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Australia PM fears more bushfire deaths

05:15  09 november  2019
05:15  09 november  2019 Source:

Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln

  Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln An emergency bushfire warning is issued for residents in Port Lincoln with reports of an uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards the township. © ABC News A map which shows the predicted direction of a bushfire burning near Port Lincoln in South Australia. The warning was issued about 4:20pm today for the bushfire at Duck Ponds, north-east of Port Lincoln, with the region under extreme weather conditions.The Country Fire Service has warned that residents are "now in danger" and should "take shelter in a solid building"."Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot.

Australia's political leaders express sorrow, particularly for family of man who died trying to save home on central coast.

Police have already confirmed the deaths of 15 people in Marysville, which had a population of 519. Deputy Commissioner Walsh said it was dangerous to speculate on how many more bodies were likely to be discovered. "With regards to Marysville, we have DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) teams

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Scott Morrison says defence personnel stand ready to assist firefighters battle the bushfires raging in NSW and Queensland.

But addressing reporters outside Kirribilli House in Sydney, the prime minister also issued a sombre warning.

"Sadly, we have lost two Australians and I fear that we will lose more before the day is out," Mr Morrison said.

Two people have died and seven people are missing as fires in NSW destroyed at least 100 homes amid warnings of worse to come, while thousands of evacuated residents in Noosa, Queensland are waiting to hear whether their homes are safe to go back to.

Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln

  Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln November 11, 2019. Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial for the past seven years, reflects on the moments that have had an effect on him. He recalls a number of occasions including the performance by John Schumann of his song "I was only 19" with the late Hugh McDonald sung to 108 Vietnam veterans on the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan. "Mrs Pam Palmer, crying into my shoulder, on the night of the 13th August 2013, in front of the cowling from the Black Hawke helicopter, that was used as a stretcher to bring out the body of her dead son in Kandihar in 2010 after he was killed", an emotional Dr Nelson recalls. (AAP Video/Marc Tewksbury)

Police now fear that as many as 300 people may have perished in Victoria's bushfires . The official total stands at 173 but police have yet to enter some areas where they know there will be more fatalities. They have been told to brace for the death toll to rise steeply.

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In an earlier tweet, Mr Morrison described the bushfires as "simply terrifying", while Labor Leader Anthony Albanese said their ferocity is "unimaginable".

"Our main thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been so directly and horribly impacted by these fires," Mr Morrison told reporters on Saturday.

"I want them to be assured ... that their governments will be doing everything they can, not just to relieve them from this immediate situation, but to be there in the recovery in the weeks and the months and years ahead."

Mr Morrison said he had been in talks with key cabinet ministers during the morning.

Scott Morrison © AAP Scott Morrison

These included Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud, and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

Tony Abbott 'should head' an Australian 'bushfire task force'

  Tony Abbott 'should head' an Australian 'bushfire task force' Sky News host Rowan Dean has called on former prime minister Tony Abbott to head an Australian 'bushfire task force', as fires continue to devastate the nation. "I would love to see Scott Morrison setting up a bushfire task force, putting Tony Abbott in charge of it," Mr Dean told Sky News host Paul Murray. "Someone with Tony Abbott's knowledge and expertise should be able to get in there and say 'here's where we're going wrong'"."Because we're clearly doing something wrong," he said. Mr Dean said "we must be able to learn from" the catastrophic bushfires currently gripping Australia.

BUSHFIRES spreading across Australia have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes. So where are the bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland, and how did the Australian bushfires start?

The Australian state of New South Wales is in the grip of an unprecedented bush - fire crisis, with almost fifty fires still out of control on Friday night despite the efforts of 1,200 firefighters and 70 fire-fighting planes.

The prime minister said the Australian Defence Force has presented options on call outs of reservists "as may be necessary", but stressed they are not trained firefighters.

"The ADF can provide a lot of support in logistics and other activity, and will, as required," he said.

Mr McCormack told reporters in the Riverina, NSW the situation is "very, very worrying".

He said for the more than 100 homes that have been destroyed, the government will act under emergency procedures with regards to financing for those people who are now homeless.

"Those people will not be left without shelter. Those people will not be left without cash," he said.

Mr Morrison expected disaster recovery payments would be operational over the weekend and would mean $1,000 for individuals and $400 per child.

In a joint statement with Labor's own natural disaster and emergency management spokesman Murray Watt, Mr Albanese said the loss of lives is "heartbreaking" for the families and communities affected.

"We pay tribute to our incredible emergency personnel and volunteers for their brave efforts to protect their fellow Australians," they said.

"You have the nation's gratitude. We cannot thank you enough."

Greens spokesman for the climate crisis Adam Bandt in a statement said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life.

But he turned on Mr Morrison, saying he "bears some responsibility" and must apologise to the communities impacted.

"Scott Morrison has not got the climate crisis under control," he said.

"Let me be clear. I'm not saying the prime minister is directly responsible for the fires and the loss of life, but he has contributed to making it more likely that these kinds of tragedies will occur."

'Suspend parliament' as bushfires rage .
NSW Labor has called for parliament to be suspended next week as the state battles unprecedented bushfires.Manager of opposition business Ryan Park on Sunday wrote to Speaker Jonathan O'Dea to ask that the reserve week instead be used to finalise any legislation.

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