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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 525

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the allocation for Natural Disaster Organisations in each State in 1974-75, 1975-76, and 1976-77.

(2)   How was the money spent.

(3)   Is he satisfied that the allocation to South Australia is adequate to support an organisation which can effectively cope with any natural disaster, especially earthquake, which South Australia might face.

(4)   Does the Civil Defence School provide courses specifically related to earthquake mitigation or earthquake damage.

(5)   If so, have any South Australian officers attended this course.

(6)   If not, will he ensure that such a course is established and that officers from South Australia attend the course.

(7)   What effort is, or has been, made at the local level to set up emergency service units which could cope with an earthquake in towns in the mid-north of South Australia, such as Gladstone, Jamestown and Peterborough.

Mr Killen -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) There are no Natural Disaster Organisations in each State. Funds allocated for major items of expenditure in support of each State/Territory Emergency Service(s) for 1974-75, 1975-76, and 1976-77 are set out in the table following.

(2)   Refer schedule. The schedule figures are for major programs only and do not include all items of expenditure made on behalf of States/Territories; other items include an annual Public Information Program and the publication of training handbooks.

(3)   Establishment and support of an adequate organisation to effectively cope with a natural disaster in South Australia is a State responsibility. Expenditure by the Commonwealth Government (1) is designed to enhance this capacity.

(4)   No. Courses teach principles designed to be applied to any disaster.

(5)   Attendance by South Australian officers is included in the schedule. See ( 1 ) above.

(6)   No specific course is proposed. See (4) above.

(7)   This is the responsibility of the South Australian Government.


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