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Bushfire inquiry to focus on ‘lessons for the future’, not finger pointing

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Mark Binskin says the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will deliver practical recommendations ahead of the next bushfire season.

A royal commission into Australia's unprecedented bushfires will not engage in finger pointing, its chair says.

Mark Binskin says the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will deliver practical recommendations ahead of the next bushfire season.

During an online ceremonial hearing on Thursday, Mr Binskin noted there had been a number of previous inquiries into natural disasters in Australia.

Fire fighting crews from the RFS, NSW Fire and Rescue and NPWS officers fight a bushfire encroaching on properties near Lake Tabourie on the Princes Highway between Bateman’s Bay and Ulladulla south of Sydney,Thursday, December, 5, 2019

He said the royal commission will work with state inquiries into the 2019-20 bushfire season to avoid duplication and consider how broader preparedness, resilience and recovery can be enhanced.

"WIth this in mind it's important for me to state that we do not intend to reopen the findings of these other inquiries, nor do we seek to point fingers or apportion blame to any jurisdiction, government or individual," Mr Binskin said.

"Rather, we are focused on national coordination and on looking for lessons for the future."

MALLACOOTA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 02: DELWP ( The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning ) and CFA ( Country Fire Authority ) Crews monitor fires and begin back burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gipplsland  on January 02, 2020 in Australia. The HMAS Choules docked outside of Mallacoota this morning to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the remote coastal town following fires across East Gippsland which have killed one person and destroyed dozens of pro

The 'Black Summer' bushfires across Australia killed 33 people, destroyed more than 3000 homes and burned through more than 10 million hectares of land.

The six-month inquiry must deliver a final report by August 31.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/bushfire-royal-commission-will-not-engage-finger-pointing-chair-says/efcd17cb-5cd9-4eb6-bee8-abd54c149aaf

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