We all know the premier gave her heart warming speech after the 10th January floods where many men, women and children lost the lives homes and possessions with a tear in her eye. The events that followed was an overwhelming response by the people of Australia and afar in the setting up of the premiers relief fund.
Assistance was given by police, emergency services and volunteers to assist the people and to preserve life, however it has all gone downhill since the initial response.
The banks for example gave and in some places were reluctant to but did give a 3 month holiday on all loans mortgages etc. What should have happened and did happen were very different.
Insurance companies were advised by senior officials to be fair and to be prompt in their handling and dealings with victims however we will show this has not occurred either.
The bungling and bad handling and in most cases obstruction by the Bligh government of the premiers relief fund has resulted in 5 months since the disaster only 90 million of the 260 million dollars has been handed out. This was the case as of the 1st of June 2011 despite the most recent promises of the Bligh Government the saga continues.
We will now show that due to the complexity of the application forms for the premiers relief fund it is effectively creating a deterrent for people to apply for this assistance. On the other hand you have people that should be entitled for assistance that were insured and now find 5 months on that either their insurance has been refused or still not processed all the while the Banksters are calling their loans on properties that are still damaged.
We must note that the premier has stated that part of the criteria is to provide 2 seperate quotes by a registered builder and there is many instances where builders are refusing to quote on the jobs for the simple reason they do not believe they will get paid as the governments reputation for looking after the contractors precedes them, the author of this site has firsthand experience of not being paid on government jobs.
The lack of resources for our police and emergency services are putting the people at risk during disasters such as this. Police are in desperate need of resources namely 2 helicopters for QLD more officers on the ground and better training for emergency 000 staff. Police should have at their finger tips and be able to call on private resources to assist in such disasters.
It is noted that every time Bligh has been ambushed or questioned publically she has a knack for putting out spot fires while the real issues continue to blaze away. The author is very happy to be able to inform the premier that the opposition have now agreed to assist in doing the job she is unable to. Surely there has been a great enough loss of life due to the natural disasters without depression, feelings of abandonment, hopelessness, having the potential to cause further loss of life.
*We invite the premier and her ministers to respond to the issues reported in a meaningful and constructive way unlike what we have seen so far.