Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, March 18, 2004

It's my city and I'll burn it if I want to, said Canberra's chief fireman, Peter Lucas-Smith, when his NSW counterpart offered to help with the approaching bushfires in January last year.

His boss, Premier Lite Stanhope, just looked on. He was too busy with his Bill of Rights at the time.

Phil Koperberg, the NSW fire boss, sent a deputy down to Canberra anyway, just to watch it happen, and learn.

That's the least John Howard can do. If you can't make the clowns on the ACT Assembly resist the seduction of Rightsism, at least he can send someone to watch closely the mess it brings, and help the rest of the country to learn.