Bushfire: What’s law got to do with it? — Public lecture and panel

Stanley Burbury Theatre
University Centre
Sandy Bay Campus
26 Nov 2019

The Faculty of Law and the Fire Centre Research Hub are co-hosting a public event about legal frameworks for bushfire preparedness and response. We warmly invite you and your friends and colleagues to join us.

Dr Michael Eburn is Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and a member of the Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Dr Eburn is a leading expert in emergency management and the law. He will give a presentation about contemporary Australian laws and policies for bushfire preparedness and response.

This public lecture will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A. The panel consists of Mike Brown, Dr Stuart Little and Joseph Wenta.

More information here.

About the presenters

Dr Michael Eburn is a barrister and Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, Canberra. Michael is best known for his book Emergency Law (Federation Press, 5th ed, forthcoming) and his popular blog – Australian Emergency Law (https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/). He is an investigator on a BNHCRC funded project looking at preparation for catastrophic disasters and has led CRC funded projects on governance and emergency management.  A regular consultant to Australia’s fire and emergency services Michael is a leading expert on law, emergency management and the emergency services.  He is a member of the board of St John Ambulance (ACT) and Paramedics Australasia and an associate of the Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University (UK) and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (NZ).

Michael Brown AM, AFSM

Michael commenced his Fire Service career in 1977 and was promoted to Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) Deputy Chief Officer in 2006 and then to Chief Officer, in the role of CEO and Chairman of the State Fire Commission in 2009. In this role, Michael lead the command and development of TFS’s 450+ operational and support career staff and 5,000+ volunteer members. Until his retirement in 2016, Michael was a Director of the national Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) and Chairman of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC). He was also a past Deputy President of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO). Michael is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration ‘Executive Fire Officer Program’ (EFOP) and holds a Bachelor of Social Science specialising in Emergency Management. Michael was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2005 and was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017.

Dr Stuart Little is an environmental professional with over 25 years’ experience in natural resources policy and law, focusing on peri-urban environments. He holds a BSc (Earth Sciences) from Macquarie University (NSW) and B. Appl. Sc (Biology)(Hons) degree from Curtin University (WA) majoring in Fire Ecology. He worked for 13 years as a Senior Environmental Planner with the NSW Department of Planning, specialising on topics including biodiversity and bushfire protection and contributing to policy underpinning the 2002 bushfire reforms in NSW. He is currently the Strategic Land Use Planner with WaterNSW. He is participating in the expert panel as an Honorary Associate Fellow with the School of Law, University of Wollongong, through which he completed his PhD in 2017 on the topic: “Exploring the Tensions between Bushfire Protection and Biodiversity Conservation in the New South Wales Planning System”.

Joseph Wenta is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. His research examines how law shapes effective and equitable adaptation to climate change impacts including bushfire, heatwaves and sea level change. Joe’s PhD research points to pathways for developing Australia’s adaptation laws to meet the demands of a climate impacted future.