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Australia Barnaby Joyce says NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for the Greens

07:40  12 november  2019
07:40  12 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Barnaby Joyce says two people killed in a bushfire that ripped through a tiny country town were Barnaby Joyce said the two bushfire victims ' most likely ' voted for the Greens Mr Joyce also blamed the minor party for increasing the threat of bushfires Mr Joyce doubled down on disputed claims the fire service had conducted insufficient hazard

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce says on Sky News that the two people who were killed in a bushfire that ripped through a tiny country NSW town ' most likely voted for the Greens '.

Barnaby Joyce wearing a hat: Barnaby Joyce: NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for Greens© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barnaby Joyce: NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for Greens The victims of New South Wales' devastating bushfires have been dragged into the federal political arena as politicians bicker over the role of climate change and controlled burning.

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has claimed two of the victims who were killed at the weekend had "most likely" voted for the Greens — comments senior Government minister Mathias Cormann has denounced.

He made the comments as he sought to attack Greens politicians for what he said was a failure to support hazard-reduction burning during winter.

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The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said on Tuesday morning that there were 57 active fires Australia's former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce on Monday blamed the fires on the On Tuesday, more than 600 schools closed across NSW and aged care facilities were put on high alert

In recent days, the Greens have attacked the Coalition for failing to have any climate change policies that could have prevented the loss of lives in the fires raging along Australia's east coast.

Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John took the attack further in the Parliament on Tuesday, where he accused senators of being "arsonists".

NSW residents George Nole and Julie Fletcher were two of the three people who died in the fires in recent days.

Mr Joyce made the comments about the fire victims in response to a question about whether the NSW Government had provided enough resources for hazard reduction.

"They may need more resources, but they also need legislation regulations that allow them to get in there and do it in a more substantial way," he told Sky News' Kieran Gilbert.

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Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has slammed The Greens saying it had increased the bushfire threat due to its opposition to backburning. The Greens are being blamed for the increased bushfire risk as two states face catastrophic fire danger today.

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"The crazy thing there Kieran, I acknowledge the two people who died were most likely people who voted for the Green party.

"So I'm not going to start attacking them, that's the last thing I want to do.

"What I wanted to concentrate was on the policies, we can mitigate these tragedies happening again in the future."

The ABC contacted Mr Joyce's office, seeking to clarify his comments, but is yet to receive a response.

Senator Cormann said Mr Joyce's comments were out of line but declined to say if any disciplinary action would be taken.

"I don't think these were appropriate comments in the circumstances and that is because I don't think it's appropriate to bring politics into this debate when people have lost their lives," he said.

The political sparring comes amid catastrophic fire danger warnings across Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region, where about 600 schools and TAFE campuses are closed.

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Bushfire victims ’ protest outside NSW parliament with the remains of their home in a small tin. Standing outside NSW parliament, addressing a snap protest calling for increased resources for the state’s Rural Fire Service as well as action on climate change, Mr Crowe poured the ashes onto the

Barnaby Joyce : people killed in bushfire ' likely voted for Greens '. Fishlake flood victim lays into council response to deluge. Pep Guardiola: 'Thank you so much ' to ref was not sarcastic. Pregnant couple flee Byron Bay home during the NSW bushfires .

Mr Joyce's comments drew outrage from Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally during a Senate hearing in Canberra.

"How does he know who they voted for and why does it matter?" she said.

"They're dead. They died in a bushfire, isn't that enough?"

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who replaced Mr Joyce as Nationals leader, criticised the Greens, who he dubbed "inner-city raving lunatics" for blaming the deaths on Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Glen Innes Mayor Carol Sparks and Mid Coast Mayor Claire Pontin have both linked the disasters to climate change as their regions deal with the devastating bushfires.

Senator Steele-John described senators as "arsonists" while discussing the Government's so-called "big stick" energy bill.

"How dare any of you suggest that in this moment at this time it is appropriate to be prosecuting a piece of legislation with the aim of propping up coal?" he said.

"You are no better than a bunch of arsonists, borderline arsonists."

Labor's Murray Watt demanded the "highly offensive" comments be withdrawn but Senator Steele-John refused.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Anthony Albanese was confronted by residents in the New South Wales community of Nimbin after visiting firefighting headquarters in Casino.

"It's nice that everybody's coming down but what I see is bread and circus," one man said.

"Shame on you, shame on you!" a woman yelled.

The Labor leader said his immediate focus was on the emergency response.

"I'm not interested in trying to politicise at a time when lives are still at risk, properties are at risk," he said.

"There's a time for debate about issues including climate change, I believe climate change is real."

To find out the latest on the NSW and QLD bushfires, please refer to:

  • NSW RFS
  • QRFS
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