Andrew Bolt has some good ideas for a revised stimulus package.
84 confirmed dead, among them Brian Naylor and his wife.
From Andrew Bolt, many deaths were people who had left it too late to flee and were trapped in their cars either by MVAs or the road by fallen trees.
Not far away in Kinglake, the dawn revealed another horrific scene - a jumbled collection of burnt-out cars lining the roads out of the doomed township.Update III:
These cars were carrying the families who never made it out of the town. Some had crashed into each other in their panic to escape the inferno that had surrounded their town. Others had their only escape route blocked by fallen trees as the fiery apocalypse enveloped them.
A frightening story of survival, How we cheated the flames of death. Gary Hughes for the Australian.
They call it "ember attack". Those words don't do it justice.(link from Andrew Bolt's coverage)
It is a fiery hailstorm from hell driving relentlessly at you. The wind and driving embers explore, like claws of a predator, every tiny gap in the house. Embers are blowing through the cracks around the closed doors and windows.
We frantically wipe at them with wet towels. We are fighting for all we own. We still have hope.
The house begins to fill with smoke. The smoke alarms start to scream. The smoke gets thicker.
I go outside to see if the fire front has passed. One of our two cars under a carport is burning. I rush inside to get keys for the second and reverse it out into an open area in front of the house to save it.
That simple act will save our lives. I rush back around the side of the house, where plastic plant pots are in flames. I turn on a garden hose. Nothing comes out.
I look back along its length and see where the flames have melted it. I try to pick up one of the carefully positioned plastic buckets of water I've left around the house. Its metal handle pulls away from the melted sides.
Ninety-three confirmed dead (Blair, with links).
One-hundred and eight (Blair, with links to other information).
128 (Andrew Bolt) and news.com.au
For all the miraculous, heroic escape stories you hear spare a thought for those stories we will never hear.