LA NINA: AUSTRALIA EXPECTED TO ENDURE SUMMER OF SEVERE WEATHER
Australia is expected to endure another summer of severe weather as a La Nina alert contrasts last year's intense bushfires, likely to bring flooding and cyclones to much of the country.
Shadow Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management Murray Watt criticised the government's lack of planning this season, suggesting money was not being spent where it's needed.
Mr Watt said a lack of infrastructure funding was hindering Australia's emergency response.
Regional councils in the Northern Territory also voiced their frustration, lobbying for new cyclone shelters.
An interim report from the royal commission into the Black Summer fires recommended an improved national response to disasters.