183 Arrested In Australia On Arson Charges Over ‘Last Few Months’ Sydney News Reports

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SYDNEY, AUS. (THECOUNT) — A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.

In New South Wales, 24 people were arrested for arson, risking prison sentences of up to 25 years.

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In Queensland, police concluded that 103 of the fires had been deliberately lit, with 98 people, 67 of them juveniles, having been identified as the culprits, reports ZeroHedge.

“The link between arsonists and the deadly fires that devastate Australia every summer is well known and well documented, with the rate of deliberately lit fires escalating rapidly during the school holiday period,” reports Breitbart’s Simon Kent.

Around 85 percent of bushfires are caused by humans either deliberately or accidentally starting them, according to Dr Paul Read, co-director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson.

“About 85 per cent are related to human activity, 13 per cent confirmed arson and 37 per cent suspected arson,” he said.

“The remainder are usually due to reckless fire lighting or even just children playing with fire.”

The news also highlighted the link between school holidays and kids starting fires, commenting:

“School holidays are a prime time for fire bugs, but especially over summer.” The kids have got time to get out there and light, and the most dangerous adults choose hot days.”

“Police are now working on the premise arson is to blame for much of the devastation caused this bushfire season,” reports 7 News Sydney.

New environmental policies that restrict “prescribed burning,” where land owners burn off flammable ground cover in cooler months in a controlled manner so it doesn’t contribute to bushfires, have also exacerbated the problem.

The fact that the bushfires were deliberately started and have nothing to do with man-made climate change hasn’t prevented that being the dominant narrative.

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Geo quick facts: Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area – Wikipedia.

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  • dansilvan

    True. It is a fact that some people refuse to face, like the one person who down voted your comment. Starting wildfires during the dry season has been ordered by ISIS and other muslims as part of their jihad. Several were arrested in Canada that were muslim, but then the media was ordered to stop publishing their names. I suspect the same in Oz and the EU.

  • Nordiclady

    The Muslims started the fires, terrorists committing terror, it’s what they do.

  • Mr. Happy

    The little arsonists were likely hired by some SJW, perhaps Russell Crow.

  • Flower Mom

    I am thinking terrorists such as the shootings in religious buildings. Never forget that brush fires are well know events in Australia and have been for years and years. There is a dry season, and the Aborigines worship fire and use it in their traditions. They do not clear dry brush similar to in California laws and traditions. Australia’s fires were seen in space a decade ago.

  • Adam

    I bet “environmentalists” not children set these fires so they could yell about global warming. These people are seriously mentally ill, as they wipe out their own environment and kill all the animals for their narrative!