Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Black Tuesday Bushfires
I, and also on behalf of Senator Parry and Senator Carol Brown, move:
That the Senate:
- recalls that:
- 7 February is the 40th anniversary of the Tasmanian 1967 Black Tuesday bushfires, one of the worst disasters to have occurred in Australian history,
- the Black Tuesday fires tragically killed 62 people, injured approximately 900 more, directly affected 35 000 people and left 7 000 homeless,
- the Black Tuesday fires were the first in Australia to devastate suburbs of a capital city and caused extensive property loss, destroying approximately 1 300 homes in and around Hobart,
- the worst of the fires was the Hobart fire, which burnt suburbs of Hobart killing 52 people, and
- the Black Tuesday fires caused extensive damage to agricultural property and livestock;
- remembers the victims and their families and extends to all who suffered, profound sympathy and deepest condolences; and
- also remembers the toll that the fires took on the Tasmanian community and expresses gratitude for the magnificent efforts of the volunteers who risked their own lives to help others.
Question agreed to.