in praise of the hypocritical pyromaniac...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott never ceases to confound with his volunteering and community work. Is he the tough individualist you'd expect a conservative prime minister to be or a collectively minded softie? The answer will help determine the sort of country Australia becomes.
Will it be one that encourages empathy and the selfless volunteering/community spirit we have seen during this bushfire crisis? Or will Australia lurch towards a rationalist ''what's in it for me'' ethos the political zealots around Abbott prefer?
Abbott's volunteering work is a great example of what the nation needs leading into a summer of fires, floods and cyclones. Through his actions and policies such as the Green Army and Auscorps for university students, he seems to stand for self-sacrifice for the common good. Contrary to my colleague Mark Kenny's view, I believe Abbott should keep volunteering - we need him to be a role model for community cohesion.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/if-abbott-gives-in-to-his-better-nature-he-may-turn-out-to-be-the-ideal-leader-for-a-land-of-fires-and-floods-20131022-2vz6d.html#ixzz2iUh4k68J
Gus: and the more fires, the more need for firefighters... The situation ISN'T GOING TO IMPROVE WITH ABBOTT'S POLCY of removing the carbon pricing... The carbon pricing is essential to reduce our emissions of CO2 — increase which, by a not so strange cause and effect process, also increases the risks of bushfires.