Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt says in the current flood crisis the Premier needs to focus on giving Queenslanders the support and facts they need to recover.
“At this stage people are interested in what the government is doing to help them recover and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Premier’s recent focus on comparing the possible repair bill with those of previous events is not the main game right now.
“In the summer of disasters over late 2010 and early 2011 the ultimate damages bill faced by the state and federal governments for public infrastructure was $7 billion — about $6 billion for floods and $1 billion for Cyclone Yasi.
“That total of $7 billion did not count the cost to private insurance companies of close to $2.4 billion for private property damage.
“In blunt terms, the cost of recovery from the current floods will have to be met by all levels of government and private insurers.
“So the Premier needs to remain firmly focussed on the people who have been hit hard by the floods,” Mr Pitt said.
Mr Pitt said many communities faced significant challenges in coming weeks and months and the patience shown so far by those affected by the recent losses and disruptions would be called upon again.
“Recovery is more than rebuilding roads and buildings – it’s also about restoring well-being to people, families and communities,” he said.
“After going through a frightening situation like floods or a cyclone, often people experience several different stages and will need support through all of those stages.
“That’s why I am urging Queenslanders to support the recovery and reconstruction efforts by donating to the Queensland Flood Appeal 2013 by calling 1800 811 700 or visiting www.redcross.org.au.”