2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

Hearing Block Seven: 6 April - 27 May

Transcripts and witness lists

**denotes that redactions (removal of information) have been made in order to be consistent with the terms of an order.

 Date Topic  and witness list Link to Hearing
Documents       
Thursday 27.05.10 Oral Submissions
Organisational Structure cont.
Leadership, Emergency Management, Coordination, Command and Control
Transcript 27.05.10

United Firefighters Union of Australia submission: Organisational Structure


Municipal Association of Victoria & 77 Municipal Councils submission: Organisational Structure

State of Victoria submission: Organisational Structure 

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Counsel Assisting submission: Leadership, Emergency Management, Coordination, Command and Control

Counsel Assisting submission appendix 1 - DSE organisational structure

Police Association of Victoria submission: Leadership, Emergency Mgt, Coordination, Command and Control

Submission on behalf of Russell Rees

Submission on behalf of Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon response to Police Association submission

State of Victoria submission: Leadership, Emergency Mgt, Coordination, Command and Control

State of Victoria annexure 1 - submission on leadership
 
Commonwealth submission: Leadership, Emergency Mgt, Coordination, Command and Control
Wednesday 26.05.10 Oral Submissions
Stay or Go revisited and Organisational Structure
Transcript 26.05.10

Counsel Assisting Submissions: Replacing the Stay or Go Policy


Counsel Assisting Submissions Appendix: Defendability of Houses

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Submissions: Replacing the Stay or Go Policy

United Firefighters Union Submissions: Replacing the Stay or Go Policy

Municipal Association of Victoria Submissions: Replacing the Stay or Go Policy

State of Victoria Submissions: Revising the Prepare - Stay and Defend or Leave Early Policy

Commonwealth Submissions: A New Bushfire Safety Policy

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Submissions: Replacing the Stay or Go Policy

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Counsel Assisting Submissions: Organisational Structure

Counsel Assisting Submissions Appendix: Map of Metropolitan Fire District

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria submission: Organisational Structure  
Tuesday
25.05.10
Non hearing day  
Monday 24.05.10 Non hearing day  
Friday 21.05.10 Oral submissions 
Systemic issues relating to communications and resources management and tracking
Transcript 21.05.10

Counsel Assisting submission: systemic issues relating to communications


State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to communications

Police Association Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to communications

Telstra Corporation submission: systemic issues relating to communications

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to communications


Counsel Assisting submission: systemic issues relating to resources management and tracking

State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to resources management and tracking
Thursday 20.05.10 Non hearing day  
Wednesday 19.05.10 Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 19.05.10
Tuesday 18.05.10 Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 18.05.10
Monday 17.05.10 Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 17.05.10
Friday
14.05.10
Non hearing day  
Thursday
13.05.10
Oral Submissions
Mapping, firefighter safety and welfare, information sharing, aerial firefighting
Transcript 13.05.10

Counsel Assisting submission: systemic issues relating to mapping


State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to mapping

Counsel Assisting submission: systemic issues relating to firefighter safety

State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to firefighter safety

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to firefighter safety

Counsel Assisting submission: systemic Issues relating to information sharing

State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to information sharing

Counsel Assisting submission: systemic issues relating to aerial firefighting

Counsel Assisting appendix 1: use of aerial firefighting resources 7 Feb 09

State of Victoria submission: systemic issues relating to aerial firefighting

Commonwealth submission: systemic issues relating to aerial firefighting
 
Wednesday    
12.05.10 
Non hearing day  
Tuesday
11.05.10
Non hearing day  
Monday 10.05.10 Organisational Structure
Barry Thomas

Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 10.05.10
Friday
07.05.10
Bob Cameron, Minister for Police & Emergency Services

Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East - Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
**Transcript 07.05.10

Exclusion order
Thursday
06.05.10
Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
**Transcript 06.05.10

Publication prohibition order
Wednesday    
05.05.10 
Organisational Structure
Cesar Melham, Australian Workers Union
Russell Rees, CFA
Professor David Hayward cont.
Transcript 05.05.10
Tuesday
04.05.10

Organisational Structure
Barry Rosevear, Greater Dandenong Council
Philip Hawkey, CFA
Mick Bourke, CFA
Katherine Harland re: Whittlesea
Penny Armytage, Department of Justice
Neil Bibby, former CEO of CFA

Transcript 04.05.10
Monday 03.05.10 Organisational Structure
Lex de Man, CFA
Andrew Ford, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria
Rodney Holland, CFA
David Ackland, CFA
Professor David Hayward
Transcript 03.05.10

Friday  30.04.10

Organisational Structure
Dutch Leonard, Harvard (via videolink)
Paul 't Hart, ANU
Helen Kenney (St Andrews)
Len Foster, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
Transcript 30.04.10
Thursday 29.04.10 Stay or Go revised
Professor Thomas Cova (via videolink)
Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner
Judith Clements (Whittlesea)
Transcript 29.04.10
Wednesday 28.04.10 Stay or Go revised
Tim Streblow, Calfire (via videolink)

Organisational Structure
Major General Jim Molan

Stay or Go revised
Paul Nowak (Strathewen)
Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe, VicPol
Transcript 28.04.10
Tuesday 27.04.10 Stay or Go revised
John Handmer
Anja Toikka (Callignee)
Craig Lloyd, Department of Justice
Transcript 27.04.10
Monday 26.04.10 Non hearing day (Anzac Day holiday)  
Friday
23.04.10
Future Bushfire Research
Richard Roush, Melbourne University
Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University (via video link)
Jim Gould, CSIRO
Gary Morgan, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
Bart Wunderlich (Kinglake West)
Mark Adams, Sydney University
Transcript 23.04.10
Thursday
22.04.10
Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 22.04.10
Wednesday    
21.04.10
Inquiry into the fire-related deaths - Kilmore East
Detective Superintendant Hollowood, Victoria Police
Transcript 21.04.10
Tuesday
20.04.10

Communications, Resource Management and Tracking
Craig Lloyd, ESP&S (Department of Justice)
Ian Powell, CFA
Alen Slijepcevic, DSE
Rhonda Abotomey (lay witness)
Luke Corbett, CFA
Ben Davis, AWU

Transcript 20.04.10
Monday
19.04.10
Aerial firefighting
Nicholas Ryan, DSE
Richard Alder, National Aerial Firefighting Centre
Ron Sorraghan, St Andrews
Kevin Tolhurst - Fire Danger Ratings
Transcript 19.04.10
Friday 16.04.10 Oral Submissions - Roadside Clearing (cont.) and Insurance Transcript 16.04.10

MAV response: Roads and Roadsides

Counsel Assisting submission: Insurance and the Fire Services Levy

Counsel Assisting: Annexure A - Summary of Submissions 

Insurance Council of Australia Ltd. response: Insurance and the Fire Services Levy

ICA Annexure A Comparison of Household Payments to Fund Fire Services Under Current ESI System

Commonwealth response: Insurance and the Fire Services Levy

MAV response: Insurance and the Fire Services Levy

State of Victoria response: Insurance
Thursday 15.04.10 Oral Submissions - Roadside Clearing

Information Sharing
John Philip Beasley (CFA)
Anthony Duckmanton (CFA)
Transcript 15.04.10

Submission of Counsel Assisting: roadside clearing

Commonwealth response: land & fuel management, roads and roadside clearing

State of Victoria response: Roads and Roadsides
Wednesday 14.04.10 Emergency Management
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana (Victoria Police)
Christine Nixon (former Chief Commissioner of Police, Chair of VBBRA)

Mapping
Anthony Griffiths (DSE)

Oral Submissions - Fuel Management
Transcript 14.04.10

Counsel Assisting submission: fuel management

Commonwealth response: land & fuel management, roads and roadside clearing

State of Victoria response: Planned Burning

Victorian Association of Forest Industries response: land & fuel management

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria response: land & fuel management planned burning

VFBV Impact of Public Land Mgt Practices: sub to Environ. & Natural Resources Committee

Victorian National Parks Association Inc response: planned burning
Tuesday 13.04.10 Non hearing day
 
 
Monday 12.04.10 Non hearing day
 
 
Friday
09.04.10
Non hearing day  
Thursday 08.04.10 Non hearing day  
Wednesday 07.04.10

 
Implementation Reports and Responses regarding Code Red Days Cont.
Neil Comrie (Independent VBRC Implementation Monitor) Cont.
John Haynes (CFA)
Karleen Elledge (Bayles)

Recovery and Emergency Management Cont.
Superintendent Richard Grant (Victoria Police) 
Transcript 07.04.10
Tuesday
06.04.10

Recovery and Emergency Management
Christine Nixon (VBRRA)
Anne Leadbeater (Kinglake)

Implementation Reports and Responses regarding Code Red Days
Neil Comrie (Independent VBRC Implementation Monitor)

Transcript 06.04.10
Monday 05.04.10 Easter Monday Public Holiday  

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