The Australian tourists who endured hell in the New Orleans Superdome have only themselves to blame, said Anita Quigley in Sydneys Daily Telegraph. It was totally irresponsible of those dozen or so Aussies to stay in the city after a state of emergency had been declared. As tourists, they surely had the meanscredit cards or travelers checksto get transport out of there ahead of Hurricane Katrina. But instead, these backpackers wanted to tough it out so they would have another great holiday story of When I Survived the Hurricane. That was their own choice. Now to be whingeing about being abandoned by the Australian government is outrageously passing the buck. Of course it was going to be terrible to be stuck in the city. Thats why the New Orleans government told everyone to evacuate. The U.S. authorities had their hands full dealingalbeit badlywith their own people to rescue. They didnt need to add a bunch of stupid Australian holidaymakers to the equation.