‘We’re stepping in’: Scott Morrison calls in the army to aid bushfire crisis
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the Australian Defence Force will be deployed in fire-ravaged communities.
The federal government today announced 3000 army reservists will be called-up and deployed to fire zones across four states, following a meeting of the National Security Committee of Cabinet.
$20 million has been committed to provide four extra water-bombing planes.
HMAS Adelaide, the navy’s largest amphibious ship, will also be deployed to evacuate residents from fire-affected areas.
Mr Morrison tells Luke Grant this is the very first time they have called on the deployment of the ADF in a disaster of this nature.
“This is a compulsory call-out.
“We’re stepping in now, we’re not waiting to be asked [by the states].”
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