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17    Regional Australia—Tasmania—Bushfires

Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Bilyk and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1033—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the devastating and destructive impact of bushfires in Tasmania which are affecting the people of Tasmania and destroying Tasmanian wilderness areas,

                 (ii)   grave concern for the survival of Indigenous cultural heritage sites in the area, as well as precious flora and fauna, and

                (iii)   the unwavering commitment and hard work of the Tasmanian Fire Service, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, SES and volunteers for their resilience and exceptional efforts responding to this natural disaster; and

    (b)   thanks the Tasmanian Fire Service, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, SES and volunteers for their resilience, unwavering commitment and exceptional efforts responding to this natural disaster.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.