Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, February 18, 2004
UNCLE COULD SEE this coming, just like Canberra's Premier Lite, Jon Stanhope could see the fires coming.

His tsar of emergency services, Peter Lucas-Smith told him and his entire "cabinet" about the impending fire-storm two days before it happened.

None of them told the people of Canberra, four of whom lost their lives, and several thousand of them lost their homes.

Meanwhile Stanhope, Lucas-Smith and the rest are still in their jobs.

It must be the Peter Beattie magic wand at work.