Australia fires: PM announces inquiry

Australia fires: PM announces inquiry

Australia has announced a “wide ranging” investigation into the recent bushfires that have hit New South Wales particularly hard.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that there will be a “wide-ranging” inquiry into the causes of the deadly bush fires that killed 33 people.

Morrison also announced that a six-month Royal Commission would be set up to probe preparedness for future bush fires. The Commission will also examine the need for legislative changes to clarify who is responsible for overseeing emergency agencies after the government has responded to the fires.

“This Royal Commission is addressing the practical steps that must be taken to keep Australians safe and secure longer in the hot, dry summer conditions that Australians will live in the future,” said Morrison at a press conference in Sydney.

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