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Australia NSW family brings ashes of home to NSW Parliament

11:40  12 november  2019
11:40  12 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Bushfire victims’ protest outside NSW parliament with the remains of their home in a small tin. Aaron Crowe and Fiona Lee travelled to Sydney from their bushfire-ravaged community with what remains of their family home inside a tin.

A family who fled the bushfires in northern New South Wales have brought the ashes of their home to NSW Parliament in anger over a lack of action by politicians.

Aaron Crowe and his family from Warrawillah gathered at NSW Parliament house today with hundreds of others in protest over the Berejiklian Government's policy on climate change.

Mr Crowe lost his home in a fire a week ago.

The Crowe family tipped a bucket of the ashes of their home outside NSW Parliament.© 9News The Crowe family tipped a bucket of the ashes of their home outside NSW Parliament.

"This is what the ecological and climate emergency looks like," Mr Crowe's partner told the crowd as he tipped out a bucket full of ashes onto the ground.

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The family brought a compost bucket filled with ashes from their burnt-down house as evidence of what they say is a climate emergency. The remains of Aaron Crowe's home , lost in a fire on Friday, is seen dumped on a footpath outside the NSW Parliament following a climate change protest in Sydney.

"I realised how futile it is," Mr Crowe told 9News. "But I feel like coming here and talking about this and about how unprepared Australia is for the coming summer – it's the least I can do."

The Crowe family joined about 500 other protestors in calling for action on climate change, and for more resources to be delivered to Rural Fire Service crews.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Around 500 activists gathered around Parliament House on Macquarie Street to call for more resources for Rural Fire Crews.© 9News Around 500 activists gathered around Parliament House on Macquarie Street to call for more resources for Rural Fire Crews. a person holding a sign: The crowd called on politicians to address climate change.© 9News The crowd called on politicians to address climate change.

"When our house had already burnt, the app still hadn't sent a warning to leave – and our house was already gone," Mr Crowe said.

Yesterday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said now is not the time to focus on the climate change debate.

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They're referring to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison dodging questions about whether they think climate change "My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families . The firefighters who are fighting the fires, the response effort that

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"We just want everyone to focus on protecting life and property and of course we'll have those discussions. We've never shied away from those," Ms Berekilian told reporters.

"But when you face people who are protesting I often say to them 'Well, why don't you help out people who have just lost everything?' Let's have these discussions another day."

Gladys Berejiklian sitting at a table with a laptop and smiling at the camera: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said now is not the time to discuss climate change.© 9News NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said now is not the time to discuss climate change. a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Protesters argued that now is the perfect time to address climate change.© 9News Protesters argued that now is the perfect time to address climate change.

Both Ms Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have dodged questions on the issue in recent days.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack went further, labelling the behaviour of those linking the fires to climate change as "disgraceful" and "disgusting".

Ms Berejiklian, who said she believes in climate change, branded questions on the topic at the minute "disappointing", but added that the discussion will be had sometime in the future.

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