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Emergency funding 'shamefully inadequate' - Mcclelland



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EMERGENCY FUNDING ‘SHAMEFULLY INADEQUATE’ - MCCLELLAND October 23, 2012 ยท Leave a Comment

The former Attorney General and Minister for Emergency Management, Robert McClelland, has delivered a scathing assessment of the government’s commitment to disaster resilience, emergency relief and funding in a book to be released tomorrow.

Mr McClelland says more attention should be given to preventing poor planning decisions before they lead to unnecessary damage and the loss of life.

Coalition spokesperson on emergency management, Senator Gary Humphries, has called this a damning indictment on the Federal Government’s approach and commitment to disaster preparedness.

“This should come as a massive wake up call to the Labor Government”, Senator Humphries said today.

“Robert McClelland is more than qualified to make this assessment. He has made similar remarks in the past about the way in which the government deals with disasters, and yet these warnings have all fallen on deaf ears”.

In the book entitled Next Generation Disaster and Security Management, Mr McClelland says too much is being spent by government mopping up disasters and too little preventing them.

“Communities throughout disaster stricken areas have not been given the support they need at the time they need it,” Senator Humphries said.

“In addition, it’s clear that preparing communities for any future natural disaster has fallen off the government’s priority list.

“It is not good enough for the Federal Government to respond to any future disasters with a new, knee-jerk reaction tax.

“Labor must listen to expert advice and implement real policies to ensure Australians are equipped to reduce the impact of future disasters”, Senator Humphries concluded.

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