Weathering the Cost

The Monthly

July 2020

According to a database kept by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, since 1886 Australian governments have held more than 300 inquiries and reviews into natural disasters and emergency management. The decade leading up to 2017 was particularly jam-packed, with 90 such inquiries, delivering over 2000 recommendations.

In the wake of this past catastrophic fire season, where 3500 people lost their homes, 33 their lives, and an area the size of Syria burned, Australians may well be questioning just how much we’ve learned from this abundance of examination.