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MORRISON’S FLOOD RESPONSE – ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT

November 30, 2021

SENATOR MURRAY WATT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND


MORRISON’S FLOOD RESPONSE – ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT


Australia’s east coast has been inundated with heavy rain for weeks. Towns across Queensland and New South Wales are now flooding, and La Nina means there’s more to come.

So how does the Morrison Government respond? In the only way they know how – with an announcement.

Today’s announcement of $50 million for flood mitigation is too little, too late from a government that’s sat on a $4.7 billion disaster fund they announced in April 2019.

The Emergency Response Fund was set up to spend up to $200 million per year for disaster recovery and resilience. But over two years on, it’s only released $17 million and not a single project has been built.

The Government hasn’t even spent the first round of flood funding it announced from the ERF, over six months ago, but now it’s promising more. Announcements won’t protect communities that are suffering from floods right now.

The only thing the ERF has done is earn Scott Morrison over $700 million in interest. It’s helping his government’s bottom line, but it’s not helping disaster victims.

We know Australian communities are desperate to reduce the impact of natural disasters by building flood levees, cyclone shelters and evacuation centres. The first round of flood mitigation funding was massively oversubscribed, with more than $230 million worth of community projects competing for the grant.

The Morrison Government has had plenty of time to use the ERF to keep Australians safe. We are now in the third disaster season since the ERF was announced but there’s nothing to show for it.

Just like the Black Summer bushfires, Scott Morrison does too little, too late. His failure to act on disaster resilience is putting Australians at risk.

TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2021

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA