CFA Fixville – No one here gets out alive

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards Aldous Huxley 1 The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has legislative responsibility for handling fire and other related emergencies throughout regional Victoria in Australia. It employed a significant proportion of volunteers and regularly conducted firefighting and emergency response exercises at its spiritual home, …

A Fountainhead of Safety? – The Australian Institute of Heinrich and Skinner

History never says goodbye - It really means see you later Eduardo Galeano A Karl Marx essay, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon is the source of a renowned quote from many historians…….History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. It reflects and aligns with Hegel’s philosophy regarding the apparent reincarnation of tragic global …

The sinister solipsism of iSafety – Welfare or warfare?

The sinister solipsism of iSafety - Welfare or warfare? It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen George Orwell 1 The totalitarian miasma of George Orwell’s dystopia has besieged society. Indeed,…….Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past. Since the late 1990s Australia …

A patronising disposition of unaccountable power

A patronising disposition of unaccountable power An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern Tony Benn 1 In November 2017, the former executive director of SafeWork South Australia, Marie Boland was appointed by Safe Work Australia to review the model work health and safety laws. The subsequent report was released in February 2019 …

Crisis? What crisis?

Crisis? What crisis? Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest Denis Diderot 1 The United Kingdom during the 1970s experienced the best of times with the lingering aftermath of the swinging sixties and the worst of times, which included its infamous winter of discontent. …