Bushfire recovery: Anthony Albanese blasts handling of recovery funds

    Just 291,000 of the 7.1 million people who live in local government areas impacted directly or indirectly by the 2019-20 bushfires have received disaster recovery payments, National Bushfire Recovery Agency deputy coordinator Major General Andrew Hocking told a Senate inquiry on Tuesday.

    A separate Senate inquiry earlier heard just 21,405 of the 640,000 businesses in bushfire-affected areas have received a grant or concessional loan from the Commonwealth.

    The state and Commonwealth disaster recovery payments will be reviewed, amid concerns some areas have unfairly missed out.

    Read more on this story at the Canberra Times

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