In Australia, the latest flooding along the eastern coast has seen the government more and more using the ADF to assist those in flood-affected areas.


This article by SBS News makes the following points:
  • Record flooding has hit parts of NSW and Queensland and left thousands homeless and many businesses ruined.
  • There was criticism of a slow ADF response, but many areas were initially impassable until flood-waters subsided.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was finalising the first wave of what he described as ‘over and above measures’—disaster funding outside the existing categories of support.
  • More than $200 million in disaster recovery payments have already been made.
  • Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the devastation was more like that ‘of a cyclone’, than a flood.
  • More than 20 people lost their lives in the flooding across NSW and Queensland.


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Source: Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)