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Disaster Response

Bake the world a better place

Big Cake Bake Red Cross logoHelping those in need is a piece of cake this August. By baking and raising money, you will be supporting Red Cross programs to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and across the region.

The need for climate change adaptation

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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. 

Property levy threatened in new review

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The New South Wales Government is reviewing the emergency services funding system in a bid to make it more efficient. Brian McKinlay looks at the review from the perspective of the Rural Fire Service.

Flood Insurance Reform consultation paper

Water thumbnailThe 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. 

Japan’s big society: a Chinese perspective on the earthquake

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Xia Shu in Beijing wrote this Chinese perspective on the Japanese earthquake for which was translated by David Kelly from UTS Sydney and is shared thanks to East Asia Forum.

Call for sustainable approach to rebuilding after disasters

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Most of us would agree that the recent devastating events in Australia and New Zealand have caused us to realise just how powerless we are against the environment we live in. 


Please support NZ Salvos' earthquake appeal

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Friends, colleagues one and all, I wanted to share a letter received last night from a friend in Christchurch to ask for your help in donating whatever we can to the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

Learning from the past

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In times of crisis, be it the global economic crisis or the recent Australian floods, the role of government spending needs to be better understood in its historical context.


Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal

Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal image of truck in waterDONATE to the Queensland Premier's flood relief appeal.

The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods.

For details of how you can donate online, by phone, by mail or in person CLICK HERE.

Typhoon Morakot the Aftermath

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Misguided priorities have left Tawain's President Ma Ying-jeou enduring his worst political storm in the wake of Typhoon Morakot.