Queensland Bushfires

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises:

(i) the crucial role that all firefighting and emergency service personnel play as the front-line response to emergencies and disasters,

(ii) the heroic efforts of the many volunteer firefighters who, without payment, risk their lives to fight bushfires, and

(iii) the importance of allowing landholders the flexibility to clear and maintain proper firebreaks on their properties;

(b) notes that under the Queensland Labor Government's vegetation management legislation, Queensland farmers and landholders are prevented from adequately protecting their properties from the risk of bushfires through back burning and clearing firebreaks; and

(c) thanks the many firefighters who have travelled interstate to assist in combating the bushfires currently threatening Queensland.