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Royal Commission report – process and response
Premier John Brumby yesterday released a statement outlining arrangements for the public release of the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission report. (Read the Premier’s full media release).
The Commission is scheduled to deliver its final report to the Governor of Victoria on the morning of Saturday 31 July, 2010. The Governor will then provide the report to the Premier, who will deliver it to Parliament. Following its tabling in Parliament, the report will be made public. All of this is expected to occur by around midday.
CFA will receive the report at the same time as the public.
The full report will be available online at www.royalcommission.vic.gov.au and also at www.vic.gov.au. We will have access to a limited number of hard copies on the day and we’re working with Regional Managers to ensure they are distributed appropriately.
Further, the report will be available in hard copy to read at Information Victoria, 505 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
Naturally, both the Victorian Government and CFA will need time to consider the Commission’s findings. The Premier will provide a full response to the Commission’s report on behalf of the State of Victoria – including CFA – within a few weeks. That response will include information about the implementation of initiatives arising from the report.
This approach will ensure that all recommendations can be carefully considered, all relevant parties can be given an opportunity to provide input, and the response can be made in the best interests of the Victorian community. CFA will be included in the consultation process and our role will be to present our interests and opinions to Government to help inform the State’s response. One thing we have said consistently and will continue to say is that our members gave all they could and more during the 2009 firefight.
I hope you’ll bear with me during the interim period while the report is being considered, knowing that we support you one hundred per cent and will not shy away from acknowledging your extraordinary efforts during 2009, whatever the outcome of the Commission’s findings.
I’ll keep you updated through this blog as we approach 31 July and following the report’s release.