Agree about Australia, it would be monumentally irresponsible to run the event in these conditions.
On the ERC, kudos to Chris Ingram, but it wasn't a very impressive championship campaign. He was never the best driver and basically inherited the win through others misfortune. Although the finale, with a puncture ruining his slim championship lead, only for his remaining competitor to suffer a worse puncture. Pure Hollywood! Lukyanuk is far and away the better driver though.
The ERC really needs a boost. IT seems to be the Outer Edges of Europe Rally Championship. Where are the rounds in Finland, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and France? You know, the countries with flourishing rally scenes? All comes down the money, probably, and some FIA desire to develop the sport in these obscure locations. Which is why the international championship contender entry is so poor. Mind you, the ERC has traditionally been pretty naff, for those who remember the old days of coefficient 1, 2, e etc rallies which meant that two crews could contest the ERC without ever being on the same rally together.