Fair Assistance to Bushfire Victims

Today I call on the Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan and the Abbott Government to give victims of the Parkerville, Stoneville, and now Mt Helena bushfires, access to the same entitlements as victims of previous West Australian bushfires such as the Armadale, Kelmscott, and Balingup bushfires.

I do not want to see West Australians who are affected by these fires caught in the same position as victims of the recent Blue Mountains fires.

People affected by previous bushfires were eligible for relief payments if they were required to leave their home for more than 24 hours or have been without utilities for 48 hours because of the disaster.

People affected by these fires should have access to the same entitlements. These entitlements should be available to cover the extra expenses that people are experiencing such as food, accommodation costs, missed employment and many other significant costs.

It's clear what a devastating impact these files are having on the communities of Parkerville, Stoneville and Mt Helena.  I know these communities well, I grew up there. In fact, I still do not know if the family home my father built 30 years ago has been destroyed by the fires.

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