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Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

11 Sep 2019

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire and Emergency Management spokesperson

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. 

The Greens moved to acknowledge those firefighters battling the fires scorching New South Wales and Queensland, and to recognise the recent extreme bushfires in Tasmania, which are more likely to be experienced with global heating.

It is a matter of fact the East Coast’s fire risk is high and will increase. It is acknowledged by the Tasmanian Fire Service.

It’s clear the Liberals have done nothing to implement the recommendations of the AFAC Independent Operational Review and are leaving the community exposed this fire season.

Shockingly, the so-called Opposition voted against the government revealing its commitment to remote area firefighting and the other recommendations from this year’s AFAC report, prior to the upcoming fire season.

This is base politics, and most reckless.

What is the point of Labor members being in Parliament, if they can’t put the safety of Tasmanians above political game playing?

It’s clear neither the Liberals nor Labor understand the nature of fire threat, and are failing to sufficiently prioritise community safety and fire protection. In a time of climate emergency, the Greens will continue to press for government action to keep Tasmanians safe.