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Royal commission called on federal government to play a clear leadership role in responding to natural disasters

A royal commission triggered by the devastating bushfires of last summer recommended that the federal government have the power to declare a national emergency for such disasters

Amid warnings, such events will become more complex, unpredictable and harder to manage due to climate change, the commission also called for a more coordinated national response

Governments at all levels should be engaged, along with indigenous communities and others, to ensure effective disaster management, response and recovery

« Australia needs to be better prepared for these natural disasters They may not happen every year, but when they do, they can be catastrophic, » the commission said in its final report released on Friday

« The summer of 2019-2020 – when some communities experienced drought, heat waves, bushfires, hailstorms and flooding – provided only a glimpse of the types of ‘events Australia may face in the future

« This does not mean that the Australian government should take over from state and territory governments

The commission declared that it was up to the Prime Minister to declare a state of national emergency, which would be the catalyst for a more coherent, preventive and rapid mobilization of the resources of the federal government

Such a declaration would be an important signal to communities and individuals regarding the severity of the disaster and the need for government agencies, including the defense force, to be on high alert to assist states and the territories in response and recovery efforts

The committee reiterated a previous recommendation to create a body similar to the national cabinet to take over high-level strategic decisions

States and territories should also create their own high-level ministerial forums to support the body’s cabinet and make decisions on how limited resources can be shared between jurisdictions and how best to communicate with them. the public

The commission further recommended the creation of a permanent national body for resilience and recovery to better coordinate national efforts in these areas

Last summer’s fires raged across New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and South Australia and burned 10 million hectares, killing 33 people and destroying 10,000 homes and other structures

Over 80,000 head of cattle have been killed and millions of native plants and animals have been lost

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