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LAW READY FOR Y2K - THE HERALD SUN PAGE 10 ARTICLE BY NICOLA WEBBER AND DAMON JOHNSTON 12 NOVEMBER 1999

Food may be rationed and inspectors will have the power to seize private property if disaster strikes on New Year’s Eve. People who refuse to hand over vehicles or any property needed for relief efforts face big fines and jail if they obstruct government appointed inspectors. The emergency laws have been introduced into State Parliament and will be passed before the new millennium.

Transport Minister Peter Batchelor told Parliament the laws may seem draconian but would not be needed if adequate contingency planning was in place for Y2K disasters.

The above article appeared in the Herald Sun in the lead up to Y2K and highlights the need for everyone to be aware of just what powers the Federal, State and Local governments have that my potentially impact upon them in a disaster situation.

Listed below are links to the various State and Territory Emergency Management Legislation on the internet:

Australian Capital Territory

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 1999

If you live in the ACT you really need to read the following:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 1999 - SECT 27 Emergency powers

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 1999 - SECT 28 Obstruction

New South Wales

STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE ACT 1989

STATE EMERGENCY AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT ACT 1989

If you live in NSW you really need to read the following:

STATE EMERGENCY AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT ACT 1989 - SECT 38 Power to take possession of property

STATE EMERGENCY AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT ACT 1989 - SECT 37 Power to evacuate or to take other steps concerning persons

Northern Territory

DISASTERS ACT

If you live in the NT you really need to read the following:

DISASTERS ACT - SECT 37 SPECIAL POWERS DURING STATE OF DISASTER

South Australia

STATE DISASTER ACT 1980

If you live in SA you really need to read the following:

STATE DISASTER ACT 1980 - SECT 15 Powers of State Co-ordinator and authorised officers during state of disaster or emergency

Tasmania

EMERGENCY SERVICES ACT 1976

If you live in Tasmania you really need to read the following:

EMERGENCY SERVICES ACT 1976 - SECT 28 Special powers with respect to the public

Queensland

STATE COUNTER-DISASTER ORGANISATION ACT 1975

If you live in QLD you really need to read the following:

STATE COUNTER-DISASTER ORGANISATION ACT 1975 - SECT 25 25 Powers upon declaration of state of disaster

Victoria

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 1986

If you live in Victoria you really need to read the following:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 1986 - SECT 36B Powers in respect of emergency area

Western Australia

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES AUTHORITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA ACT 1998 - SECT 18B Powers of the Authority


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