Video: Queensland floods: “They totally destroyed anything I could salvage”

On the spot report from Queensland

By Terry Cook and Oliver Campbell
8 February 2011

Thirty five people have been killed in floods that have hit Queensland since December 2010—nine of these from Grantham, which is about 100 kilometres west of Brisbane.

In this video Grantham motor mechanic “Sting Ray” Van Dijk explains his experiences with the Queensland Flood Recovery Taskforce and how its callous indifference to the scores of flood victims led to the destruction of additional property in the small agricultural community. Headed by Army Major Mick Slater, the Taskforce is a strictly organised military operation with flood victims expected to unquestioningly fall into line.

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