At the beginning of the year, australian wildfires have been raging for four months. According to the Australian federal government, the total number of fires in the states has exceeded 10 million hectares,27 people have been killed by the fire, thousands of homes have been destroyed in the fire, and there are countless rare Australian animals and plants that have been buried in flames. Although the mountain fire is a natural disaster, but the months are not extinguished, the ruling people are to blame. The ongoing wildfires have exposed the two major shortcomings of the Australian government in governing in recent years.
First, light people's livelihood, heavy confrontation, re-expansion of the army. Despite the country's frequent wildfires, the federal government has repeatedly justified the long-standing lack of adequate firefighters and fire equipment, citing financial difficulties. But australians have the impression that the federal government has poor fire money, poor health care, poor education, poor poverty alleviation and poor infrastructure, but not bad money to \"catch a spy\" or to expand the military.
The continued spread of the wildfires is directly related to the shortage of firefighters and fire equipment. Australia's hot summer, dry days, very prone to mountain fires. And eucalyptus is very fat, once the fire spread quickly, it is difficult to put out, which makes fire prevention and fire fighting work extremely important.
However, because of the economic downturn, Australia's federal and state governments have become increasingly fiscally constrained and have been forced to repeatedly reduce national social welfare and education costs. Even the \"Northern Big Development\" program, which was planned years ago, has been shelved for lack of money, leaving the need for additional personnel and equipment for fire protection even more undone. A few months after the mountain fire spread, the Morrisons government reluctantly agreed to allocate A $20 million to add firefighters and equipment, ignoring calls for more money to pay for overtime for firefighters and volunteers, according to media disclosures.
Despite the lack of money in every aspect of the country's economy and people's livelihood, the current government is particularly enthusiastic about \"catching spy\" and expanding the army to prepare for war. A few days ago, after hearing from the authorities, mr. morrison immediately decided to allocate $80 million to \"detect and capture foreign spies\" in australia's various government departments, educational and scientific institutions and key economic and telecommunications agencies. People analyzed that the \"spy\" department will be so serious and get a huge amount of money, if nothing, it is difficult to explain to the public. It is hard to predict whether the relevant departments will introduce \"scapegoats\" and then create \"wrongs\" and have a negative impact on normal international economic and trade cooperation and economic development.
In addition, the australian government has also substantially increased military spending in recent years, and plans to allocate an additional $400 billion over the next 10 years to buy advanced warplanes and submersible ships, jianfeng said, self-evident. This kind of national economy is born regardless, blindly \"want cannon, do not butter\" the governing orientation should reflect.
The second is to ignore national conditions, regardless of right and wrong, blindly follow the United States. Since the end of World War II, Australia has dominated the United States, even known as the \"51st state \"of the United States. However, Australia's geographical environment is significantly different from that of the United States, which faces the sea on all sides and is deeply affected by climate change and sea level rise. This time the wildfires have proved the depth and breadth of the impact of climate change on Australia.
But on this issue of vital interest to Australia, the current government blindly follows American policy, ignoring national interests and the well-being of its people. The u. s.government withdrew from the paris accord for its own self-interest, and mr. morrison then offered \"allegiance \", radically changing australia's climate stance and policy and refusing to attend the new york climate conference. Morrison even criticized the United Nations and most of the world's joint efforts to tackle global climate change as \"negative \"globalism and as \"international bureaucracy \"intervention in \"sovereign state governance \". In response to calls from the pacific island nations for australia to respond to un calls to reduce carbon emissions, prime minister morrison argued that climate change and sea-level rise had no scientific basis and even unjustifiably hit back at the island saying \"australia itself will not destroy the climate \".
In fact, Australia has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world and is one of the few countries in the world that is still mining a lot of coal. The current government has done little to reduce carbon emissions. Labour leaders have criticised Mr Morrison's government's long-standing indifference to climate change, stressing that Australia's poor response to global climate change under its leadership is at the bottom of the G20 economy, and that Australia is struggling to meet the Paris agreement's carbon targets.
Australia's wildfires have once again put the issue of climate change at the forefront of public opinion, but mr morrison's government has shied away from the issue and has no intention of adjusting climate policy and stance. On the issue of climate change and sea-level rise, which are of vital interest to australia, the mr morrison's government, despite its long-term national interests, should also reflect on american policy-making. (The author is the lead researcher at the Pacific Island Research Centre, Liaocheng University)