Aussie PM wants bushfire inquiry
MELBOURNE — after weeks of criticism over the handling of the bushfires scorching australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday he will propose a national review into the response to the disaster, as the fires claimed another firefighter’s life.
The australian bush has been burning for nearly three months and the fires have killed 28 people, claimed 2,000 homes and consumed millions of acres of land and wildlife. The crisis is becoming increasingly political as the country looks at the causes and the government’s response.
“There is obviously a need for a national review of the response,” Morrison said in an interview with ABC television.
asked whether it should be a royal Commission, a powerful judicial inquiry, Morrison said, “I think that is what would be necessary and I will be taking a proposal through the cabinet to that end, but it must be done with consultations with the states and territories.”
Morrison said that the inquiry would examine the response to the crisis, including the deployment of emergency services to battle the fires at a state and local level, the role of the federal government, and the impact of climate change.
A wallaby enjoys a snack after NSW’S National Parks and Wildlife Service air-dropped carrots to the starving animals on Saturday.