Tomorrow the Senate will vote on this. Will our PM now meet with former fire chiefs to discuss the resources, leadership and co-ordination the federal government can offer to help combat our #climateemergency
OR will he fob them off again? After three devastating and tragic fires in 5 years in #Tasmania
I initiated a Senate inquiry that looked into how our federal agencies and defence forces could be better used to protect regional communities from arguably the biggest threat to our national security - the #climatecrisis
This week our defence minister announced an unprecedented mobilisation of assistance from the defence forces to assist hard working fire fighters with their tireless efforts. You can be sure there will be more need of this in a future of #climatebreakdown
The Greens want $500million towards national support for disaster responses. That’s a drop in the ocean compared - for example-to the taxes avoided by the big polluters that have put us in this mess in the first place. In 2016 we launched a policy for A National Disaster Response Unit ( NDRU) and a National Partnership Agreement with the states on disaster resilience. Now is the time for action on this kind of initiative. Brave fire crews and emergency services need better funding, resources and support. Surely we can all put politics aside and agree on that?
Reposted from @senatorsurfer