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Fires in Australia
Feb 8th, 2009 at 10:52pm
 
What is going on down there?

Brian?

You okay?

Nigel? Can you smell smoke?

Sounds unbelievable.

htthttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7878123.stm
 
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Reply #1 - Feb 8th, 2009 at 11:32pm
 
Rad wrote on Feb 8th, 2009 at 10:52pm:
Nigel? Can you smell smoke?

Smell no, but New Zealand (primarily in the south) has been having orange sunsets due to the pall of smoke being blown across the Tasman (as also happened quite memorably when the peat fires were raging in Indonesia not that long ago).

Rad wrote on Feb 8th, 2009 at 10:52pm:
Sounds unbelievable.

This isn't the first major firestorm to have devastated Australian urban areas (the most recent being the fires of 2003 which swept through a large part of Canberra), although this is probably the worst. The unbelievable part is the fact many fires appear to have been deliberately lit, including (according to some reports) behind firebreaks.

There's a lot more from Australian news outlets like The Age and Channel 9.
 
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 9th, 2009 at 2:34am
 
Hunters have been lighting fires in the Australian bush for 80,000 years. The purpose of these fires was to drive out game and to encourage new grass to grow to attract game for the future. In the last 200 years, arsonists have caused many of the major bushfires. They are rarely caught. Lightning strikes in summer are a natural cause of bushfires. We have to be careful where we camp in summer. Some areas have a bad reputation.

Bushfires have changed our native flora. Prior to the arrival of man our predominant flora were acacias. Now it's the fire tolerant eucalyptus.
 
 
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Reply #3 - Feb 9th, 2009 at 10:03am
 
I read/saw this article this morning: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7878412.stm

Were you born-n-raised down under? Or did you move there?

I heard it's not easy to migrate there without possessing some special/needed professional skill (brain-surgery, etc). Never heard anybody say they didn't love Australia.
 
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Reply #4 - Feb 9th, 2009 at 2:20pm
 
Rad,

Born in Sydney but our family moved towns every five years or so because of Dad's work.

I don't think it's hard to migrate to Australia if you have a special skill. An easy way is to run your boat onto our coastline and claim Refugee status. But you may spend a few years in a Detention Centre.

http://www.migrationexpert.com/australia/visa/skilled_independent_visa_australia...
 
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 9th, 2009 at 2:24pm
 
Rad wrote on Feb 9th, 2009 at 10:03am:
I heard it's not easy to migrate there without possessing some special/needed professional skill (brain-surgery, etc).

That's more recent; historically, Australia was always pretty open to immigration. Current policies are set in large measure to deal with flows of refugees ("boat people", originally in the 1970's refugees from Vietnam, continue to come from various places) and economic migrants from over south-east asia, most of whom transit through Indonesia.

And actually, the range of skills considered urgently needed (at least down to last year) included pretty much anything. Plumbers, builders, you name it. Australia generally doesn't train enough skilled workers of any kind, and in some industries the shortfall is immense, although it's made up for somewhat by a large flow of - mostly younger, freshly trained - skilled migrants from New Zealand, which itself has been suffering a severe shortage of skilled workers and a critically tight labour market.

This is the government's list of major skills shortages and there's a larger list for employer-nominated immigration.

So, it's actually not that hard to emigrate to Australia, especially if you come from an English-speaking country and especially an OECD one (so your qualifications will be recognised without any fuss). The points-based assessment is similar to that in New Zealand and that by itself means that (I'd say, anyway) it's easier to enter Australia as a skilled worker than the United States.
 
 
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Reply #6 - Feb 9th, 2009 at 4:38pm
 
Suppose they need any Computer Tech's ???

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