100 days since Bushfire Royal Commission, where’s the plan?

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05 February 2021

Today marks 100 days since the Bushfire Royal Commission handed down its recommendations, and unfortunately bushfire-affected communities are still waiting for an implementation plan from the Federal Government.
“The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires killed at least 33 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes and three billion animals. That’s why in October 2020 the Royal Commissioners made 80 recommendations to ensure Australia was better equipped to respond to natural disasters,” said Senator Murray Watt, Shadow Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management.
“Yet three months later disaster-prone regions are still waiting on the Morrison Government to outline a full timeline for changes.”
To date, the Government has not even accepted all of the recommendations.

“The people of Eden-Monaro need to see our experience count for something and bring about change and a better way,” said Kristy McBain, Member for Eden-Monaro.

“There have been around 240 formal analyses of natural disaster response since 1927, resulting in thousands of findings and recommendations.

“Now that we have the findings of yet another bushfire inquiry, it would be more than unforgivable not to act – it compounds people's trauma.”
As a matter of urgency the Morrison Government must accept responsibility for developing and leading a sovereign aerial firefighting fleet, which will ensure Australia has access to enough valuable firefighting aircraft when fires burn across multiple areas.
“The ongoing bushfire situation in Western Australia is a clear reminder of what is at stake,” Senator Watt said.
“Scott Morrison and his Government cannot afford to continue to sit on their hands and do nothing, like they did in the lead up to the Black Summer bushfires.”
“We must strive to do better.
“Bushfire survivors need, and deserve, a clear plan from the Federal Government as to how it will tackle natural disasters in the future.”

Photo: MPs from bushfire impacted communities working as one voice, Kristy McBain - Member for Eden-Monaro, Senator Murray Watt - Shadow Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management, Susan Templeman - Member for Macquarie, Fiona Phillips - Member for Gilmore.

Media contact (McBain) - Ian Campbell, phone 0417 482 171

Media contact (Watt) - Tali Eley, phone 0448 078 456