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This week's news

Selected links to firefighter workplace, industrial, technology and OHS news stories across the last seven days.

Australia:
Tas: UFU targets state government over lack of resources in the north-west.
Also  Labor leader compliments the Greens as Saturday's poll date closes in and after campaigning gets ugly with robo-call attack.

Vic: UFU slams MFB president's slur against firefighters
MFB women firefighters say diversity targets are patronising and taint applicants.

Vic: House fire linked to insulation problems
House fires linked to insulation more than double
NSW: Insulation fault suspected in latest house fire
NSW: DIY risk assessments for insulation crazy claim.

WA: WA bushfire season extended
The WA Government says the bushfire season has been extended until at least April 14.

WA: Poor wet season boosts fire threat
DEC concerned that an extremely dry wet season has increased the fire risk in the west Kimberley.

Vic: Fuel reduction burn escapes
Fuel reduction burn on public landing the Mallee escapes control lines and burns out of control.

WA: Fatal house fire in Mandurah
A 50 year old woman dies in house fire at Mandurah, south of Perth.

Vic: Shep sizzle
Blaze lights up kebab shop.

SA: CFS douses $25K hay blaze
The damage bill from a large hay fire near Naracoorte yesterday has been estimated at $25,000.

Vic: Bushfire concerns over wind tower plan
Decision sparks lightning strike fears at Baynton East, north of Kyneton.

Vic: Fire danger period ends early
Heavy rain and cooler weather in the Goulburn Valley and north-east Victoria.

Vic: CFA backs volunteer guilty of police assault
Volunteer convicted of assaulting a police officer at a roadblock on Black Saturday.

Vic: Fire crews test night vision technology
Fire authorities are trialing a new night-time technology this week in the Macedon Ranges.

Vic: New legal panel to focus on climate change
The Victorian Bar is forming a panel of expert barristers to specialise in cases involving climate change.

WA: Albany fire still burning but under control
Ten metre flames threatened Albany homes
Residents call for more prescribed burns.

Qld: Firefighter recovering after fatal blaze
Collapses at the scene of a fatal unit block fire on the Gold Coast
Woman dead, firefighter in coma after unit fire.

NSW: Toxic smoke fears at tip fire
Rubbish is continuing to smoulder after a fire started yesterday at the Armadale rubbish tip.

WA: Close call inspires early warning device
A close call inspires an early warning system for bushfires.

NSW: Bushfire danger period ends early
In parts of south-western New South Wales but there is a warning against complacency.

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