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NSW Upper House agrees govt flood response ‘insufficient’

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The NSW Government has supported a crossbench motion in NSW Parliament on June 8 that their response to the Northern Rivers floods was ‘insufficient’.

The motion was put forward in the Legislative Council (upper house) by Animal Justice Party MP, Mark Pearson, and passed without opposition. 

Detailing the effects of the floods on Northern Rivers residents and businesses, Mr Pearson also outlined the failures of the NSW Government to assist those needing help.

‘I acknowledge that some level of funding has been promised to the community, but red tape and bureaucratic obstacles have made it difficult for traumatised survivors to successfully lodge their legitimate claims’, Mr Pearson said in his speech. 

He noted that of 9,500 applications lodged for rental support payments, only 1,300 have been paid.

Similarly, 14,964 applications have been lodged for small business grants, with less than 15 per cent of them approved so far.

Labor MLC, Walt Secord described Resilience NSW as ‘a bloated organisation with more than 100 staff, which is expected to climb to 230 people’.

‘The commissioner is paid $475,000. The ABC described it best: that Resilience NSW “was roasted in a recent parliamentary inquiry”.’

Meanwhile, Nationals MLC Ben Franklin, who has a home in the region, played down the lack of government response, and said ‘the event was literally unprecedented in [Lismore] and that community, and in the little towns further downriver’.

‘I worry about these issues being politicised’, he said.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The NSW Government needs to get off its backside &
    have ‘a heart’. The people who belong here can’t be
    left in a crippling alert just because the Premier can’t
    get his act together. There’s an old saying… ‘whatever
    you do to others you do to yourself.’ Wake up Aussie.

  2. It should not be that we rely on good ol’ boys and baldy-heads to rescue us from disaster, natural or unnatural.

  3. So who & what & when in Government – local & state stepped up to
    lend a hand? The then PM ran the ‘other way.’ The army took days
    to get here during the 2nd flood while locals carried the rest of the
    weight. Human beings are in shortage these days while the rest
    don’t give a damn. According to the above I’d say then it’s quite
    normal to bypass someone having a heart attack. And Yes – we do
    live in a supposed free world after all along with a monkey-grip.

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