Australia can witness tropical cyclones and flooding during the summer season, national cabinet documents revealed on Saturday.
After a meeting with premiers, chief ministers and the Prime Minister, the Bureau of Meteorology had said that the weather conditions in Australia are at high risk until April next year. Though the Australian government had kept these documents secret, South Australian Senator Rex Patrick managed to obtain the documents under freedom of information laws.
The documents showed that there are more chances of widespread flooding, coastal flooding and erosion, marine heatwaves, tropical cyclones and other climate related disasters, as compared with previous summers and autumns.
The documents also revealed that Australia is likely to have less chance of drought and dust.
Severe storms can occur this time in parts of Queensland, the data showed, while NSW will have more chances of heat waves and forest fires.
Meanwhile, the leaders from opposition party verbally attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for keeping the essential documents as a ‘secret’ from the people. While criticising, the Labour leaders said that the Prime Minister doesn’t want people to know important information. People’s taxes are paid for the analysis but it’s a risk for them as the Prime Minister is keeping secrets, they said.
Patrick said the prime minister should have revealed the weather findings as an alert when he had released a media statement on November 5 about the national cabinet meeting. “His statement only on Covid-19, but this is also an issue of national importance”, he said.
Looking at the climatic problems in Australia, Anthony Albanese, the Centre-Left Labour Party leader, has already announced that his party would set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 43% by the end of this decade, if the people of the country will vote for his party to form a government next year.