Senate debates

Thursday, 10 December 2020


National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020, National Emergency Declaration (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020; Second Reading

1:16 pm

Photo of Wendy AskewWendy Askew (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I have a note here saying that there's a second reading amendment.

Opposition circulated amendment

At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:

(a) notes:

(i) the Prime Minister's failure to prepare adequately for the last bushfire season,

(ii) the Prime Minister's catastrophic failure of leadership during the last bushfire season, which Australians have come to know as the Black Summer, and

(iii) the bill largely re-states existing emergency powers of the Commonwealth Government; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister and the Government to:

(i) learn from their catastrophic failure to prepare for, or respond to, the Black Summer,

(ii) urgently prepare for this disaster season, including by releasing funding for mitigation works from their $4 billion Emergency Response Fund, and

(iii) accept, and implement, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements' recommendation to develop a sovereign aerial firefighting fleet".

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that the second reading amendment circulated by Senator Watt be agreed to.