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Member For Western Victoria, Bev McArthur

Burning Question

Burning Question

Member For Western Victoria, Bev McArthur

Traditional Indigenous burning practices

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, has been criticised by Member for Western Victorian Region, Bev McArthur, for her response to a constituency question on traditional Indigenous burning practices as a form of land management.

On the 28th November last year, Mrs McArthur asked, ‘’Why has the state failed to commit implementing a long-term strategy of prescribed burning, when traditional Indigenous burning practices can be utilised for land management?’’

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Ms Neville responded to this on the 10th of January 2020, revealing that the Labor Government wanted to be ‘’Respectful of the cultural and intellectual property rights of Traditional Owners,’’ adding that, ‘’Knowledge of how to apply cultural fire and the purpose of that application is knowledge owned by Traditional Owners, not the Victorian Government or the Departments involved in forest and fire management.’’

McArthur believes that traditional Indigenous burning practices are, ‘’Cool and quick, and should be adopted in all public land management systems to prevent intense fires.’’

Mrs McArthur concluded her point by stating, ‘’This tragic bushfire season shows that we don’t have the luxury of being fussy over what methods we use. This is a real crisis.’’

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