier bushfires had all been crystal clear and unanimous about what needed to be done.
Those in the water industry who manage catchments and operate treatment plants have dealt with this issue regularly.
Climate change has reached cult status and with the lemming-like adoration of characters like Greta et al, backburning is judged only to increase CO2 and therefore to be outcast.
Mainly we must relearn two ancient skills - remove the fuel load everywhere and use fire to fight fire. We know that works.
Cricket is a game played in the open air for long periods, and this cricket season is being overshadowed, sometimes literally, by a long, dangerous fire season.
In the 2000-2008 drought desalination plants were the
What we then get is policy-based evidence, rather than evidence-based policy. 'Climate change' is one of the areas the authors single out for attention.
Delegates spent an extra two days and nights attempting to reach a deal covering carbon reduction measures before the Glasgow conference in 2020.