National bushfire inquiry now underway

The first hearing of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was held this week.

Commission chairman Mark Binskin told the online hearing “we do seek to point fingers or apportion blame to any jurisdiction, government or individual. Rather, we are focused on national coordination and on looking for lessons for the future”.

The inquiry has been set for six months, with a final report due by August 31.

Submissions will close on 28 April.