What if we had a system, like Medicare, where costly fire prevention measures were subsidised?
The royal commission made welcome and necessary recommendations around helping wildlife after hazards. But it's not enough to focus only on response.
Smoke from the Black Summer fires likely caused more than 400 deaths. A national set of air quality categories is long overdue.
The bushfire royal commission handed down its final report last week, but stopped short of recommending a national town planning policy.
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has made 80 recommendations, while calling for a bigger federal role in dealing with disasters.
Australia is still grappling with the devastation wrought by the bushfires earlier this year. The Royal Commission's final report marks the first step in the country's disaster adaptation journey.
Yesterday, the bushfire royal commission handed down interim observations. But there's a glaring omission.
As the bushfire royal commission examines whether to expand the use of indigenous fire techniques, overseas countries are already on board.
In past bushfire inquires, Aboriginal people have been mentioned only sparingly. When referenced now, it's only in relation to cultural burning. This must change.