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LNP Calls For Bushfires Inquiry

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Opposition leader Deb Frecklington met up with visiting NSW firies who’d come to help with Queensland’s bushfires in Murgon last week … the LNP wants to launch a Parliamentary Inquiry in the New Year to investigate ways future fire catastrophes can be prevented (Photo: Nanango Electorate Office)

December 6, 2018

The Liberal National Party is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry following the devastating Queensland bushfires.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said communities rocked by bushfires deserved answers and a Parliamentary Inquiry was the appropriate forum.

“Concerns have been raised about land management practices to manage fuel loads, how our National Parks are managed and what landholders also want to do to protect their property and livestock,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“These bushfires have been devastating, but we need to learn lessons about how we can prevent it from happening again.

“Climate change can’t be used as an excuse to do nothing. If anything, climate change means we should be adapting our response more.

“The LNP’s position is there needs to be an inquiry on this issue, and we will be moving to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry in the New Year.

“We would welcome the Labor Government’s support.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Fire, Emergency Services and Volunteers Lachlan Millar said the multi-party inquiry would involve public hearings and the opportunity to talk to affected landholders and communities in regional Queensland.

“This is an issue that should be above politics because it’s vitally important we get the policy settings right,” Mr Millar said.

“We know the number of burns by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has dropped dramatically*.

“Getting bushfire management right can save lives and save communities.

“It will also save native vegetation from being destroyed by bushfires and protect wildlife and livestock.”

The LNP said the inquiry should look at:

  • Managing National Parks
  • Issuing of backburning permits to allow landholders to manage fuel loads
  • Fuel load management
  • Penalties for people deliberately starting fires
  • Communication of information to affected communities

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