It is time for reflection about floods. In Queensland, Anna Bligh has announced a Commission of Inquiry to forensically examine Queensland's unprecedented flood disaster. Download the Terms of Reference below.
It is not only Queensland who is reflecting. Over at On Line Opinion they are in reflective mood too with the offering of articles below:
An historians view of floods in the Brisbane area.
Environment - Yvonne Perkins - posted 17/1/2011
Queensland's floods may set a new high
for Australian influence on international economies.
Economics - Harry Flashman - posted 17/1/2011
No matter how flooded citizens in a wealthy country are,
national wealth will still keep them pretty dry.
Economics - Brian Holden - posted 17/1/2011
The left has been infected by a Green religion
which is alien to it so that it opposes progress and the tools of progress.
Political Philosophy - Barry York - posted 17/1/2011
Queensland officials need to set
the right precedents as they begin work -
advice from the man who rebuilt New Orleans.
Nation Building - Edward Blakely - posted 17/1/2011
If global warming is happening
it bears no blame for the Queensland floods.
Environment - Cliff Ollier - posted 17/1/2011
Why everything you thought you knew
about the economic consequences of disasters is wrong.
Economics - Henry Thornton - posted 17/1/2011
Queensland needs a State Priorities Commission
so that we don't waste the opportunities
this flood gives us to fix mistakes.
Domestic Politics - Scott Prasser - posted 17/1/2011
Many Brisbane home-owners were lured
into buying flood prone property
because owners didn't have to disclose they had been flooded.
Law and Liberties - Tim O'Dwyer - posted 17/1/2011
But while the emphasis is on the Queensland floods which have been huge, widespread, costly, and dramatic, northern NSW and northern Victoria and northern Tasmania have each their own story to tell and their own reflections to make. And, in all the reflection, please don't forget to donate to the Queensland flood relief appeal - and Anna Bligh thinks we may to do it more than once. I know of no flood relief appeals for other states. If there are appeals for communities in other states, please let me know.