Having promised to respond positively to the bushfire tragedy, the federal government has rejected this vital recommendation. In so doing it is rejecting a “sovereign aerial firefighting capability” to share resources across states and territories.

All expert opinion confirms the crucial role such a fleet would have. Many claim the November 26 lightning strike on Mt Currowan could have been extinguished within a week if tankers had been used in the difficult terrain. Instead, the fire raged like a monster for weeks.

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