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Public Lecture | Bushfire: What’s law got to do with it?


Tasmania’s laws around firefighting have been described as “outdated”, so what would best practice bushfire policy look like?

Start Date

Nov 26, 2019 6:00 pm

End Date

Nov 26, 2019 7:30 pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus

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The Faculty of Law and the Fire Centre Research Hub are co-hosting a public event about legal frameworks for bushfire preparedness and response. We warmly invite you and your friends and colleagues to join us.


  • Dr Michael Eburn, Australian National University
  • Joined by an expert panel

The recent independent report on Tasmania’s 2018-19 fire season describes the legal and policy framework for firefighting in Tasmania as “outdated”. The report suggests that the latest fire season represents an opportunity “to align the legislative underpinnings of fire management in Tasmania with contemporary best practice”. In an era of rapidly increasing fire risk, this event asks: What does contemporary best practice bushfire law and policy look like?’

Dr Michael Eburn is Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and a member of the Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Dr Eburn is a leading expert in emergency management and the law. He will give a presentation about contemporary Australian laws and policies for bushfire preparedness and response.

This public lecture will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A.

A panel will be announced soon, drawing together a range of expertise in diverse areas of law including land use planning and urban development, climate change adaptation and biodiversity law, and laws and policies for managing bushfire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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