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22      Environment— Tasmanian bushfires

Senator Polley, also on behalf of Senators Bilyk, Brown, McKim, Whish-Wilson, Urquhart, Colbeck, Abetz, Lambie, Askew, Duniam and Chandler, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 368—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    the devastating impact of the Tasmanian bushfires during the summer period,

(ii)                  the burning of land and damage to property, and the impact on the livelihoods and communities of Tasmanians and our natural environment including flora and fauna, and

(iii)                the extraordinary character, strength and resilience of these communities and emergency service personnel in responding to fires on the East Coast, Central Highlands and Southern Tasmania;

(b)              acknowledges the immense risk taken by our heroic firefighting personnel, both paid and voluntary; and

(c)              particularly acknowledges the Tasmanian firefighting personnel from the Tasmanian Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania; and the work undertaken by these personnel to keep Tasmanians safe at home and Australians safe in mainland states.

Question put and passed.