On a scorching day in February 2009, an inferno roared through regional Victoria, killing 173 people. Among the dead were 11 residents of Churchill, Gippsland: victims of two fires lit by an arsonist. Every Australian grows up knowing that bushfires can be fatal in our dry, hot land. So why would someone deliberately start a dangerous blaze? One of Australia’s most considered writers investigates in this devastating account of a devastating day.
Chair: Anton Enus
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Chloe Hooper’s is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, including the acclaimed The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island. Her new book is The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire.
Anton Enus, a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years' experience, has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999.
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