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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1857..


Bushfires-inquiry

(Question No 692)

Mr Pratt

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 8 May 2003:

In relation to the January bushfires on 18 January 2003 and a meeting that the Chief Minister and Senior Officers attended at the Emergency Services Headquarters on that day:

Was Mr John Murray, the Chief Police Officer, appointed the Territory Controller under the state of emergency;

If so, at what time and on what day, if not, what position was Mr Murray appointed to, if any, under the state of emergency;

Was the Chief Fire Control Officer, Mr Peter Lucas-Smith, appointed to a position of authority in fighting the fires under the state of emergency;

If so, (a) to what position was he appointed, (b) why, (c) at what time and on what day and (d) where were the fires at the time of his appointment;

Was the Fire Commissioner appointed to a position of authority in fighting the fires under the Emergency Management Act. If so, to what position was he appointed, on what day and at what time, if not, why not;

Was any other person at that meeting appointed to a position of authority under the state of emergency, if so, (a) who was appointed to a position and what position were they appointed to, (b) at what time and on what day;

What decisions were taken by persons at the meeting with respect to (a) directing and (b) managing fire fighters (volunteers and or professionals);

Was there a person appointed to take minutes or scribe at the meeting;

Did you personally make any decisions about the control and management of fire fighters. If so, what decisions did you make and at what time;

Did any ACT public service personnel make decisions about the control and management of the fires and fire fighting personnel. If so, what were these decisions and at what time and on what day were they made:

How were decisions communicated to fire fighters in the field;

How many rural fire fighters, and their fire fighting appliances, were directed into the suburbs to fight the fire after it had entered the urban area;

How were volunteer fire fighters (please provide details for each volunteer fire crew), who attended the Canberra fires from surrounding regions (a) managed and (b) utilised during the bushfires; and

What role did the ACT Fire Commissioner play in the direction and management of ACT Fire Brigade personnel during the fire.


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