NSW bushfire inquiry to examine role of climate change

The NSW Government has launched an inquiry into the causes, preparation for and response to the 2019-20 bushfires, including the role of climate change.

The six-month inquiry will be led by Dave Owens, former Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, and Professor Mary O’Kane AC, Independent Planning Commission Chair and former NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.

Under its terms of reference, it will consider how climate change, hazard reduction burns, drought, and human activity contributed to the current bushfire season.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the scale of these fires has been unprecedented and “we must leave no stone unturned”.

“This inquiry will allow NSW to learn from this season and the catastrophic conditions we’ve faced and apply these learnings for the future.”

Submissions will be accepted from the public, but there will be no public hearings.

A report will be submitted to the Premier at the end of the inquiry.

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