Today we remember the 75 lives that were lost during the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983.
On February 16, 1983, more than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110 km/h caused widespread destruction across Victoria and South Australia. Years of severe drought and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. There were 13 CFA (Country Fire Authority) and 3 SA Country Fire Service volunteer fire-fighters who died that day.
"This is why. Because having lost my partner in a horrible pedestrian accident this month I had to ask policemen if I was 'allowed' to write Spouse on incident reports. I had to cross out boxes for husband on the death certificate and boxes for father on our new baby's birth certificate (both on the same day). I had to yell out in a busy, crazy emergency room "She is my wife, I know it's not legal but she is my wife!" Because we were never political, we just did our thing, did our life our way and tried to live by example to shift peoples hearts rather than pushing agendas. BUT the amount of freaking paper work I am having to do to secure mine and my children's future welfare is just ridiculous when all it would take is one marriage certificate.
And most of all because I love her, and she has been my every day for ten years, She is the mother of our two girls, she is the future I dreamed of and she is my safe place to land. Because love is love and we should celebrate it and encourage it always. The world is harsh enough.
Feel free to share widely - #thisiswhy" - Lara Ryan
TATTOO FOR FREE FOOD? If you get a San Churro tattoo, the Northbridge and East Victoria Park restaurants claim they'll offer you a lifetime of free churros. The AMA has called the concept "moronic" and "bizarre". What are your thoughts? Would you do it?
Drive thru or scare thru? We helped Adam prank his mates for Halloween… Dare you to stop by and try our new Halloween Whopper. Watch the full video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybrdNpUTRRg 🎃 #HJHalloween
An 8 week old puppy was found left for dead in Truganina Park on Wednesday this week.
She was found bashed and burnt.
She was taken to a local emergency vet who did everything they could to treat and rehydrate her, but her condition kept deteriorating. The extent of her injuries had already damaged her internal organs and would have affected her future growth. They made the tough decision to end her suffering and put her to sleep one last time.
This poor baby would not have suffered in silence. Someone must have seen or heard something - please share to get the word out there and help us find the person/s responsible for this!
Full details here: http://www.rspcavic.org/media/latest-news/#BurntPuppy
We apologise for the graphic image, it's awful and we understand that, but we're hoping this helps someone recognise this pup so they can come forward and provide the information we need for our investigation. Please, please share.
There's no denying it - a terrible record on healthcare almost cost the Turnbull Government this election.
Everywhere you turn, Coalition MPs and conservative commentators are blaming their shocking result on a 'Medi-scare' campaign. But the healthcare campaign wasn't just coming from the opposition: it featured doctors, nurses, healthcare workers of all stripes, not to mention a massive coalition of community groups.
And in a show of his true feelings yesterday, Treasurer Morrison warned that Medicare can't be a "money pit".
The electorate sent the Coalition a clear message on healthcare - shame it's falling on deaf ears.