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Federal Government rejected aerial fire fighting requests ahead of bushfires ‘due to other priorities’ – ABC News

The Federal Government rejected repeated requests to fund extra air support for fighting bushfires ahead of the last deadly season, arguing resources were too stretched, documents reveal.

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The Federal Government rejected repeated requests to fund extra air support for fighting bushfires ahead of the last deadly season, arguing resources within the Home Affairs budget were too stretched.
Key points:

  • The Government was repeatedly asked to invest in aerial fire fighting ahead of last summer
  • More money was only provided weeks before the black summer bushfires intensified
  • Labor says the documents show “gross negligence” on the Government’s part

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Sue Gilroy