'Suspend parliament' as NSW bushfires rage

Jodie Stephens and Hannah Higgins

NSW Labor is calling for the upcoming week of state parliament be suspended so politicians can be with the communities they represent while they battle devastating bushfires.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian said while any MP who wants to be in their community should stay there, parliament will continue as planned.

Labor's manager of opposition business Ryan Park on Sunday wrote to Speaker Jonathan O'Dea to ask that the reserve week instead be used to finalise any legislation.

"The communities impacted by this horrific situation need all the support they can get and we are of the firm view that elected members can help their constituents better by being in their electorate," Mr Park said in a statement.

"Members need to be there for the community the next week when the full extent of the damage caused will become more evident."

However, Ms Berejiklian said it was important for the government to continue, as much as possible, what it would ordinarily do.

"Obviously, there's a lot of trauma and a lot of people have been impacted," she told reporters in Taree.

"But also, you know, part of the recovery is doing things that we're used to, is getting on with what we're used to."

As the sitting week begins on Tuesday, activists are planning to rally outside parliament over a bill relating to mining approvals and greenhouse gas emissions.

The state government's bill, due to be debated this week, would prevent the regulation of overseas emissions in mining approvals.

A Facebook page for the protest links mining and the burning of fossil fuels with climate change, and the intensity of extreme bushfire events such as bushfires.

Protesters are calling for politicians to reject the bill and instead increase funding to emergency services.

But Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the bill simply provided procedural certainty about how "extraterritorial impacts" could be dealt with in the conditioning of NSW planning approvals.

"The NSW government's climate policy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 has not changed," he said in a statement on Sunday.