Once again Australia has been hit by a significant natural disaster, this time floods in Queensland and Victoria. Australia’s emergency management arrangements are based on an ‘all hazards’ approach so the emergency services and goverments apply the same principles when responding to emergencies whether they are floods or fires. Issues such as the allocation of command and control responsibilites and the powers of the emergency services to manage the response appear not to have arisen during the flood crisis though the management of the emergency will, no doubt, be the subject of post event inquiries such as the one annouced in Queensland.
I was invited to give some commentary on the issues by ABC radio, the Australian and the Sunday Courier Mail but the big legal issue arising from the floods is flood insurance and whether or not people understood that they did, or did not, have cover for floods. This issue has been the subject of extensive commentary and I refer you the posts made by my colleague, and fellow Bushfire CRC researcher, Rachel Carter. You can see some of her comments by following the links below: