The PM suggests the possibility of creating a specialized force to handle natural disasters in light of the climate emergency.
Anthony Albanese and the Victorian premier, Jacinta Allan, say a re-think of disaster recovery and flood mitigation may be needed due to climate change, with at least 26 homes inundated in the state’s flooding.
In Victoria, 61 emergency warnings are still active on Tuesday afternoon as Mooroopna and Shepparton, located in the northern part of the state, prepare for potential high and moderate flood levels in the upcoming days.
The prime minister discussed potential flooding in Victoria and Queensland and mentioned the government’s contemplation of creating a reserve force to aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. However, he emphasized that the Australian defense force is an essential resource for responding to these events.
In an interview with ABC Brisbane on Tuesday, the speaker stated that during a natural disaster, one must be adaptable and resourceful in utilizing available assets.
The Australian defense force has successfully fulfilled this task for a significant amount of time whenever the request is made.
According to Albanese, natural disasters are unfortunately becoming more common and severe in our lovely country.
He informed reporters that the findings of science indicated that climate change would result in an increase in severe weather occurrences and their severity.
“Regrettably, we are witnessing this situation unfold with the increasing frequency of events occurring throughout Australia. In recent times, we have had to address severe events in Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia.”
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During an interview with ABC, Allan shared that his visit to the flood-stricken town of Seymour on Tuesday emphasized the urgency to shift to renewable energy due to the rise in frequent floods and extreme weather caused by climate change.
She expressed concern that the increasing frequency of summer storms in this region, which were once rare, is now a cause for concern.
She mentioned that the state will have to take into account the impacts of climate change, such as flooding and extreme weather, when determining optimal areas for new housing.
The speaker stated that Rochester, which used to experience catastrophic flooding once every 100 years, has now faced three major flooding incidents in the span of 10 to 11 years.
In Seymour, she spoke to journalists and expressed that the state government will urge the commonwealth to offer financial aid for the flood-affected communities in Victoria.
She stated that Victorians can anticipate that we will urge the national government for a just portion of funds for communities that have been affected.
The emergency services minister, Jaclyn Symes, was in talks with the Albanese government about disaster funding prior to the announcement of the Queensland package.
On Tuesday, Albanese made a trip to the Gold Coast to reveal additional financial support for areas in southern and northern Queensland that have been impacted by the recent flooding and cyclone Jasper. He then continued on to Victoria on Wednesday.
In early this month, approximately 50 members of the ADF were sent to assist with the cleanup efforts in flood-affected areas of south-east Queensland. A defense strategic review in the previous year revealed that climate change has led to a higher demand for ADF involvement in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.
A legislative investigation is currently examining the involvement of the Australian Defence Force in dealing with natural disasters. The Department of Defence has suggested the creation of an internal unit specifically focused on responding to and recovering from national crises.
The Minister of Federal Emergency Management, Murray Watt, also supported the Bureau of Meteorology’s declaration of El Niño prior to the recent heavy rainfall.
According to Watt, it is common to experience significant rainfall in certain areas of the country during an El Niño event. Unfortunately, this is currently occurring.