Senate debates

Thursday, 4 February 2021


Western Australia: Bushfires

11:52 am

Photo of Matt O'SullivanMatt O'Sullivan (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Brockman, Cash, Dodson, Lines, Pratt, Reynolds, Siewert, Small, Dean Smith, Steele-John and Sterle, move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the ongoing bushfire emergency in Western Australia, which continues to destroy homes and businesses in the Shires of Northam, Chittering, Mundaring and the City of Swan,

(ii) the work of hundreds of Western Australian volunteer and career firefighters who are continuing to work in extremely challenging conditions to save lives and property,

(iii) the support provided to Western Australia by other states, including a New South Wales Rural Fire Service Aerial Tanker,

(iv) the efforts of communities in the region who are coming together to support each other, particularly in the operation of evacuation centres, helping the most vulnerable in their community and those who have lost homes and property,

(v) the huge community effort to relocate and find new homes for animals, particularly horses, for the duration of this emergency, and

(vi) that this bushfire emergency is not over, with challenging conditions and heavy winds forecast to continue impacting the bushfire area; and

(b) extends its support to these communities, residents, and emergency services personnel as they continue to confront this bushfire.

Question agreed to.