It is really great to learn Marie is now back on board.
I was a fulltime Seasonal Firefighter with
Fire Management Unit in Canberra, also long time vollie with SES and CFA.In the services we personally witnessed the post incident kerfuffle internally – relatively a softer version with middle management in ESA tripping over themselves -compared to the full on humiliating legal fiasco in the newspapers. Why are beaurocrats (sic) so soft and spineless. What is it about that line of work that attracts…well…largely cowardly types. Johnboy did I recall reading you’re with the SES? I’ve been watching the Marie dismisal procedure closely. Johnboy you’ll be pleased to know that I turned to your webpage (from Melbourne) to get the verdict on Marie because it wasn’t yet available elsewhere. Yes of course there are a mulittude of aspects to the post-2003 fire scenario. Foremost for me (at this late stage in the game) is I’m pleased to see so many suits being filed by victims of the fires – in their words “If you’d looked after us we wouldn’t need worry about all the hassle of suing you, beloved Stanhope” Wonder what ol’ Val Jefferies of Tharwa Brigade is thinking now. For a long time it was suspected by firies and vollies that people like Mike
Castle and Peter Lucas Smith would be up for criminal prosecution after the inquest – possibly even Comrade Stanhope himself. As
you say – “time will tell, eh”
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