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Title Four Corners: Fire in the Wire
Published Australia : ABC, 2013
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Summary For Australians bushfires have become part of life. In 2003 the Australian Capital Territory burned. In 2009 Victoria was ravaged. This year it's New South Wales' turn. Time after time, millions of hectares of bush and farmland are lost to fire. Homes are destroyed, lives are lost. Each major bushfire is followed by a period of investigation and reflection. Arguments are made about fire fighting tactics, back-burning and tree lopping. Often the finger is pointed at arsonists. But does this obscure a more significant truth?What if many of our worst fires are in fact very much like industrial accidents which could have been prevented? Why in many cases has the one chief cause of major fires been consistently left off the front page?Next week, Four Corners examines the evidence gathered over four decades documenting the causes of our biggest fires. The figures will shock you.Despite tens of millions of dollars spent on research along with numerous inquiries, including a Royal Commission, one source of severe fires continues to ignite deadly blazes with tragic regularity.We ask why have public officials disregarded the lessons of the past that may have prevented our most disastrous fires and we look at the factors holding back changes that might well protect the community in the future
Event Broadcast 2013-10-28 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Arson investigation.
Electric cables -- Insulation.
Electric lines -- Safety measures.
Fires -- Casualties.
Forest fire forecasting.
Forest fires -- Prevention and control.
New South Wales.
Form Streaming video
Author O'Brien, Kerry, host
Thompson, Geoff, reporter
Banbury, Stan, contributor
Blackburn, Maurice, contributor
Broome, Richard, contributor
Brumby, John, contributor
Duffy, Vince, contributor
Fearon, Paul, contributor
Greenland, Bill, contributor
Gunter, Lyn, contributor
Gunter, Michael, contributor
Hallett, Phil, contributor
Kirkham, Roger, contributor
Philp, Graham, contributor
Philpott, Ron, contributor
Rees, R. (Russell), contributor
Rudd, Kevin, contributor
Smith, Jim, contributor
Stubbs, Marilyn, contributor
Sweeting, David, contributor
Tolhurst, Kevin, contributor
Watson, Andrew, contributor
Wilson, Tony, contributor