Friday, January 28, 2011

The flood levy debate

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology provides a succinct summary of an ongoing problem:
Floods are a fact of life in a Queensland summer.
The government's one-off levy, while well intended, does nothing to address Queensland's massive flood problem. And with the cyclone season running to April, and a continuing La NiƱa, it's entirely possible Queensland will soon again experience flooding. In any event, Queensland will again eventually experience catastrophic flooding. What then, another levy?

Contrary to what progressives insist, it is not the federal government's responsibility to assist those who choose to live in disaster prone areas. Rather, it is up to the state of Queensland and local governments to act to prevent, or at least mitigate, the chronic flooding problem: building restrictions can be introduced; dams built; and levees constructed.

As it stands Queenslanders are choosing to live in areas prone to flooding secure in the knowledge that those who live elsewhere will bail them out when history inevitably repeats itself.

Update Cyclone Bianca, another disaster in the making.

Update II Cyclone Anthony menaces Queensland


Anonymous spot said...

If anyone's interested, here's infrared satellite of the West Australian coast, showing Cyclone Bianca:

I hope it leaves Perth alone, unlike Cyclone Alby in the 70s... but the fact that Perth DID have Cyclone Alby in the 70s, which caused a lot of destruction and even several deaths, means that at least the Warmenists won't have a leg to stand on if they try to blame Bianca on increased man-made CO2 emissions.

Hope everyone on the Northwest coast is getting back to business, and hope everyone down south stays safe and dry. Cheers.

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