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April 2nd 2007
Tsunami warning for Barrier Reef

Reports just to hand say that following an earthquake in the Solomon Islands a tsunami may be headed for the Queensland coast.

This is a quick alert to warn all readers in low lying areas that they take precautions and monitor media services for further updates.

According to the Bureua of Meteorology, "Based on the magnitude and location of the earthquake, tsunami could start affecting these locations at the following local

Cooktown from 0931am 02/04/2007
Cairns from 0949am
Brisbane 1033am
Gladstone 1139am
Mackay 1144am"

For the most immediate information to hand (click here)

Tsunami warning for Barrier Reef
Jenny Stirling
April 2nd 2007
I seem to remember that the prospect of a tsunami hitting the coast of Qld was raised and then dismissed in the aftermath of the tsunami which hit Indonesia and parts of Thailand in December 2004.

Hopefully, this one will peter out and not cause any damage. However, it does raise the issue again about the disaster management plan for exposed places like Magnetic Island.

I was wondering had there been any movement on the proposals putforward in the last state election?

From sources I talk to, there is a lot more work that needs to be done to secure the safety of residents in the event of a natural disaster like that which hit Innisfail last year.

I grew up in Innisfail and had to go back there a couple of weeks ago for a funeral, which co-incided with the anniversary of Cyclone Larry.

The stories (horror) about problems with the rebuilding abound.

The general assessment from family & friends was that people who had no insurance were better off because they got instant government disaster relief where as those who were waiting for the insurance companies to do the right thing, are still waiting in many cases.

That surprised me because one would think that was the point of having private insurance- to get one's problems attended to without a lot of bureaucratic red tape.

I don't now what that means for people in places like Magnetic Island, but if I wanted to insure my property, I would get the good oil from people up there who have had first hand experience with all sorts of insurance companies and the way they operate when put to the test.

Jenny Stirling
Greens federal candidate
April 4th 2007
If you think beach front places might be a bit threatened think about those places around the Townsville waterfront that have already been built over and out from the beach and are set to go further.
Imagine the chaos at a canal estate jutting out in front of the casino and entertainment centre. What would the Premier's explanation be if 200 houses were swamped by a tsunami - whining about the early-warning system would be totally inadequate.
The Queensland Government should stop itself from approving canal estates in fully exposed oceanfront sites. Full stop. End of story. Just say "no way" and say it now before the developers even get started.
Jenny Stirling
April 4th 2007
Yes,well according to Premier Beattie, TCC, EPA and developers, a small thing like tsunami shouldn't be allowed to get in the way of a billion dollar development.

Just imagine all the other developments which would have to be mothballed if we took into account variables such as cyclones, tidal surges, air shed patterns, sea currents and flood levels.

Not to worry. No doubt there will be a scientific report which contests the validity of people's eyes and ears and capacity for independent thought.

Jenny Stirling
Tanina Connolly
April 6th 2007
Any hope of Australia following the US environmentalists and suing the EPA for inaction on the reduction of greenhouse gases etc?

Also why has there been no reaction to the declaration that the Brewer reef is dead and that now the Sunferries will be using the pristine Kelso reef because we have to show we have a "better reef" than Cairns???Where was the custodian of the reef, GBRMPA who are supposed to be supervising "sustainable" tourism? What conditions, checks and balances have been put in place to ensure that the Kelso reef doesn't go the same way? Also per chance are all the exotics in the Ross river being transported to the said reefs by the tour operators? Why wouldn't you just leave the reef pristine? Slash and burn all for the sake of a very paltry sum of $180 a quarter plus $2 a visitor. Where was the public consultation and do we have a public environment report concerning the impact this activity will have or an environmental impact statement and make the results public? I bet we don't??? Public consultation doesn't mean what the regulations say.
It is about time GBRMPA did its job as a custodian of the reef and got out of bed with the tour operators and did the job it was set up to do. There is no mention in the regulations that GBRMPA should be wasting its time and effort applying for tourism awards all over the world and patting itself on the back when we see reefs being destroyed and the Ross River stuffed.

Tanina Connolly
April 6th 2007
Hang on. Let's not let our cynicism get in the way of some commonsense decision making. Some infrastructure has to be placed in exposed places - like the port or a jetty for exporting produce. If a cyclone or tsunami comes along then we are all willing to pay for the restoration of this kind of essential infrastructure.
But a canal estate is not in any way 'essential infrastructure'. On the contrary, it is elective in nature, even speculative, and the state should not be placing taxpayers' money at risk to serve the interests of private, commercial speculators.
If a cyclone threatened that particular site it is possible a few houses would be damaged, even swamped by a storm surge. But a tsunami would definitely cause life threatening havoc. There would be absolutely no alternative but to evacuate the site and see what happens. The state would be up for stupendous costs to repair the actual foundations of the reclamation quite apart from repairing the roads, power, water supply etc. Insurance doesn't cover that stuff.
This is not a sensible development proposal. It is high risk and the risk is increasing. None of the EPA, TCC or Premier's Department have ever mentioned this possibility. It has not occurred to them. Will anyone pay attention now or are we all sheep being led up the garden path. Remember Joh Bjelke-Peterson? He used to say, "Don't you worry about that". And so we didn't. And really dumb decisions got made.
David J
April 11th 2007
I am confused as to the contribution of Jenny Stirling as a response to the content of the original article of a tsunami warning. I'm not sure what the 'proposals of the previous election' where, but her reply ended up discussing private insurance and coverage. Let us hope as a federal candidate, a bigger net is thrown by Jenny than canvassing friends and relatives before formalizing her views with respect to the performance of insurance companies and government assistance. As far a
jenny stirling
April 17th 2007
Hi David,

Sorry if I wasn
David J
April 21st 2007
In response to Jenny Stirling re: Hi David

I believe you may have omitted from your definition of a politician the belief that "any advertising is good advertising". Believe me when I say my contribution wasn
Jenny Stirling
April 24th 2007
My relatives and friends didn't suffer any major any structural damage to their homes, thank goodness. They were however, involved as tradesmen in the clean up. Their stories were about what had happened to others in their community and in talking to me about it, they were expressing concern about the ethics of insurance industry. I trust their judgment because I trust their values- no embarrassment there.

I did not go into what the member for Townsville had said because his views were reported here and I thought most people would remember what he had promised. He had talked about using existing facilities to shelter people when I believe they are obviously inadequate.

As for political leadership, I prefer Aristotle to Plato. Aristotle understood that absolutes were useless when dealing with people. He divided knowledge into three criteria: epistemology (scientific), techne(technical skills) and phronesis(practical wisdom) with phronesis being the chief virtue when it came to assuring democracy and good governance. Aristotle taught that 'absolutes', much beloved of his tutor Plato, were the province of the hard sciences- not the social sciences. Aristotle also convened the term virtue ethics, of which I am an ardent fan, teaching as I do professional values and ethics to social work and community welfare students.

I used my title to announce clearly where I am coming from: to be honest, open and accountable. And as for familiarity, I welcome it. You might like to ponder what that implies.

Again, I thank you for this opportunity to distinguish between certain kinds of political practices and discourses.

April 24th 2007
When David J. has finished his introduction to Professionalism in Politics 101 (a subject he never actually enrolled in) he might like to switch on his own spell check. Stormin' Norman had no 'l' in his surname and 'luster' is more likely the title of a character in a medieval porn flick - if only such a thing existed.
Why not just play the ball and leave the 'man' out of it?
Shaun Newman
April 25th 2007
I think you will find David J is playing the ball, perhaps more than one.
David J
May 6th 2007
Dear Jenny,

As a politician, I am sure you have competing work demands, limited resources and life balance issues. In view of this there must be a more deserving cause or topic for you to focus your energy on, than doing a one on one battle of one-upmanship with a knob like me. You see knobs like me don

What do you think? Send us your comments.

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