Bushfire Preparedness

Melina BATH (Eastern Victoria) (12:21): (54) My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. During the 2019–20 bushfire season 34 native timber contract businesses contributed 190 specialised machines that provided critical fire mitigation capabilities. Minister, how will you protect Victorian communities against devastating bushfires when this specialised hardwood-harvesting equipment is sold off due to your government’s abandonment of our native timber industry?

The PRESIDENT: I am considering if it was a hypothetical question. I am happy, Ms Bath, if you would like to rephrase your question.

Melina BATH: Thirty-four timber contractors contributed 190 specialised pieces of equipment that provided critical fire mitigation practices in the heat of the fire and post fire. What will you do when those critical pieces are no longer available for fire response?