A Nation Charred

House of Representatives – Select Committee Report into the 2002-03 Australian bushfires.

During the Summer of 2003, a total of almost four million hectares in the Australian Capital Territory and across five Australian states, were severely burned from wildfire.

The Committee heard a consistent message right around Australia:-

1) There has been grossly inadequate hazard reduction burning on public lands for far too long;

2) Local knowledge and experience is being ignored by an increasingly top heavy bureaucracy;

3) When accessing the source of fires, volunteers are fed up with having their lives put at risk by fire trails that are blocked and left without maintenance;

4) There is a reluctance by state agencies to aggressively attack bushfires when they first start, thus enabling the fires to build in intensity and making them harder to control; and,

5) Better communications between and within relevant agencies is long overdue.

6) The report does not mention Global Warming as a cause of the 2002-03 fires. Sixteen years later, it is now trendy for Politicians, some Fire Commissioners, Radio Announcers, Actors, Singers, and Global Warming Zealots to blame Climate Change for the latest fires.

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