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Canaries in the Coal mine

Letter to the Editor

Canaries in the Coal mine I attended the online Climate Council Bushfire Summit June 2020. There were many good speakers including Former NSW Fire Chief Greg Mullins who along with 23 other former Emergency + Fire heads had been at the forefront of voicing to the Coalition Government their concerns about changing fire conditions due to Climate Change well before 2019-2020 Black Summer. Another stand out speaker was Ms Cheryl Durrant Former Director of Australian Defense Force (ADF) Preparedness. She talked about the ADF's Climate Action and disaster planning strategies. She said the ADF had been working on Climate preparedness past 10 or so years. Ten years....this has made me think differently now about the Australian Coalition Government. It has clarified in my mind that the Coalition Government hasn't been so much denying the science of Climate Change, but it hasn't suited their agenda to admit it, and only do now because its too bleeding obvious. The Coalition Government has left us and future generations to be the cannon fodder in their addiction to Resource Rich Australia. We are the canaries in their coal, gas and oil mines. They knew They know Sure a few/some do/did deny the science ...but I don't think most are that dumb. If the Defence forces here and overseas have been developing strategies for 10 years, then what does that tell us ? We and our future generations are being lined up as the foot soldiers in the dying days of Capitalism. Yours sincerely Sukalpa Goldflam MOGILLA 2550 Eden-Monaro Electorate


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