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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 into management of 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

Media Release

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfire Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP - A group of independent scientists has written to all Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and increased bushfire risk.



Speech

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Rosalie Woodruff Premiers Address Reply

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Taking stock of the start of 2020 must start with us recognising that we have so much more to do to provide justice to Aboriginal Tasmanians and to provide them with a real voice in the democracy.



Media Release

Monday, 10 February 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP - The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds, yet it is accelerating under the Gutwein Government. 



Media Release

Monday, 27 January 2020

Does Peter Gutwein Believe Eric or the Experts?

Cassy O'Connor MP - Senator Eric Abetz’s attempts to blame the Greens for this season’s bushfires is unsurprising given he has made a career out of deceitful, green-bashing politics.



Media Release

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

Cassy O'Connor MP - In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency, as fires still burn here and on the mainland, it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 



Media Release

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Tasmanian Fires

Cassy O'Connor MP - On behalf of the Greens, I extend our deepest gratitude to the those fighting the fires and everyone supporting them. They represent the best of the Tasmanian spirit.



Media Release

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

Cassy O'Connor MP - We are proud to announce Pat Caruana as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Huon.



Speech

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the move to suspend standing orders to debate a Motion without Notice of censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management.



Question

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Labor Motion - Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff discusses firefighting resourcing and the climate denial of the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management in Labor's motion on bushfire preparedness.



Question

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Bushfire Readiness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over ABC reporting on Tasmania Fire Service staff concerns with resourcing in the south.



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Shelton Dismisses Firefighter Warnings

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Speech

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Adjournment - Increasing Bushfire Severity

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Speech

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Greens Motion - Bushfire Preparation

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff moves and debates a motion calling on the government to report on progress implementing bushfire review recommendations.



Speech

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Question

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Bushfires - Availability of Remote Area Teams

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management how many TFS remote area team staff are currently be able to be mobilised.



Media Release

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Question

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Implementation of Bushfire Review Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management over their failure to ensure our remote firefighting capability is sufficient.



Question

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Bushfire Readiness - Press Review and AFAC Review Recommendations

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over interstate assistance during bushfires and the progress on Bushfire review recommendations.



Media Release

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Question

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Commonwealth Funding for Bushfire Protection

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over why he has failed to request additional firefighting funding from the Australian Government.



Question

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

AFAC Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.



Speech

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Adjournment - Southern Tasmania Total Fire Ban

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the total fire ban in the south of Tasmania.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Liberal Spin Won't Protect Communities from Bushfires

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Speech

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Matter of Public Importance - Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff discusses failure to adopt a series of bushfire policy recommendations in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Adjournment - Bushfire Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to raise some concerns shared with us by Margaretta Pos, a resident of the east coast who lives in the Falmouth area. She has written to us and to the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage about her concerns about the bushfire risk in the Falmouth area and the whole of the east coast.



Media Release

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Firefighting Details Hidden as Scorcher Summer Approaches

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Question

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Bushfire Resources - Budget Allocation

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.



Motion

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Greens Motion - Bushfires and Climate Emergency

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Government to provide information relating to the implementation of recommendations from independent bushfire reviews.



Media Release

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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. 



Media Release

Thursday, 29 August 2019

East Coast Fire Danger Under Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania, with ground conditions already above normal fire potential.



Speech

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.



Speech

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.



Media Release

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 



Speech

Thursday, 11 April 2019

State of the State

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.



Media Release

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Premier's Climate Inaction Increases State's Bushfire Threat

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Adjournment - Response to Recommendations on Bushfires

Cassy O'Connor MP - What we learned from the Premier this morning is that about 95 000 hectares or around 6 per cent of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been burned.



Media Release

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Premier Confirms Wilderness Devastation

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Speech

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Adjournment - Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Premier Fails Students' Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Media Release

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Bushfire Emergency Highlights Urgent Need to Heed Climate Council Report

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Media Release

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Remembering the Devastation of 1967, Learning Lessons for the Future

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires.



Media Release

Friday, 13 January 2017

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

Cassy O'Connor MP - From 13 January to 15 March last year, dry lightning strikes sparked 145 fires that burned approximately 126 800 hectares across the State, including an estimated 19 800 ha (1.3%) of the TWWHA.



Media Release

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

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



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Flood Inquiry Welcome, but Ignores Climate Change

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Friday, 15 July 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.



Question

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Cassy O'Connor MP - We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Motion

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fire Management and Planning Need Adequate Resources for Remote Fireys

Cassy O'Connor MP - Motion calling on the Hodgman Government to properly fund the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, enabling it to retain its experienced remote firefighters and to undertake effective fire management planning and operations throughout the year in the lead up to the fire season.



Media Release

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

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



Media Release

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Cassy O'Connor MP - It is clear from a Right to Information request we lodged that Mr Groom sat on his hands for at least two weeks after the fires began on 13 January and that no request was made to the Commonwealth for help.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.



Media Release

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Premier Fails to Address the Biggest Issue in State of the State

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

It is Time to Recall Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

Cassy O'Connor MP - With an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked.



Media Release

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Where is the Premier in Tasmania's Time of Crisis?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Monday, 25 January 2016

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

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



Media Release

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

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



Speech

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie speaks to the Matter of Public Importance on Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania.



Motion

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Tasmania must be ready for more fires

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

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.



Media Release

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Liberal Party: Heads in the Sand on Global Warming

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.