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Greens welcome recommendations on Tasmanian bushfires

The Australian Greens welcome a Senate committee report calling for better preparedness for bushfires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"What we saw earlier this year in Tasmania is a dangerous warning of the future we face in a warming climate," Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim, who chaired the inquiry, said.

"This report makes recommendations that if implemented would allow for Tasmania's precious World Heritage Area to be better defended from the threat of fire."

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Government Tries to Censor Tasmanian Forests from Global Warming Report

The federal government’s censorship of references to Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests from a United Nations report can’t hide the threats to the area, or Greg Hunt’s negligence, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“We have known for some time that global warming and logging are putting a great deal of pressure on Tasmania’s magnificent forests,” Senator McKim said.

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Greens Welcome AFAC Report on Tasmanian Bushfires

The Greens welcome the operational review into the management of the Tasmanian bushfires.

While the review rightly lauds the work of our hardworking firefighters, it identifies a number of areas of improvement, such as staff numbers, training, aerial firefighting and communication with the public.

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said the state government should adopt all of the recommendations contained within the review.

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Senate Supports Independent Inquiry into Tasmanian World Heritage Area Bushfires

The Senate has today supported an independent inquiry into the fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The motion notes the damage already done by the fires, and calls for an independent inquiry into the response to the fires, and to inform improved planning and preparation for future fires.

“Only governments can establish the kind of inquiry this motion calls for, so the pressure is now firmly on Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to take the issue seriously.”

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Federal Government refuses to back independent inquiry on TWWHA bushfires

Despite being asked in Senate Question Time today, the federal government has refused to commit to an independent inquiry into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires, refused to allocate further resources to help fight the fires, and refused to indicate whether the Tasmanian government has formally requested assistance.

“It took two weeks for the federal government to activate Emergency Management Australia provisions, and we have still have not found out why,” Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said.

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Hodgman Bushfire “Review” Thought Bubble Not Good Enough

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman’s vague commitment to a review of his government’s response to the fires still burning in Tasmania is a totally unacceptable response to a national crisis, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“Mr Hodgman’s thought bubble, released deep in the evening, contains no terms of reference, no commitment to seeking public input, or holding public hearings, and no indication of who might conduct the ‘review’,” Senator McKim said.

 

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TWWHA fires adjournment speech

Tasmania has so many beautiful places but one of its most breathtakingly spectacular places is the Walls of Jerusalem inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The clifftop walk in the walls—where you walk along an alpine plateau between King David's Peak and Solomon's Throne —is so beautiful and so other worldly.

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Resources needed to help prevent fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim has written to Environment Minister Greg Hunt to request urgent assistance to fight fires burning in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“More than 11,000 hectares of the TWWHA have already been burned, with fires currently threatening multiple locations including the iconic Walls of Jerusalem area,” Senator McKim said.

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Tasmania Short-Changed By MYEFO

Tasmania has been left completely short-changed by the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, with $46 million ripped out of the state and not a single dollar reinvested.

“The forests identified for protection under the TFA have not magically ceased to exist,” said Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim.

“They still need active management for environmental and cultural heritage values and fire suppression.”

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