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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


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Preparedness

None of us in this state really live in a place where we can be confident that we will not be physically affected by the possibility of bushfires.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 23 September 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Preparedness

The clear and overwhelming evidence is that there is a strong link between logging native forest and increased bushfire risk.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Preparedness

In 2018-19 205 000 hectares of Tasmanian landscape was burnt. Over 40 per cent of that was in the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Jaensch Leaves Parks' Tanks Half Full, Unprepared for B...

Tasmanians will be left feeling disturbed after Minister Jaensch confirmed Parks and Wildlife's current vehicle fleet is unfit for fighting bushfires. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Season - Replacement of Parks and Wildlife Service...

We are concerned about the preparedness of the Parks and Wildlife Service to tackle fires in wilderness and remote regions.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Dr Jennifer Sanger - Withdrawal from Publication of Scientif...

I rise to put on record, concerns at the low attack by a member of the Labor Party at some highly respected and credentialled Tasmanian scientists.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Liberals and Labor Attacking Scientists to Cover for Bushfir...

There is apparently no low Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, and his Labor counterpart, Shane Broad, won’t stoop to to defend current logging practices.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 30 August 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

PESRAC Report Ignores Climate Emergency

Tasmanians have been sadly let down by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 21 July 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Plan for Bushfire Season Now

UTAS bushfire experts are right, the increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires cannot be underestimated. The State Government must be preparing themselves now.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 July 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire and Climate Summit Warning for Tasmania

The 33 Emergency Leaders for Climate Action were crystal clear - our worsening extreme weather is caused by burning fossil fuels.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 10 June 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfi...

Independent scientists have written to Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and bushfire risk.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 27 May 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Rosalie Woodruff Premiers Address Reply

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.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 5 March 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfi...

The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 10 February 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Does Peter Gutwein Believe Eric or the Experts?

Eric Abetz’s attempt to blame the Greens for bushfires is unsurprising given he has made a career out of deceitful, green-bashing politics.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 27 January 2020


Aboriginal Flag

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 26 January 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Tasmanian Fires

On behalf of the Greens, I extend our deepest gratitude to the those fighting the fires and everyone supporting them.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 31 December 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

We are proud to announce Pat Caruana as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Huon.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 11 December 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Manag...

Madam Speaker, this is an extremely serious topic and we support the Opposition's moving it for debate today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 28 November 2019


Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 28 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Preparedness

The minister continues to read a shopping list of the sort of activities any fire service would be doing as its basic bread and butter activity.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Readiness

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over ABC reporting on Tasmania Fire Service staff concerns with resourcing in the south.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Shelton Dismisses Firefighter Warnings

Mr Shelton attempted to distract from botched firefighting preparations by scorning the senior Tasmania Fire Service staff.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Increasing Bushfire Severity

It is clear that Liberal Government inhabits a dangerous fantasy world. It is one which we need to strongly counter.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Preparation

Rosalie Woodruff moves and debates a motion calling on the government to report on progress implementing bushfire review recommendations.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Preparedness

That was a very revealing answer from the minister about the number of remote area teams that are not available in the south of the state today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfires - Availability of Remote Area Teams

Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management how many TFS remote area team staff are currently be able to be mobilised.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

The Minister dodged questions about how many remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Implementation of Bushfire Review Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management over their failure to ensure our remote firefighting capability is sufficient.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 12 November 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Readiness - Press Review and AFAC Review Recommenda...

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over interstate assistance during bushfires and the progress on Bushfire review recommendations.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 12 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparednes...

The catastrophic fires in the northern states are a tragic reminder of the climate emergency unfolding around us.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 12 November 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Commonwealth Funding for Bushfire Protection

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over why he has failed to request additional firefighting funding from the Australian Government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

AFAC Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Southern Tasmania Total Fire Ban

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the total fire ban in the south of Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Liberal Spin Won't Protect Communities from Bushfires

Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 October 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff discusses failure to adopt a series of bushfire policy recommendations in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 26 September 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Risk

An east coast resident has written to us and to the Minister with concerns about bushfire risk in the Falmouth area.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Firefighting Details Hidden as Scorcher Summer Approaches

The Minister has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the AFAC review.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Resources - Budget Allocation

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfires and Climate Emergency

The bushfire season has started early and ferociously in eastern Australia, with large out of control bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

Both Labor and the Liberals voted against a motion calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

East Coast Fire Danger Under Liberals

Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 29 August 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bus...

Cassy O'Connor responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 8 August 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bus...

Rosalie Woodruff responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 8 August 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 23 May 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

State of the State

Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 11 April 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Premier's Climate Inaction Increases State's Bushf...

The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 11 April 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Response to Recommendations on Bushfires

About 95 000 hectares or around 6 per cent of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been burned.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Premier Confirms Wilderness Devastation

The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

There are still questions to be answered about the response to the Gell River fire.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Premier Fails Students' Call for Action on Climate Cris...

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.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Bushfire Emergency Highlights Urgent Need to Heed Climate Co...

The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Remembering the Devastation of 1967, Learning Lessons for th...

Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Bushfire, Burned Forest

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting...

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 15 July 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Tthe Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

State of the State Address in Reply

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 18 February 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

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

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 28 January 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

bushfire permit period decision correct

Two days of total fire ban were declared in parts of the state on Saturday 3 and Tuesday 6 October and conditions were forecast a number of days beforehand.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania

Rosalie speaks to the Matter of Public Importance on Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 24 September 2015


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Tasmania must be ready for more fires

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre have warned of a longer bushfire season at a higher than normal risk.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Liberal Party: Heads in the Sand on Global Warming

The Liberals showed us their true colours today at their State Council meeting, seriously debating whether global warming was reality or just Green propaganda.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 5 September 2015