March 10, 2020

New Bill protects emergency workers from assault

A new Bill introduced into Parliament by the Victorian Government outlines minimum jail term sentences for people who assault emergency workers, even if they are under the influence. The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 will require courts to impose a sentence of imprisonment in all cases where an offender recklessly or intentionally injures…

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March 10, 2020

New travel restrictions announced to stem flow of COVID-19

As the battle to contain COVID-19 in Australia continues, the Australian Government has agreed to introduce new travel restrictions, update travel advice and implement new screening measures as part of coordinated measures to protect Australians from the virus. The Australian Government said its highest priority remains the wellbeing and safety of Australians. These actions are…

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March 10, 2020

Expertise and evidence are crucial to future disaster management

Following a challenging summer of bushfires, drought, floods and coronavirus, the world has hit a crucial point and future disaster management is more important than ever to help solve these issues. In a speech to the National Press Club on 26 February, Universities Australia Chair, Professor Deborah Terry AO, has warned that tapping into expert…

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March 10, 2020

Further $12.5 million to help rebuilt flood-damaged infrastructure

A further $12.5 million in funding has been allocated to help communities rebuild following the widespread damage caused by the 2019 monsoon trough in Queensland. The new funding comes as part of the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s $242 million exceptional circumstances funding. Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said 12 councils would share in…

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