Newman gets new powers in disasters

A CHANGE to disaster management framework which gives new powers to Premier Campbell Newman has been passed amid claims Productivity Commission recommendations would be disastrous for regional Queensland.

Parliament has passed an amendment to the Disaster Management Bill which sets up a new committee, which the Premier will chair, to deal with state-wide emergencies.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli applauded the move but warned a draft Productivity Commission report on national disaster recovery should be "kicked so far into touch that we never hear about them again".

The report recommended local councils be forced to use their own workforces to restore public assets after disaster events.

"Some of them would be disastrous for regional Queensland," Mr Crisafulli told Queensland Parliament.

"I will be making a submission. I have urged councils to make a submission and to clearly put the point that we believe in the ideas of mitigation and betterment.

"We love it; it is in our DNA.

"But it cannot be used as an excuse for one level of government to get out of funding their fair share."

-APN NEWSDESK



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