Practical focus for fire inquiry

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Rachel Baxendale, David Ross, Sarah Elks, Yoni Bashan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 21-Feb-20

The federal government has released the terms of reference for its bushfires royal commission, which will be headed by former defence force chief Mark Binskin. The six-month inquiry’s focus will be on natural disaster management and improving Australia’s resilience to natural disasters. Labor and the Greens have criticised the government for excluding policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the inquiry’s terms of reference.

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Fire inquiry accepts climate link: Morrison

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 6-Feb-20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has advised that former defence force chief Mark Binskin will head the federal government’s bushfires royal commission. Morrison says the inquiry will proceed on the basis that climate change is real and contributed to the scale and severity of the bushfires. National Party leader Michael McCormack says that while human activity has contributed to climate change, it is the role of scientists to determine the extent of this. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in turn has pointed to arson as one of the causes of the bushfires.

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Hayne casualties in limbo a year after the inquiry

Original article by James Frost, Aleks Vickovich, James Eyers, Sally Patten
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 10 : 31-Jan-20

Terry McMaster claims the Hayne royal commission, which handed down its final report in February 2019, was a waste of time and money. McMaster, the former head of Dover Financial, is the only person to be convicted as a direct consequence of the commission thus far. A number of high-profile executives left the financial services sector after appearing before the commission, or being implicated in evidence presented to it; only a small number of those individuals have returned to corporate life. One witness has stated they felt they were abandoned by their company after appearing before the commission, while some hold the view that women wore the burden of the commission disproportionately to men.

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NSW will follow ‘experts’, not Morrison: Premier

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 16-Jan-20

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reiterated that the state will undertake its own review of the bushfire season. However, she adds that it will be open to participating in the federal government’s proposed royal commission. Berejiklian has also stressed that the state’s policy on hazard reduction burns is based on advice from experts rather than politicians. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested that a federal inquiry could look at issues such as state governments’ preparedness for the bushfire season, including hazard reduction burns.

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State review not in conflict with PM’s

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 4 : 15-Jan-20

The Victorian government has advised that its bushfires inquiry will be headed by Tony Pearce, the state’s Inspector General for Emergency Management. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says this inquiry will have no impact on the federal government’s plans for a bushfires royal commission, stating that he had always expected the states to undertake their own bushfire reviews. Premier Daniel Andrews says he recently held talks with Morrison with regard to the proposed federal inquiry.

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PM courts states for fire inquiry

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 10-Jan-20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has emphasised that a national inquiry into the bushfire crisis will only go ahead if it has the support of state governments. He has also told Coalition MPs that it could take the form of a royal commission or a judicial inquiry. Meanwhile, some Liberal backbenchers contend that the Coalition will need to revise its climate change policy in the wake of the bushfire disaster. Morrison has defended the government’s record on climate change, stating that carbon emissions have fallen by 50 million tonnes a year on average since the Coalition took office in 2013.

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Morrison won’t rule out bushfires royal commission

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 6-Jan-20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government is open to holding a royal commission into the bushfire crisis. Morrison says there is broad agreement on the need for a review of factors that contributed to the devastating bushfire season and the response to the disaster, but he stresses that now is not the right time to apportion blame for the crisis. Issues such as land clearing and hazard reduction will be on the agenda for the next Council of Australian Governments meeting in March.

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Aged care: the sorry truth

Original article by Stephen Lunn
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 1-Nov-19

The interim report of the royal commission into aged care has described the aged care system as being in a state that "diminishes Australia as a nation". Federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck says the report has put the government, the industry and the Australian community on notice. The report claims that Australia has developed an ageist mindset that has led to a failure to properly value and engage with older ­people, and this has translated into "apparent indifference" towards aged-care services. The report calls for urgent action on three issues: the use of chemical restraints in nursing homes; getting 6,000 young disabled people out of aged-care homes as soon as practicable; and an immediate boost to funding for high-need, in-home care recipients.

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Some women lie about domestic violence: Hanson

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 19-Sep-19

Labor plans to oppose an inquiry into the family law system, with the inquiry to be headed up by Kevin Andrews, with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson as deputy chair. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese claims Prime Minister Scott Morrison went back on a promise to consult Labor about the proposed inquiry, accusing him of acting unilaterally to do a deal with Hanson. Hanson has campaigned for years for changes to the Family Court and for the rights of men to be better heard in family breakdown cases. She angered Labor, the Greens and domestic violence campaigners on 18 September when she alleged some women lie about domestic violence in order to "game the courts".

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Another inquiry on family law mess

Original article by Nicola Berkovic, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 4 : 18-Sep-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 17 September that a joint select committee will conduct an inquiry into the family law system. The inquiry will be headed up by former social services minister Kevin Andrews and is expected to take a year to run. Morrison told the Coalition party room that the family law system is "an awful human mess’, while Law Council of Australia president Arthur Moses says the system is plagued by "systemic failures". Issues that the inquiry will look at include the system’s impact on children and the powers of judges to compel litigants to be truthful.

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