There’s no way around it. If you forcibly restrict people’s ability to act on their free will which implicitly means their ability to impact on the environment around them, you will destroy human life in one way or another.
I’ve been doing a bit of reading today and it seems the evidence is pretty good to show how government policy can kill people in very direct ways. The socialization of Victoria’s forests in the 1920s and in the 1970s both led to massive bushfires a decade or so later because back burning was reduced.
Recently there have been successful political pressure from green groups to reduce back burning and obviously reductions in back burning will increase bush fire severity.
In addition the ridiculous increases in regulations and the violations of property rights by councils have all led to massively increasing the severity of the fires. (see article)
Fire is a natural part of the Australian forest ecosystem. Fire germinates some flora’s seeds. Obviously Australia is bush fire prone and people must prepare for fires.
I hope I’m wrong but I suspect the masses are too dumb to put 2 and 2 together and instead of reducing government control we’ll see it increased now.
The only good thing I can think of that will come out of this horrible tragedy is that I reckon the sale of concrete bunkers will now go up.