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Today is a very sad day for my home town of Brisbane. A catastrophic flood threatens the city of 2 million people, as the Brisbane River breaks its banks and inundates everything in the way. The last time something of this scale happened was in 1974, and 1893 before that. After a month of torrential rain, and the flooding of dozens of towns, the capital city of the state of Queensland now succumbs to the torrent. Our flood mitigation dam, Lake Wivenhoe, is at almost 200% capacity, providing no more assistance to hold back the deluge. Sections of CBD are under water, the famous Southbank Parklands are lost and the Cultural Centre, State Library and Gallery of Modern Art are wet too. Our largest sporting ground, 52,000 capacity Suncorp Stadium is full of water. A dozen people have died and up to 90 are still missing. The flood is set to peak tomorrow morning at 4am. A great sense of fear and anticipation fills the inhabitants of Brisbane tonight. My home is on high ground, but for many thousands of residents, this is not the case. The coming days will yield some devastating scenes.


The workshop is of Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia on the shores of the Brisbane River being interviewed by veteran journalist George Negus whom I saw this afternoon in anticipation of the worsening flood crisis.

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