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To Display Honesty & Courage... (posted at the request of Mick Macfarlane)

The first of the media arrived after lunch on the Monday, just one car with a reporter and cameraman,… Continue

Posted by SMP on March 25, 2010 at 8:33 — 1 Comment


In 1927 Mr. Ernest W. Cox, then President of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria formed the National Safety Council (NSCA). The objectives-of this new organisation were: safety at work, safety on the roads and safety at home. From the outset it… Continue

Posted by Klaus on December 28, 2009 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Brilliant concept

Mobile phone running low on battery? Charge up with water...…


Posted by SMP on March 1, 2012 at 8:30

Australian Army grounds entire Black Hawk fleet

Posted by SMP on January 21, 2012 at 9:10

Report on Queensland Floods

Full Interim report on recent Queensland Floods (from Commission of Inquiry):… Continue

Posted by SMP on August 2, 2011 at 13:33

Rick P.

To those of you who may remember Rick there is an article published in the West Australian newspaper on 11-2-11 (front page) regarding the tragic loss of his youngest son to brain and spinal cancer. Ric is active in raising funds for cancer research… Continue

Posted by Morris Keith Walburn on February 12, 2011 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Happy Australia Day 2011

The Australian Government website is still listing John Friedrich as Order of Australia's recipient!! See link:… Continue

Posted by SMP on January 26, 2011 at 10:30 — 1 Comment



We have set up this Network for the purpose of sharing information on a number of issues surrounding the closure of the National Safety Council of Australia (Victorian Division) and giving the opportunity for all involved to have their say in what really happened at the time. Looking back, there seems to have been real haste in shutting down this extraordinarily purposeful organization. There are many, many questions that remain unanswered despite the noise made by the media at the time (with so little answers as it transpired).
Here are a few:

• Did anyone in the public know the full extent of the good work NSCA (Vic) was doing and involved with?
• With so much goodwill from the hundreds of people involved in search-and-rescue and firefighting - to name a couple of services they provided - why did the government chose not to keep it going?
• Would it have made a difference having this organization today, particularly in view of disaster like "Black Saturday" bushfires (with respect to the great work many did on and since that day)?
• Who really was John Friedrich? Was he really just a conman or a visionary?
• Why did all investigations stop after his death, that occurred only a few days before his day in court and did he really pulled the trigger?


The National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) is a national organization, which is still operating today. The National Safety Council of Australia (Victorian Division) - NSCA (Vic) - mentioned in these pages, was a separate company which no longer exists. Please read all mentions of the National Safety Council, NSCA or any reference to the Safety Council or the Council within these pages as being intended to be the National Safety Council of Australia (Victorian division), not the current national organization.


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