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Notice given 9 December 2002

300  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern about the extreme bushfire danger facing the citizens of New South Wales;

(b) praises the unstinting and brave work of the voluntary bushfire fighters in combating the fires and protecting and saving property and lives;

(c) congratulates the Australian Government for its high tech support for the firefighting effort with the provision of air crane fire bombing technology;

(d) recognises that the current extreme fire conditions have been exacerbated by a build-up of forest fuel resulting from the Carr Australian Labor Party Government’s anti-back-burning policies over the past 7 years;

(e) condemns the Carr Government for ignoring the recommendations of the state parliamentary inquiry into the 2001-02 New South Wales fires brought down 6 months ago; and

(f) calls on the Carr Government in New South Wales to recognise that south-eastern Australia is the most fire-prone region in the world and to develop more appropriate policies to protect life, property and the environment.