Peter Mayfield is as dumbfounded as the rest of us at the ongoing "the BoM made up climate change" arguments.
Of course there is no "specific study" into how a hotter climate creates the environment for hotter fires; the government wont fund one. Yes, Australia has had many many hot days and they are getting hotter, across more of the country, and for longer when you look at the patterns.
Why would the Bureau of Meteorology want to create "climate change scaremongering"? What's in it for them? While we're at it, what's in it for all the other international climate study organisations trying to pry heads out of the sand? For the APEC Climate Centre? For The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research? For the Centre for Climate Systems Research? For the East Asia Climate Partnership? For the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research?
So many international climate study organisations that all agree human induced climate change is here and has to be mitigated. Perhaps you and Mr Canavan (Resources Minister) think the BoM reach extends to them as well?
J. Darnell, Lake Tabourie
I'll do it online
In the light of the current climate regarding COVID-19 I will be making my submissions on the Milton Ulladulla bypass plans online as I am 76 and don't want to attend meetings with a lot of people present.
J. Clarke, Burrill Lake
Armed with information
I am impressed by the article 'Don't panic about coronavirus - embrace the learning curve'. As an avid reader and keen learner about bacteria and viruses I was privileged to host an Milton-Ulladulla U3A course a few years ago titled 'The mysteries of the microscopic world, Prof. Bruce E. Fleury, The Great Courses'.
For example U3A participants learned the differences between viruses and bacteria, pandemics and epidemics, innate immunity and adaptive immunity, along with lessons learned from the 1918 Flu epidemic which killed between 50-100 million people world-wide. Information is the key. The more information we have available from the medical and scientific community the better prepared we will be. Politicians cannot be relied upon to provide this information, at best they are a conduit only for sound advice from Doctors and medical staff.
U3A is a great starting point for the retired and semi-retired in our community to learn new things and I urge people to consider joining. Above all, be informed, don't stop learning, it may save your life!
J. Panneman, Jerrabombera
Prevention is best
The recent terrorism-related arrest in our South Coast backyard is a timely reminder that we cannot afford to become complacent with respect to the threat of domestic terrorism regardless of how pressing any other issues of the day become.
NSW Police, via the Commonwealth, has an expansive and, to date, effective suite of powers available to it to prevent or respond to terrorism in this state. A temptation exists to water down such powers when no terrorism incidents take place, the paradox being that it was those powers which helped prevent such incidents in the first place.
We cannot get to the point in which our counter-terrorism agencies, including the police, are only given appropriate powers in the aftermath of a terrorism incident. The mantra in the current health crisis,"'prevention is better than the cure", can also be applied to terrorism - a police force empowered to prevent terrorism is far better than a police force empowered only to respond after the event. Just as there is no extant cure to the coronavirus, there is no apparent cure to terrorism. Prevention by way of adequate police powers, updated as required to address the evolving threat, is how we are inoculated against terrorism.