Australia 'Suspend parliament' as bushfires rage
Queensland home lost to fire after surviving four floods and cyclone
Faith Gordon has lost her home and all her possessions, but she loves the community of Yeppoon and has vowed to rebuild.Faith Gordon had fallen asleep on the couch on Saturday afternoon but woke to darkness, the smell of smoke and urgent text messages from friends telling her to get out.
Parliament suspended as bushfires rage | The Sydney Morning Herald. Federal Parliament has been suspended for today and possibly longer in deference to the still unfolding bushfire crisis in Victoria and the floods in Queensland. The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, will stay in Melbourne again
Federal parliament will resume for the first sitting fortnight of the year with Australia's bushfire crisis * Tuesday sitting will be taken up by speeches on the bushfires . * Senate to consider inquiry into former sports minister Bridget McKenzie's handling of community sport grants.
NSW Labor is calling for the upcoming week of state parliament be suspended so politicians can be with the communities they represent while they battle devastating 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.
"The communities impacted by this horrific situation need all the support they can get and we are of the firm view that elected Members can help their constituents better by being in their electorate," Mr Park said in a statement.
"Members need to be there for the community the next week when the full extent of the damage caused will become more evident."
Mr Park said the situation was unprecedented and Labor believed parliament shouldn't sit next week as a result.
Hanson blames Greens, Labor for bushfire crisis .
One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson says "if anything, I blame the Greens and the Labor Party" for contributing to the severity of the bushfire crisis gripping the nation. Ms Hanson said left-leaning political parties contributed to the severity of the bushfires by opposing fire reduction practices such as burn-offs that would clear fire 'fuel'. Fuel is live and dead vegetation, including twigs, leaves and bark, that accumulates over time.Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW "They are the ones to blame for all this," Ms Hanson told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.
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