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Victoria trumps PM with $2.5m bushfire review

“It’s unclear to me … whether [his] would be an inquiry into how the national effort can be best co-ordinated … or whether it is an inquiry into the event more broadly, I made it clear [the Inspector-General] was the way we were going to go forward,” Mr Andrews said.

The first report will focus on the state’s preparedness and response to be provided by the middle of this year with the final report on relief and recovery to be handed down by the middle of 2021.

Premier Daniel Andrews is briefed by emergency services personnel in Orbost Chris Hopkins

“He [Mr Pearce] will move around communities, he will speak to people who have been fire affected, he will speak to all of our emergency services,” Mr Andrews announced on Tuesday.

“This review will be particularly challenging … because this fire season is far from over,” the premier said.

Almost 1.4 million hectares have already burnt out across the state and the premier warned there was a long way to go.

“We know there is a long way to go in terms of providing support to those communities affected but also dealing with the inevitable new fire activity that will come throughout the balance of January, February and March.”