Jaclyn Symes has been forced to defend the Victorian government's record on preventative burning ahead of the coming fire season.
The Labor minister was questioned in Parliament on Tuesday by her Liberal counterpart for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell.
"Given the drought conditions and likelihood of fire in the coming season, will you explain what impact the government's failure to meet preparatory burning targets will have on farms and regional communities adjacent to state forests?" Ms Lovell said.
"Since you have been minister have you advocated for the reinstatement of the hectare targets that were recommended by the 2009 bushfires royal commission?"
Ms Symes did not answer the question on the state's burning targets, saying she was not the relevant minister, but said the government's effort to prepare for the fire season would continue.
"What you saw on the weekend was a concerted effort from the Premier (Daniel Andrews) and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services (Lisa Neville) on fire preparedness and this government's continual commitment to making sure that our communities, whether they are farming communities, country communities or whatever, are protected and safe from fire," she said.
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Mr Andrews and Ms Neville launched Victoria's "how well do you know fire?" campaign on Sunday, which will include advertisements to highlight the deadly risk fire poses and the importance of planning and preparing for the season.
Meanwhile Wodonga-based MP Tim Quilty has recalled one of the controversial ideas from his maiden speech in February: a "rexit".
He referred to reports last week that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning allowed North West irrigators to ignore restrictions on trading water from the Goulburn River to the Murray River.
"Apparently this issue is beyond the aptitude of Melbourne-based bureaucrats to fix, or perhaps to care," he said. "Maybe a 'rexit' - a regional exit, a new state for the Victorian regions - is the only way out.
"Time and again I have risen in this place and called for action to restore water security to irrigators in my electorate, time and again nothing has been done."
Mr Quilty was told he would get a written response from Water Minister Ms Neville.