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Greens to create firefighting capacity within the Australian Defence Force

The Greens have pledged to establish a specialist firefighting unit within the Australian Defence Force and bolster Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet.

Greens Emergency Management spokesperson Nick McKim said the recent fires in Tasmania’s wilderness had shown the increasing fire risk that Australia faces from a warming climate.

“The science is clear - global warming means hotter, drier summers, with more dry lightning strikes, and therefore more bushfires,” Senator McKim said.

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ASIO building debacle demands inquiry

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has called for an independent inquiry into the ASIO building following revelations the building plans were accessed by Chinese hackers.

"There is a sorry saga associated with the ASIO building that goes back many years. It's a legacy of the Howard government and has been carried on by the Gillard government," Senator Milne said.

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