Flood inquiry announced as death toll rises
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced a commission of inquiry into the state's devastating floods, as she confirmed the death toll in the disaster has risen to 20.
A Supreme Court judge, a former police commissioner and a dam expert will conduct a year-long inquiry into the floods.
The announcement comes as the Premier confirmed a man found in a vehicle in Ipswich last week died of flood-related causes, and another body had been found in Grantham in the Lockyer Valley.
There are more than 10 people still missing.
Ms Bligh says the inquiry will report on how prepared the state was for the floods and how well it responded.
"We want people to be absolutely confident that we are not going to sweep anything under the carpet," she said.
She says questions include the management of Wivenhoe Dam and the warnings for the Lockyer Valley.
"The Government wants exactly the same thing as Queenslanders do out of this - answers to reasonable and legitimate questions," she said.
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Ms Bligh says it will have an initial budget of $15 million.
"I see this as an investment in our future safety, an investment in being better prepared for an event like this in the future," she said.
"I also think we owe it to those people who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their lives to honour their memory by learning the lessons of this flood."
Ms Bligh says the inquiry will have all the powers of a royal commission.
"The last three weeks have been truly shocking for all Queenslanders and now is the time to forensically examine the devastating chain of events and the aftermath," she said.
The inquiry will visit all communities affected by the floods.
Supreme Court Justice Cate Holmes, former police commissioner Jim O'Sullivan, and Victorian dam expert Phil Cummins will also give an interim report in August, in time for the next wet season.
They will visit flood affected communities, and hold hearings.
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