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ROYAL COMMISSION REVEALS MORRISON’S BUSHFIRE FAILURES

October 30, 2020

 

SENATOR MURRAY WATT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

 

ROYAL COMMISSION REVEALS MORRISON’S BUSHFIRE FAILURES
 

Today’s final report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements confirms what Australians already knew - the Morrison Government failed bushfire victims across our country.
 
The report makes clear that the Morrison Government failed to prepare for the fires, it failed to respond and it’s now failing with the recovery. 

The 2019-20 Black Summer bushfire season cost at least 33 lives, 3000 homes and three billion animals. Across the country, communities were united by loss and grief.
 
The Royal Commission makes clear that national leadership was needed for last year’s fires, but that leadership was lacking. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, wasn’t even in the country at the height of the bushfires, when he should have been leading.
 
While the report acknowledges the scale of the fires was unprecedented, it sums up the Government’s failures with one damning line: “Unprecedented is not a reason to be unprepared.”
 
Scott Morrison’s failure to prepare - or even meet with ex-fire chiefs who wanted to help him - left Australians dangerously exposed. Now, months after the fires, too many Australians are still living in caravans and sheds, without the support they need to recover. 
 
And even though the report says climate change will drive more frequent and more intense natural disasters, the Morrison Government still won’t take real action on climate change.
 
The Royal Commission’s recommendations must be taken seriously, and changes must be swift. With this year’s disaster season having already begun, we can’t afford to wait.
 
The Morrison Government failed bushfire victims last year. It can’t leave them behind again.  

ENDS

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA