House of Representatives Committees

Inquiry into the recent Australian bushfires


On Wednesday 5 November 2003, the House of Representatives Select Committee on the recent Australian bushfires tabled its report entitled A Nation Charred: Inquiry into the Recent Australian Bushfires.

A copy of the entire report and the individual chapters are provided in PDF, as is the Government Response (PDF 2997KB).

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A Nation Charred: Inquiry into the Recent Australian Bushfires

Front pages Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations, List of Recommendations,
Map of the fires in south east Australia January 2003
(PDF 195KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 58KB)
Chapter 2 Land management factors contributing to the severity of recent bushfire damage (PDF 163KB)
Chapter 3 Fuel reduction and fire management (PDF 309KB)
Chapter 4 The approach to the 2003 fires - delays and caution (PDF 272KB)
Chapter 5 Management and coordination of fire suppression (PDF 216KB)
Chapter 6 Fire fighting resources and technology (PDF 277KB)
Chapter 7 Fire protection (PDF 217KB)
Chapter 8 Future directions for the Commonwealth: toward a national bushfire policy (PDF 33KB)
Dissenting Report Dissenting Report
Mr Michael Organ MP
(PDF 134KB)
Additional comments Additional comments
Hon Dick Adams MP, Ms Annette Ellis MP, Mr Steve Gibbons MP, Mr Frank Mossfield MP and Mr Gavan O'Connor MP
(PDF 51KB)
Appendix A The 2002-2003 fire season (PDF 40KB)
Appendix B List of submissions (PDF 43KB)
Appendix C List of exhibits (PDF 27KB)
Appendix D List of public hearings (PDF 51KB)
Appendix E Report on causal and risk factors fuel management including grazing and the application of the Australian Incident Management System (AIMS) (PDF 1438KB)
Appendix F Report on communication issues
(PDF 221KB)

Click here for a consolidated copy of the report (PDF 3648KB).

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