MPs to honour flood victims

QUEENSLAND'S flood and cyclone victims will be remembered at a special parliamentary sitting today.

Premier Anna Bligh has announced the first sitting day of 2011 will be a day of reflection on the devastation and heartbreak brought by both natural disasters.

She said those who had been lost, those who risked their lives to rescue others and the massive community spirit seen in the clean-up would be remembered.

“The normal hurly burly of parliament will be set aside to recognise the dignity that Queenslanders have shown in adversity,” Ms Bligh said.

Normal procedures like Question Time will be suspended to allow all MPs to debate a condolence motion led by the premier and describe the impact on their own electorates.

Meanwhile, legislation to establish the state’s reconstruction authority will be introduced and passed this week.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority Bill 2011 will establish the group, which will co-ordinate the rebuilding program in flood-affected and cyclone-affected communities.
 



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