Responses to, and lessons learnt from, the January and February 2016 bushfires in remote Tasmanian wilderness

On 17 March 2016, the Senate referred this inquiry to the committee. The inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.

On 13 September 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament with a reporting date of 1 December 2016. On 1 December 2016, the Senate granted an extension of time to report until 8 December 2016.

The committee has resolved not to call for new submissions but to refer to the evidence received during the 44th Parliament. All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.

Senator McKim is chair of the references committee for this inquiry.  

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

An inquiry into the response to recent fire in the remote Tasmanian wilderness affecting the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the lessons learnt from those fires.  

Past Public Hearings

02 Nov 2016: Launceston
01 Nov 2016: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

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