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So what is going on with bushfire preparedness?

By johnboy - 29 July 2013 3

Brendan Smyth has taken the weekend to respond to the Auditor-General’s criticisms of the ACT’s bushfire preparations.

Following last Friday’s Auditor General report on the ACT’s bushfire preparedness, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brendan Smyth has called on the Government to release its emergency services requirement and capability data.

“The Canberra Liberals have called on the Government to release such details on previous occasions but the Government have consistently denied all requests. Our latest request was last month, but the Government declined, noting that such information was not ‘considered appropriate for public release.’’ Mr Smyth said.

“What we see from last week’s Auditor General report is the Government’s growing complacency with regards to emergency preparedness.

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So what is going on with bushfire preparedness?
magiccar9 12:25 pm 29 Jul 13

neanderthalsis said :

HiddenDragon said :

“…. such information was not ‘considered appropriate for public release” – so is it “commercial in confidence”?, a matter of national security? might release of the information cause pandemonium and civil strife? Unless the information being sought could, for instance, assist or encourage firebugs it is difficult to imagine cogent reason(s) for refusal. Until I hear otherwise, I’ll assume it’s the usual combination of arrogance and backside covering.

Or evidence of a monumental cockup or gross incompetence on the part of the Govt/ relevant minister that they would rather not have made public.

Is that not most of their work?

neanderthalsis 11:55 am 29 Jul 13

HiddenDragon said :

“…. such information was not ‘considered appropriate for public release” – so is it “commercial in confidence”?, a matter of national security? might release of the information cause pandemonium and civil strife? Unless the information being sought could, for instance, assist or encourage firebugs it is difficult to imagine cogent reason(s) for refusal. Until I hear otherwise, I’ll assume it’s the usual combination of arrogance and backside covering.

Or evidence of a monumental cockup or gross incompetence on the part of the Govt/ relevant minister that they would rather not have made public.

HiddenDragon 11:37 am 29 Jul 13

“…. such information was not ‘considered appropriate for public release” – so is it “commercial in confidence”?, a matter of national security? might release of the information cause pandemonium and civil strife? Unless the information being sought could, for instance, assist or encourage firebugs it is difficult to imagine cogent reason(s) for refusal. Until I hear otherwise, I’ll assume it’s the usual combination of arrogance and backside covering.

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