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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3899..


Mr Hargreaves: That is a long bow.

MR SESELJA: It is not a long bow at all. It is crystal clear. What Mr Hargreaves in his interjection is suggesting is that he is only critical of some drivers of six-cylinder cars. You cannot have it both ways, actually. It is a criticism of all families who drive six-cylinder vehicles. It is a criticism of some families who drive four-cylinder vehicles which are not as energy efficient as some other cars. Many families cannot afford, nor is it appropriate for them, to drive a Prius or many of the other vehicles that the Chief Minister would suggest.

But this hostility towards ordinary Canberra families is expressed in their desire to take away their car spaces; their hostility towards motorists in taking away the V8s; in reneging on the dragway; and now, in criticising people for daring to drive a family car for their families—

Mrs Dunne: Bring back the donkeys and a dray.

MR SESELJA: Indeed, this is the attitude. It is elitist and we will not accept it. We will not be critical of families for making these legitimate decisions. We will not condemn them for daring to buy a safe, reliable family car in the best interests of their family. We are not hostile to motorists, as this government is by taking away their car parks and taking away their motoring events. They are hostile to motorists and hostile to Canberra families.

Bushfires—warnings

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.29): I want to follow on with some more information I supplied to the Assembly yesterday in regard to my Bushfire Warnings Bill. If people can get hold of a copy of the interim report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, it is an interesting read. It is online. Chapter 4 talks about warnings. There is one very poignant paragraph, paragraph 4.1.56:

Mr D. Brown—

who gave evidence—

explained that his wife listened to the radio ... and monitored the CFA website ...

Mr D. Brown also stated that information about the fire danger index would have helped people understand the severity of the fire. He said:

I think it would have been a very graphic way of demonstrating the level of potential risk. When you have an index that normally runs from 0-100 as its top end and it was registering 328, that is a very graphic illustration of the seriousness of the potential event and I think that would have been quite easy for people to understand and I think ... it would have caused us to think a lot harder about the potential risk the Kilmore East fire, once we learnt about it on the afternoon of the Saturday, represented to us.

So 0-100 is the normal standard that we work in. In the days when the McArthur fuel


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