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Deputy Premier promises to ‘single out’ Liberal colleagues in bushfire inquiry

The Deputy Premier has promised to “single out” his own Liberal colleagues in a newly announced inquiry into the state’s bushfire season.

The six-month investigation, led by former deputy police commissioner Dave Owens and former Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane, will look into climate change, the drought and fuel loads.

John Barilaro says he’s sick of being lectured about climate change and will “fight back”.

The Nationals leader tells Alan Jones he will have no problem targeting the climate change ideologues within the government.

“I make no apologies, I’ll even single out some of my Liberal colleagues. We know fuel on the forest floor has been the number one issue.

“All those so-called experts in our community, those that live the land, they should all participate.

“They should all make submissions to make sure we don’t get drowned out with one part of the debate and not the other. And that has got to be our focus.”

The Deputy Premier singled out Environment Minister Matt Kean, promising to battle him head-on.

“We live the changing climate in the regions each and every day… and yet we get lectured to by people in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, including my own environment minister about what we need to do about climate change. We need to make sure we fight back.”

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Mr Barilaro has confirmed construction company Laing O’Rourke will be on the ground from next week to clean up bushfire affected areas.

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