World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 10:15 am

Australian flood victims condemn lack of government assistance, exhorbitant insurance premiums

Australian flood victims condemn lack of government assistance, exhorbitant insurance premiums
”If you are going to allow building on flood plains, then the government needs to subsidise, or put in place, measures that prevent flooding. Put in infrastructure. But like everything else, it comes down to money.”

Every year with a new disaster somewhere, the flood insurance goes up.“I don’t think anyone in the street has flood insurance.“We had a quote last year from the NRMA for flood insurance at $36,000.This has highlighted the fact that many of the properties inundated, including in the western and north-western reaches of Sydney, were built on flood plains.

” Asked what should be done, he stated: “If you are going to allow building on flood plains, then the government needs to subsidise, or put in place, measures that prevent flooding.The fallout from massive floods that struck the east coast of New South Wales and south-east Queensland last week continues, with clean-up efforts still underway in many affected areas.

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