Double-whammy is hurting

MP raises concerns over bushfire recovery support
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WANGARATTA-based Independent federal MP Helen Haines (MHR, Indi) is calling on the Senate Select Committee into COVID-19 to investigate the extra impact the pandemic is having on people in bushfire-affected communities, such as Indi.

Dr Haines, and fellow federal crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie (MHR, Mayo), have written to committee chair Senator Katy Gallagher asking the committee to hold special public hearings on the government’s response in communities hit by the 2019-2020 fires.

Dr Haines and Ms Sharkie expect the committee would call witnesses from state and federal departments and agencies, including the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, and other groups and community representatives.

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