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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 584 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


584. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Emergency Services:

I refer to the media statement issued on 20 August titled ''Submissions open for inquiry into Wooroloo Bushfire''.

(1) Why is the state government not conducting a special inquiry under the Public Sector Management Act, as was the case in several previous inquiries into significant bushfire events?

(2) What is the expected cost of this inquiry?

(3) What is the expected reporting date for this inquiry?

(4) Please table any advice received by the minister in relation to the establishment of an independent inquiry.

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The state government has commissioned the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, or AFAC, which recently conducted an independent review into the Tasmanian bushfires, to lead the independent inquiry into the Wooroloo bushfire. The state government's focus is on seeing what lessons can be learnt from this bushfire and AFAC's expertise has been chosen to deliver this. The panel appointed to lead the independent review has extensive operational and subject matter expertise. It will consider whether any improvements should be made.

(2) The cost of the inquiry is currently being finalised, but is expected to be $30 000 to $35 000, GST included.

(3) The expected reporting date is 30 October 2021.

(4) I ask the member to place this question on notice.