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Orroral Valley fire inquiry: Defence department granted non-publication order, denied internal investigation

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By Toby Vue
Updated December 6 2021 - 4:13am, first published December 5 2021 - 6:30pm
The January 2020 Orroral Valley bushfire that burnt about 80 per cent of the Namadgi National Park . Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Set as a procedural hearing, the first court session of the coronial inquiry into the Orroral Valley fire ended on adversarial terms with one lawyer accusing another of imposing his "silken tones" upon the court after the Defence department was allowed to withhold certain information.

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Toby Vue

Court reporter

Toby Vue joined The Canberra Times in April 2021 and is a court reporter after covering the round in NSW and Queensland. He has also reported on regional and rural affairs, local government and sport. He was a Sunday Canberra Times reporter. Email: t.vue@canberratimes.com.au.

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