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Tenth anniversary of Canberra bushfires



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PRESS RELEASE

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH

TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF CANBERRA BUSHFIRES

Today, as firefighters battle bushfires throughout Australia, we remember the Canberra firestorm that occurred 10 years ago.

Four people died and almost five hundred homes were destroyed.

On this day, we remember both the loss and the courage of so many during that particularly difficult time. We were inspired by the residents of Canberra who took each other in and demonstrated the best of our humanity.

As a country we learnt from those fires. The preparedness of fire authorities across the nation during this fire season is the result of lessons learned from fires like Canberra and more recently, Victoria.

The thoughts of all Australians are with the firefighters and communities facing the threat of fire today.

18 January 2013