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The world is in a climate emergency. With this comes significant challenges and risks from bushfires, particularly in a wild state like ours. Tasmania must have the resources to address bushfires, and particularly the difficulties associated with remote fires.

In 2016 and 2019, after the massive fires in the TWWHA, two external reviews of managing bushfires were commissioned. The recommendations for these reviews still have not been implemented. This means Tasmania's firefighters aren't supported as best they can be with appropriate resources, equipment, and administration and coordination arrangements.

The Government must do everything it can to support our firefighters. This means prioritising resourcing, and actioning all recommendations from external and internal reviews.

 

What can I do?

You can write to the Premier and Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management and demand they commit to fully implement all the recommendations from the 2016 Tony Press review and 2019 AFAC review.

 

 

In Parliament and the Media

Thursday, 28 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff discusses firefighting resourcing and the climate denial of the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management in Labor's motion on bushfire preparedness.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over ABC reporting on Tasmania Fire Service staff concerns with resourcing in the south.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
In Parliament today, Mr Shelton attempted to distract from botched firefighting preparations by scorning the senior Tasmania Fire Service staff who have confirmed “it’s luck that’s getting us by” when it comes to managing bushfire emergencies.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the Adjournment regarding the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management's apparent dismissal of Climate Change as the cause of increasing fire severity.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff moves and debates a motion calling on the government to report on progress implementing bushfire review recommendations.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks on Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Bushfire Preparedness, discussing the availability of remote area firefighters and the recommendations from the 2016 Tony Press review and 2019 AFAC review.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management how many TFS remote area team staff are currently be able to be mobilised.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Once again, the Minister to Police, Fire and Emergency Management dodged questions about how many Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management over their failure to ensure our remote firefighting capability is sufficient.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over interstate assistance during bushfires and the progress on Bushfire review recommendations.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
When asked this morning, the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management, Mark Shelton, refused to disclose when our full contingent of Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters will be ready to be deployed. Nor would he disclose why he has failed to skill up volunteer crews for remote firefighting.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over why he has failed to request additional firefighting funding from the Australian Government.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the total fire ban in the south of Tasmania.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season, but the only firefighting effort the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services is attempting is political.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff discusses failure to adopt a series of bushfire policy recommendations in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the recent independent AFAC review.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Government to provide information relating to the implementation of recommendations from independent bushfire reviews.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Irresponsibly, both Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens motion in Parliament calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Cassy O'Connor responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Rosalie Woodruff responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.
Thursday, 23 May 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Expenditure on roads and bridges reaches $1.5 billion over the forward estimates and only $200 million is allocated to new affordable housing, not one cent of it is new money.

Thursday, 11 April 2019
Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk. In Parliament today he refused to stand against his coal-loving party, and reassure Tasmanians he would provide substantial resourcing for climate change adaptation, bushfire preparation and response capability in the upcoming State Budget.
Thursday, 21 March 2019

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this 
morning in parliament in response to a Dorothy Dix question from the 
member for Lyons, Mr Shelton, we had some information come out of the part-
time Parks minister and Premier, Mr Hodgman. This of course is almost 
three months after the fires first started in Gell River in the south-west, 
but as a result of those thousands of dry lightning strikes that struck 
this state in the summer months which we all know, although the Premier 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from the recent – and still burning – bushfires.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I echo 
what the minister has passed on in terms of this parliament's gratitude 
and certainly the Tasmanian Greens gratitude to everyone who took part in 
responding to the fires, to our Parks and Wildlife Service firies, to the 
TFS firefighters and to the Forestry Tasmania firefighters. I also want 
to acknowledge that we were provided with two briefings during the fires, 
as we requested them, in order to understand the greater impact of those 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Last Friday, about 8,000 passionate young Tasmanians left school to demand politicians take leadership and accept we are living in a climate change crisis. They will be bitterly disappointed at Premier Will Hodgman’s agenda for the next three years of government, where the climate emergency doesn’t rate a mention.
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report, Climate Change-Fuelled Extreme Weather in 2018, confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires. 

Today is a day for reflection, remembrance and a steely determination to never again let fire claim such a heartbreaking toll on our community.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokesperson

Today marks the grim one year anniversary of bushfires that threatened Tasmanian communities and caused irreparable damage to ancient wilderness landscapes, yet the Hodgman Liberal Government continues to starve the Parks and Wildlife Service of the funds it needs to undertake effective fire management.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokesperson

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Last summer’s dry conditions left the TWWHA, the jewel in Tasmania’s wilderness crown, exposed.  Dr Press’ report confirms the government was unprepared.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens' welcome Minister Hidding's announcement of an inquiry into the State's devastating June floods. We commend the Minister on the appointment of former Auditor General, Mike Blake, to oversee the Inquiry.

We are, however, extremely disappointed the Inquiry won't specifically address the role climate change played in the scale and intensity of the floods, and the growing role it will play in extreme weather events in the future.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.

In light of the Committee's call for strict criteria to be developed for tourism in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Minister Groom needs to call an immediate stop to rubber stamping the flawed draft TWWHA Management Plan.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that fires caused by dry lightning strikes are increasing exponentially as a result of climate change.

(2)           Notes the devastation caused by bushfires over the past summer.

(3)           Acknowledges with great sadness that the January 2016 fires burned more than 20,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and destroyed irreplaceable Gondwanan plant species.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire spokesperson

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

Not one single recommendation in the Committee's report calls to review procedures or respond to climate change. These were two of the key reasons for submitting a dissenting report. *

Because of the Committee's membership, it was always going to be a whitewash but the denial around the need to change our response to bushfire management is mind-boggling.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

In Question Time today, neither the Minister for Parks, Mr Groom, nor the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Hidding, could explain why it took so long for the State to request extra remote fire-fighting resources to douse the fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in January this year.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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Madam Speaker,

We meet on the land of an ancient and noble people, land that was taken from them with terrible violence and trickery on the part of the men who came before us.

We do well to remind ourselves often that this land – lutruwita/Tasmania – was never ceded by its original owners.

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader, Parks and Climate Change spokesperson

The Premier spoke for forty minutes in his State of the State address today, and despite acknowledging the drought, unprecedented dry lightning strikes, bushfires that irreversibly damaged the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a devastating virus hurting oyster growers, he only made passing reference to climate change.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.

Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to the job.

Mr Groom's failures as Minister cut across all his portfolios.

Already caught out once misleading Parliament over an MOU with UTAS, Minister Groom has recently made misleading statements in the energy portfolio. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmania is in crisis yet the Liberals are content to wait until March to answer questions in Parliament about what they will do to provide energy security, fix the underfunded mess that is public health in Tasmania and better protect Tasmania’s wilderness areas from fire in the future.  

We are in the midst of an energy crisis, our health system is a mess and our wilderness continues to burn. The Premier should recall Parliament to enable informed debate about these matters of importance to Tasmanians. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

With an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked, the Premier's announcement late yesterday of a review is a woefully inadequate response.

An independent inquiry that calls for expert input and submissions, along with public hearings and a set of recommendations to be made public is clearly required.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmania is burning and we have an unfolding energy crisis, yet the Premier is nowhere to be seen. These are the times when people need their leaders to lead.

When devastating floods hit Queensland in 2011, then-Premier Anna Bligh was there for her community every day, involved with the crisis response and briefing Queenslanders through her daily media appearances.

Premier Hodgman would do well to learn from the former Queensland Premier.  This is not a time to take a back seat, it's a time to lead.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

With weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Emergency Management spokesperson and Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Rosalie Woodruff MP:

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.

No permit was needed for private property owners to burn off vegetation last Friday, but the following day was a total fire ban in the southern district.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

That this House:

1.     Notes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre  warning that Tasmania’s eastern half could face a longer bushfire season at a higher than normal risk this coming summer.

2.     Notes past fire chief Mike Brown’s warnings that climate change had led to an increase in the number of lightning strike fires, a longer fire season and more days of high fire danger.

Saturday, 5 September 2015
The Liberal Party's best and brightest were on display today at their State Council meeting, with the Huon Branch moving a motion to just keep on emitting carbon dioxide and cross our fingers for the best.

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