The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Warren-Blackwood Terry Redman MLA and answered today in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA.


Mr T. REDMAN to the Minister for Emergency Services:

I refer to comments made by the Treasurer during budget estimates regarding $5.8 million of royalties for regions funds for bushfire mitigation on crown land when he said —

The funding comes this way —

I assume he is referring to lands —

but DFES plans how it is rolled out.

(1) Given the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will implement the program, why was the minister not aware of it during estimates?

(2) Since the budget estimates, has he found the $5.8 million in the budget for bushfire mitigation on crown land?

Mr F. LOGAN replied:

(1)–(2) I will not thank the member for the question because I have already answered it in the estimates hearings. I told him then and I will repeat it: some of that money goes into the bushfire mitigation undertaken by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and some of it goes into the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

This stupid question that the member has had the answer to comes on top of the greatest amount of funding ever put into bushfire mitigation in Western Australia. I repeat: the greatest amount of funding ever put into bushfire mitigation; more than any other state.

This is the greatest amount and all the member can do is go to another section of the budget papers and say: how is this $5.8 million distributed? That is all can he do.

I have answered it and I will give the member a complete breakdown if he really wants one.

I have said that some goes into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ work and some goes into the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The point about bushfire mitigation funding is that it is being distributed in a way that has never been done here in Western Australia—directly to local governments. The local governments in the member for Warren–Blackwood’s own electorate welcome that funding with open arms, and he knows that. It makes those communities safer and all can he do is nitpick about one line in a budget paper. He is pathetic.

Mr T. REDMAN to the Minister for Emergency Services:

I have a supplementary question.

Clearly, the minister seems to have discovered it. Can the minister confirm that he does not believe the minister responsible for the fire and emergency services’ agency should be aware of nearly $6 million for bushfire mitigation on crown land administered by his agency and something he knew nothing about during budget estimates?

Mr F. LOGAN replied:

This comes from a former minister in the previous government that did hardly anything in the area of bushfire mitigation for local government—hardly anything.

I did not say he did not do anything; I said he did hardly anything.

He knows that the agencies responsible for bushfire mitigation are the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and, only recently, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services under our government. We have taken up the responsibility, particularly for unallocated crown land, to undertake bushfire mitigation. That was done only under this government. We have put more money into that space to keep rural and regional communities safe than any other government in Australia and any other government before in Western Australia.

All the member for Warren–Blackwood can do is try to score silly brownie points by referring to a line in another part of the budget papers relating to bushfire mitigation. Seriously! Grow up; you are pathetic.

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