December 12, 2014

Complacency and buck passing

Another response to the 0.8m fracas:

"The previous Queensland Labor government had introduced a detailed Coastal Plan, requiring local governments to plan for a 0.8m sea-level rise by 2100, and featuring detailed mapping of the areas most at risk.
The plan was suspended not long after the election, and when the Newman government released its final policy in December 2013, all references to sea-level rise were omitted. Deputy Premier Seeney explained his rationale by saying:
'… we believe local governments are the best placed to make planning decisions according to their local circumstances and their communities and we are empowering them to do so.'"

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