This is Hard.
I no longer have the strength to complain about this country’s shocking neglect of Climate Change and the repercussions that are inevitable. I can no longer voice my dismay at ‘our’ inept government and its woeful Prime Minister.
My thoughts are only with the people affected by the fires that are consuming our country.
The scenes from Mallacoota are especially heartbreaking and terrifying. The news and pictures of East Gippsland are horrendous.
I lived in Gippsland for 42 years and I know many of the areas affected.
In tv news bulletins, I recognise roads and places I have been and am shocked to the core at the devastation.
I have camped by the lake at Mallacoota and have walked along its shores. The people who live and visit there are, on the whole, a gentle nature loving lot. And now their beloved place is a smouldering wreck.
People have huddled under blankets, waiting for the danger signal to say when they must wade into the water or climb aboard a boat.
The sky has gone from red to black-as-night and the children and pets are frightened. Adults too.
Meanwhile the PM hosts a NYE party and plans his forthcoming trips to China and India to sell Australian coal.
I have no words.
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