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Transcript of interview with Lisa Miller: ABC News24: 13 January 2011: Queensland floods



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH

13 January 2011

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR INTERVIEW WITH LISA MILLER ABC NEWS24

Subjects: Queensland floods

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LISA MILLER:

Tony, you’ve been in briefings already, what are you hearing?

TONY ABBOTT:

Look, there is I think a sense of guarded relief that the flood has not peaked quite as high as what otherwise might have been the case but we can’t be sure that the worst is over, the ground is sodden, the dams are full and any serious rain in the next few days could bring a return to very serious flooding.

LISA MILLER:

People are already talking about the clean-up, Mr Abbott. Who should be doing that and what can people do?

TONY ABBOTT:

Everyone in these areas will I suspect have something to do. There are thousands of people calling Brisbane City Council for instance wanting to volunteer. That’s the great Australian volunteer ethos at work. It’s going to be very important for all levels of government to effectively deploy able bodied volunteers and all of the various services, the Army, the volunteer emergency services, I think all of them are going to be needed in the weeks and months ahead because this will be a clean-up and recovery effort of epic proportions.

LISA MILLER:

And your concern that bureaucracy might get in the way of this?

TONY ABBOTT:

I think that the three institutions that people will be dealing with particularly businesses will be dealing with in the weeks and months to come are insurers, the banks and government and I think all three of those institutions need to deal sympathetically with people. They need to avoid legalism because there’s a

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recovery job to be done, there are people and businesses that will need to be nurtured back to normalcy and all of these institutions need to be cooperative not obstructive.

LISA MILLER:

Tony Abbott, thanks for joining us.

[ends]