NOVEMBER 29, 2018: The resources of the Australian Government are at the ready to provide assistance with Queensland fires and they are completely at the disposal of Queensland should they request it. I have had this assurance direct from the Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning.
The Australian Defence Force stands ready to assist, and units such as the Combat Engineers Regiment is very well versed in dealing with Natural Disaster Recovery.
They could potentially be engaged to work on such things as fire breaks.
Any request for assistance must first be made by the Queensland Government.
I applaud the concerted efforts of all firefighters, and other emergency services personnel, both from Queensland and interstate, who are battling these fires and working to protect people and property to the best of their ability.