Time to heed the warnings Melbourne Herald Sun - Melbourne,Australia
Here, let me quote the Department of Sustainability and Environment's fire manager of the very region which contains the now annihilated towns of Kinglake and Marysville, where so many of our 200 dead perished.
Here he is, just 16 months ago, telling a parliamentary inquiry how far behind the DSE was on its paltry targets for prescribed burns - and why:
"It is hard to put a finger on, to say in this urban interface environment how you can increase that level of prescribed burning - double it, to get up to our target - without having a huge influx of resources." (My emphasis.)
Those resources never came.
But resources sure were there for the green causes this Government preferred to chase.