Bronwyn Adcock is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Griffith Review and The Saturday Paper and on the ABC.
According to a database kept by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, since 1886 Australian governments have held more than 300 inquiries and reviews into natural disasters and emergency management. The decade leading up to 2017 was particularly jam-packed, with 90 such inquiries, delivering more than 2000 recommendations.
In the wake of this past catastrophic fire season, where around 3100 people lost their homes, 33 their lives, and an area the size of Syria burned, Australians may well be questioning just how much we’ve learnt from this abundance of examination.
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the latest inquiry, was called by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in February. It was a response to the fires, yet given a much broader remit, to examine how we can better prepare for and respond to all kinds of natural disasters. Public...
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