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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1078

Senator MESSNER (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Enviroment been drawn to a report that following the recent severe bushfires in the Adelaide Hills claims totalling $ 1 . 8m have been lodged with the Adelaide Lord Mayor's Bushfire Relief Fund which totals only $400,000? Will the Government consider giving assistance to the bushfire victims in accordance with its present policy on natural disasters or some variation of it, in order to ensure that adequate support is provided for those unfortunate people who have lost their homes and property?

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Resources) - My attention has just been drawn to an article that refers to the problems related to the recent bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and to the claims for damages caused of some $1.8m. The Federal Government takes a very constructive and involved stance referrable to natural disasters, and the circumstances which surround the position in the Adelaide Hills which . rated as a serious disaster will certainly be high in the priorities of the Government. I shall make it my business to highlight with the appropriate Minister the problems of that area.

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