The current heatwave is just one sign of increasing climate change with weather becoming more extreme. Professor Kevin Parton argues that instead of concentrating on overcoming disasters when they occur, we need to learn to respond more effectively in future.
The Government has released its response to the recommendations of the Natural Disaster Insurance Review. Under the reform proposal, every Australian seeking to purchase or renew home insurance will be offered flood cover, using a common sense definition of 'flood'. The Australian Treasury is now seeking stakeholder views as to whether this proposal could improve the availability and transparency of flood insurance and what costs are associated with implementing the reform. Closing day for submissions - 30 March 2012.