No change to laws re­gard­ing fire breaks

The Western Star - - News | Opinion -

FEW HAVE done more to put the lives of Queens­lan­ders at risk than the LNP with bla­tant lies and mis­in­for­ma­tion about back burn­ing.

Sen­a­tor Matt Cana­van, Queens­land Op­po­si­tion leader (Deb Freck­ling­ton) and MPs Stephen Ben­nett and Lach­lan Mil­lar are among the worst of­fend­ers, just to score a cheap head­line.

The LNP has de­lib­er­ately tried to cre­ate con­fu­sion about the abil­ity of land­hold­ers to build fire breaks.

As the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment re­view of the 2018 Cen­tral Queens­land bush­fires found, there have been ab­so­lutely no changes to Queens­land veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws to pre­vent the con­struc­tion of fire breaks.

In fact, ex­emp­tions for fire breaks have been in place since the New­man-era in

2014 and haven’t changed in years.

Then we have the Op­po­si­tion Leader’s silly claim that 1000 fewer haz­ardreduc­tion burns were car­ried out last year com­pared with 2015.

This is noth­ing more than a cyn­i­cal cherry-pick­ing of sta­tis­tics.

It demon­strates her deep mis­un­der­stand­ing of fire man­age­ment and the im­pact of weather con­di­tions.

The LNP should hang its head in shame and stop the lies.

— Craig Craw­ford, Qld Min­is­ter for Fire and

Emer­gency Ser­vices

LNP has de­lib­er­ately tried to cre­ate con­fu­sion

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