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Michael McCormack fronted the media in Wagga Wagga earlier. The ABC is broadcasting the press conference now.
Littleproud is also asked whether Australia should do more to combat climate change. He says the government is committed to meeting the Paris targets. When asked if, yes or no, the government believes more can be done, he dodges the question.
But Littleproud says climate change has “been a contributing factor” to the current fires.
You might remember these comments he made on the same topic three months ago.
Littleproud has defended Scott Morrison for going on holiday to Hawaii during the fire crisis.
Asked if he would have gone on holidays to Hawaii, Littleproud says: “The reality is the operational management of fires sits with the state governments and they do an exemplary job.
“We need to get out of their hair at times. There comes times when too many politicians are around.”
David Littleproud, the minister for natural disaster and emergency management, is at Sydney airport awaiting the arrival of firefighters from Canada who will be on the ground helping their Australian counterparts from Sunday morning.
Pressed on whether firefighting resources are adequate, Littleproud acknowledges that if the fires carry on, “we are going to continue to be stretched”.
The 30 Canadian firefighters will be joining nine from the United States who are also assisting the effort in NSW.
Another dispatch from Royce Kurmelovs in Adelaide:
Denis Noble, 76, spent yesterday fighting bushfires near his home in Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. Denis and his wife had only moved into the property a week ago when they watched the blaze come over the hill in the morning and slowly engulf the paddock across the road from his house.
Their neighbours, who are in their 30s and 40s, helped fight the blaze.
“It came slowly, inexorably towards us,” Denis said. “We’re oldies. They’re full of energy and tearing around with buckets. Everybody pitched in to stop the fire and it stopped at the roadway. It was a good way to get to know the new neighbours.”
Denis’s son, Andrew, who also works as a paramedic, has been fighting the Cudlee Creek fires with the CFS as part of the Basket Range CFS brigade, which are currently deployed around Birdwood.
This morning Denis and his wife drove into Stirling as the power to their property had been cut and there was no mobile service. On the way they drove past two properties that had been destroyed.
“It was devastating to see,” Denis said. “We saw at least two houses that were just a pile of wreckage. It breaks your heart to see that, because you know it’s been someone’s residence for quite some time and you don’t like to think of what they lost.”
An emergency warning has been issued for the fire at Tianjara, south-west of Nowra.
The NSW RFS says: “The fire is burning towards Wandandian and Jerrawangala. It is too late to leave – seek shelter. Sussex Inlet Road is now closed. It is too dangerous to leave.”
Residents in Sussex Inlet are being urged to remain there. “There is no immediate threat to Sussex Inlet,” the RFS says.
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A frank exchange of views here on Sunrise about Scott Morrison’s holiday to Hawaii.
“He decides to apologise yesterday. I didn’t think he had any reason to apologise to anyone,” says 2GB’s Chris Smith.
“Hawaii, that strip in Honolulu is so small, if you want to see someone who is in Hawaii, you just go to that strip and see them. It’s a very small place.”
Smith declares it “the biggest beat-up I have seen in 40 years”.
Gretel Killeen says she is “gobsmacked” at both Smith and host Bazil Zempilas’s opinion.
“I am confounded at what your understanding of leadership is?” she asks.
“Chris, yelling at me will not convince me. The majority of the country agrees … the surveys show that.”