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Australia’s natural-disaster preparedness has gaping holes, royal commission told

By Philippa McDonald,

Tuesday September 22, 2020 – 18:36 EST

Australia has gaping holes in its readiness for natural disasters and is “past a tipping point”, a royal commission has been told.

Former director-general of emergency management, Mark Crosweller, offered a scathing assessment of the nation’s readiness for bushfires and floods.

Mr Crosweller, who until last year was also head of the National Resilience Taskforce, told the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements: “We have to get a handle on what’s vulnerable.”

“If you try to get a national bushfire risk map, it…

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