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The new bushfire investigation your MP needs to see 👀

A comprehensive new report by Per Capita and funded by GetUp members exposes the truth behind Morrison's bushfire "recovery":


New investigation reveals how Morrison's "recovery" is failing:

  1. Less than half the promised funds have been spent:
  2. The Federal Government announced $2.74 billion bushfire funds in the last 12 months, but has only delivered around 48% of that.

  3. Promised funds are not reaching families in need fast enough:
  4. At the current rate, it will take until December 2022 to distribute the entire fund – three years after the fires.

  5. Some funds seem to be delivered based on political opportunity over community need:
  6. So far 86% of certain funds have gone to the Liberal-governed states of NSW and SA, with only 14% going to Labor-governed VIC and QLD.

  7. There is little to no transparency over the funds:
  8. Considering the national importance of these funds, government transparency about them is severely lacking. There are even multiple accounts of Federal Government ministers misrepresenting the scale of the funding and the speed of its delivery.

  9. Morrison's "$2bn" is only notional:
  10. The Government's own senior civil servants have confirmed the $2bn in the National Bushfire Recovery Agency is notional only, a theoretical description of a number of different pots of money, some new and some redirected from other government programs.

Source: Smokescreen: the rhetoric and reality of federal bushfire recovery funding, Per Capita. 23 February 2021.

In spite of this, we've witnessed courageous resilience from bushfire-ravaged communities across the country. But they shoudn't have to face these challenges alone.

With Parliament sitting this week, we have the perfect opportunity to make sure Morrison's marketing spin gets the scrutiny it deserves – and that bushfire survivors are not forgotten.

Will you share this report with your Member of Parliament and ask them to hold the Morrison Government accountable?
Our friends at Per Capita spent months trawling through government papers, media releases, and Hansard transcripts, and lodged countless Freedom of Information requests. Their findings are unequivocal, and leave Morrison no more room for marketing spin.

So grab yourself a cuppa, download the full report here, and learn the truth. Then send it straight to your MP!
Thanks to GetUp members like you and the diligent work of researchers at Per Capita, we now have the hard evidence to expose Morrison's marketing spin – but what do these findings and numbers mean in real terms?

We've teamed up with local videographers across Victoria and New South Wales to tell the human story behind Morrison's broken promises.

It's the story of GetUp members who lost everything. It's the story of Indigenous academics researching the compounding impacts of these events for our First Nations people. It's the local legends helping their communities get back on their feet in the absence of government support. It's the story of every day Australians who have no choice but to see through Morrison's spin.

We're pulling together all of these important stories and struggles into a short documentary. Keep an eye out for an invite to the exclusive premiere in the coming weeks.

And this report is the first step – share it with your MP today!

Share the report with your MP!

Our politicians need to know the truth about Morrison's bushfire "recovery" funding, so let's flood their inboxes with the hard evidence.

Start by drafting a snappy subject line, then introduce yourself, let them know you're a constituent. Then tell them why you want them to read the report, and feel free to use some of the information on this page like the key findings to help you!

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