Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has returned to Queensland, defending a trip to Switzerland to sell the state’s bid to host the 2032 Olympics that she later cut short.
Ms Palaszczuk met on Thursday with fire crews who for days have battled a Sunshine Coast inferno that was allegedly lit by two teenagers.
She said she couldn’t have sent anyone in her place.
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“I had to do my job and as soon as I could leave I left and came straight back,” she told reporter at Peregian Beach on Thursday.
“When I left here I was thoroughly briefed, the communities were calm, I did not know that people were going to light illegal bushfires.”
She warned high winds and temperatures five to eight degrees hotter than usual will set in next week, and could cause further havoc in about half of the bone-dry state.
Ms Palaszczuk also wants parents to talk to their children about the dire consequences of setting fires after two teens were charged for allegedly starting the Peregian blaze that forced thousands to flee and gutted an elderly woman’s home.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said a task force set up to determine whether any of the fires were deliberately lit is looking closely at 22 separate blazes.
“Thirteen have been obviously as a result of either a careless, deliberate, sometimes just reckless and accidental fires that have started,” she said.
“We have charged two adults, and thirteen juveniles have been dealt with.”
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