The Tasmanian government has been accused of ignoring expert advice to massively increase fuel reduction burns nearly two years before January's devastating bushfires.
Premier Lara Giddings has confirmed state cabinet "deferred" a request from Tasmania's fire management council for $25.7 million in funding in March 2011.
The state's Liberal opposition has seized on the revelation, claiming the government's response to the Victorian bushfires Royal Commission was inadequate.
"Today's admission by Lara Giddings that, as premier, she ignored high-level bushfire mitigation advice casts serious doubts over her judgment and her capacity to govern," opposition leader Will Hodgman said in a statement.
"The premier's claims that she rejected this expert advice in favour of yet another study on the never-never shows just how out of touch she is."
Tasmania's worst bushfires in half a century destroyed 400 properties in early January, but no lives were lost.
Mr Hodgman said the government had failed by not creating a centralised fuel reduction unit, saying at the same time the state's Parks and Wildlife Service had reduced burns by 94 per cent.
Ms Giddings hit back, saying 67 recommendations from the Royal Commission had been adopted.
She said the request for extra funding had been deferred while a $400,000 study was completed, while an additional $500,000 was spent on a "strategic fuel reduction program".
"It is simply not true to say that Cabinet rejected a recommendation to allocate $25.7 million," Ms Giddings said.
"Our priority has always been to protect Tasmanian lives and properties.
"You simply can't achieve that by rushing to adopt a one-size-fits-all model for fuel reduction, based largely on Victorian conditions."
Ms Giddings said targeted burns had helped stop the spread of one of the state's worst fires in January, on the east coast.
She accused the Liberals of playing politics with the issue.
"It is important to recognise that no amount of controlled burning on crown land can prevent bushfires on catastrophic fire danger days like that which fanned the Forcett fire," Ms Giddings said.
"It is deeply disappointing to see the Liberal Party attempting to score cheap, destructive points on such a sensitive issue."
Meanwhile, a bushfire continues to burn out of control in Hobart's northeastern suburbs.
The blaze, which has burned 370 hectares, is not threatening houses.