The case against prescribed burning to fight bushfires

22 July 2022

Karen Middletown, the chief political correspondent from the saturday paper talks about the case against prescribed burning to fight bushfires.

For 15 years, scientists urged successive federal governments to formally recognise fire as a major hazard to the country's forests as bushfires decimated Australia's summers. But even after the tragic fires of 2019–2020 in New South Wales and Victoria's Black Saturday, governments haven't done this during that period. Sussan Ley, who was the federal environment minister at the time, added fires that harm biodiversity to the list of "key threatening processes" in federal environmental law a month before the election in May.

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